Welcome to the MLB FanCave Favorites for tonight’s jam packed 14-game slate on Fanduel. In this top plays article, I will briefly highlight my top pitchers, one for cash games and one for GPP, my top stacks, and my favorite one-off bats that I will be building my lineups around. It should be obvious by now if you have played any MLB DFS that if there is a game in Colorado it is always in play. Whether it be my top stacks or my top one-off’s, you will not see a Rocky or whoever they are hosting in this article. With that in mind. Let’s jump right in!
Kenta Maeda – Los Angeles Dodgers – $9,300
For a large slate, we do not have any real stud pitchers in play in my opinion tonight. This might actually be a rare day in cash games, considering the fact there is no clear chalk pitcher. For me, it becomes clear that Maeda is the top choice when you look at his last two games. Facing Miami and Colorado, Maeda has pitched 14.2 innings, striking out 20, for an average of 62 FDP. He is a top tier pitcher when he is on, and he has been simply fantastic as of late. Lock him in your cash lineups with confidence.
Felix Hernandez – Seattle Mariners – $6,300
Tough to pick a GPP pitcher with so much mediocrity to choose from. My general strategy as I have mentioned before, is to go as low salary as possible to have the abililty to stack whatever bats you choose. You still have to find someone viable and in a good spot. For this price, King Felix is my favorite tonight.
The velocity and strikeouts are certainly on the decline for Hernandez in these later stages of his career, but against this Texas lineup, we have shot at a decent game out of him. The Mariners are heavy favorites tonight, putting Hernandez in a great spot to pick up a quality start and a win.
*Honorable Mention: Dan Straily – Miami Marlins – $7,000
Seattle Mariners – (SS – Jean Segura $3,500, 3B – Kyle Seager $3,100, OF – Denard Span $3,000, OF – Mitch Haniger $3,500)
The Mariners will face a guy I like to target in Rangers youngster Austin Bibens-Dirkx. Their bats have not been on fire of late, but this is a spot where they could break out. Despite the elite match-up, this stack will likely be low owned, which could help win a GPP if they explode. Keep an eye on the status of Segura though. He is day-to-day, but expected to play tonight after being a late scratch yesterday. He has been the hottest of the bunch. Newcomer Denard Span went 0-for-4 in his Mariners debut yesterday, but I expect him to introduce himself to his new fans tonight. If you need to save on salary, a good strategy if running this stack would be to go down to Nelson Cruz over Haniger. I really only slightly prefer Haniger due to his overall numbers this year, as he is hitting an exceptional .280 with 11 home runs.
Minnesota Twins – (2B – Brian Dozier $3,600, 3B Miguel Sano $3,300, OF – Robbie Grossman $2,000)
With all of the attention likely to be focused on the Giants and the fact that they are just priced too low, a little mini-stack I like to mix in with them here is with the Twins. Sano looks to be healthy finally, as he launched a massive bomb to deep center field yesterday. Dozier has struggled, but over his career has hit lefties well. And Grossman is a min-price punt play, with exceptional BvP for a small sample size against tonight’s opponent. Toeing the rubber for the Royals tonight will be veteran Danny Duffy, who has posted a 6.14 ERA so far this season. Back to Grossman and that BvP. 6-for-13 with two doubles and a homer tells me he sees the ball at least fairly decent against Duffy. Add in the fact that Grossman is simply a better hitter from the right side against left-handed pitching, and we have ourselves a possible great value play. Confirm he is in the lineup though, as he remains the odd-man out in the Twins OF.
Top One-Off Bats
C/1B – Francisco Cervelli – Pittsburgh Pirates – $3,200
Going with a lefty masher in Cervelli tonight who faces Cubs left-hander Jon Lester. In his career, Cervelli is 8-for-31, with one long ball and eight driven-in. He should be fresh, coming off two days battling flu-like symptoms. A streaky hitter by nature, Cervelli is also hitting well as of late, with five hits in his last four games. I think he takes Lester deep today, and I will have a share of him somewhere.
2B – Jose Altuve – Houston Astros – $4,100
Altuve is easily the hottest player in baseball right now, going 11-for-19, with two home runs and seven RBI in the last four games. Included in that stretch, was a massive 55.6 FDP performance on Saturday against Cleveland. He is an insta-lock for me today and I would say fade at your own risk to be honest. The Astros get Yankees lefty CC Sabathia in New York, and I expect them to score plenty of runs.
OF – George Springer – Houston Astros – $4,300
I could have just said stack the Astros as well, but there truly is not a third or fourth option for me there today. So that brings me to Springer, another right hander that hits lefties well. Considering he is priced rather high, he could go overlooked with all of the cheap OF bats in the Coors Field game. Springer is my lock to hit a homer today, and is locked in a GPP with Altuve for me.
OF – Socrates Brito – Arizona Diamondbacks – $2,000
Need a decent punt play? His bat hasn’t been there quite yet since his insertion in the starting role, going just 2-for-13 to this point in four games. However, Brito has been up in the bigs in years past and has shown flashes of being a decent ball player. Tonight they face the Reds and right-hander Luis Castillo, who is always a guess as to what pitcher we are going to get. He could be on and control the game easy against this lineup, or he could be wild and get behind forcing him to throw strikes. Brito could find himself on base a couple times tonight, and easily pay off his minimum price tag.
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!