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 10-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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Welcome back for a Wednesday edition of the FanCave Full Look for today’s main slate on Fanduel. It is looking like it will be a chalky pitching slate in cash games, with a decent spread of pitching for GPP. On the hitter side of things, there are plenty of ways to go tonight. Atlanta and Cleveland are on absoulte offensive tears right now, and need to be considered in all formats. We also have the Yankees in a good spot, and Cincinnati’s lefty barrage could pose trouble for Indians rookie Shane Bieber.
The Dodgers look fantastic on paper once again against Giants lefty Derek Holland, and let’s not forget the Red Sox, who will face Vincent Velasquez in Philadelphia. Plenty of ways to go with bats tonight and lots of teams I want to stack up. Therefore, I will not be paying up for pitching today in GPP’s. Let’s move on to the top plays of the day and find out who to target.
Gerrit Cole – Houston Astros – $10,400
Cole’s production has kind of mellowed out as we all expected. In fact, he has steadily gone backwards Fanduel Points (FDP) wise over five straight starts. It was back on July 9th when Cole struck out 11 A’s, and rolled out 55 FDP. He followed that with three straight above-average starts, in which he averaged around 43 FDP per game in that span. One of those games was against tonight’s opponent Colorado at Coors Field. In that game, he worked 6.1 innings, allowing just two earned and striking out nine. Let’s keep in mind the next best option today for your cash games is Zack Wheeler. Wheeler does get the Orioles, but this is a pick em game in Vegas, and there is no way I would trust Wheeler over Cole in cash today.
Kevin Gausman – Atlanta Braves – $7,200
Gausman to me is the clear cut GPP option at this price. Miami is a team to target with pitchers as they have struggled to score runs, and he is coming off of the type of outing the Braves wanted when they traded for him. In his last start against Milwaukee, he racked up eight K’s over eight innings, allowing only one earned run. FDP wise, it was his best start of the year at 55 FDP. Yet he is still priced this low? Against Miami? He should get the run support, and his Braves are one of the top favorites on the slate. I’m likely 100% Gausman tonight.
***Bonus Cheap GPP Flyer – Robbie Erlin $6,000, Luis Cessa $5,800***
Atlanta Braves – (1B – Freddie Freeman $4,200, 2B – Ozzie Albies $4,200, 3B – Johan Camargo $3,200, OF – Ronald Acuna Jr. $4,400)
First thing is first… Acuna is F*!#!ing amazing!! If you aren’t playing him everyday until he is $5K or actually does not hit a home run you need to rethink your DFS approach. The same can be said about another player on absolute fire, but he is in our next stack so I will save that for now.
This Braves are one of the top offenses in baseball at the moment, and now we get Albies back after a days rest. Freeman has homered in back-to-back games bringing his season total to 20, which looks pretty damn good with his .320 average and 75 RBI’s. Back to Acuna.. six home runs in 5 games. Nine home runs in the last nine games. He has not scored less than 18.4 FDP in a game since August 7th. This doesn’t happen often folks! While they might not be the consensus today, the Braves are my favorite stack at home tonight, against Miami right-hander Jose Urena.
Cleveland Indians – (1B – Yonder Alonso $3,400, 3B – Jose Ramirez $5,300, OF – Michael Brantley $4,000, OF – Melky Cabrera $2,700)
First thing you should notice here is that I am leaving superstar Francisco Lindor off of this stack tonight. No particular reason, other than this saves you a little bit of salary. Ramirez is creeping into unfadeable territory along with Acuna, and is likely the starting point of my GPP lineups tonight. Cabrera continues to hit fifth in this stacked lineup while Edwin Encarnacion is on the DL, and continues to be underpriced. Brantley is 4-for-10 thus far in the first two games of this series at Great American Small Park, and will likely be underowned due to his price cruising up to where it probably should be.
Honestly I could have written up so many teams in our stacks feature today, but I picked the two that include the hottest bats. There are so many bad pitchers to target, and great hitting teams in good spots. I will try to give you some more options from these teams next in the value bats.
***Bonus Cheap GPP Stack – Cincinnati Reds – (1B – Joey Votto $3,400, 2B – Scooter Gennett $3,000, 3B – Eugenio Suarez $3,300, OF – Preston Tucker $2,000)***
Top Value Bats:
C – Danny Jansen – Toronto Blue Jays – $2,100
The Blue Jays fourth ranked prospect is getting a taste of the major leagues, and made his presence felt yesterday by launching his first career home run. He is 3-for-7 since getting the call on Sunday, and will likely find himself behind the plate once again. My hope is that people see the awful Chris Davis is the same price, and turn to him instead. Jansen is nothing more than a punt at this price, so my exposure is limited. It is tough to fit him in at a loaded C/1B position to be honest. However, this is one benefit of the positions combining. Can you imagine the chalk on Jansen on Fanduel if we had to roster a catcher?
2B – Brock Holt – Boston Red Sox – $2,400
Mookie Betts has already been declared out for this game, so I expect Holt to start and slot in near the top of the lineup. The Red Sox are in an interleague series in Philly with the Phillies, and do not have the DH ability. Manager Alex Cora has already said Betts will rest today, so even though the lineup is not out yet, you can still comfortable add Holt to your lineups for value. If there is any way to attack Velasquez it is with lefties, and I expect the Boston offense to not skip a beat here, even without Betts.
SS – Adalberto Mondesi – Kansas City Royals – $2,600
Mondesi will get one more chance against the Jays today, and comes in fresh off his best FDP game of the year. Mondesi went 4-for-4 with two doubles, and stole three bases. With Jansen likely behind the plate again tonight, I like Mondesi’s chances of grabbing a couple more. Mondesi is not your household name, but he is actually somewhat being respected at this price. He is hitting a modest .279 on the season with four home runs, and will face veteran Blue Jays righty Marco Estrada. I hate the SS position today for the most part other than Lindor, so I will likely be heavy on Mondesi tonight.
OF – Mallex Smith – Tampa Bay Rays – $2,800
Our last value play today is a guy that I always like to consider when he is leading off. Smith was on a solid streak there having gone 10 out the past 11 games with double-digit FDP’s. However, he is now 0-for his last seven, and has seen that salary drop back below $3K. Just a few days ago, he was $3,500 and not in play, and now we can get him for $700 less? Against Luis Cessa? Sure I’ll have a share. Smith is hitting .293 on the season, and I think he is the catalyst for a few Rays runs today.
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