No sick references this time around, guys, sorry (unless you pick up on that one). Anyway, we’ve got a shorter 10-game slate for Monday with plenty of exposure expected in Cubs-Rockies and Nationals-Orioles. But don’t sleep on a pair of teams that may not have the most imposing lineups. Read on to check out some Rays and A’s players in good spots. As always, on Twitter @BZweimanNHL.
Jacob deGrom — NYM vs. SF — $10,800 – I’m not exactly feeling a lot of the top-tier pitchers for Monday’s shallow slate, so deGrom it is! He can be used in all formats given his track record at home (21 DKFP per game) and the Giants inability to score runs (29th in the MLB). Despite struggling to keep batters off the bases, deGrom has double-digit Ks in three of four starts.
Other Options: Masahiro Tanaka ($9,100), Trevor Cahill ($7,600)
Rookie Davis — CIN vs. NYY — $4,800 – He’s certainly not the safest option, but consider giving Davis a go in big GPPs. He’s the second-cheapest available SP on the 10-game slate and is set to face an exhausted Yankees team coming off an 18-inning win Sunday night. Davis tossed five shutout innings in his previous start and is clearly more comfortable pitching at home.
Other Options: Blake Snell ($7,400)
Gary Sanchez — NYY vs. CIN — $4,800 – If you don’t believe in professional athletes being tired, then Sanchez could have a huge game vs. Davis. Sanchez wasn’t supposed to play Sunday, but got into the marathon game, finishing with a hit and two BB. He’s 3-for-9 since returning from the DL and is a powder keg with the highest ceiling of any catcher on the slate.
Other Options: Miguel Montero ($4,200), Yasmani Grandal ($3,400)
Ryan Hanigan — COL vs. CHC — $2,700 – The Rockies purchased Hanigan’s contract from AAA and he’ll likely split time at catcher with Dustin Garneau. Hanigan is 5-for-9 with an HR and three RBI in two games with Colorado, and the Cubs were forced to use Monday’s SP Jake Arrieta in a pinch-hitting role Sunday. Hanigan is worth taking a chance on to continue his hot start.
Other Options: J.T. Realmuto ($3,300), Martin Maldonado ($2,300)
Ryan Zimmerman — WAS vs. BAL — $4,700 – I’m going to chalk it up here and roll with demigod Zimmerman, who remains atop the MLB in BA (.435), HRs (13) and RBI (34). He had the day off Sunday, giving him a break from his 13-game hitting streak. He has double-digit DKFP in each of his past 10 games and has a career .304 average with five HR and 14 RBI at Camden Yards.
Other Options: Wil Myers ($4,300), Matt Carpenter ($4,100)
Yonder Alonso — OAK vs. LAA — $2,800 – Alonso tore up the Tigers over the weekend, belting three HRs with seven RBI and three runs scored in the three-game series. Angels’ SP Ricky Nolasco is used to watching his pitches leave and never come back, ranking third in the MLB in HRs allowed (9). Pretty easy formula here.
Other Options: Logan Morrison ($3,200), Josh Bell ($2,900)
Jedd Gyorko — STL vs. MIA — $3,800 – There are a couple of high-priced second basemen under the Coors Field effect, but I’m not trying to pay up for any of them. Gyorko may not be top-10 in price at the position, but he’s fourth in DKFP per game (8.8). Marlins’ LHP Adam Conley has not had fun pitching at home this season (13.50 ERA in three games).
Other Options: Javier Baez ($4,700), Jose Ramirez ($4,000)
Adam Rosales — OAK vs. LAA — $2,300 – Rosales is rolling on a five-game hitting streak, with at least five DKFP in each contest during that stretch. His home splits are solid as well, batting .273 with two HRs and nine RBI at the Coliseum this season. As mentioned above, Nolasco is not exactly keeping hitters in check.
Other Options: – Daniel Robertson ($2,400)
Evan Longoria — TB vs. KC — $4,100 – A lot of ownership will likely be distributed throughout Kris Bryant, Nolan Arenado, you know, players in games with high projected run totals. But Longoria has been looking a lot like his old self and Royals’ SP Nate Karns gives up too much contact. Longo has been solid at home, batting .271 with three HRs and 12 RBI in 18 games.
Other Options: Anthony Rendon ($4,400), Justin Turner ($3,600)
Ryon Healy — OAK vs. LAA — $3,300 – As you can see, I’m all-in on the A’s vs. Nolasco. If you thought Alonso was hot, Healy has HRs in three straight, including a walk-off two-run shot vs. the Tigers on Saturday. Oh hey, Healy’s home splits are crazy too; he’s batting .367 with five of his six HRs and 12 of his 14 RBI at home this season.
Other Options: T.J. Rivera ($2,800)
Corey Seager — LAD vs. PIT — $4,400 – Seager has gone seven straight without reaching double-digit DKFP, but is in a good spot to do so vs. the Pirates, who will send reliever Trevor Williams to the mound for just his second MLB start. Williams had been shaky from the bullpen, allowing at least a run in four of six appearances. Seager should be less targeted with plenty of options at the top at shortstop.
Other Options: Francisco Lindor ($4,600), Aledmys Diaz ($3,900)
Tim Beckham — TB vs. KC — $3,100 – The Rays are going to offer one of the top stack options considering how cheap their batters are going for, with Beckham falling into that group. He has great pop among the more affordable shortstops on the slate (six HRs, 15 RBI). Most of his power shows up in short spurts, but that high ceiling is exactly what we’re looking for.
Other Options: Adeiny Hechavarria ($2,500)
Giancarlo Stanton — MIA vs. STL — $4,400 – Stanton may get overlooked among the elite outfielders, but that would be, ahhh, not very wise. He’s launched three HRs in his past two games after going through a bit of a dry spell, so hitting on him at the right time would be huge for GPP lineups.
Other Options: Aaron Judge ($4,600), Mark Trumbo ($4,400)
Tommy Pham — STL vs. MIA — $3,000 – In three games since joining the Cardinals’ outfield, Pham is 6-for-12 with three HRs and five RBI (22.7 DKFP per game). Mostly a career minor leaguer, Pham, 29, is hungry to remain with St. Louis and Adam Conley is hungry for more reasons to be yanked from the Marlins rotation.
Other Options: Marcell Ozuna ($3,400), Matt Joyce ($2,400)
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