WATCH: MLB STACK TO CONSIDER
Hey all! If you’re not into playing the bigger all-day contests and don’t have time to throw together an early lineup while away at work, I’ve got your advice for the shallow five-game late-night slate. The Cubs return to Wrigley Field for their first game since winning the World Series, which should boost the atmosphere in Chicago tonight. But the game that should be your main focus, and likely the focus of everyone, should be Padres-Rockies at the launching pad that is Coors Field. Big stacks on deck in Denver, Colorado tonight.
Jon Lester — CHC vs. LAD — $11,300 – Lester is the highest priced SP on the five-game night slate for the Cubs home opener, what should be an emotional night at Wrigley. The lefty was in bend-but-not-break mode in his first start, allowing seven hits and two BB but just one ER in five IP with seven Ks (17.9 DKFP). Lester has been very solid in limiting the Dodgers in five career games, going 2-2 with a 3.06 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 34 Ks over 32.1 IP.
Other Options Jacob deGrom ($9,300)
Brandon Finnegan — CIN vs. PIT — $7,300 – Finnegan made quick work of the Phillies lineup in his season debut, tossing seven shutout innings with nine Ks, one hit and one BB (36.6 DKFP). The Pirates more imposing hitters (Andrew McCutchen and Gregory Polanco) struggle vs. LHP; Polanco hit .245 and Cutch hit .229 vs. southpaws last season.
Other Options Tyler Chatwood ($5,400)
Austin Hedges — SD vs. COL — $3,600 – Take Hedges as the stud of the night slate with a grain of salt. He’s yet to get a hit in six games all season, going 0-for-18 with six Ks. But he’s hitting in Coors Field and there really aren’t many options behind Kyle Schwarber ($4,400) at catcher. Colorado’s SP Tyler Chatwood gave up a pair of HRs on seven hits in his first outing of the season, so Hedges is in a decent spot in a hitters park.
Other Options Tony Wolters ($3,300)
Tucker Barnhart — CIN vs. PIT — $2,500 – Barnhart will be well rested after taking Sunday off and brings a four-game hitting streak into Monday’s bout with the Pirates. He hasn’t set the world on fire during the streak, averaging 5 DKFP per game, but the consistency is there. It’s only a matter of time before he starts getting on base for the top of the lineup, plus Reds-Pirates sports a solid 8.5 projected runs.
Other Options – Travis d’Arnaud ($3,000)
Mark Reynolds — COL vs. SD — $5,000 – As is tradition, Reynolds is the designated “veteran who has seen a resurgence with the Rockies” the past two seasons. After looking like he was done with the Cardinals in 2015, he bounced back last season with Colorado and is hot to start 2017, hitting three HRs with eight RBI (11.7 DKFP per game). Reynolds is a risk given his rise in price, but has great upside.
Other Options Wil Myers ($5,300)
Ryan Zimmerman — WAS vs. STL — $3,500 – Speaking of veterans and resurgences, Zimmerman has looked good after seemingly falling off a cliff last season. After batting .218 in 2016, Zimmerman is hitting .333 (7-for-21) through six games with three HRs, six RBI and four runs (11 DKFP per contest). He’s also hit well vs. Adam Wainwright (10-for-32, 2 HR, 5 2B).
Other Options – Tommy Joseph ($3,600)
Yangervis Solarte — SD vs. COL — $4,700 – Solarte’s salary has skyrocketed from Sunday, up $1,600 with the Padres in Coors Field. He’s had at least three hits in two of his past three games, eclipsing 20 DKFP in both contests. On top of those two performances, he’s also thrown up 19 DKFP, so consider Solarte a boom-bust GPP play.
Other Options Ben Zobrist ($4,100)
Cesar Hernandez — PHI vs. NYM — $3,200 – Despite an impressive start to the season, Hernandez’s salary has actually dropped $600 since opening day for the Phillies. He has hits in five of six games, including a current four-game streak (6-for-17). Mets SP Jacob deGrom is an imposing force on the mound, but has pedestrian numbers at Citizens Bank Park (4.50 ERA in three games).
Other Options – Wilmer Flores ($3,200)
DJ LeMahieu — COL vs. SD — $4,800 – The Rockies will likely be a popular stack option Monday vs. the Pads, but chances are lineups will heavily target Nolan Arenado ($5,300) at third base. LeMahieu has dual eligibility and is a bit more cost effective, though his ceiling is lower. After leading the MLB in batting last season, look for LeMahieu to get on track with plenty of opportunities to score runs at the top of the order.
Other Options Matt Carpenter ($4,100)
Freddy Galvis — PHI vs. NYM — $3,200 – Galvis enters Monday with multi-hit games in two of three, driving in five runs during that stretch. Normally you’d want to avoid most batters facing deGrom, but Galvis has good numbers against the flamethrower in his career (5-for-14). He’s also much more comfortable hitting from the left side of the plate, belting 17 of his 20 HRs last season as a lefty.
Other Options Eugenio Suarez ($3,300)
Addison Russell — CHC vs. LAD — $3,600 – With Trea Turner out with a hamstring injury and Corey Seager unable to hit left-handed pitching, Russell should appear more like a stud than his price suggests. The Cubs offense, along with Russell, is starting to heat up. The young infielder has five hits (three 2B), two RBI and four runs in his past two games (17.5 DKFP per contest). He hit .272 with 11 HR and 62 RBI at Wrigley Field last season.
Other Options Aledmys Diaz ($3,900)
Zack Cozart — CIN vs. PIT — $3,200 – Cozart is leading the Reds in batting (.450) and is on a six-game hitting streak to start the season (9-for-20, two 3B, four RBI). His 9.7 DKFP per game ranks third among shortstops in Monday’s late contest, though he’s significantly cheaper and more reliable than those high priced “studs.”
Other Options Jordy Mercer ($3,000)
Bryce Harper — WAS vs. STL — $5,000 – Harper struggled late in the series vs. the Phillies this weekend, but should get back on track to start this week. He’s got great numbers against Adam Wainwright in his career, batting .389 (7-for-18) with a solo HR and two 2Bs. His career OPS at home is .901 yet he’s priced fifth among OFers.
Other Options Charlie Blackmon ($5,100)
Albert Almora Jr. — CHC vs. LAD — $3,200 – Almora should draw another start Monday with the left-handed Alex Wood on the mound for the Dodgers (Jason Heyward can’t hit lefties). He’s gotten on base in all four ABs vs. southpaws this season (3-for-3 with one BB on Saturday vs. the Brewers).
Other Options Yasiel Puig ($3,600)
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