Monday night brings us a seven-game slate of baseball. With a challenging group of pitchers to choose from, we certainly have a fun slate ahead. As always, you can get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
Jesse Chavez – LAA vs. CWS – $7,800- Crazy to think that Chavez is my “stud” for the night, but it had to be someone. He gets a fairly easy matchup against the White Sox tonight, a team that owns a .281 wOBA against righties with a .284 OBP and a .356 SLG. Chavez hasn’t been registering a ton of strikeouts this season, owning a K/9 of 7.5, but the White Sox have a K% of 23.3%, which ranks fifth in the league. On a short slate, I think Chavez could end up being one of the better options.
Other Options – Brandon McCarthy ($9,100)
Chase Anderson – MIL vs. SD – $6,800 – I figure Anderson will be vastly popular across the board tonight with his matchup against the Padres. After a nice start to the season, Anderson hasn’t earned double-digit fantasy points in three straight starts, averaging just 7.4 in that span. He’s been his best on the road, however, owning a .303 wOBA to go with a .333 OBP and a .356 SLG to opposing hitters. With the strikeout potential and how poorly the Padres have been hitting, Anderson is one of the top cheap options tonight.
Other Options – Mike Bolsinger ($6,000)
Evan Gattis – HOU vs. MIA – $3,700 – We don’t have many options in terms of an expensive catcher tonight, so Gattis works his way right into this slot. He’ll take on Dan Straily, who’s been great at home thus far, but he hasn’t had the toughest schedule facing the Cardinals, Pirates, Mets and Braves. Gattis own a .353 wOBA against righties with a .452 SLG and is always a threat to go deep.
Other Options Buster Posey ($4,100)
J.T. Realmuto – MIA vs. HOU – $3,400 – Realmuto and the Marlins will have the luxury of taking on Joe Musgrove tonight, who has really struggled out of the gate. He’s allowed a .381 wOBA to righties thus far with a .524 SLG and five of his eight total home runs allowed. Realmuto hasn’t been very productive at home thus far, but we don’t have any real slam dunks at catcher tonight.
Other Options – Yasmani Grandal ($3,500)
Cody Bellinger – LAD vs. SFG – $4,400 – Bellinger continues to be on a tear as of late, averaging 14 FPPG over his last 10 games. During that span, he’s hit five home runs with 14 RBI. Tonight he faces Matt Cain, who’s allowed a .384 wOBA to lefties with a .431 SLG.
Other Options – Jay Bruce ($4,700)
T.J. Rivera – NYM vs. ARI – $3,200 – It’s insane how low the price for Rivera continues to be. Averaging over 10 FPPG over his last 10 games, Rivera will make a stop at Chase Field for a three-game series. Rivera has been hitting righties extremely well thus far, especially on the road. Rivera owns a .433 wOBA with a .559 SLG and a .447 OBP. Zack Godley has been great in the early going, but with the Mets tabbed for 4.8 runs tonight, it feels like that could come to a screeching halt.
Other Options – Justin Bour ($3,100)
Jose Altuve – HOU vs. MIA – $5,000 – Altuve has been a fantasy point monster on the road this season, averaging 11.1 FPPG in 61 at-bats. To take it even further, Altuve owns a .449 wOBA on the road against righties with a .453 OBP and a .596 SLG. He’s the most expensive second baseman on this slate, but he should be worth every penny.
Other Options – Jonathan Villar ($4,500)
Jace Peterson – ATL vs. TOR – $3,000 – If you’re looking to save some salary, Peterson could be an intriguing option. He’s not going to bring a ton of power, but you will get a player that owns a .374 wOBA against righties on the road this season with a .400 OBP and a .457 SLG.
Other Options – Brandon Drury ($3,500)
Jake Lamb – ARI vs. NYM – $4,700 – Lamb will be taking on Zack Wheeler tonight, who has had more problems with lefties than he has righties this season. Granted, he only has allowed a .315 wOBA to lefties, but the majority of his starts have come at Citi Field. Lamb owns a .354 wOBA against righties at home with a .484 SLG and he’s hit three of his seven home runs in the same situation.
Other Options – Justin Turner ($4,100)
Travis Shaw – MIL vs. SD – $3,700 – Shaw is completely mashing the ball right now, averaging 9.1 FPPG over his last 10 games. Tonight he’ll take on Luis Perdomo, who is allowing a .456 wOBA to lefties thus far with a .591 SLG. Shaw has hit five of his eight home runs on the road while averaging 10.1 FPPG in 14 road games.
Other Options – Derek Dietrich ($3,000)
Corey Seager – LAD vs. SFG – $4,600 – As I mentioned earlier, Cain has been struggling against left-handed batters lately and Seager is one of the best. He enters tonight with some absurd road numbers, owning a .487 wOBA against righties with a .698 SLG and a .469 OBP.
Other Options – Jean Segura ($4,400)
Ryan Goins – TOR vs. ATL – $2,900 – I mentioned in my Cheat Sheet that I liked the Blue Jays as a stack tonight, and Goins is a great cheap option for it. The lefty has done his best work at home against righties this season, owning a .330 wOBA with a .351 OBP. He’s not a big power guy by any means, but he’ll likely be a low-owned player that can grab you some points if they stack goes off.
Other Options – Hernan Perez ($3,500)
Mike Trout – LAA vs. CWS – $5,400 – Trout is the most expensive hitter on this slate tonight, but I don’t mind when you see he’s facing Mike Pelfrey. He’s only pitched 18.1 innings in the majors thus far, but Pelfrey is already back to his old ways. Right-handed batters own a .402 wOBA against him thus far with a .552 SLG and a .387 OBP. When you mix in the fact that Trout owns an insane .522 wOBA at home against righties with a .444 OBP and a .868 SLG, he’s an easy lineup cornerstone.
Other Options – Michael Conforto ($4,600), Jose Bautista ($4,400)
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