FanCave Favorites (MLB) 5/21/18: Fanduel

Welcome to the MLB FanCave Favorites for tonight’s nine-game slate on Fanduel. In this top plays article, I will briefly highlight my top pitchers, my top stacks, and my favorite one-off bats that I will be building my lineups around. Let’s jump right in!

Top Pitchers


Cash Games: 

Jose Berrios – Minnesota Twins – $8,400

We have a good amount of young pitchers in action today with Miles Mikolas, who is off to a great start to his career with a 5-0 record and a 2.63 ERA. He will face the Royals in a favorable match-up. We also have Walker Buehler in action for the Dodgers, who has also been fantastic, racking up strikeouts and sporting a 2.67 ERA. I’m sure we also have some Gio Gonzalez owners tonight as well. But for me for my cash games, I am going to use Berrios against the right-handed heavy lineup of the Detroit Tigers.

Berrios hit a little rut there for a few games, but seemed to bounce back in a big way in his last start, striking out 10 in 7.1 IP and picking up a win against the Cardinals in interleague play. That performance was at home, like he is again tonight, and went for a whopping 59 FDP. I have no fear locking in Berrios in my cash game lineup tonight.


Mike Foltynewicz – Atlanta Braves – $8,300

As first pointed out to me by fellow analyst and colleague Michael Behler, Folty has been pretty dominant this year in three meetings against the Phillies. In those match-ups he has given up just four earned runs, while striking out 21 in 17 innings of work. Couple that with the fact that he is coming off of a nice 10 K performance against the Cubs in his last start, and we have a recipe for a nice GPP pitcher. Foltynewicz has been quietly good on the year as well let’s not forget, with an ERA sitting at 2.87.


Top Stacks


Cash Games: 

New York Yankees – (OF – Giancarlo Stanton $5,100, OF – Aaron Judge $5,000, C/1B – Neil Walker $2,200, OF – Brett Gardner $2,800

The Yankees travel to Texas to face Bartolo Colon and the Rangers tonight, and the heat is on. With game time temps in the 90’s, we have a fantastic environment for hitters in this one, and the Yankees stacks will be popular. In mine, I will be using Stanton and Judge for sure for starters. Stanton is heating up and Judge is a better hitter versus right handed pitching. In a small sample size, Judge is 2-for-4 lifetime with a home run against Colon, while Stanton is 6-for-16 with two home runs.

Finishing up the stack for me will depend on the lineup card, but I fully expect Walker to play, and hopefully put up a decent game. He is still capable, although struggling this year with just a .211 average with 0 home runs. He is 4-for-13 in his career against Colon with one home run, and I think he takes him deep here in this one if he can crack the starting lineup again. Finally we have Gardner. A good value for a leadoff hitter on a potent lineup at just $2,800 is always in play.

Look to Aaron Hicks if you have the extra $200 in salary and want to go with the possibly lower owned player. Hicks has been on fire of late, with multi-hit performances in his last three games. Truthfully, I like Hicks more than Gardner, but you might need the savings if you are paying up for Stanton and Judge.


Minnesota Twins – (2B – Brian Dozier $3,600, 3B – Eduardo Escobar $3,400, OF – Max Kepler $2,700, OF – Byron Buxton $2,100)

The Twins will face Tigers lefty Blaine Hardy in this one. With the second highest run total on the slate with 5.1 projected, the Twins should also make for a good stack. I don’t expect Hardy to be left out there too long, but nobody in the Tigers bullpen scares me much either. With Joe Mauer landing on the DL, we could see Buxton slide back in to a leadoff role. Keep an eye out for this Twins lineup, and if he is at the top, lock him in.

Top One-Off Bats:


C/1B – Freddie Freeman – Atlanta Braves – $4,900

Freeman’s bat has come alive, and he faces Phillies young ace Nick Pivetta. Pivetta is coming off a good game against Baltimore in which he struck out 11, but has struggled in three meetings with the Braves. Freeman is just 1-for-12 against Pivetta, connecting on a triple for his one hit, but he is hitting well of late, and is a strong hitter all around. You can throw out that small sample size above, and feel comfortable locking in Freeman tonight

SS – Manny Machado – Baltimore Orioles – $4,900

Another great match-up here as Machado faces White Sox Lefty Hector Santiago, who has pretty much been abysmal this season, with a 5.29 ERA. In another small sample size, Machado is 4-for-8 with a home run against Santiago. Having another MVP type season in a contract year, Machado is now hitting .343 with 14 home runs this season. He is one of the best hitters in baseball, and always gets a bump against lefties.

OF – Joc Pederson – Los Angeles Dodgers – $2,600

Another bat showing signs of life after a below average start is the bat of Pederson. He presents good value, as he should leadoff again tonight facing right hander German Marquez of the Rockies. He has posted double-digit FDP in three straight, doubling in back-to-back games. A career streaky type hitter, Joc seems on right now, and should be a staple in cash games tonight.

SS – Miguel Rojas – Miami Marlins – $2,400

A nice low percentage flyer here, as SS is a loaded position tonight. Rojas is coming off an amazing two home run game against the Braves, in which he posted a massive 56.6 FDP game. That is the type of stuff that wins GPP’s. I think the focus will be on the Marlins at the top of the order as they face lefty Jason Vargas, and Rojas will go overlooked. He is now hitting a respectable .264 with seven home runs and is already again locked in the 7-hole of the lineup.


That’s it for today.  Good luck in your contests! Give me a follow and let me know if I sucked or won you some money!


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