Madison Bumgarner, Giants ($12,400) – Bumgarner handles the Dodgers bats well historically with only a .213 BAA and while the Giants could likely skate by the rest of the season without a win and still make the playoffs, they will be fighting hard versus the Dodgers. There aren’t many pitchers I want in my lineup over Bumgarner.
David Price, Tigers ($12, 300) – It’s all about the strikeouts with Price, as he’s totaled 255 on the season so far. The strikeouts and his ability to go deep into games make up for his lack of wins. Plus, Prices is allowed to give up runs when I’ve got him on roster considering he dominates everywhere else.
Henderson Alvarez, Marlins ($7,200) – Getting mid-teen FPPG (15.5 and 16.4 over his last two starts) out of Alvarez is okay in my book considering the price and that he’s not a strikeout hitter. Alvarez is normally not my sort of pitcher when filling out a lineup, but I’m good with him pitching in Miami with the Phillies bats coming to town.
Shelby Miller, Cardinals ($7,700) – Miller has been averaging over 20 FPPG over his last four starts, and he gets the Cubs on Tuesday where he’s actually been very solid against them (.158 BAA) even with the sample size being small.
Wilin Rosario, C, Rockies ($4,800) – As long as Rosario keeps raking the way he has been, I’m not going with another catcher. The blistering-hot Rosario added two more hits on Sunday as he is now 14-for-20 over his last five games with these FPPG numbers: 16, 17, 29, 16 and 20. Just wow.
Michael Cuddyer, 1B/OF, Rockies ($5,100) – The same can be said for Cuddyer as for Wilin Rosario: I’m not going with another first baseman right now, even with the Rockies heading towards San Diego and Petco Park.
Jose Altuve, 2B, Astros ($5,200) – Altuve has a .339 career batting average against the Rangers with 12 doubles and eight walks in 142 at-bats, while he’s been quite hot over the last three games going 7-for-11 with three runs scored, one stolen base and two RBI.
Juan Uribe, 3B, Dodgers ($4,200) – The value isn’t there for the salary savings at third base, but Uribe is hitting very well right now for the Dodgers so I’ve got him slotted here. Working him into your lineup may might be a bit tricky, but if you can manage it Uribe has been averaging over 10 FPPG over his last three played.
Ian Desmond, SS, Nationals ($4,900) – Desmond has been averaging 12.1 FPPG over his last 10 games played and he shreds the Mets over his career, hitting .288 with nine home runs, 14 walks and 28 RBI in 163 at-bats. Desmond is a must-start option for me at shortstop on Tuesday, assuming you’re going with a heavy middle infield plan.
Nelson Cruz, OF, Orioles ($4,800) – It’s been awhile since Cruz has hit a home run and he really hasn’t had much success against starter Brandon McCarthy, but I’m having another gut feeling. Cruz is producing points, just not the massive game points we’ve grown accustomed to at times this year from him; however, Cruz has a nine-game hitting streak and is hitting well overall. Since Cruz has not been hitting long bombs his salary has dropped from $5,300 to $4,800 over the last 10 days.
J.D. Martinez, OF, Tigers ($4,900) – In an absolutely wonderful bounce-back season since arriving in Detroit, Martinez is 17-for-36 with three homers and 11 RBI over his last 10 games played and deserves a start if you’ve got the salary cap space.
Michael Brantley, OF, Indians ($5,400) – Brantley is pricey, although I think he’s worth every dollar with the way he’s been tuning up his bat. You have to go all the way back to September 9 to look at Brantley’s numbers and find NO hits, as he currently has a 12-game hitting streak. He’s stealing bases, driving in runs and has raised his batting average from .307 to .325 as of August 28.
Jake Marisnick, OF, Astros ($3,300) – There isn’t a better value for Tuesday than Marisnick. He’s had a great four-game FPPG stretch of 23, 18,12 and 15, while hitting two homers, scoring four runs and driving in eight runs. Take advantage of his salary.
Freddy Galvis, 3B/SS, Phillies ($2,700) – I love the versatility that Galvis provides for DFS owners, being able to slot him in at third base or shortstop. Plus, he should continue to see everyday at-bats as long as Jimmy Rollins is out with a hamstring injury. Galvis has a nice six-game hitting streak right now with two homers, five runs and seven RBI during the stretch.
Logan Morrison, 1B/OF, Mariners ($3,800) – Surprisingly, Morrison has been giving DFS owners solid play of late without seeing a horrible salary jump. Still, the $3,800 mark is a borderline value but good enough to round our your outfield.
Norichika Aoki, OF, Royals ($3,900) – I’d rather use Aoki over Morrison if choosing, with Aoki’s bat being a bit more reliable to this point in the season. Six out of the last 10 games played by Aoki have resulted in double-digit FPPG totals.
That’s it for today, and good luck! See you on Wednesday!