While everyone in year-long formats is panicking because Clayton Kershaw is about to land on the DL, you’ll be sitting back enjoying your Monday DFS slate. Unless of course you have Kershaw in a league, in which case I’m sorry for your loss. Anyway, with plenty of action tonight, here are some picks to get you cooking.
Brad Peacock — HOU vs. PHI — $11,500
This should be the easiest click you’ll have to make all Monday. Peacock is on a five-game winning streak, hasn’t allowed more than three ER in six straight starts, and has at least seven Ks in eight of his last 10 outings. He’s pitching against the Phillies. Yep.
Other Options: James Paxton ($10,500), Gerrit Cole ($9,900)
Matt Cain — SF vs. PIT — $4,700
If you’ve got a mean case of the Mondays and have lost all cares in the world, Cain is priced lower than just about 20 hitters. He looked pretty decent in his previous start vs. a potent Indians offense (3 ER, 5 Ks in 6.0 IP), throwing 52 of 79 pitches for strikes. The Pirates are a poor road team (22-27) and would look a lot more imposing with Gregory Polanco in the lineup.
Other Options: Francisco Liriano ($5,800), Adam Conley ($5,300)
Salvador Perez — KC vs. DET — $4,100
Perez has killed the Tigers and Justin Verlander. He’s been strong vs. Detroit this season (10-for-35, 8 RBI) and vs. Verlander in his career (.410 BA, 2 HRs, 16 RBI). Perez is another road warrior, batting .299 while averaging 9.4 DKFP in 39 games.
Other Options: Yasmani Grandal ($4,500), Chris Iannetta ($3,600)
Options: Russell Martin ($3,100), Derek Norris ($2,700)
Joey Votto — CIN vs. CLE — $5,000
It’s been quite some time since Mr. Votto reminded us of that he’s pretty OK at hitting HRs. He hasn’t left the yard since July 8 vs. the D-Backs, batting .121 with just one RBI and nine Ks in his last 33 ABs. But in the Battle for Ohio, Votto should get the best of Josh Tomlin, who ranks 16th among qualified pitchers with a 1.52 HR/9 ratio.
Other Options: Justin Smoak ($5,200), Yuli Gurriel ($4,700)
Luke Voit — STL vs. COL — $3,300
I’m not crazy about this price, but he’s still a decent value play. There’s a chance Matt Carpenter can’t play Monday night and Voit would likely see ABs in a favorable spot in the lineup. The Rockies have Antonio Senzatela back in the rotation, but all he’s good at doing is getting shelled.
Other Options: Joey Gallo ($3,700), Brandon Belt ($3,400)
Whit Merrifield — KC vs. DET — $4,400
Merrifield might be the hottest hitter in baseball, batting .375 with nine XBH (3 HRs) in his last 10 games (13 DKFP per contest). Like Perez, Merrifield isn’t too shabby vs. Detroit either (13-for-37, 10.6 DKFP per game).
Other Options: Jose Ramirez ($4,700), DJ LeMahieu ($4,400)
Logan Forsythe — LAD vs. MIN — $3,300
Through all of Forsythe’s struggles this season I’d hope he can pull it together vs. Bartolo Colon. The Twins will send Big Sexy to the mound for a second go around after he barely escaped unscathed vs. the Yankees last week. Forsythe ended his series vs. the Braves on a high note (3-for-8, 2B), so perhaps a little carryover is in effect.
Other Options: Brandon Drury ($3,200), Joe Panik ($2,700)
Jake Lamb — ARI vs. ATL — $5,200
Come again? Jake Lamb is teeing off vs. a knuckleballer on Monday? Sounds like fun. But wait, R.A. Dickey shut down the D-Backs in his previous outing! Oh right, that’s not how knuckleballers work really. Dickey got off easy in that start, allowing eight hits but was fortunate enough to get two double plays. Lamb has belted three HRs in his last 11 ABs.
Other Options: Justin Turner ($4,700), Josh Harrison ($4,400)
Manny Machado — BAL vs. TB — $3,600
I love it when big names like Machado get to qualify as a value play. Machado is batting .306 in his last 36 ABs, a vast improvement from his .238 BA on the season. It hasn’t yet translated to much in terms of power, but luckily Rays SP Blake Snell has allowed five HRs over four starts at home this season. Buy low on Machado and reap the benefits.
Other Options: David Freese ($3,500), Jose Reyes ($3,400)
Francisco Lindor — CLE vs. CIN — $4,500
I’m back on the Lindor bandwagon for Monday vs. Tim Adleman at home, where Lindor has much better splits (.276 BA, .844 OPS). Lindor has at least 13 DKFP in four of his last seven games, and could fly under-the-radar at shortstop.
Other Options: Corey Seager ($5,100), Trevor Story ($4,400)
Ketel Marte — ARI vs. ATL — $3,200
It’s risky to play a youngster like Marte vs. a veteran knuckleballer like Dickey, but it could also be insanely smart. Marte recently flashed some of that pop that made him such a touted prospect for Arizona, and should the lineup go off Monday, that would bode well for his value.
Other Options: Paul DeJong ($3,600), Jose Iglesias ($3,300)
Cody Bellinger — LAD vs. MIN — $4,800
I know it’s the first time he’s facing Colon, but if Bellinger can’t go yard off the big guy then I give up. If there were any player I’d bank on hitting a HR tonight, it’d be Bellinger, who has left the building just twice in his last 36 ABs. He does however have hits in seven of nine and ended a HR drought last night.
Other Options: George Springer ($5,400), Chris Taylor ($4,700), Steven Souza Jr. ($4,500)
Mark Trumbo — BAL vs. TB — $3,300
If you’re not crazy about Machado or have another 3B in mind, Trumbo is another Orioles hitter who could tee-off vs. Snell. Trumbo is beginning to find his HR stroke, belting two in his last four games. Because he’s very HR or bust, consider Trumbo a decent GPP play.
Other Options: Magneuris Sierra ($3,400), Scott Schebler ($3,300)
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