Welcome to the MLB FanCave Favorites for tonight’s massive full 15 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!
Chris Sale – Boston Red Sox – $11,500
In terms of pitching, and throwing the ball fast and curvy and missing bats, Sale is still one of the best. The huge strikeout totals have been there. The 60+ FDP point games on the road have been there recently. Today he faces the Rays in Tampa, and looking at their lineup, I see another 60+ FDP game. Gerrit Cole has great match-up today also, but Sale is getting the nod for me today
Luke Weaver – St. Louis Cardinals – $6,400
A lot of great of tournament options today, but my guess is few pitchers will compete with what Sale will put up. The reason to pay down is to pay up for bats. So if I am paying down, I am paying as far down as possible, for the best bats as possible. Enter Luke Weaver. Man he really struggled to begin the season, but things seem to be turning around. In his last two starts, he has given up just one earned run in 12 innings, while striking out 10. He is a big favorite at home against the Royals today, and is worth a GPP flyer.
Pittsburgh Pirates – (2B – Josh Harrison $2,900, 1B – Josh Bell $3,200, OF – Corey Dickerson $3,500, OF Austin Meadows $2,700)
My top stack of the day will be the Pirates, as I will be picking on Cincinnati starter Matt Harvey in the hitter friendly Great American Ball Park. Meadows is tearing it up since his call up, hitting .455 with a homer in three starts. It’s Corey Dickerson’s birthday today, so lock in that narrative for those that live on #NarrativeStreet. Gregory Polanco is also in play, but I prefer Dickerson by a nose.
St. Louis Cardinals – (3B – Matt Carpenter $3,400, Marcell Ozuna $2,500, Tyler O’Neill, 2,500)
Just a three man stack here as I like the way this sets up against Hammel. Ozuna remains a sneaky play as he continues to hit the ball hard, and O’Neill is likely the chalk again as he continues to hit bombs. Carpenter’s bat is showing signs of life here again as well, and I like throwing him in a mini-stack with these two.
*Honorable Mention – Houston Astros – (George Springer, Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman) all are underpriced versus a lefty.
Top One-Off Bats:
1B – Mark Reynolds – Washington Nationals – $3,700
Still proving to be a lefty masher, Reynolds faces Padres left-hander Eric Lauer tonight. If there was ever a quick pick for a home run this it. In just 18 at-bats, Reynolds is hitting a cool .444 with four home runs already, since finally suiting up for his new team, just over a week ago.
3B – Jake Lamb – Arizona Diamondbacks – $2,900
Lamb has struggled a bit since his return from injury, but finally got ahold of one yesterday for his first homer of the season. As far as value plays go, this is a guy whose price tag could be up over $4K in no time. He faces Brewers overachieving right-hander Jhoulys Chacin who is due to regress a bit, and I love this match-up for cash games.
SS – Carlos Correa – Houston Astros – $3,700
The Astros probably won’t be popular tonight as their top bats remain cold, but they have to break out at some point correct? Runs have been hard to come by for this bunch of late, but Correa has connected for three home runs in his last eight games. Not great and probably a reach here, but considering every team is on the slate, Shortstop is just ugly tonight. It seems everyone who should be in play is overpriced. I think we will see a ton of Manny Machado again as he faces James Shields, but I don’t think that is as great as it sounds for Machado. We will see.
OF – Juan Soto – Washington Nationals – $2,500
This 19 year old is set to be the real deal, homering in his first career start like a boss. He will hit sixth tonight two spots behind Reynolds, and I think they will set up for a nice pair. Soto did hit lefties well in the minors, but I don’t think Lauer lasts very long anyways. Soto will most certainly face multiple pitchers, and he will be a popular play tonight.
That’s it for today. Good luck in your contests! Give me a follow https://twitter.com/JuanBondDFS and let me know if I sucked or won you some money!