WATCH: MLB IN 90 SECONDS – YOLMER SANCHEZ
All 30 teams are scheduled to take the field tonight in a monster Tuesday night designed for fantasy baseball. There are a few games with weather concerns (Seattle @ Washington, Minnesota @ Baltimore and San Francisco @ Chicago), so check the forecast again before games start. Check out these MLB targets who I think have the best shot at producing good games at each price-point and position.
Clayton Kershaw – LAD vs. STL – $13,400 – His salary is incredibly high compared to the rest of the starting pitcher options, but Kershaw is by far the best option on the board. In his last start, he improved to 7-2 on the season shutting out the Giants for seven innings while holding them to three hits and striking out five. He has a minuscule 0.89 WHIP coming into tonight’s start against the Cardinals and has gone at least seven innings in six of his last seven starts. At home this year he has 31 strikeouts in 28.1 innings while holding opponents to a .186 average. He has made three regular season starts over the last three years against the Cardinals and is 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 22 innings. He should rise to the occasion at home tonight, and again deliver a great outing for the Dodgers and your fantasy team.
Other Options – Lance McCullers Jr. ($10,200), Danny Duffy ($8,800)
German Márquez – COL @ PHI – $6,600 – Márquez has shown flashes of big potential with the Rockies this year and has allowed one or less runs in three of his five starts. He was knocked around in his two other starts which both came at Coors Field and has inflated some of his numbers as a result. He got the win in his last outing in Minnesota even though he only lasted five innings due to an elevated pitch count. Tonight, he’ll look to continue his road success in Philadelphia. The Phillies have settled to the bottom-10 in MLB in runs scored, home runs and OBP while only hitting .202 over the last week and averaging under three runs a game. In this matchup, Márquez could be the perfect way to balance out spending big on Kershaw.
Other Options – Alex Cobb ($7,900), Christian Bergman ($4,900)
Welington Castillo – BAL vs. MIN – $4,000 – Since returning from the DL, Castillo has been crushing it going 10-27 (.370) with three homers, six runs scored and 10 RBI. He is hitting .330 on the season with a .872 OPS and an even better .983 OPS in night games.
Other Options – Salvador Perez ($3,800), Evan Gattis ($3,600)
Devin Mesoraco – CIN vs. CLE – $2,900 – After spending almost all of April on the DL, Mesoraco is still being used carefully by manager Bryan Price. He sat out yesterday, but he should be back in the lineup tonight against Carlos Carrasco of the Indians. When he has played, Mesoraco has been crushing it going 13-41 (.317) with a .941 OPS. He has multiple hits in each of his last two starts including a home run last Saturday and has hit safely in each of the last four games he has started. He’s cheap because he is still working back to full health, but he’s a great option at this price if he’s in the lineup tonight.
Other Options – Tyler Flowers ($3,400), Francisco Cervelli ($3,100)
Paul Goldschmidt – ARI vs. CWS – $5,400 – Goldschmidt collected two more hits last night to raise his average to the year to .315 to go with his 1.028 OPS which is powered by 11 homers, 10 doubles and an NL-leading 35 walks. He has a 1.192 OPS at home where he’ll face the White Sox’s Dylan Covey tonight. Covey has a 7.64 ERA and has surrendered 11 home runs and 30 runs in 35.1 innings. Goldschmidt is expensive, but he is averaging 13.4 FPPG over his last 10 and gets a great matchup.
Other Options – Chris Davis ($4,500), Hanley Ramírez ($4,400)
Wilmer Flores – NYM vs. SD – $3,200 – Flores has been heating up in May going 17-45 (.378) with four doubles, a home run and seven RBI. He has started to cut into the playing time of T.J. Rivera, and he should be in the lineup tonight as the Mets come home to host the Padres and Jhoulys Chacin. Flores is 3-5 in his career against Chacin with a double, walk and RBI.
Other Options – Trey Mancini ($3,600), Adrián González ($3,400)
Devon Travis – TOR @ MIL – $4,500 – After hitting just .130 in April, Travis has caught fire in May going 24-65 (.369) with a 1.013 OPS. He is 10-19 (.526) over the last week with four doubles, a home run and six RBI. His home run came Sunday when he drove in all three of the Blue Jays’ runs in their 3-1 win in Baltimore. Tonight, he faces the Brewers at hitter-friendly Miller Park where he’ll face Jimmy Nelson for the first time in his career.
Other Options – José Altuve ($4,900), Ian Happ ($4,000)
Eric Sogard – MIL vs. TOR – $3,400 – On the other side of that interleague matchup is another red-hot second baseman, Eric Sogard. Sogard has gone 11-22 (.500) since joining the Brewers two weeks ago with three doubles, two homers and two stolen bases. His 1.530 OPS is unsustainable, but he’ll be a great buy if he hits leadoff again tonight against Joe Biagini and the Blue Jays.
Other Options – Adam Frazier ($3,800), Yolmer Sánchez ($3,400)
Jake Lamb – ARI vs. CWS – $5,500 – Lamb has been hitting almost as well as Paul Goldschmidt lately giving the D-Backs a great 1-2 punch coming into their terrific matchup against the White Sox. Lamb has at least 11 DKFP in seven of his last nine games after going 1-3 with a walk and a triple last night. He is hitting .289 on the year with a .953 OPS, but his OPS is even better against righties (1.121) and over the last week (1.581).
Other Options – Miguel Sanó ($4,600), Travis Shaw ($4,400)
Marwin González – HOU vs. DET – $3,700 – González continues to produce when given the chance although he is fighting for time in a very crowded Astros’ lineup. He started in LF before moving to 1B yesterday going 2-4 with a double to raise his average on the year to .290. He has been exceptional in May going 18-46 (.391) with three doubles, five homers, 14 RBI and a 1.246 OPS. If he’s in the lineup tonight against Jordan Zimmermann, he’ll be a nice play again under $4K. González is 2-5 with a double against Zimmermann in their limited previous meetings.
Other Options – Eduardo Núñez ($3,600), Derek Dietrich ($3,000)
Corey Seager – LAD vs. STL – $4,700 – Seager continues to be an on-base machine and produce great numbers from the two-spot in the Dodgers order. He has walked in five straight games while going 7-19 (.368) over the past week with two doubles and a home run. He started the month slow but his average is back to .292 with a solid .888 OPS. Tonight, he’s at home for his first career meeting with righty Lance Lynn.
Other Options – Jean Segura ($4,500), Elvis Andrus ($3,800)
Didi Gregorius – NYY vs. KC – $3,500 – Gregorius hit his second homer of the year last night going 2-3 to improve his average to .333 with a .809 OPS. Over his last 10 games, Gregorius is 14-28 (.368) with a .915 OPS while averaging 8.5 FPPG. He and the Yankees face southpaw Danny Duffy at Yankee Stadium tonight. So far this year, Gregorius is 10-26 (.385) against lefties with a .986 OPS, so don’t be scared away by the lefty-vs.-lefty matchup.
Other Options – Alexi Amarista ($3,100), Tim Beckham ($2,900)
Charlie Blackmon – COL @ PHI – $5,300 – Blackmon is showing he deserves a look even when he’s not at Coors Field. He has multiple hits in seven of his last nine games with two doubles, a triple, a home run, nine RBI and two stolen bases during that span. He gets a good matchup tonight against Zach Eflin who he is 1-2 against in his career. Eflin has allowed 13 runs on 29 hits in his last three starts, so look for the Rockies’ lineup to produce good numbers highlighted by Blackmon at the leadoff spot.
Other Options – Aaron Judge ($4,900), Carlos González ($4,200)
Cameron Maybin – LAA @ TB – $4,100 – Maybin went 2-3 with a homer and a stolen base last night for a massive 28 DKFP showcasing his high ceiling while hitting leadoff for the Angels. Maybin is now 13-24 (.542) over the last week with four doubles, a homer, four RBI and seven walks. He has power and speed to offer and will likely lead off again tonight against Alex Cobb. While hitting first this season, he is 13-24 with a 1.478 OPS.
Other Options – Leury García ($3,400), Grégor Blanco ($3,200)
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