After two games with early start times this Tuesday, the main fantasy baseball action gets underway tonight under the lights with 26 teams in action. Only three of the games on tap are divisional matchups while the others feature some unusual combinations. Don’t worry, though, there are still plenty of good fantasy options to consider for today’s contests. Let’s get right to my targets for tonight.
Dallas Keuchel – HOU @ MIA – $11,800 – Keuchel only lasted six innings in his last start allowing five hits and one unearned run to the Yankees in New York. He struck out nine and walked just one, posting 31.9 DKFP. He has at least 26 DKFP in five of his last six starts. On the season, he is now 6-0 with a 1.69 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP. He’ll look to continue to dominate as he takes the mound in Miami tonight against the Marlins. Keuchel doesn’t have the highest strikeout rate, but he almost always works deep into games and should rack up fantasy points tonight in pitcher-friendly Marlins Park.
Other Options – Zack Greinke ($11,000), Yu Darvish ($11,300)
Eduardo Rodríguez – BOS @ STL – $8,000 – Rodríguez has turned in four quality starts in a row, but he is only 1-1 on the year due to lack of run support. He comes into tonight’s outing with a 2.80 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP on the season and 42 strikeouts in his 35.1 innings. Even without getting a win in any of his last three starts, Rodríguez has 19+ DKFP in three of his last four outings. He’ll be taking on the Cardinals who he has never faced before which usually gives a pitcher an extra advantage.
Other Options – Kyle Freeland ($7,700), J.C. Ramírez ($6,600)
Buster Posey – SF vs. LAD – $4,200 – Posey helped power a Giants’ win last night going 2-4 with his seventh homer of the season. He’s 9-21 (.429) with four homers and five RBI over the last week raising his average on the year to .375 with a healthy 1.051 OPS. Posey is 4-8 (.500) in his career against tonight’s scheduled starter Rich Hill, so look for him to stay hot and continue to be a good play around $4K.
Other Options – Salvador Pérez ($3,500), Cameron Rupp ($3,400)
Miguel Montero – CHC vs. CIN – $3,300 – Montero has dropped off a bit lately going just 4-19 (.211) so far in May. He’s only 1-11 (.091) over the last week, but if he gets the start tonight he could turn that around. He is 8-19 (.421) in his career against Reds’ scheduled starter Bronson Arroyo with three home runs and seven RBI. He also has been excellent at home this year going 9-19 (.474) at Wrigley with a pair of homers. Montero’s recent form hasn’t been exciting, but there are numbers in his favor if he gets the start tonight.
Other Options – Manny Piña ($3,000), Christian Vázquez ($2,800)
Joey Votto – CIN @ CHC – $4,600 – On the other side of the Cubs-Reds rivalry game in Wrigley, Votto is a nice play since he has been heating up after a slow start. Votto has gone 16-44 (.364) this month with two homers, four doubles and 14 walks boosting his OPS to 1.099. He has hit safely in eight straight coming into tonight’s matchup with John Lackey who he has gone 6-22 (.273) against in his career with two homers and seven walks (1.010 OPS).
Other Options – Paul Goldschmidt ($5,500), Wil Myers ($4,400)
Danny Valencia – SEA vs. OAK – $3,400 – Valencia has gotten of to a great start in May going 17-52 (.340) with two doubles, five walks, three homers, eight runs scored and 10 RBI. He hasn’t faced Andrew Triggs in his career, but Valencia is finding a regular groove and looks good at the plate. Give him a look as he tries to help Seattle pick up their second straight win against Oakland.
Other Options – Brandon Belt ($3,600), Victor Martinez ($3,400)
Neil Walker – NYM @ ARI – $4,700 – Walker has been red hot going 12-26 (.462) last week with three doubles, a triple, two homers, and 10 RBI. He’s hitting only .255 on the season, but .333 on the road and .360 in the month of May. Walker has always been streaky and right now things are rolling well for him. Even in an initially unattractive matchup against Zack Greinke, he’s worth a look tonight especially since he has actually had success against him in the past going 7-27 (.259) with four home runs, eight RBI and a 1.051 OPS.
Other Options – Jonathan Villar ($4,400), Jedd Gyorko ($3,900)
Ian Happ – CHC vs. CIN – $3,600 – You won’t be able to get in this cheap on the latest Cubs’ super-prospect for long if he continues to tear up the league. Since being called up, Happ has gone 3-7 (.429) with a homer, double and two RBI. He should be able to keep it going in his Wrigley Field debut against Bronson Arroyo.
Other Options – Scooter Gennett ($3,300), Chris Taylor ($3,100)
Anthony Rendon – WAS @ PIT – $4,400 – Rendon has hit safely in 9 of his last 10 games averaging 11.2 FPPG over that span hitting .306 with a 1.015 OPS. He has added a pair of stolen bases over his last five games as well giving him another way to produce for your fantasy team. He has a .862 OPS away from Nationals Park and a .960 OPS in May. Tonight in Pittsburgh, he’s a solid stud to target.
Other Options – Alex Bregman ($3,700), Miguel Sanó ($4,700)
Yolmer Sánchez – CWS @ LAA – $2,500 – Sánchez continues to be a crazy-cheap play on a regular basis despite his recent success and continued contributions. Sánchez is 14-32 (.438) in April and although he doesn’t bring much heavy-hitting he does have a solid .811 OPS. Especially at such a reduced price, Sánchez is still a steal if he makes his fifth straight start tonight. In his last four games, he is 7-15 with a stolen base, two RBI and two walks.
Other Options – T.J. Rivera ($3,300), Marwin González ($3,500)
Chris Owings – ARI vs. NYM – $4,000 – Arizona has gotten great play from Owings all season, and he has continued to crush the ball. He is 15-46 (.326) in May and is hitting .316 on the season with five homers and 22 RBI. Owings has been especially effective against lefties this year going 16-44 (.364) against southpaws with .959 OPS. He and the rest of the D-Backs’ righties should be a good stack for tonight against Tommy Milone.
Other Options – Jean Segura ($4,600), Carlos Correa ($4,900)
Eduardo Escobar – Min vs. COL – $3,000 – Another player who gets a favorable split in tonight’s matchup is Escobar who faces lefty Kyle Freeland of the Rockies. Escobar is an impressive 10-27 (.370) against lefties with three homers and a double helping him to nine RBI and a 1.174 OPS. He has struggled against righties, but if he’s in the lineup tonight, he makes a great value play to save salary at SS.
Other Options – Nick Ahmed ($2,800), Kiké Hernandez ($2,900)
Mike Trout – LAA vs. CWS – $5,400 – Trout homered in each of the last three games the Angels played against the Tigers last weekend and added another homer last night against the White Sox to lift his OPS to an impressive 1.202 on the season. He added two stolen bases on Mother’s Day as well bringing his season total to seven. He will almost surely find a way to contribute again tonight especially since he’ll be facing Derek Holland who he has gone 14-43 (.326) against in their previous meetings with three doubles, a triple and three homers to give him 12 RBI and a 1.043 OPS against Holland.
Other Options – Charlie Blackmon ($4,600), George Springer ($4,500)
Delino DeShields – TEX vs. PHI – $3,500 – DeShields has been a nice play when he has hit from the top spot in the Texas lineup, and he went 2-4 with two runs scored, his seventh stolen base of the season, and 17 DKFP on Sunday against Oakland. Even if he does hit ninth, he still has the big bats of the top of the order right behind him, so he’s a solid speed play at an affordable price tonight as the Rangers take on the Phillies and Jerad Eickhoff.
Other Options – Magneuris Sierra ($3,000), Guillermo Heredia ($2,900)
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