Welcome to today’s MLB FanCave Full Look, covering the main slate on Fanduel starting at 7:05 PM ET. This full look will target this 6-game 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 value bats that I will be building my lineups around. Before we get to our breakdown, I want to take a minute to drop a little ad for our Discord app chat.
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Rich Hill – Los Angeles Dodgers – $10,000
Not a lot to choose from tonight as far as top tier pitchers go. Thankfully, there are only a couple of bats to pay up for, with plenty of value to go around. The chalk cash play tonight should be Rich Hill, as he finally seems to have hit his stride as we head into August. In his last two outings, one against tonight’s opponent Milwaukee, Hill has averaged 53.5 FDP per start. In his start in Milwaukee just under two weeks ago, he scattered five hits, while walking four in six innings. He did however strike out nine, and only surrender one run, earning a win and a quality start. The Brewers are known for hitting lefties well, but in my opinion there is no safe pitcher.
Luke Weaver – St. Louis Cardinals – $7,000
It is looking like the best spot to pay down today will be with Weaver, as his Cardinals will take on the visiting Rockies. Weaver has shown flashes of the pitcher he was projected to be at times this season, but has not yet put it all together. He gets a good match-up here considering the Rockies do not hit as well on the road, and they do strike out a bit. One big negative to consider with Weaver here however, is that he is much better on the road. In fact, his last three 40+ FDP games were all on the road. I think he is worth a flyer to grab the top hitters on the slate, but not necessary in my opinion.
Los Angeles Angels – (OF – Kole Calhoun $3,200, OF – Shohei Ohtani $3,200, OF – Mike Trout $5,300, 1B – Albert Pujols $3,000)
Tonight the Angels will take on the Rays in climate controlled Tropicana Field. Surprisingly, this game is basically a pick-em, as both teams project to score 4.3 runs. While it isn’t a particularly high projection, there are only three teams with a higher run projection. Honestly, it doesn’t matter much on smaller slates like this in my opinion.
Calhoun is finally hitting the ball well, crushing 10 home runs in June. Trout also continues to do everything, and has averaged just under 21 FDP per game in his last three. Ohtani I feel is a bit underpriced, due to his ability to hit the long ball in good spots. And finally the old vet Pujols is seeing the ball well right now as well, as he works on a six game hitting streak. The Angels will get about 2-4 innings of the newly acquired Tyler Glasnow from the Rays, and it has not been announced anywhere I can find who will be following him up.
Los Angeles Dodgers – (OF – Joc Pederson $3,100, 2B – Brian Dozier $3,300, 3B – Manny Machado $4,400, OF – Cody Bellinger $2,900)
Always stack the Dodgers. Now we get to add Dozier to this fun at just $3,300 for now? Tonight. L.A. will be hosting the Brewers for the third game of this four game series, with the Brewers taking the first two. There may be some reluctant to go back to the Dodgers today after their goose egg yesterday, but don’t be that guy. DFS today has nothing to do with DFS yesterday. This is one of the best lineups we have seen in a while. Keep going right back to it. The splits kind of show Brewers starter Chase Anderson to be in a good spot, but he is not the type of pitcher I will worry about. Feel free to mix in Max Muncy and Chris Taylor as well here.
***Bonus GPP Stack – St. Louis Cardinals – (3B – Matt Carpenter $3,900, C – Yadier Molina $2,900, SS – Paul DeJong $3,100, OF – Harrison Bader $2,200)***
Top Value Bats:
OF – Lorenzo Cain – Milwaukee Brewers – $2,900
Hill may check in as my favorite pitcher, and I don’t necessarily like to target hitters against my pitcher, but if you are playing cash games, I think you have to play Cain at under $3K. He hasn’t exactly been on fire as of late, but he did have an RBI double yesterday. This is just too cheap for a leadoff hitter of this caliber.
OF – Daniel Palka – Chicago White Sox – $2,900
If I had to pick a player under $3K to hit a homer today it would be Palka. Palka’s power has been on display in the last week, as he had a two homer game against the Angels last Wednesday, then followed that up with a pinch-hit home run against Toronto on Saturday. Other than the guys we have featured in our stacks (including the bonus stack!) there isn’t much to work with on this slate in my opinion.
C – Francisco Cervelli – Pittsburgh Pirates – $2,500
The Pirates will get Cole Hamels today at home as Hamels makes his Cubs debut. While Pittsburgh has finally cooled off a bit, I don’t mind this spot for a few righties here against the lefty. Cervelli is hitting fifth, and homered yesterday. He should be able to hit value here.
3B – David Freese – Pittsburgh Pirates – $2,500
Sticking with the Pirates for another one. Freese has pretty much had an awful season, but he still hits fourth against lefties, and continues to be a home run threat. He is 7-for-14 with two home runs over the last five games, and appears to have found his stroke. Play em while they are hot I say, so Freese I guess is viable on a short slate at this price.
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