FanCave Favorites (MLB) 5/16/18: Fanduel (Main)

Welcome to the MLB FanCave Favorites for tonight’s five-game main slate on Fanduel. In this top plays article, I will briefly highlight my top pitcher, my top stacks, and my favorite one-off bats that I will be building my lineups around.

Since this is a smaller slate as it is, and it is now confirmed the Yankees/Nationals game has been postponed, this article will focus strictly on GPP’s. That said, we are down to a four-game slate, and let’s jump right in!


Top Pitcher:


Elieser Hernandez – Miami Marlins – $5,500

In what could be a trade showcase, first mentioned to me by fellow analyst Michael Behler (@mb_guruDFS), the rule 5 draft pick is in line to make his first career start. Truthfully, I was fully set to start writing up scheduled starter Caleb Smith, but he was pushed back to tomorrow in favor of Hernandez. This could end up a great GPP play, as ownership will still likely favor the big names such as Chris Sale and Justin Verlander. Hernandez is not a top prospect by any means, but the Dodgers bats have been cold, and they continue to struggle as they have gone 2-8 over their last ten games.


Top Stacks:


Atlanta Braves – (2B – Ozzie Albies $4,600, OF – Ronald Acuna $3,900, 1B – Freddie Freeman $4,800, SS – Johan Camargo $2,400)

Chicago Cubs – (3B – Kris Bryant $5,000, C/1B – Willson Contreras $3,400, OF – Kyle Schwarber $4,100, OF – Ian Happ $2,800)

Since I am playing GPP only, I may attack this slate with a mix of these stacks, and a few other plays from these teams as well. This game has the highest total on the slate at 9.5 projected total runs, and considering we have aces like Verlander and Sale in action, I will want to have as many top bats as possible, with the limited selection of games.


Top One-Off Bats:

Boston Red Sox J.D. Martinez Press Conference

OF – JD Martinez – Boston Red Sox – $5,100

The Red Sox have the highest implied team total of the day, which currently sits at 5 runs. If you are going the cheap route at pitcher today, you might want to pay up for Martinez. He continues to be on a tear, posting over 25 hits in the last 16 games. The Red Sox will also be a popular stack tonight, as they face veteran Trevor Cahill at home.

3B – Justin Turner – Los Angeles Dodgers – $3,000

Yes I am playing the pitcher he is facing, but on a smaller slate that won’t matter. I am not expecting Hernandez to throw a shutout obviously, and I love Turner as one of the best pure hitters in the league. For this low price it is wise to roster him while you can, because it won’t be long before he is up over $4K.

1B – Mitch Moreland – Boston Red Sox – $3,300

Moreland will hit sixth tonight against Cahill, and could make for a key part of a Red Sox stack with Martinez, and possibly Xander Bogaerts or Eduardo Nunez. He is quietly having a decent season, hitting .330 with six home runs and 21 RBI’s. I can also play the BvP angle here, while it isn’t quite the 30 PA’s (Plate Appearances) we look for for justifiable data, Moreland has homered twice off of Cahill in 22 PA’s. With little to work with on a four-game slate, stats like this are what I look for.

OF – Mark Canha – Oakland Athletics – $2,700

This should be a sub 10% ownership play, as the A’s will likely be overlooked, as they face Red Sox ace Chris Sale. The way I look at this is, if I have $3K left for my utility spot where am I going? I likely already have Happ in my Cubs stack, and Canha offers that sneaky low percentage upside we look for to take down a GPP. He is 3-for-9 career against Sale, with two doubles and a triple.

That’s it for today. Don’t go too crazy. I am actually scaling back my play a bit today, as this is as ugly a slate as I can remember in a while. Regardless, good luck in your contests tonight!

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