Welcome to today’s MLB FanCave Full Look, covering the main 4-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.
Just a four game slate tonight, and usually cash games are not really advised on short slates, but I am playing them today, so I thought I would share what I am working with. The main question of the day will be whether or not to pay up for Lance McCullers Jr. or Aaron Nola, and I think the answer to that question is yes. McCullers should be the chalk, as he has clearly the safest, highest upside match-up against the light hitting Rays.
Paying up here will limit your chances of stacking up red hot Red Sox Mookie Betts and JD Martinez, but we have another game on this slate to attack. I really love the Brewers today, as they will face Andrew DeSclafani in the hitter friendly Great American Ball Park.
After a quick little preview of what to expect here today, I will say for only a four-game slate, it isn’t the worst. We have some incredibly hot hitters in action including the aforementioned Red Sox duo, and Houston 3B Alex Bregman who is on an absolute tear. We have two stud pitchers to choose from, albeit I am guessing most people lean McCullers Jr., and we have a nice looking GPP game stack in Cincinnati, where the Reds host the Brew Crew.
Lance McCullers Jr. – Houston Astros – $10,400
As I already touched on a bit, McCullers Jr. should be the chalk cash pitcher today. The match-up against the Rays is fantastic, and McCullers has been fantastic as well over the last month or so. He has rattled off five straight quality starts, three straight 40 FP starts, and back-to-back nine strikeout performances. As value opens up when starting lineups come out, it should become clear how McCullers will fit in your lineup.
Ryan Yarbrough – Tampa Bay Rays – $6,100
I haven’t jumped on the Rays pitching strategy in DFS yet, but today will be the first day I get behind it. Tough, Tough match-up here no doubt as Yarbrough is expected to relieve Rays “starter” Ryne Stanek after a couple innings at most. The only upside to this play is that he is cheap, and isn’t in the worst strikeout spot against the Astros.
I can’t get behind any of the other low price starting options, so I will go this route. I don’t think you play GPP in this slate without playing Martinez and Betts, or Bregman, and paying down for Yar might be the way to go. In order to find him on Fanduel you will need to turn the
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Milwaukee Brewers – (1B – Eric Thames $4,000, 2B – Jonathan Villar $2,500, OF – Ryan Braun $3,200, OF – Christian Yelich $4,000)
My favorite stack on this small slate is the Brewers. This combo listed above is ideal at this moment, but we are still waiting for a lineup at this point. Travis Shaw could also fit in here easily, if he is in fact in the lineup, as well as the red hot Jesus Aguilar. DeSclafani is just not a good pitcher, and should be targeted in this ballpark. With a game total of nine runs, and a much higher one in Boston for the Angels/Red Sox at 10.5, I look for this game stack to go under-owned, so let’s turn to the other side of it.
Cincinnati Reds – (1B – Joey Votto $4,300, 2B Scooter Gennett $4,100, 3B – Eugenio Suarez $3,900, OF – Jesse Winker $3,000)
Not as easy of a match-up on this side as the Reds face Junior Guerra, but nothing to be scared about. I like attacking Guerra with lefties, and the Reds lefties have been consistent as of late. If you want to use your utility position you could add Tucker Barnhart to this stack for some salary relief, but I certainly wouldn’t fade Votto if I am stacking here.
Top One-Off Bats:
2B – Ian Kinsler – Los Angeles Angels – $3,100
I don’t think I will stack this game, although I certainly see the upside. Kinsler is one guy I won’t fade though today. At his $3,100 price tag, he is a great value per dollar play. He is incredibly streaky, and his good games usually come in bunches. He homered yesterday for the old 18.7 FP, but was just 1-for-5. He is 3-for-9 in this series at Fenway, and faces a lefty in Brian Johnson, in what will likely be a bullpen game for the Red Sox.
Although I prefer Kinsler, second base is a fairly loaded position tonight, as Villar can always steal a base at $2,500, and Brock Holt may also make a decent value play at just $2,400. On the high end of the spectrum, we have Gennett who is a part of my Reds stack, and the always dangerous Jose Altuve, who I would likely have a share of if I wasn’t pitching Yarbrough.
3B – Alex Bregman – Houston Astros – $4,600
The hottest hitter in baseball right now is Bregman, and man did he get a price bump. Hitting a walk-off homer last night for an Astros victory gave him his third in three games, as he finished off an amazing 11-for-14 series. I likely won’t be paying up for him today, as Betts and Martinez are just a few hundred more, and Andrew Benintendi is $600 less, but nonetheless, dude is on fire, and is certainly in play.
SS – David Fletcher – Los Angeles Angels – $2,200
Wait on a lineup and see here, but right now I have the Fletcher punt locked in all three of my lineups. He should play, as the Angels will start out facing a lefty, but could likely be pinch-hit for and removed in favor of Luis Valbuena when the Red Sox go to the pen. Fletcher has just seven hits in his limited role, but all of those hits have come in bunches. He had a three-hit game in his debut, and back-to-back two hit games last week.
Another pretty much awful position as whole, I am likely going here once he is confirmed in the lineup. The only other cheap option would be Scott Kingery at $2,400, who we can pair with our final one-off for a mini-stack.
OF – Nick Williams – Philadelphia Phillies – $2,400
Not a whole lot of value in the outfield today, so one guy I keep coming back to is Williams. The Phils are at home taking on Tanner Roark and the Nationals, and Williams has been producing as of late. He is hitting fifth today, and at this price, there are just no comps. Other than Braun who is in our Brewers stack at $3,200, there just isn’t a whole lot of players in good spots like this. My hope is that Williams gets a hold of one, as he has been good against the Nats this year. These teams faced off last weekend, and Williams was an acceptable 4-for-12 with a double, a homer, and five RBI.
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!