There are 28 MLB teams in the main fantasy baseball contests tonight with only the White Sox and Royals not in the player pool due to their afternoon contest. Eleven of tonight’s 14 games are divisional matchups highlighted by the Indians looking to pick up their 20th win in a row as they take on the Tigers. Here are my top targets for tonight.
Corey Kluber – CLE vs DET – $13,300 – A lot has gone right for the red-hot Indians and getting superb starting pitching has been at the core of their winning streak. Tonight, they’ll have their ace on the mound as they go for an AL-record-tying 20 wins in a row. Kluber has gone 8-1 in his 11 starts in the second half with a 2.30 ERA and 112 strikeouts in 82 1/3 innings. He has at least 29 DKFP in each of his last four starts and seven of his last 10. He allowed one run on eight hits over eight innings when he beat the Tigers earlier this month.
Other Options – Justin Verlander ($11,600), Gerrit Cole ($9,400)
Taijuan Walker – ARI vs COL – $7,500 – Although this season has been up-and-down for Walker, he has been locked in lately, allowing just a total of two runs over his last four starts spanning 22 2/3 innings. He has posted 19+ DKFP in each of his last three starts while picking up three wins to improve to 9-7 on the year with a 3.33 ERA and 1.29 WHIP. He faces the Rockies tonight for the fifth time this season, and he has dominated them both at Chase Field and Coors Field, going 2-1 with a 1.90 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 23 2/3 innings.
Other Options – Robert Stephenson ($7,100), Eduardo Rodríguez ($6,700)
Robinson Chirinos – TEX vs. SEA – $3,500 – Since Aug. 1, Chirinos is hitting .360 (31-86) with seven doubles, five homers, 11 RBI and a 1.135 OPS. He isn’t showing any signs of slowing down, averaging 10.9 DKFP over his last 10 contests. Chirinos has hit southpaws like opposing starter Marco Gonzales well all season, batting .361 against lefties (22-61) with six homers and a 1.163 OPS.
Other Options – Gary Sánchez ($3,500), J.T. Realmuto ($3,700)
Brian McCann – HOU @ LAA– $3,200 – McCann has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games to pull his average up 12 points to .245 on the season. He has gone 11-30 (.367) in those games with a double, triple, home run and seven RBI while averaging 8.1 DKFP.
Other Options – Christian Vazquez ($3,300), Kevin Plawecki ($2,800)
Freddie Freeman – ATL @ WAS – $4,900 – While hitting safely in eight of his last nine games, Freeman has started September going 14-40 (.350) with four doubles, two homers and seven walks, helping him to a 1.047 OPS. On the season his OPS is 1.025, and he continues to be an elite bat to build your lineup around at either corner infield spot. Don’t be scared by the lefty-lefty matchup with Gio González as Freeman is 12-39 (.308) against González in his career with five doubles, two homers and 13 RBI.
Other Options – Rhys Hoskins ($4,800), José Martínez ($4,100)
Wil Myers – SD @ MIN – $3,300 – Myers is finishing strong after a brutal stretch in the middle of the year. He has hit safely in eight of his last nine games including six multi-hit games. After not homering for 23 games, he also has gone yard three times in his last four games, posting 10+ DKFP in each of his last four games and averaging 12.8 FPPG over his last 10.
Other Options – Chase Headley ($3,500), Jeimer Candelairo ($2,600)
Daniel Murphy – WAS vs. ATL – $4,700 – In the middle of the Nationals’ lineup, Murphy has put together a solid season hitting .321 with 22 homers, 40 doubles, 88 RBI and a .928 OPS. He has started September strong hitting safely in seven of eight games, going 11-30 with a pair of home runs. Murphy also has had success in his career against Julio Teheran, going 9-28 (.321) with five doubles, a home run and seven walks.
Other Options – José Altuve ($5,100), Dee Gordon ($4,300)
Ozzie Albies – ATL @ WAS – $2,900 – Albies continues to be a great value play on a nightly basis. The 20-year-old rookie has reached base in 13 straight games and is averaging 7.7 FPPG over his first 38 MLB games. He has at least seven DKFP in four of his last six games, and he has gone 11-33 with two homers and a 1.057 OPS against southpaws like Gio González, who he’ll face tonight.
Other Options – Jonathan Schoop ($3,800), Dustin Pedroia ($3,500)
José Reyes – NYM @ CHC – $4,300 – In his 15 games since coming back off the DL, Reyes has gone 19-55 (.345) with four doubles, three home runs, 10 RBI and six stolen bases. He has averaged 13.3 FPPG over his last 10 games, and he is 3-7 in his career against tonight’s opposing starter José Quintana.
Other Options – Kyle Seager ($4,300), Eduardo Núñez ($4,400)
Justin Turner – LAD @ SF – $3,800 – Even in the midst of the Dodgers’ slump, Turner has been hitting, going 12-37 (.324) over his first 11 games of September including four doubles, two homers and eight RBI. Turner also has great career numbers against tonight’s opposing starter, Johnny Cueto, going 11-29 (.379) with three doubles and a home run.
Other Options – Evan Longoria ($3,200), Matt Chapman ($2,300)
Francisco Lindor – CLE vs. DET– $5,600 – Lindor has been especially hot lately going 10-21 over his last five games with two doubles, two triples, three home runs and even a stolen base. He has at least 14 DKFP in each of those five games and should be able to keep rolling against Matt Boyd, who he is 5-11 against in his career.
Other Options – Trea Turner ($5,400), Elvis Andrus ($4,200)
Ketel Marte – ARI vs. COL – $3,600 – Marte has hit safely in each of his last seven starts going 11-26 (.423). He has a double and a home run during that stretch while stealing a base, adding five walks and scoring seven runs.
Other Options – Paul DeJong ($3,900), Adeiny Hechavarria ($2,900)
J.D. Martinez – ARI vs. COL – $5,500 – He has only played nine games in September, but Martinez already has eight home runs while going 18-40 (.450) with 17 RBI and an insane 1.590 OPS. He has enjoyed his new home at Chase Field, where he is hitting .316 with a 1.159 OPS this season, and he is 6-12 this season against Colorado with a home run that came off tonight’s starter, Jon Gray.
Other Options – Cody Bellinger ($4,600), Byron Buxton ($4,300)
Greg Allen – CLE vs. DET – $3,400 – If you want a cheap way to get a piece of the Tribe’s success, check out rookie Greg Allen who should see more playing time after the injury to Bradley Zimmer. Allen is a switch-hitting speedster who has good plate discipline. He had success in the minors against lefties hitting .356 off of southpaws at Double-A Akron, and he has gone 3-5 in his limited MLB action against lefties like opposing starter Matthew Boyd.
Other Options – Manuel Margot ($3,500), Nick Williams ($3,100)
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