Welcome to the last week of MLB regular season baseball! I know it’s sad to see it come to an end, but let’s go out with a bang, eh? Hopefully you’ve been taking advantage of those values out there. Good luck!
Francisco Liriano, Pirates ($10,000) – Liriano has won his last three decisions while striking out a total of 23 batters during those three starts for an average of almost eight batters a game. Although his last game wasn’t anything special, his 42.4 and 32.5 point showings on September 11 and 6 respectively are every DFS owner’s dream come true. Liriano’s 2.36 ERA against a struggling Braves club is just what DFSer’s need.
Jake Peavy, Giants ($8,900) – Peavy hasn’t allowed more than one earned run in a game since August 20, and in that game he only allowed two runners to cross the plate in seven innings. Peavy has been outstanding of late, giving the Giants hope as they look to lock up a playoff spot over the next few games. The Dodgers are only hitting .196 against him in 143 total at-bats, while keeping hitters off base in general with a low .247 OBPA.
C.J. Wilson, Angels ($6,800) – In the 263 career at-bats that the Athletics have had versus Wilson, they’ve only been able to amass 16 extra-base hits which is a very solid ratio overall (.325 SLG). The price is right on Wilson considering the career matchup information, and keep in mind the Angels’ veteran pitcher has been averaging almost 23 FPPG over his last three starts.
Josh Collmenter, Diamondbacks ($6,900) – Collmenter has had positive double-digit point production over his last five starts for the D-Backs; however, you’re not going to get anything fancy by slotting him in since he’s not much of a strikeout pitcher. But, Collmenter has kept the walks down and he keeps his team in the game with his groundball/flyball ratio.
Wilin Rosario, C, Rockies ($4,600) – Rosario is as hot as they come at the catcher slot with two home runs and 10 RBI over his last six games played. The numbers Rosario has been putting up for DraftKing owners has been ridiculous, averaging over 20 FPPG over those six games. The Rockies catcher has a couple of homers and five RBI in 15 at-bats against starter Eric Stults.
Albert Pujols, 1B, Angels ($4,300) – It’s been a very good season for Pujols as he’s averaged 8.4 FPPG, while totaling 100 RBI yet again in his career. The power has dropped as he’s aged, but there’s still reason to consider Pujols one of the better plays at 1B this season… and certainly on Monday facing Athletics starter Jeff Samardzija. Pujols has three lifetime homers against Samardzija, including a .438 batting average (7-for-16) and nine RBI.
Luis Valbuena, 2B/3B, Cubs ($3,900) – Valbuena is a borderline stud option on Monday, and somewhat of a value considering his price tag. The sample size isn’t much, but in 20 at-bats against Adam Wainwright Valbuena has five extra-base hits including one home run. Valbuena also has scored double-digit FPPG over his last four games played.
Jose Reyes, SS, Blue Jays ($4,800) – I’ve had Reyes in this spot quite a bit of late. Reyes has had 18 hits since September 10 and he’s 10 for his last 22 at-bats over his last five games played. He stole two more bases on Sunday along with two scored runs, and remains a fantastic option at shortstop these late days of the season.
Matt Holliday, OF, Cardinals ($4,800) – Holliday has seen his FPPG jump up a bit over the last 10 games of play, and he has a great career history against Cubs pitcher Travis Wood: 13-for-37, .351/.400/.784, four homers and eight RBI with eight total extra-base hits.
Michael Cuddyer, OF/1B, Rockies ($4,900) – It’s always pretty cool when I suggest a player and he goes off for 40 fantasy points, which is what happened on Friday. I’m patting myself on the back for that one, but, hey, why not continue with Cuddyer’s good fortunes since he seems to be healthy enough to stay on the field right now? Cuddyer has parked three home runs over his last three games played, and he has nine runs scored and nine RBI in those games. He’s incredibly hot and I’m getting him in my lineup regardless of where he’s playing and what pitcher he’s facing.
Matt Kemp, OF, Dodgers ($5,000) – Kemp is absolutely sizzling right now, with four home runs, 10 runs and 15 RBI over his last nine games played including a Sunday where he went 4-for-5 with a home run and four RBI. It’s obvious that Kemp is in a groove right now, so locking him in is smart overall.
Yadier Molina, C, Cardinals ($3,500) – Molina’s salary has remained relatively affordable since he returned from injury, enough that I consider him a pretty good value now. I love what he’s done against Travis Wood over his career: .400/.389/.771, three homers, 12 RBI in 35 at-bats. If you’re looking to save a few hundred bucks while still getting a chance at stud numbers from the catcher slot, Molina makes perfect sense.
Jon Jay, OF, Cardinals ($3,000) – I hate to overload suggestions on the Cardinals’ bats, but Travis Wood has a tough time getting half of the Cards lineup out over his career. Jay is still getting everyday at-bats, but he’s not doing much of late. This is a nice matchup for him facing Wood, with his career numbers: 12-for-29 (.414 AVG), .469 OBP and .517 SLG.
Billy Butler, 1B, Royals ($2,900) – Okay, this is more of a gut suggestion than anything, which I do get from time-to-time. Butler faces the Indians’ Carlos Carrasco in which he’s currently hitting a slash line of .412/.444/.765 against him, with two homers in 17 at-bats. Again, it’s just a gut feeling with how poorly Butler has been playing for the Royals down the stretch.
Jonny Gomes, OF, Athletics ($2,500) – There’s a good chance that Gomes finds him starting on Monday against the Angels with C.J. Wilson on the mound. Gomes has a solid batting average (.318) against Wilson, but it’s his on base percentage (.464) that really sticks out with three extra-bases hits, including one homer, and six base on balls in 22 at-bats. Assuming Gomes is starting, he’s a nice value find to plug in on Monday.
That’s it for Monday! Good luck today! @TheRolyPolyBoy