Here are your top guys to target on tonight’s six-game slate. Feel free to reach out to me on Twitter with comments or questions: @julianedlow.
Chris Sale – BOS vs. MIN – $12,900 – Sale is the clear-cut stud on tonight’s short slate. He’s averaging more than 34 DKFP over his last two starts entering tonight’s matchup with the first place Twins. Minnesota does have some hitters with a little bit of success against Sale, but outside of limited run production, you’re paying for strikeouts with him. Sale has gone eight or more innings with 10 Ks in each of his last two outings.
Other Options – Jose Berrios $10,700
Rich Hill – LAD vs. LAA – $8,600 – Hill hasn’t been going deep into games this season, but he did break out in his last start, tallying eight strikeouts in just five innings against the Mets. He was really solid, making just one mistake (a solo HR). Although they’ve been better than expected, the Angels lineup minus Mike Trout isn’t very scary to go up against. Hill has the highest upside of pitchers in his price range tonight.
Other Options – German Marquez $7,500
Gary Sanchez – NYY vs. CWS – $5,000 – Sanchez is obviously very pricey for a catcher, but he’s been mashing lately (20 DKFP in his last game and averaging 11.3 DKFP over his last 10). He’ll be facing a LHP in the Windy City tonight, so there’s a lot of potential for home runs hitters. If you have the salary to fit Sanchez, he’s far from a punt play at catcher, as many others may elect to do.
Other Options – Yasmani Grandal $4,000
Tony Wolters – COL vs. SF – $2,500 – Wolters won’t have Coors Field to help him generate any power, but he’s just so cheap going up against RHP Jeff Samardzija. In the past, this opposite handed matchup has worked in Wolters’ favor, going 4-for-13 (.308) with a double. There’s solid potential here for an option half the price of Sanchez.
Other Options – Matt Wieters $2,900
Cody Bellinger – LAD vs. LAA – $5,500 – What can you say at this point about Bellinger? He smashed another pair of home runs on Sunday and will be at home against another RHP on Monday. He’s now averaging 15.6 DKFP over his last 10 and is one of the highest upside fantasy plays in baseball right now. His dual position eligibility also allows you to use him in the outfield if that helps your lineup.
Other Options – Jose Abreu $4,400
Chase Utley – LAD vs. LAA – $3,300 – Utley can be your Bellinger light tonight if you don’t have the salary for the big bat. Utley projects to leadoff in an opposite hand matchup against Ricky Nolasco, who he’s fared well with in his career — 12-for-43 (.279) with four extra-base hits (two homers) and three walks.
Other Options – Buster Posey $3,900
Jose Ramirez – CLE vs. TEX – $5,100 – Ramirez has quietly been one of the hottest and most consistent players in baseball lately. Although he doesn’t typically explode like Bellinger, he’s constantly putting together solid games with double-digit DKFP. Averaging 14.8 DKFP over his last 10 outings, along with dual position eligibility at third base, the switch-hitting Ramirez is a very safe play batting third against LHP Cole Hamels.
Other Options – Daniel Murphy $5,200
Brian Dozier – MIN vs. BOS – $3,700 – Dozier comes at an extreme discount due to his matchup with LHP Chris Sale. But if you look at the numbers, Dozier has actually experienced a good amount of success against the ace. In 38 at-bats, Dozier has 11 hits (.289), four doubles, three homers and 11 RBI. He could be a nice contrarian play.
Other Options – DJ LeMahieu $3,400
Justin Turner – LAD vs. LAA – $4,600 – Turner is the forgotten bat in the middle of the Dodgers’ lineup with the young stud LHBs betting all the attention. Don’t forget this guy is hitting .402 on the season and has scored 12+ DKFP in six of his last eight games (now averaging 13.9 DKFP over his last 10). Like Ramirez, this is one of the safest studs you can roster right now in baseball.
Other Options – Nolan Arenado $5,100
Chase Headley – NYY vs. CWS – $3,200 – It’s a tough slate for value third base plays, but Headley does feel a bit underpriced. He hits at the back end of the Yankees’ lineup, which limits his value, but his salary is fair and he’s scored 11 DKFP in consecutive games. His switch-hitting ability leaves him constantly in a good matchup despite who’s on the mound, which helps separate him from other values with lower upside.
Other Options – Matt Davidson $3,900
Corey Seager – LAD vs. LAA – $5,200 – Seager is questionable, so make sure he is in the lineup for starters. Assuming he plays, I love him for all the same reasons I love Bellinger. Both of them are two of the hottest LHBs in the game, and they should take advantage of Nolasco. Although he may be overshadowed by Bellinger at the moment, don’t forget this kid has 53-DKFP upside.
Other Options – Trea Turner $5,300
Tau-Wei Lin – BOS vs. MIN – $2,000 – Don’t worry, none of us have heard of this guy until today. With the Red Sox struggling at third base, Lin was called up over the weekend and will be hitting ninth for the Red Sox tonight. Even though he’s playing third, he is shortstop-eligible on DraftKings, so you’ll have the ability to slot him in there. Lin has shown potential in AA, so he’s worth consideration at the bare minimum.
Other Options – Brandon Crawford $3,000
Aaron Judge – NYY vs. CWS – $5,600 – Maybe if you’re willing to use a guy like Lin, you can fit the Bellinger and Judge into your lineup and chase their huge upside. Judge just continues to jack bombs, now hitting .332 with 26 homers. He’ll be facing a LHP with the wind blowing out in Chicago, so the potential to leave the ballpark is certainly there.
Other Options – Bryce Harper $5,400, Charlie Blackmon $5,200, Joc Pederson $4,300
Ian Desmond – COL vs. SF – $4,000 – Desmond has hit Samardzija very well in his career, going 9-for-21 (.429) with three double and two dingers. Even though the game isn’t at Coors, that just makes Desmond come at even more of a discount in this terrific matchup.
Other Options – Nomar Mazara $4,000, Carlos Gonzalez $3,500, Albert Almora $3,000
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