We have a full slate of games today, but they are split up depending on what site you are playing on. DraftKings has a 5-game early slate and a 9-game late slate with a small all day slate I recommend avoiding. I’m not sure who is making these decisions at FanDuel, but the three-game early slate they are running is pure trash. The all day slate is trash, and I would recommend playing only the late slate which at least has a decent number of games in it.
I’ll break down some of the top stacks for each slate and then give you a list of players I have my eye on today. One note I wanted to make is that this list doesn’t include a ton of value plays. It’s always tough writing articles early in the day without lineups being released. We could see some guys get a day off and some cheap value options step into prime lineup real estate because of it. Until lineups are released, we don’t really know who those guys may be. Make sure you tune in at 5PM EST today as the guys will have that information when the livestream rolls around.
Chalk Stacks: Red Sox, Pirates
Sneaky Stacks: Rays
Chalk: Phillies, Braves, Astros
Sneaky: Brewers, Rockies, Twins
Top HR options: Bryce Harper, George Springer
Cheap HR Options: Travis Shaw, Tim Beckham
Yasmani Grandal – I like the Brewers offense at home today against Senzatela. Grandal is one of the few catchers who owns prime lineup real estate as he has often been in the heart of that order this year hitting 3rd-5th most nights. He’s pricey, but projects for the most points at the position today.
Gary Sanchez – Depending on what site and what slate you are playing, you may also have access to Gary Sanchez. It’s a weird mid-afternoon West Coast start, meaning he’s not on the early slate for FD. Still, like Grandal, you have to love his spot in the middle of that order and Arizona has always been a solid place for offense and home runs, which makes Sanchez one of the better upside plays at catcher.
Austin Hedges – Hedges is a HR or bust kind of guy, but he changed his swing around last season to up his launch angle and be more of a HR threat. He’s a cheaper option with upside, especially in the matchup against a lefty.
Rhys Hoskins – The Phillies are one of the top stacks on the day today and have an offense projected to dominate. They have one of the higher team totals and top-to-bottom in that lineup everyone projects well with good numbers against lefties, including Rhys, who is near the top of that list.
Freddie Freeman – The Braves project as one of the better lineups on the late slate as well. They face a guy being called up from AAA. He had one horrendous start in the minors which has skewed his numbers, but has pitched reasonably well since. This is obviously a big step up for the kid and the Braves offense is not an easy one for any pitcher to navigate. Freeman has the splits advantage over the righty and should produce a good game.
Jose Abreu – The White Sox have a doubleheader today, so make sure you check lineups and play him on the right slate as he could sit out one of the two games. I really would want him against David Hess who is one of the worst pitchers in the majors based on his stats. The other starter in game 2 is Andrew Cashner who is not as bad, but also isn’t good. You can pick on both Os starters today.
Eric Hosmer – The $4K price on Hosmer makes him an interesting option on DK. Even on FD at $3200 he allows you some savings. Hosmer has hit safely in five straight games going 9-for-20 with 3 homers over that stretch.
Ji Man Choi – The Rays slugger is hitting 3rd in the order today. It’s a decent matchup for him against Junis, but the real kicker is price. Prime lineup real estate and only $2800 on FD today makes him a solid value option.
Jose Altuve – I know Jose Altuve is in a little bit of a slump, but that should only help keep ownership down. Price is still high, but has dropped from its loftiest levels. Altuve has historically owned left-handed pitching and Martin Perez is a weak pitcher to begin with. This is a great spot for him to break out of his slump and the fact the Astros as a team project well means we could get 5-6 at-bats today for the top of that order if they are hitting and getting on base.
Rougned Odor – $2700 tag on FD feels really cheap, especially if he is going to be remaining up in the 2 hole. I look at him more as a GPP play because the matchup is definitely not an easy one to navigate. Still Odor has upside and upside wins GPPs, especially at low prices.
Brandon Lowe – Leading off and slightly discounted although I pause at saying relatively cheap. Still the Rays do project well enough here that 5 at-bats from a reasonably priced second baseman leading off in cash is not the worst way to go.
Adam Frazier – Lead off man on top of a Pirates order that projects for massive runs today. He’s an early slate play at a very fair price that I have a lot of interest in on an early FD slate.
Alex Bregman – The numbers for the Astros against left-handed pitching just jumps off the page and one of the best of them is Bregman. The Stros project for a high number of runs today and Bregman not only projects well himself, but those around him do too. Astros stack is very strong and Bregman is one of the strongest pieces of it.
Manny Machado – Slightly discounted and in a great spot today. Machado is popping up highly on the points per dollar scale due to slightly depressed price and the matchup against the lefty Fried. Fried is not a scrub by any stretch, but Machado is an elite hitter with a splits advantage.
Rafael Devers – One guy I like a lot for the early slate is Devers. More GPPish, but the kid has a nice swing, some pop, and the splits advantage today. He faces a guy in Fiers who is prone to allowing home runs and his Red Sox team projects for one of the higher totals on the afternoon.
Travis Shaw – Shaw has been very hard to predict this year, but you get him at home in his home run friendly ballpark with the splits advantage over Senzatela. Shaw’s depressed price fits easily into many lineup builds today and he has a ton of upside because of it.
Jean Segura – Phillies chalk is one of the teams I have a tough time fading. Sure Segura is very pricey, but this is a guy who projects to be on base in what should be a high scoring game. He has pop, he has speed, and he hits near the top of the order for opportunity. Lot of reasons why the price is high, but not overly expensive for his skill set.
Carlos Correa – Keeping with the whole Astros theme here. Of all these guys, Correa is my fourth favorite behind Bregman, Springer, and Altuve in that order against a lefty. No knock on him, but those are elite bats v. LHP and he’s merely well above average. Again, I love the Astros stack today and will have a ton of exposure to those bats.
Tim Beckham – Tough guy to use here as that game is a 6:40 start and he is not available on a lot of slates, but Beckham hits clean up against lefties behind three other solid bats against LHP. That should give him ample RBI chances in a favorable splits matchup for a guy who has always hit lefties well.
Cole Tucker – The early slate on FD is a wasteland for SS talent and when you see that sometimes punting makes the most sense. Tucker is dirt cheap, especially over on FD. He has even found himself hitting near the top of the order in some recent games. Even if he’s buried in the lineup though I am not thrilled with the higher end early slate options and would be willing to drop to him as a punt in a game with a huge total for the Pirates.
George Springer – I love Springer against lefties. He not only has massive upside due to his splits, but he has shown tremendous power in those matchups as well. He hits up in the order for one of the best offenses in baseball and has a slew of elite level bats behind him that also crush lefties. This stack could explode here today and Springer tends to be one of the better produces against lefties when they do.
Bryce Harper – LvL is not usually the split you want to grab Harper in, but this is a unique case. Daniel Norris not only has pitched above his head, but he is a guy who has shown some reverse splits over his career and that has carried through this season too. Plus maybe this is a little bit narrative driven, but Harper was booed in Philly last night. Norris being weak in LvL situations and the Phillies projecting for a lot of runs today combine to make this a great play.
JD Martinez – Red Sox slugger is on one of the teams with the highest projected totals today and does stand out. He’ll be chalky and is expensive, so probably better for cash games if you can fit him. I also like his teammate Mookie Betts, but remember these guys play early and the early slate is going to be chalky as hell with the Red Sox and Pirates standing out the most.
Andrew McCutchen – Cutch is still a lefty killer, even if he isn’t the player he once was. He’s also out of Pittsburgh where the ballpark is not friendly to hitters anyway. High total for his team and a good matchup he tends to excel in at a slightly discounted price to his higher profile teammates. The whole Phillies team is jacked up in price on both sites, but it makes sense given how good a spot this is for them.
Mitch Haniger/Domingo Santana – My biggest beef with these guys today is when they play. That 6:40 game is not on a lot of slates, so you really only get access to them playing all day. They have a bunch of lefty killers at the top of that order and these two guys are high up on the list.
David Dahl – Draws a weak righty here today. I know the game is outside of Coors, but Milwaukee is a great hitters park too, so the downgrade is minimal at best. I know he’s not cheap, but I actually prefer him over Blackmon right now.
Melky Cabrera – Pretty reasonable price and a huge run projection for the Pirates. Melky hits middle of the order and while he lacks the major upside for GPPs, he’s a good price, a solid hitter, and has good lineup real estate on a team projected for decent points here today. Lots of reasons to be excited about his high floor.
Franmil Reyes – Reyes has a knack for hitting lefties. Again, I’m not looking to stack the Padres, but the prices seem cheap. I would not be shocked to see Franmil in the middle of that order today and would also not be shocked if he goes yard. He has good power, especially against LHP.
Stevie Wilkerson – Damn near min price on both sites. Also not a guy available on many slates here today, but is a decent punt option if in the lineup and available on whatever slate you are playing. The Orioles and White Sox games always project for a lot of offense and this one is no different.