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 14-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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Jacob deGrom – New York Mets – $11,500
Well I personally am sort of steering clear of the chalk fest that is cash games as of late. I think I may dabble a bit today though, and I will be paying up for deGrom for those contests. The Mets struggle to pick up wins, and have a tough match-up with the Braves at home. However, the other top option today Justin Verlander has a bit tougher match-up with the red hot Dodgers and a depleted offense on his side. deGrom has been one of the best pitchers of the season, rattling off 12 straight quality starts, and carrying an elite level 1.82 ERA in 138.1 innings pitched.
We have a big sample to work with here, as deGrom has faced tonight’s opponent the Atlanta Braves four times already this year. It is tough to compile a solid average here however, due to the fact that deGrom left his May 2nd start at home against them early with a hyperextended elbow. He was cruising in that game, striking out six over four frames, and still earning 30 FDP. In his other three starts against the Braves, he pitched seven innings in each, and averaged 48 FDP per game.
Patrick Corbin – Arizona Diamondbacks – $9,800
When it comes down to point per dollar and the best value as far as projections go, Corbin comes in as my top pitcher today. He has arguably the best match-up on the slate, as his D-Backs host the light hitting Giants. The Giants are especially bad at Corbin’s go to pitch the slider. This looks like a potential double-digit strikeout game for Corbin, and a 60 FDP ceiling is not out of the question here.
Like deGrom, Corbin has also faced his opponent four times this season, with his best start coming way back in April, when he threw a complete game with 8 K’s, scoring 61 FDP. In his two most recent starts against the Braves, he has averaged just over 40 FDP. Corbin looks to be the safest option that presents the most upside, so he will be locked in my GPP’s today, There is plenty of value in bats to not have to go to low on your pitchers salary, but just in case I added one bonus pick below!
Bonus Cheap GPP Option: Jake Odorizzi – Minnesota Twins – $7,000
New York Yankees – (OF – Brett Gardner $3,300, OF – Giancarlo Stanton $4,300, SS – Didi Gregorius $3,900, OF – Aaron Hicks $3,900)
The Yankees were beaten up pretty bad by their rival Red Sox, with Steve Pearce going off for three home runs and scoring like 69 FDP. Well the Yanks did score seven, and the 1-3 hitters in Hicks, Stanton, and Gregorius homered four times combined. I like this group again today, especially the lefties, as New York will face Rick Porcello. Porcello is a guy to attack with lefties made notorious here at FanCave by @kingzito973 and I am all aboard the Yankee train today. If you are playing cash games, I think you at least have to lock in Didi here tonight.
Texas Rangers – (OF – Shin-Soo Choo $3,100, 2B – Rougned Odor $3,500, 3B – Adrian Beltre $2,700, OF – Joey Gallo $2,700)
Well the Rangers are still priced like they are the Tigers and playing at PetCo Park. First of all, I know Gallo sucks at baseball, but the guy does one thing well and that is hit bombs. He is a chalk free square in cash games today as he remains too cheap. Same can be said about Choo. Choo has had a couple 0 fer’s the last few days, but has also mixed in a few good games as well. As a lead off hitter I think he is necessary for cash games, but I don’t mind fading him to fit a guy like Elvis Andrus, who has been producing lately as well.
***Cheap Bonus Stack – Minnesota Twins – (OF – Eddie Rosario $2,900, SS – Jorge Polanco $2,600, 3B – Miguel Sano $2,400, 1B – Logan Morrison $2,500)
Top Value Bats:
OF – Nicholas Castellanos – Detroit Tigers – $2,900
This is just way too cheap, and I will be sure to have some exposure here. This also has to be a cash game lock in my opinion. Castellanos is an extreme splits guy that crushes lefties, and also hits a little better on the road. Tonight his Tigers will be in Oakland to take on lefty Brett Anderson and the A’s. His price is obviously down a bit because he has been a little cold going 0-for-15 in his last four, but if there was ever a match-up to break a slump this is it.
OF – Willie Calhoun – Texas Rangers – $2,200
Yes I said to stack up the Rangers, but if you want to go down to punt level, Calhoun offers tremendous value at just $2,200. He will likely be down at the bottom of the lineup, but the match-up against David Hess puts basically all of the Rangers starters in play. He had pretty much his best game in the majors to this point last night, going 2-for-5 with two doubles and putting up 18.7 FDP. If he is anywhere near there tonight he will easily hit value.
1B – Chris Davis – Baltimore Orioles – $2,500
Like Gallo mentioned above, I am recommending another player that sucks at baseball. Davis is hitting just .160 on the season. But also like Gallo, he connects once in a while and hits the ball really far. It seems like there are a handful of players in this price range that find themselves in good match-up’s to go deep considering their skill sets. I am certainly punting this position for it’s cheap home run potential, and if Davis is a big no for you, consider Morrison from Minnesota or Justin Bour from Miami.
2B – Jonathan Villar – Baltimore – $2,400
Gonna stick with the Orioles for some more value here. The O’s are actually hitting lately, and the newly acquired Villar has slid right in to the top of the order here in Baltimore. He went 2-for-5 in his debut, he should stick in the leadoff spot. He is still a stolen base threat, and now will be back to getting five at-bats a game if he continues to lead off. He seems like a guy to play out for a few days until his salary gets bumped up a bit.
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