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 12-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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Tonight we have a 12-game main slate, with a threat of rain in one spot. Right now it looks like a full fade in Chicago, where the White Sox are scheduled to face the Tigers. All this does for me is easily remove yet another pitcher from consideration for this slate. Michael Kopech was looking pretty good, but there are just so many to choose from tonight. Let’s get right to it!
Luis Severino – New York Yankees – $10,800
It’s kind of tough to pick a cash pitcher today, as the most expensive arms, like Severino here, don’t have the best match-up’s. Severino and the Yankees will continue their series in Oakland tonight, where the A’s bats were finally cooled off a bit by J.A. Happ. Severino hit a rough patch about a month ago, but seems to have righted the ship over his last three. He has covered 16.2 innings in that stretch, picking up two wins, while striking out 26. That comes out to an average of 41.5 FDP per game.
I think he will be chalk in cash games tonight, but I am personally not playing him. Does he belong in this spot? Probably. If you are like me you will want to pay down at pitcher and get some bats. I honestly like about five pitchers on this slate, and it will be very interesting to see how ownership plays out. As far as cash games for me? I will be playing this next guy.
Framber Valdez – Houston Astros – $6,200
Yeah I think I am even going here in cash games. Speaking of cash games, they are pretty much a joke at this point in the season with all of the chalk anyways, and I have been playing really light in that department, while focusing more on GPP. Yesterday Welington Castillo was 77% owned in my 100 man 50/50’s yesterday for crying out loud! I am going to play Valdez and hope he slides under the radar, while quietly hoping Severino gets hit. If he is indeed the chalk.
So who is Framber Valdez? The 24-year-old has now pitched 14.1 innings in three starts, striking out ten, and picking up two wins. He has faced the Angels twice, and the Mariners once, and has only allowed two earned runs total over the three games. Today he will pitch at home for the second time against the Minnesota Twins, who are terrible on the road against lefties. In Framber we Trust!
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Colorado Rockies – (1B – Ian Desmond $3,400, SS – Trevor Story $4,700, 3B – Nolan Arenado $4,800, OF – Matt Holliday $3,200)
We normally don’t write up the obvious here, but I’m not sure this one can be overlooked today. Of course I want to just stack the Dodgers again, so there, I actually am not writing up the obvious Coors Field stack. Anyways.. In my opinion we have more decent arms on the slate today than we do bats in good spots. On top of thatm the most obvious top plays and value plays on the slate are in this stack and the next one.
The Rockies will face Giants lefty Andrew Suarez, who pitched good in Colorado last time he was there. Honestly, I hope that keeps ownership on these guys down a little bit. Arenado is due for a bomb, and I think he gets it here. Story has homered once in six at-bats in this match-up in his career, and Desmond has hit safely in four straight. I think they hit this lefty hard, and put up a big score tonight.
Los Angeles Angels – (C – Francisco Arcia $2,000, OF – Mike Trout $5,000, OF – Shohei Ohtani $3,500, OF – Kole Calhoun $2,800)
My absolute favorite stack of the day, will be in Texas, where the Angels will face Bartolo Colon and the Rangers. Sounds like the whole FanCave staff is on this one, and we like it from many angles. You could of course start right away with upgrading Arcia to second baseman David Fletcher for $500, and I am certainly using him in my Angels stacks as well. I think Trout and Ohtani are the locks of the stack, and you can build around them with just about anyone who cracks the lineup, and attack Colon from everywhere.
Top Value Bats:
1B – Carlos Santana – Philadelphia Phillies $3,100
Normally I keep this spot for guys under $3K, but the important value plays are already in our stacks above, so I will throw in a close one. Santana has quietly put together a seven game hitting streak, and he had his second huge game in that span last night, connecting with his 21st home run of the season. The Phillies will face prized prospect Sandy Alcantara, and the Phillies are big road favorites with Nick Pivetta on the mound behind them. For $300 more I think you go up to Desmond today if you can, but if you end up at this price point, consider Santana.
SS – Hernan Perez – Milwaukee Brewers – $2,300
This one goes out to http://bluecollardfs.com. This is another spot where I think I am paying up at this position personally, but if you are looking to punt the SS, Perez should slot in the hot hitting Brewers lineup in the five spot. With lefty Jose Quintana on the bump, Perez will no doubt be in the lineup somewhere. He turned out to be one of the optimizer’s top plays when spending up on pitcher today.
OF – Cody Bellinger – Los Angeles Dodgers – $2,800
It’s been a slow start to September, as Bellinger is just 2-for-11 to start the month. It has actually been an overall disappointing season stat wise for the young superstar, as his average sits at .258, and he has hit just 21 home runs up to this point. This is a stacked team, and he should get some pitches to hit tonight, against a pitcher he has mashed in a small sample size. In five plate appearances against Mets starter Zack Wheeler, Bellinger has launched three home runs, and racked up eight RBI’s. He certainly seems able to pick up his pitches well, and he comes in at quite a discount today. Belly will be in most if not all of my personal lineups tonight.
OF – Joc Pederson – Los Angeles Dodgers – $2,400
Since I didn’t write up the Dodgers stack, let’s stick with Dodgers value! Joc has only homered once since August 10th, and that is basically why we roster him. Doesn’t seem good. The only positive is that his price has come all the way down to here. He will likely continue to hit leadoff however against right-handed pitching, almost keeping him in play constantly. I don’t think he is a lock for cash games, but he will likely be chalk. If you want at good pivot, for $200 more, Billy Hamilton is back in the leadoff role for the Reds, and could be overlooked.
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