Welcome to today’s MLB FanCave Full Look, covering the main 10-game slate on Fanduel. 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. First though, let’s take a look at the weather.
Just one spot that might see a delay or a late start, but no PPD threats in sight. Cleveland travels into St. Louis for interleague action, and there is around a 40% chance of a brief thunderstorm around game time. Unless the forecast changes to look quite a bit more grim, I see no reason to fade this game. That means all 10 games look safe today.
Justin Verlander – Houston Astros – $11,700
Your cash game pitcher tonight should be Verlander. I am guessing around 80% ownership is likely, considering Mike Clevinger is the next best option. The Astros are hosting the Blue Jays as heavy favorites, and Verlander is coming off of a 10 strikeout gem against the Rays. This is a no-brainer lock today in my opinion, no need to overthink it.
Jonathan Loaisiga – New York Yankees – $6,400
I really think an Indians stack can win some GPP’s tonight, therefore, I need to find me a low price pitcher with a shot at 35-40 FDP. It’s slim pickings today for sure, and Verlander likely should be your pitcher in all formats. However, Loaisiga could be that low salary relief to help roster some big bats, and the ownership will likely be low due to his last outing. He was touched up for six hits in just 3.2 innings, leading to a disappointing 14 FDP’s against the Mariners.
Loaisiga will likely remain in the Yankees rotation until Masahiro Tanaka returns, and any starting pitcher on this team is usually a safe bet for a W. Let’s hope he has a few quick early innings, and can last six innings or so and be a DFS factor.
Los Angeles Dodgers – (OF – Joc Pederson $3,100, 3B – Max Muncy $3,900, OF – Matt Kemp $3,400, 1B – Cody Bellinger $3,800)
Some version of Dodgers stack will likely be the chalk stack today, as they just continue to mash home runs. Kemp is the lone guy of this core that has somewhat struggled as of late. He hit that huge pinch-hit grand slam on Saturday, but followed that with an 0-for-4 yesterday.
Muncy has homered in two straight games and is a top target of mine today, and Bellinger has gone yard three times in the last three games. Joc got a little price bump as he up over $3K finally, but likely leading off tonight, he is still worth it. If I can make a couple of these bats work with my cash line I likely will.
Cleveland Indians – (SS – Francisco Lindor $5,000, 3B – Jose Ramirez $5,100, OF – Michael Brantley $3,800, OF – Lonnie Chisenhall $2,600)
Speaking of on fire, the only duo of hitters that may be hotter than Muncy and Bellinger are Lindor and Ramirez. Ramirez hit his major league leading 23rd home run last night, and continues to be an asset by stealing bases. He has three stolen bags in the last four games, and has averaged a ridiculous 28.78 FDP over that span. Lindor is coming off of a 3-for-5 performance, which included a home run, giving him a long ball in three straight.
Brantley remains consistent, and has seen a significant price drop, putting him well in play. Chisenhall should serve as a great source of salary relief value, as he is expected to hit fifth in the lineup. There should be some RBI opportunity there, so I like Lonnie to fill in the stack.
San Diego Padres – (OF – Wil Myers $2,700, 3B – Christian Villanueva $2,900, OF – Hunter Renfroe $2,500, 2B – Jose Pirela $2,300)
Cheap bonus stack alert! I have a feeling this won’t be very sneaky today, as people will be trying to figure out who to fit in with Verlander. I am not going to crazy on this in cash, but I will likely play at least two of these guys. Unless you are paying up for Ozzie Albies or Jose Altuve at 2B, it looks like about as a great of spot to punt as any. Enter Pirela for $2,300, who should bat fifth in that lineup, following lefty mashers Villanueva and Renfroe.
Myers is back from the DL, and he is another type of player that we play at this price almost regardless of situation. It won’t be long before is up around $3,800 or so. They will face Cole Hamels who has been above average this year no doubt, but the Pads are out of PetCo and into hitter friendly Globe Life Park. I expect some runs in this game, and this could be a great cheap stack!
Top One-Off Bats:
2B – Ozzie Albies – Atlanta Braves – $4,300
I feel like because the position is so bad today, and Albies has caught fire again, he is a lock for tournament play today. He is riding a six-game hitting streak, and a three-game multi-hit streak. In those last three games which was a series with the Orioles, Albies was a ridiculous 9-for-16 with a stolen base. The only downside here is that all nine hits were singles, so the power stroke isn’t quite there at the moment. Regardless, he still averaged almost 20 FDP per game in that span, and I will have a share or two of him today.
1B – Justin Bour – Miami Marlins – $3,000
Just looking at this game in general, I have that weird feeling that we are going to witness something special. I can’t explain it, but something tells me a match-up between Dan Straily and Shelby Miller has the makings of something odd. Miller will be making his return from Tommy John surgery, and if I remember correctly, before his injury he was someone I liked to target. Bour hasn’t been great lately, but I am going to take a chance at huge game here at this price. A bunch of bombs by the Marlins or a no-hitter for Straily, mark my words, something out of the ordinary will happen… Maybe even an unassisted triple-play or another defensive feat.
OF – Nelson Cruz – Seattle Mariners – $3,900
Another hot hitter to give a look to today is a guy I personally hate to roster. I knocked him in my season-long fantasy article I wrote for Forward Mile back in March saying he was done, and keeps mashing and proving me wrong. His home run pace is as good as it’s ever been, as he has already hit 20 up to this point, with a respectable .274 batting average. Seattle has a nice 5 run implied total, and it may be smart to grab a couple Mariners, as they face Andrew Cashner and the Orioles.
SS – J.T. Riddle – Miami Marlins – $2,000
I will leave you today with a solid punt play at the shortstop position. Riddle continues to fill in at SS for Miguel Rojas, and will likely hit somewhere around sixth in the lineup. Not ideal for cash games, but looking at this position, if you are not paying up for Lindor, I like paying all the way down. Rojas is nursing a hand injury and could return, so make sure Riddle is in fact starting before locking him in. He had an RBI double for 9.5 FP yesterday, and I will gladly take that at the minimum price. Remember, you want a piece of this game, maybe Riddle hits three bombs?? Totally kidding… Good luck today everyone.
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!