There are no shortage of options on the Tuesday night MLB slate, which features all 30 teams in action under the lights. There are several aces on the mound and plenty of big bats heating up as we pass the midway point of the first month of the season. With 15 games to choose from tonight, here are the top players you need to have on your radar at each position and price point.
Yu Darvish – TEX @ OAK – $10,700 – Darvish dominated in his last start against the Angels, throwing seven shutout innings allowing just five hits and two walks while striking out 10 batters and getting 35.6 DKFP for his fantasy owners. Darvish will be making his second start of the season against Oakland after taking a hard-luck loss, even though he only allowed one run in six innings. He struck out five in that outing, but will look to improve that total like he did in his last start. Darvish has 19 Ks in 19.1 innings, and he seems to be settling back into the form that he showcased when he was one of the best pitchers in baseball a few seasons ago. The Athletics are a good matchup for him after they were shut out last night by A.J. Griffin and have scored two runs or fewer in three of their last four games.
Other Options – Max Scherzer ($12,800), Marcus Stroman ($8,300)
Mike Leake – STL vs. PIT – $7,600 – Leake has been one of the few bright spots in the Cardinals rough start, and he has a history of being a streaky option who definitely deserves consideration when he’s hot. He started the season on fire, allowing just one run in 15 innings striking out 13 and walking just one. In his last start, Leake threw seven shutout innings against the Nationals in Washington, so today’s matchup with the Pirates at Busch should be an easier position. Pittsburgh did hit him well last season, but Leake’s current form makes him the most attractive option under $8K on the mound tonight.
Other Options – Kevin Gausman ($7,100), Shelby Miller ($7,500)
Russell Martin – TOR vs. BOS – $3,700 – Martin and the Blue Jays will look to turn their dismal start around as they welcome in the Red Sox. Martin has a history of ripping the Red Sox and has gone 30-116 (.259) with five homers, 19 RBI, and a .799 OPS against Boston over the last three seasons. He’ll get a good matchup tonight against Brian Johnson, who will be called up to make his second MLB start tonight in place of Eduardo Rodriguez (paternity list).
Other Options – Jonathon Lucroy ($3,800), Salvador Pérez ($3,400)
Brian McCann – HOU vs. LAA – $3,300 – McCann continues to be affordable despite five RBI in his last three games. He got last night off, but he should be back in the lineup tonight against veteran righty Ricky Nolasco. McCann has crushed Nolasco in their previous meetings going 23-68 (.338) with five doubles, eight home runs, and 26 RBI. He has a career OPS of 1.117 against Nolasco, and he should be a great value option behind the plate tonight.
Other Options – Nick Hundley ($3,100), Austin Romine ($2,600)
Paul Goldschmidt – ARI @ SD – $4,900 – Goldschmidt and the D-Backs took three of four from the Dodgers this past weekend to stay in first place in the NL West. They’ll face another divisional foe as they visit Petco Park tonight and face the Padres. Goldschmidt is 13-49 (.265) on the season with 11 walks. The Dodgers gave him three free passes last night and Goldschmidt added his second steal of the series to get to 11 DKFP. He has at least eight DKFP in three straight and seven of his last 10. He gets a favorable matchup against Jarred Cosart tonight, and he has had no trouble hitting at Petco despite its reputation as a pitcher’s paradise.
Other Options – Edwin Encarnacion ($4,500), José Abreu ($4,300)
Trey Mancini – BAL @ CIN – $3,500 – Baltimore’s power-packed lineup has gotten even more punch at the plate from Mancini’s emergence as another legitimate threat. The 25-year-old rookie has hit four homers in his last three games and is 8-22 (.364) on the season after going 7-14 last week. He and the O’s will take on the Reds tonight at Great American Ballpark. If Buck Showalter can find a spot for him in the lineup tonight, Mancini will get a great matchup against Bronson Arroyo, who has a 9.90 ERA and four homers allowed in his first two starts this season.
Other Options – Greg Bird ($3,300), Marwin González ($3,000)
Daniel Murphy – WAS @ ATL – $4,400 – After a 10-game hitting streak to start the season, Murphy went 0-4 on Saturday and just 1-4 on Sunday. He will look to get his bat back in gear tonight as the Nationals head to the new SunTrust Park to face the Braves. Murphy comes into the series hitting .396 (21-53) with seven doubles, two homers, and 10 RBI. He has had success in his limited meetings with Atlanta’s scheduled starter Mike Folynewicz, going 4-7 with a pair of doubles.
Other Options – Rougned Odor ($4,100), José Ramírez ($4,000)
Starlin Castro – NYY vs. CWS – $3,400 – The Yankees’ eight-game winning streak has been fueled in part by a great start by Castro. Over the past week, Castro is 10-23 (.435) after going 3-4 with a pair of doubles last night. He has multiple hits in three of his last four games and in six of his last 10. He’s only 1-6 in his career against tonight’s scheduled starter Miguel Gonzalez, but he’s hot enough to look past the BvP numbers and still utilize him as a great play under $3.5K.
Other Options – César Hernández ($3,000), Brandon Drury ($3,400)
Nolan Arenado – COL @ LAD – $4,400 – Being away from Coors Field hasn’t limited Arenado’s production, although it does help his price drop a little bit. He is hitting .327 on the year with four homers, five doubles and eight RBI. His 1.141 road OPS is actually higher than his .924 OPS at Coors Field in limited action. Tonight, he and the Rockies open a series in LA against Hyun-Jin Ryu and the Dodgers. Arenado is 3-9 in his career against Ryu, who has looked hittable this season and comes into tonight’s start 0-2 with a 5.79 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP. Arenado has hit two of his four homers off of lefties like Ryu and is 8-15 against southpaws this season.
Other Options – Miguel Sanó ($4,100), Jake Lamb ($3,900)
Mike Moustakas – KC vs. SF – $3,200 – Before getting a maintenance day Sunday, Moustakas had hit safely in four straight games, including a pair of homers in each of his last two. He had at least seven DKFP in seven of his previous nine games, and is off to a strong start to the season hitting near the top of the Royals’ lineup. Moustakas is 12-41 (.293) coming into tonight’s matchup with Matt Cain and his 4.82 ERA.
Other Options – Matt Davidson ($3,100), David Freese ($3,000)
Francisco Lindor – CLE @ MIN – $4,700 – While the Indians haven’t been living up to their lofty preseason hype, one player in their lineup who has not disappointed is Francisco Lindor. Lindor is 18-52 (.346) with four homers, five doubles, 12 runs scored and eight RBI this season. He has a 1.090 OPS and has hit safely in 11 straight after going 1-5 last night. He’s 2-3 in his career against Twins’ scheduled starter Phil Hughes, and he’s an easy play whenever you can afford him due to both his consistency and his extremely high ceiling.
Other Options – Trevor Story ($4,100), Asdrúbal Cabrera ($3,700)
Taylor Motter – SEA vs. MIA – $3,200 – Motter hit his third homer of the season last night on his way to 17 DKFP as he continues to thrive in place of the injured Jean Segura. Motter doesn’t have a ton of long-term value, but for tonight he’ll be a good start against Wei-Yin Chen and the Marlins. Motter is hitting .321 (9-28) with four doubles, three homers, and an unsustainable 1.287 OPS at Safeco Field.
Other Options – J.J. Hardy ($3,300), Brandon Crawford ($3,400)
Charlie Blackmon – COL @ LAD – $4,300 – The Rockies got a leadoff blast from Blackmon on Sunday as they finished their three wins in four games in San Francisco. Blackmon is now hitting .232 on the year, but has picked it up lately with hits in eight of his last nine games. He is 5-12 in his career against Dodgers’ starter Hyun-Jin Ryu, and he’s a good investment tonight since his bat is starting to heat up and there should be lots of runs in this NL West contest.
Other Options – Bryce Harper ($5,100), Yoenis Céspedes ($4,600)
Nomar Mazara – TEX @ OAK – $3,500 – Mazara went 2-4 with a double and three RBI in last night’s win over the A’s and has over 15 DKFP in three of his last five games. He has settled in as a fixture in the middle of the order and is hitting .352 (19-54) on the season with four homers, 16 RBI and 12 runs scored. His 1.026 OPS shows how effective he has been, and he threw in his first steal of the season last night as a bonus. Tonight, he and the Rangers face Oakland righty Andrew Triggs, who has been impressive this season but is still relatively unproven.
Other Options – Avisaíl Garcia ($3,400), Nick Markakis ($3,200)
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