Welcome to today’s MLB FanCave Full Look, covering the main 10-game slate on Fanduel. This will essentially look a lot like FanCave Favorites used to look like, with the idea that our Favorites will be condensed down to our absolute top plays of the slate. This full look will target the slate as a whole. I will 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.
We are working with 10 games tonight and the weather everywhere looks great, so no worries there. We have a decent selection of pitchers to choose from today, so let’s dig right in.
Shohei Ohtani – Los Angeles Angels – $8,600
I think we are looking at some chalk here with Ohtani tonight, but I am going 100% at this price. He has proven he can be dominant, and has probably the best match-up on the slate against the Royals, who only mustered one-hit off of Angels lefty Andrew Heaney. I am not even sure there is a solid case for anybody else for cash games tonight. The only other pitcher I would consider is Lance McCullers Jr, but that makes zero sense, considering he is more expensive than Ohtani.
Lance McCullers Jr – Houston Astros
A strikeout pitcher, in a great position for a win, whose ownership should be down, considering Ohtani. This has the makings of a “just in case” line. I am 99.9% sure at this point that I myself will go 100% Ohtani as mentioned above, but if you are looking for a solid GPP pivot, look to McCullers. McCullers had his best outing of the season on April 17th at Seattle, posting 61 FDP, striking out 11 over seven innings. He gets them again tonight at home this time, and could be a sneaky GPP winner.
Los Angeles Angels – (2B – Ian Kinsler $2,900, 3B – Luis Valbuena $2,400, OF – Justin Upton $3,700, OF – Mike Trout $5,400)
I think the obvious chalk tonight will be in the great hitting weather in Texas. So while I like both A’s and Rangers stacks, they might be a little too easy. I will instead highlight a couple others, starting with the Angels.
Mike Trout is an everyday option for me if we are being honest, and is always in play. Kinsler has finally cooled off a bit, but has four doubles and two home runs in 25 plate appearances against tonight’s starter Ian Kennedy. Upton is also in play, as he has also taken Kennedy deep as well in his career. Valbuena rounds out the stack, presenting fantastic value for a projected clean-up hitter.
Boston Red Sox – (SS – Xander Bogaerts $4,200, OF – JD Martinez $4,700, 1B – Sam Travis $2,200, 2B Eduardo Nunez $2,900)
What a fantastic, affordable stack. Red Sox have a 5.4 projected run total facing lefty Blaine Hardy for Detroit in this one. Hardy has been decent over his last starts bringing his ERA down to 2.77, but regression is near, and this looks like a great place to attack. Martinez is arguably the top bat on the slate, as is usually the case when the Sox face a lefty. I am also happy to see Travis in the lineup as well. He will hit sixth after a red hot Nunez, who has now hit safely in six straight games, with multi-hit efforts in the last two.
It’s a big fun slate, ownership should be fairly spread out. The most chalk we should see will be on the mound. Which makes tonight exciting to see how the ownerships actually pan out. There are so many good stacks today, that this is likely a day where a team like the Rays will go off, and someone, somewhere will have stacked them. Before we get to the one-offs and finish this off, lets throw out a couple more stacks I can dig.
Minnesota Twins – (2B Dozier, 3B Escobar, 3B Sano)
St. Louis Cardinals – (2B Gyorko, OF Pham, OF Ozuna, C/1B Molina)
Top One-Off Bats:
OF – Marcell Ozuna – St. Louis Cardinals – $3,500
Just mentioned him above, as I am slowly warming up to the idea of a Cardinals stack. Ozuna has recently changed something in his swing. I believe I saw this on MLB network, but I can’t remember what I had for breakfast so who knows. Anyways, he brought some little toe tap thing back to his pre-swing and since then has been raking. He has homered in two of the last three games, and has averaged 24.2 FDP per night in that same span. He is a lock in all formats tonight.
OF – Starling Marte – Pittsburgh Pirates – $2,900
This just doesn’t seem right. A streaky hitter by nature, Marte is given a day off more often than others it seems. But it also seems like he is still a premier hitter, and he is below $3K? While this is not a slam dunk for me, this shapes up for a spot where Marte gets hot again. He pinch-hit on a day off yesterday, and got a base hit. They come in bunches for him, and he is confirmed a starter today, batting 3rd for the Pirates at home against rookie lefty Caleb Ferguson and the Dodgers.
C/1B – James McCann – Detroit Tigers – $2,100
My final one-off of the day was looking to be a free square early in the day, but quite a bit of value has opened up at the combined catcher/first base position as they day has progressed. McCann is a lefty killer, always has been. He will bat fifth against Eduardo Rodriguez today, and he is my player most likely to hit a home run. You can’t beat that for almost minimum price. Lock him in.
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!