FanCave Favorites (MLB) 5/31/18: 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, 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. Before we jump in today, let’s look at quick overview of the slate.

Dodgers big man Clayton Kershaw returns from the DL tonight, and with not many stud pitchers in action, he figures to be the chalk in cash games. He wasn’t the same Kershaw before the injury, so I am not fully convinced he will be my cash pitcher. He is actually priced at a discounted $11K, and has to be considered of course. All signs point to Kershaw being fully healthy and a full go. However, the pitcher on the other side of this game is Aaron Nola, and he also has to be considered. His price is a little high for me at $9,500, but if we get news Kershaw may be limited, the chalk will pivot to Nola. Kershaw will be featured here, so let’s move on to the couple of weather concerns we may have.

The first game we have to keep an eye on is in Baltimore, where the Orioles will host the Yankees. Currently we have a 50% chance of rain through game time, slowly diminshing with time to finish the game. I expect a delay or possibly a late start at this moment, but the game should play.

St. Louis looks to be in worse shape overall as rain should fall pretty much from now until what would be mid-game. Radar models show it could clear up early enough to get the game in, but for DFS purposes, this game looks like a full fade for me at the moment. *Now looking like a delayed start, but should play!

Top Pitchers:


Cash Games:

Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers – $11,000

As mentioned above, all signs are pointing to a full go Kershaw tonight, but we never truly know what will happen. If he is laboring a bit after 80 pitches, I am sure he will be pulled. But if he is dominant, he will likely have a longer leash because of his pedigree. This is a good match-up for sure at home against the Phillies, and I am on board until I hear news that scares me away.


Shane Bieber – Cleveland Indians – $6,000

The talk around the FanCave staff chat water cooler this morning has been all about the Biebs. As a former fourth round pick of the Indians in 2016 out of UC Santa Barbara, Bieber is described as strikeout pitcher with fantastic control. His minor league stats in 10 games between AA and AAA so far this season are phenomenal. Over 65.1 innings, he has compiled a 5-1 record with a miniscule 1.10 ERA, while walking just three, and striking-out 61. He gets to make his major league debut against the struggling Minnesota Twins, and he will be a popular play for GPP’s for the FanCave staff tonight.

*Honorable Mention: Jordan Lyles – San Diego Padres – $7,500

Top Stacks:


We have a fair amount of good-looking stacks in play today, so I am going to throw in a bonus stack. Before we get to our feature stacks, I will also say a case can be made for a few other stacks as well. The Mariners RH bats are in a good spot again, as they will face Texas LHP Mike Minor. The Cubs will face the Mets bullpen basically, and a stack here would look good with lefties Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber. Houston will be popular, and is very much in play as well, as they face Red Sox lefty Drew Pomeranz. With three good options to choose from there, let’s move on to the favorites.

Cash Games:

New York Yankees (OF – Brett Gardner $3,100, OF – Aaron Judge $4,900, 1B – Greg Bird $2,800, C/1B – Gary Sanchez $3,500)

First of all, remember to check the weather, but if it looks like a go, stack up the Yankees in cash games. I love that stack above, because it features the top of the order, and other than my top hitter of the day Judge, the others come in at great value. Gardner finally broke out in a big way on Tuesday, going 4-for-5 with two home runs and posting 46.9 FDP. Bird is a home run threat at any time, and is still under $3K making him a near lock. Sanchez has been struggling, and thus his price has dipped to $3,500. That’s right around the area where he is too cheap, and could pay off in a big way. The Yankees face Orioles terrible veteran Andrew Cashner, who just so happens to be one of my favorites guys to target against.

* Bonus Cash Stack – San Diego Padres – (2B – Jose Pirela $2,700, OF – Hunter Renfroe $2,300, OF – Franmil Reyes $2,600, 3B – Christian Villanueva $3,400)

The Dads offer a great stack salary relief option, facing veteran lefty Wei-Yin Chen. Target these cheap right-handed power bats if you decide to pay up for Kershaw.


Cleveland Indians – (SS – Francisco Lindor $4,700, 3B – Jose Ramirez $4,600, OF – Michael Brantley $4,100, 1B – Yonder Alonso $3,300)

My top GPP stack comes in as about the hottest stack in the majors, and they could be vastly under-owned with all of the other options to choose from. Pretty easy to make this stack work with my top GPP option in Bieber, and still fit a top play like Judge as a one-off. If you go through the game logs of these guys over the last few games, and notice the constant double-digit performances, it’s hard not to fire them up against the struggling Minnesota Twins tonight.


Top One-Off Bats:


SS – Jean Segura – Seattle Mariners – $3,300

You would think his price tag would go up a bit with three straight multi-hit games but I guess not. I think this one is a lock button today, as Segura is now 12-for-21 in the last five games, and is now batting a cool .333 for the season. Seattle faces another lefty in Texas veteran Mike Minor, who currently has a horrific 5.63 ERA. Unless I am paying up for Lindor for a GPP stack, I will likely have Segura locked in.

2B – Jose Altuve – Houston Astros – $4,400

Altuve was just featured here the other day, as he was on a torrid stretch. I likely jinxed him by writing him up, as he only scored 6 FDP, but let’s see if I can really kill a hot streak. That was still a multi-hit game for Altuve, and he could still be one of the hottest hitters in the league no doubt. He will face Pomeranz, who he is 7-for-17 in his career against. Altuve must also have something on his motion, as he also has three stolen bases in this match-up.

3B – Johan Camargo – Atlanta Braves – $2,600

It was looking like Camargo was going to goose egg yesterday, but he homered late for the patented 18.7 FDP game. A great value option as he is no doubt seeing the ball well, having gone 5-for-14 in the last four games, whiling homering in two straight now.

1B – Max Muncy – Los Angeles Dodgers – $2,700

Muncy has now become a fixture at the top of the Dodgers lineup over the last few games, and as had some success. He is currently on a five-game hitting streak with two home runs in that stretch. He has a tougher match-up against Nola, but could be a great low ownership GPP value play.


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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