I know you stayed on top of baseball in this 2014 NFL debut weekend, right? I did, although I couldn’t help myself at times on Sunday with the belief that my Raiders had a chance in New York against the Jets. Oh, well – there’s always next week I guess. I’m just glad I can still say “next week” instead of “next year”.

Here are Monday’s suggestions if you need a push in filling out your lineup:

Stud Pitchers


Felix Hernandez, Mariners ($12,200) – I usually don’t like to put this much salary towards one player, but if I can find value at my other pitcher slot, and stay away from the likes of Mike Trout on the hitting side, then I’m okay with spending 12K on King Felix. Even with a few stinkers of late from King Felix, I have no issue at all slotting him in.

Mike Minor, Braves ($8,500) – Minor is a borderline  “stud” pitcher, but considering the other options for Monday’s slate of games I’m good with slotting Minor here. Over his last four games started, Minor has averaged 22.4 FPPG for DraftKings owners. He’s also managed to go at least seven innings in each of those starts to go along with five strikeouts on average.


Value Pitchers


Jordan Lyles, Rockies ($5,200) – Lyles would be a nice option to pair with Felix Hernandez if you wanted to spend the big bucks on the King. He is a different pitcher on the road compared to Coors Field, with opposing batters only hitting .226 against him away. Plus, Lyles sees a 1.5 drop in ERA away from the thin air.

Roberto Hernandez, Dodgers ($6,500) – Going with Hernandez is more about the matchup as he faces a horribly inept Padres offense. Over the last 10 games played, the Padres have only scored 19 runs which amounts to less than two runs a game with one of those games being a six-run outburst. I’ll let you do the math, but 13 runs over the other nine games? Yikes.


Stud Hitters


Jonathan Lucroy, C, Brewers ($4,300) – It’s a bit much to spend on a catcher, but Lucroy is worth it considering his seasonal consistency and his 7.9 FPPG average this season. His nine-game hitting streak was crushed on Sunday with an 0-for-4 performance, but I like a bounceback game for Lucroy.

Jose Abreu, 1B, White Sox ($5,400) – Abreu hasn’t been giving us many homers to enjoy over the last two weeks, but his bat has stayed alive regardless of the lack of recent power. The White Sox’ superstar first baseman has jumped his batting average up from .305 to .320 since his last homer on August 22.

Jose Altuve, 2B, Astros ($5,100) – Altuve is someone you want to build your hitting lineup around, assuming you cut some salary  on pitching… or snag values on hitting. Altuve is currently in a 14-game hitting streak, with 10 runs and five stolen bases during the run.

Todd Frazier, 3B, Reds ($4,400) – I like power-runs and Frazier is in the midst of one, even with his Sunday performance. Frazier has driven out seven home runs in 113 career at-bats against the Cardinals.

Mookie Betts, SS, Red Sox ($4,200) – With six multi-hit games in his last 10 played, Betts has moved himself into the “stud” realm. Betts has also scored 10 runs over the same period, while giving prospect-geeks something to get weak-kneed over.

Corey Dickerson, OF, Rockies ($5,200) – Dickerson has scored 18 FPPG on average over his last five games played. Yeah, that’s right – he’s sizzling hot.

Jayson Werth, OF, Nationals ($4,600) – The power has been nice from Werth of late and I like his history versus Mike Minor, although in a limited fashion. Still, Werth is hitting .308 with a homer and six RBI in 13 at-bats against Minor.

Nelson Cruz, OF, Orioles ($4,800) – It was a monster night for Cruz on Sunday, going 4-for-5 with two runs scored and seven RBI as he crushed his 38th and 39th homers of the year.  I mean, you’ve got to follow that performance with a start in your lineup, eh?


Value Hitters


Yadier Molina, C, Cardinals  ($3,500) – I know I just recommended Molina for Friday’s games, but I just can’t see passing on the value overall. He’s still one of the best hitting catchers in the game, so expect to see his salary climb over the next week. Molina is a .300 lifetime hitter against the Reds (213 at-bats), with eight homers and 23 RBI.

Brock Holt, 3B/OF, Red Sox ($3,900) – I like Holt here because of the versatility he offers to a lineup qualifying at two positional slots, while giving decent FPPG numbers over his last few games.

Ben Revere, OF, Phillies ($4,200) – I know Revere’s salary has been rising, but he’s one of the hottest players in the game right now. Revere is worth locking in at $4,200 until his bat slows.

D.J. LeMahieu, 2B/3B, Rockies ($3,500) – LeMahieu has seen his salary jump by $500 since September 3, but he’s still a solid value overall considering what he’s been doing with that bat and that he qualifies at second and third base. His game is scoring runs and stealing bases, which he’s done a fine job of over the last week.

Thanks for tuning in and you can catch me on Twitter @TheRolyPolyBoy.