Welcome to today’s MLB FanCave Full Look, covering the main 14-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, followed by my top stacks, and my favorite one-off bats, that I will be building my lineups around.
Chris Sale – Boston Red Sox – $11,500
I don’t think you can go wrong with Sale or Justin Verlander, who will likely be the more popular option tonight. JV has been the better pitcher this year, and faces the Rangers, who he has owned over his career. But the pro’s for Sale slightly outweight those of Verlander. Sale has the revenge factor going for him tonight, as he faces his former White Sox team. With the overall match-up Sale has, versus the heat and stadium factor Verlander will deal with, give me Sale for $100 cheaper. Again, both studs will likely have 50+ FDP games, and I don’t think you can go wrong either way.
Stephen Strasburg – Washington Nationals – $10,400
Tons of great arms, tons of pitchers to target, Coors Field back in play… What a day to be alive! Seriously though, there were some boring slates that last week so this is a relief for sure!
With a mess of studs to sort through, the man I see being brushed aside the most is Strasburg. Other than Sale, he has arguably the best match-up on the slate, as the Giants will roll into D.C tonight, for a weekend series with Nationals. The San Francisco bats have been decent of late, but they are still missing their top bat this year in Brandon Belt, who remains on the DL. If Strasburg gets rolling here, this could be one of them double-digit strikeout performances, where he pushes 60+ FDP. If you want the low ownership pivot, pay down to Stras.
There are a few guys you could take a shot on if you want to pay down more for tournament pitching to pay up for bats. I personally will not be playing ANY of these guys, as I was “Beeksed” yesterday by Red Sox rookie Jalen Beeks, and am still currently on tilt. I came off of a pretty solid line, got cute, and paid the price. If you want to take a shot though. Here are some ideas.
J.A. Happ – Toronto Blue Jays – $9,400
Vincent Velasquez – Philadelphia Phillies – $8,800
Marco Gonzalas – Seattle Mariners – $8,300
Los Angeles Dodgers – (OF – Joc Pederson $2,400, 3B – Justin Turner $3,300, 1B – Cody Bellinger $3,500, OF – Matt Kemp $3,900)
My top stack of the night makes sense on so many levels, considering we are paying up for pitching. First of all, the whole team is under $4K. Secondly, Matt Kemp is having a remarkable season up to this point, hitting .349 with 10 home runs and 40 RBI. He is still quite discounted in my opinion, at just $3,900.
There has been no hotter duo in baseball than Young Joc and Bellinger over the last few days. Joc Pederson is a free square at $2,400, now having hit five homers in his last five games, and Cody Bellinger ($3,500) is also on fire, homering in three straight. Await confirmation that Justin Turner returns to the lineup, and if he does, he is a great plug to complete the stack at just $3,300.
Game Stack – Cincinnati Reds/St. Louis Cardinals
Instead of giving you just one more stack and be chalk, let’s go contrarian and give you a game stack to consider for GPP’s. The conditions in this game are going to be ripe for hitters, in what is already a hitters ballpark. Combine that with the two pitchers who are toeing the rubber in this game, and we have some definite targets.
St. Louis Cardinals:
Pitching for the Reds will be Matt Harvey, who is back to looking like Matt Harvey his last two starts. Tommy Pham ($3,600) is hitting a little again, with multi-hit efforts in three of the last four. Pairing him up with Marcell Ozuna ($3,500) and lead-off hitter Matt Carpenter ($3,800) is a good way to attack Harvey. You could also complete the stack with some salary relief in Kolten Wong ($2,100)
The Reds have given us a lineup nice and early, I can clearly see how I will be attacking Luke Weaver on the flip side of this game. Scott Schebler ($3,200) is penciled in the leadoff spot, and this looks like a great place to start. Adding Joey Votto ($4,100) and Scooter Gennett ($4,200) complete a nice barrage of lefties for Weaver to struggle against. Again we have a decent option for some salary relief in catcher Tucker Barnhart ($2,300), who remains near the top of the order in the two hole.
Top One-Off Bats:
1B – Matt Olson – Oakland Athletics – $3,900
Olson’s bat has come to life over the last week. He has hit safely in seven straight now, including five home runs in that span. He faces Kansas City right-hander Jake Junis at home, and Junis has gotten the best of him up to this point in their careers. Olson is 0-for-6 with three K’s, but he comes in here on fire, and is priced way to low. There is no way he should be under $4K
OF – Carlos Gonzalez – Colorado Rockies – $3,800
Yeah, Yeah. Blah, Blah, Coors Field. I get it. But CarGo is a non fade for me in cash games today. His price is reasonable enough to still roster a stud pitcher, and he swung a hot bat over the recent series with the Reds. Gonzo went 6-for-14 with a homer, and averaged 22.1 FDP, all while being less than $3K. Welp. I missed that stretch, but back at Coors and on fire, $3,800 is too cheap.
3B – Christian Villanueva – San Diego Padres – $3,000
Villy is a big favorite within the FanCave family. It is usually the night before or early AM in our group chat when someone notices “Villy gets a lefty today.” Third base is loaded. There are options below Villanueva that could present some better value, and some above him that could also rake today. The Pads have a decent shot at a W on the road at Miami however, and I think Villy will be a big part of it. He is my top pick to leave the yard today!
SS – Brock Holt – Boston Red Sox – $2,700
Not only do I need some salary relief today, I need some exposure to the Red Sox, as they face Chicago righty Dylan Covey. The reason I am not going full stack here is that I think it will be quite popular in GPP play. Holt is not an everyday player, but has had some decent success this year filling in where needed. He is hitting .314 and has driven in 14 runs in his limited role.
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!