We have a split slate for MLB DFS Action here today. 7 games in the morning and 7 games for the evening slate. I will break them down by early or Late so you guys have a clearer picture of some of the top bats to look for. FanDuel has an all day slate that includes all these games and also the Braves/Reds game with the 6:40 start. The FanDuel early slate is only a three gamer with the games that start around noon included. That’s a tough one to play.
Chalk Stacks (Early): Oakland Athletics, Colorado Rockies, St. Louis Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers
Chalk Stacks (Late): Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, Houston Astros
Sneaky Stack (Early): San Diego Padres, Toronto Blue Jays
Sneaky Stack (Late): Chicago Cubs
Yasmani Grandal – Of all the catchers on the early slate, Grandal is the only one who typically bats up in a top tier lineup spot. He has been hitting in the three hole lately, providing protection for Yellich in the middle of that Brewers order. Grandal got the start at first base last night, something they are doing to keep his bat in the lineup. I assume that means we could see him back behind the plate today as he didn’t catch in that game last night.
Yadier Molina – Another one I am anxiously waiting to see if he makes the lineup today. I rarely play Yadi in GPPs as he doesn’t have the one swing upside many of his peers do, but the guy does hit well for a catcher and gets on base. Add in the Jhoulys Chacin matchup and projected runs for the Cards and he moves up my rankings.
Jorge Alfaro – Not the best spot here as Jefry Rodriguez is usually tougher on right-handed hitters, but I doubt he is long for this game. Alfaro is another guy who at least hits in a decent part of the order for a catcher, usually dropping down in that 5 or 6 hole. I’m not as high as other on the Coors field catchers, but they too are viable given the run totals expected in that game.
JT Realmuto – Arguably the best hitting catcher in the league and he draws a very favorable matchup with a weak lefty in Jason Vargas. Vargas is nothing more than an innings eater at this point and not one I would expect to pitch well. Realmuto and the rest of the Phillies should be able to rack up some runs on him today.
Welington Castillo – Not only is this one of the better park bumps with the White Sox going to Baltimore, but Beef also crushes lefties. Today he gets John Means, a strikeout guy who has been a bullpen pitcher for the Orioles. I doubt he goes more than twice through the lineup, so we should also get a few at-bats against what has been a pretty bad bullpen with a 5+ ERA this season.
Jonathan Lucroy – Not the guy who normally jumps out to me lately, but he is getting a softer matchup as a righty facing the lefty in CC Sabathia. I’d much prefer the two above him tonight, but the price is cheaper if you needed to drop down here.
Paul Goldschmidt – Jhoulys Chacin is a guy I am looking to pick on today and Goldy is one of the best pure hitters in baseball. The Cards project well today and Goldy should be a big part of that.
Wil Myers – I also want to pick on Felix Hernandez today. He is a shell of the guy we used to call King Felix and I do think these Padres bats go overlooked.
Kendrys Morales – Morales tends to get the starts against the righties and today they have Jesse Chavez on the hill against them. I do worry a little about what happens later in the game. If a lefty comes in, you may see Mark Canha pinch hit and I hate getting only 2-3 ABs from a guy. The good news is that Morales is cheap, so he doesn;t need to do a ton in those 2-3 ABsto make value and maybe he does end up with 4 or 5 in what should be a high scoring output for Oakland.
Rhys Hoskins – Jason Vargas is garbage as we mentioned already. Hoskins hits in the middle of one of the lineups I expect to crush him tonight. If you are right-handed and wearing a Phillies uniform, I want a piece of you tonight.
Mitch Moreland – Tyson Ross is one of those guys who has exhibited extreme splits in his career. He can be dominant at times to righties, but lefties have always hit him much better. The Red Sox project for just shy of 6 runs here against Ross and the lefties project to d most of the damage.
Jose Abreu – The White Sox/Orioles series has featured huge totals everyday this week and the runs have been there. A lefty is on the mound and honestly Abreu has not shown a tendency to crush lefties, despite being a right-handed hitter. The good news is that I fully expect this to be a bullpen game, meaning we should get multiple guys in there and with both teams projecting for 5ish runs today, I want a piece of the guys likely to do the most damage. Plus his price is still reasonable and the ballpark is one of the better ones to target guys in.
Joey Wendle – Wendle is real cheap and has been hitting in the clean up spot for the Rays lately. Especially on FanDuel with only the early games in play, he is the option I keep going to in my early lineup builds. If he sits, Lowe and Kipnis are interesting options. The FD early slate is weak at the position, so Wendle is a top play. I also like him on DK for the savings, assuming he is batting fourth again.
Richard Urena – Toronto has had some changes due to injury and ineffective play up the middle and one guy who has benefitted is Richard Urena. Recent call up from AAA was hitting in the 2 hole yesterday at min price on FD and under $3K on DraftKings. This is a position I think we can look to save and at his price he doesn’t need to do much. He was playing some SS for them, but is listed as 2b/3b on DK. I think on FD with that game being midday he is only available on an all day slate.
Adam Frazier – As far as value goes, Frazier tops the list for me. He gets a soft matchup against what is likely to be a bunch of different pitchers today. He’s on top of an order that projects for a decent number of runs and likely goes low owned. Many of the top options we will discuss below are expensive, so getting him at a discount is something I needed to build rosters with today.
Jose Altuve – He’s pricey, but the Astros project for one of the higher scores on the day in a good spot and Altuve is a guy who is so safe because of his skill set for fantasy. He can rack up hits, score runs, steal bases, has power to go yard, and can drive guys in. It’s why he’s always a top season long guy at the position because compared to other 2nd basemen, he’s head and shoulders above the field. I’m not forcing him into lineups, but it’s a good spot and you definitely play him if you can afford to.
Jonathan Villar – Lead off guy on top of the order for one of the higher projected total teams. Great home ballpark and a solid matchup all come together to make him a guy that projects well and stood out on first glance even before digging into the numbers and matchup stats.
Nolan Arenado – Arenado stands out as the #1 today, but the three guys behind him are all in good spots too. Still I am expecting a big game from the Rockies offense at home in Coors today. Even in same handed spots, Arenado has well above average numbers and one of the problems with Anibal Sanchez has been the HR ball. We have a deep position here for the early slate as we didn’t even mention guys like Jose Ramirez and Yandy Diaz who have been hitting well. When we have so many viable options, I prefer to go with the guy who projects the best out of them all and Arenado is the one who is clearly the best of the bunch.
Manny Machado – I have no faith in king Felix. He as one of my favorite pitchers to watch 8-10 years ago, but the last few years have seen a tremendous drop off. Machado is one of the best pure hitters in baseball and even though the ballpark is not ideal, the matchup is too good to ignore. Machado is also reasonably priced for a matchup with a guy I consider a gas can at this point.
Matt Carpenter – Carpenter leading off against Jhoulys Chacin in a game with a decently high projected total. With the exception of the 4-3 game last night, most of these matchups have been higher scoring with both teams putting up some big numbers against each other. I always am hesitant about taking too many guys against the Brewers, because the Bullpen is good. You almost have to hope they go off for a big number so you end up getting the weaker pitchers in the back of the bullpen. Still if that is the case and they jump on Chain early, the lead may only grow with the sub par guys they get to face later in the game. If Chacin pitches well early, you are going to see some good relievers and that pen was a massive strength for them last season.
Matt Chapman – I project the As for a big number today against what is likely a bullpen type game for the Rangers. Chapman has power and hits right in the heart of that order. I think he’s a great GPP play because with so many good 3B options today I think his ownership outside of As Stacks will be lower than it should be and he does have big upside.
Paul Dejong – We have a lot of talent in the early schedule at the position today. Even n the small FD slate you have three priced up studs in Adalberto Mondesi, Francisco Lindor, and Dejong. Mondesi has a tough matchup with Blake Snell and Lindor is only in his third game off the DL. The guy I feel safest with is Dejong who has multi-hit games in 4 of the last 6 including 12+ fantasy points in each of them. He’s averaged 14.5 fantasy points per game over the last week and this is one of those games with a decent total and a good matchup against Jhoulys Chacin.
Fernando Tatis – IF you are on DK and have the extra couple games to choose a SS from, the list gets even longer with talented guys. Trevor Story projects the best given the huge total in that game, you have MArcus Semien near the top of a high projected total for the As, and even guys like Elvis Andrus and Brandon Crawford are in good spots. I choose Tatis because I love the matchup against Felix for the kid. I’m not sure how long he stays up, but he deserves to be here with the way he has played. He had the ultimate tease game on Saturday when he stole three bases and hit a HR. That is what I love about the kid. He bats leadoff, so he gets as much opportunity as anyone. He can get you points across the board in every possible way. He has a handful of multi-hit games, he has shown the ability to steal bases, he has some power, and did I mention the matchup against an aging and in decline King Felix?
Tim Anderson – Not only has anderson been hot, but today he draws a great matchup too. That game is projected for over 10 runs with both teams being up near 5. Anderson has hit towards the top of the order and has been consistently producing. While he grades out as one of the best option on a late slate without many of the top names, he is also way overpriced. Both sites have jacked him up to the point where I’m not touching him outside of a White Sox stack and with his price, the Stack is not an easy one to build.
Carlos Correa – Correa on FD especially just stands out as too cheap. On DK he’s priced just shy of $5K, but you have to search and scroll down the app on FD even to find his name which is saying something given that he is normally the most expensive or top 3-4 at the position. He’s hitting fifth lately in that order, but not many shortstops even bat up in the top 5, so that’s still better lineup real estate than most. Plus I like the matchup for the Astros as they project for a lot of runs today.
Gleyber Torres – Torres is a cheaper option considering the price of others we like today on both sites for the late slate. With all the Yankees injuries, he has been hitting cleanup. Again, not many Shortstops end up hitting higher than 7th in their lineups, so when you get one that hits in the heart of the order in a game with a decent total at a low price he is a good play. That’s where Torres is at for today (Especially at that FD price)
I have a long list of guys I really like today, so I’m just going to list them all. In GPPs try to link guys on the same team together on your lineups.
Expensive: Christian Yelich, Charlie Blackmon, Khris Davis, Joey Gallo, David Dahl (I’m high on German Marquez, so I do not want the Nationals OFs. They project well and will take some ownership, but this is one of the stands I’m taking on the day.)
Middle: Stephen Piscotty, Shin-Soo Choo, Mitch Haniger
Cheap: Ian Desmond, Nomar Mazara, Curtis Granderson
BOSTON RED SOX OF – I don’t think I have seen this times outside of Coors, but the top three OFs projected today in order for both raw points and points per dollar are JD Martinez, Mookie Betts, and Andrew Benintendi in that order. I do love the Red Sox stack late because of the matchup and with all three being projected above the rest of the entire OF core for both raw points and per dollar value, it’s tough to ignore them.
Dwight Smith Jr – in 9 of the 10 games he has played in this year he has finished with double digit fantasy points. That’s an impressive feat. He has HR power, hits third in the order for prime lineup real estate, and plays for one of the teams with the highest projected totals on the day. I expect his teammate Trey Mancini to take more ownership than he does, but I prefer Smith. Mancini is not a bad play either and should als be on the list.
Trey Mancini – See Above
Cheaper Options: Andrew McCutchen, Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo, Gregory Polanco, AJ Pollock, David Peralta