Tonight’s nine-game MLB slate brings us some interesting options at every position. Let’s dive right into my top targets.
Zack Greinke — ARI vs. CWS — $12,000 – Greinke is at the top of this slate for good reason. Opposite him for the White Sox is Miguel Gonzalez, who has lost four in a row. Greinke didn’t pitch well in his last start (4 ER, 2 HR in 6.2 IP) but still posted 22.8 DKFP. He’s limiting opposing batters to a .203 average in seven starts, with 49 Ks in 38.1 IP this season at home.
Other Options – Gerrit Cole ($9,700), John Lackey ($9,000)
Brad Peacock — HOU vs. DET — $5,700 – High ownership will likely plague Peacock into strictly cash-game mode, but he’s easily the safest option at starting pitcher. Peacock will be filling in for ace Dallas Keuchel, who landed on the DL with a neck injury. Peacock’s line out of the bullpen this season has been impressive: 2-0 with a 1.10 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 22 Ks in 16.1 IP.
Other Options – Jeff Hoffman ($6,300)
Alex Avila — DET vs. HOU — $3,600 – I know I just told you to roll out Peacock, but bear with me on Avila. Even if Peacock is solid, that doesn’t mean Avila won’t return value. He has hits in five of six games, including a 30-point outing in which he came a triple short of the cycle. Avila averages more DKFP per game (8.5) than both Gary Sanchez ($4,700) and Buster Posey ($4,200).
Other Options – Gary Sanchez ($4,700), Willson Contreras ($3,600)
Devin Mesoraco — CIN vs. CLE — $3,000 – In the battle for Ohio, there should be plenty of offense, some provided by Mesoraco, who has played well after missing the first month of the season. He has hits in 11 of 16 games in 2017, batting .306 overall with good splits at home, where he’s been able to find his power stroke. Indians’ SP Josh Tomlin has been an enigma, getting roughed up for six-plus runs in three of eight starts.
Other Options – Jesus Sucre ($2,700), Chris Iannetta ($2,700)
Chris Davis — BAL vs. MIN — $4,700 – It’s a bit risky given his price, but if you’re just trying to land an HR, Davis is a decent option. The Twins are expected to bring up Kyle Gibson to go in place of Phil Hughes (either matchup would have worked). Gibson’s ERA prior to being sent down was 8.20 (which is bad). He also gave up six HRs in six starts, though oddly enough Davis has his seven of his nine HRs on the road, but his overall splits at home are slightly better.
Other Options – Carlos Santana ($4,400), Logan Morrison ($4,100)
Chris Carter — NYY vs. KC — $3,900 – Carter isn’t exactly a value play, but his ownership percentage could be low, making him a solid option for GPPs. His splits vs. LHPs are pretty much identical to RHPs, and Jason Vargas got roughed up badly by the Yankees in his previous start (6 ER in 4 IP). Carter led the NL in HRs (41) last season and has boom-bust written all over him.
Other Options – Rickie Weeks Jr. ($2,900)
DJ LeMahieu — COL vs. PHI — $4,300 – LeMahieu is fresh off tearing up the Reds over the weekend, going 7-for-13 with three 2Bs, an HR and five RBI. That featured two outings of 27 DKFP and things are only looking up heading to Philly. LeMahieu is averaging more DKFP per game (7.5) on the road and Jerad Eickhoff has allowed at least four ER in three of his past four starts.
Other Options – Javier Baez ($4,000), Jose Peraza ($3,800)
Yolmer Sanchez — CWS vs. ARI — $3,200 – It may be a tough call to go with Sanchez vs. Greinke, but at the very least the White Sox 2B will look to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. He’s batting .381 with a .899 OPS, averaging 9.8 DKFP per game during the streak. Among cash-game options, Sanchez is a great one and will continue to be until his price jumps up.
Other Options – Whit Merrifield ($3,200)
Jake Lamb — ARI vs. CWS — $5,600 – Lamb enters Monday contests as the top-priced hitter. He has at least 20 DKFP in four of his past five games, with double-digit points in six of eight. The D-Backs will likely be a trendy stack vs. Gonzalez, and with Lamb, you’re looking at a very high ceiling.
Other Options – Nolan Arenado ($5,000), Miguel Sano ($4,700)
Update: Paul Janish is NOT in the lineup tonight against MIN.
Paul Janish — BAL vs. MIN — $2,600 – This pick is reliant on Manny Machado sitting out after getting hit on the left hand last night. If Janish draws into the lineup at 3B, he’d be in a good spot vs. the struggling Gibson at home. The journeyman infielder hasn’t seen much major league action in recent years but is cheap and could be on the right side of a rout.
Other Options – David Freese ($3,200)
Francisco Lindor — CLE vs. CIN — $4,600 – It’s been a while my old friend… Lindor lands back in my MLB Targets on a seven-game hitting streak. He’s regressed after a strong start but is in a good spot in a hitter’s ballpark in Cincinnati against a hitter’s pitcher in Scott Feldman. In his past four starts, Feldman has been shelled twice for five-plus ER and isn’t overpowering, so Lindor should get the ball in play rather than striking out.
Other Options – Chris Owings ($4,500), Addison Russell ($3,700)
Dansby Swanson — ATL vs. PIT — $3,600 – Swanson has hits in nine of 10 and has stepped up with Freddie Freeman on the mend. He has a tough matchup vs. Cole but that could help him slide under the radar for GPPs. Swanson has been a completely different player during the middle of May, batting .353 with two HRs and nine RBI in his past 10 games.
Other Options – Freddy Galvis ($3,400), Cliff Pennington ($2,000)
Billy Hamilton — CIN vs. CLE — $4,700 – Hamilton has a high floor given his speed, but his ceiling looks pretty good too going up against Tomlin. So far this season, Hamilton is leading the MLB in stolen bases (23), 10 more than Dee Gordon in second place. The Indians are great at limiting stolen bases, but it’s an immovable object meets an unstoppable force type of situation. I’ll take Hamilton and the speed.
Other Options – Corey Dickerson ($4,700), Mark Trumbo ($4,600)
Seth Smith — BAL vs. MIN — $3,600 – Smith isn’t a very sexy name but he’s going to be a part of an Orioles’ lineup that should mash vs. Gibson. In 11 home games this season, Smith is batting .341 with a .913 OPS (9.1 DKFP per game). Smith sat Sunday but should return vs. the Twins and could see a more prominent spot in the order if Machado is out.
Other Options: John Jaso ($3,000)
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