Getting close to the end of it all as our second-to-last Thursday slate of the season is a baby one. Oddly enough, DK and FD swapped philosophies with DK starting earlier (6:35pm ET) with a five-gamer that includes LAA-NYY while FD will have just four games starting at regular time (7:05pm ET).
The slate itself is very straightforward. Don’t try to get cute and play Tigers’ bats against Cleveland ace Mike Clevinger and you maybe don’t want to go too crazy with Cardinals or Cubs bats with Jack Flaherty such a dominant hoss and Kyle Hendricks a lights-out pitcher at home.
You should look towards the Jays-Orioles who scored 21 runs combined last night as well as some Indians’ bats against the combo of lefty Daniel Norris and bulk man Drew VerHagen. I do have some respect for Royals’ veteran lefty Mike Montgomery so if you want to get sneaky fading some chalk on a small slate, avoid Twins on one or two of your three GPP builds.
If you’re playing on FD then we can consider Yankees. Angels’ southpaw Andrew Heaney is a respectable starting pitcher but he’s in Yankee Stadium against a team that will be pumped to have Giancarlo Stanton back in the lineup. He’s supposed to be in the game for just a couple at-bats and is the priciest outfielder on DK, so just make sure you’re not using him in cash. But against a lefty at home, it is tempting.
- Blue Jays (@ BAL – Gabriel Ynoa)
- Twins (v KC – Mike Montgomery (L))
- Indians (v DET – Norris (L) + VerHagen)
- Orioles RHH’s (v TOR – Anthony Kay (L))
- Yankees (v LAA – Andrew Heaney (L))
- Royals (@ MIN – Kyle Gibson)
- Blue Jays
Chalk Home Run
- Aaron Judge (NYY)
Sneaky Home Run
- Ryan O’Hearn (KC)
- Reese McGuire (TOR)
FD: Garver (C/1B) + Cruz (OF) + Grichuk (OF) + Lindor (SS)
DK: Judge (OF) + Hays (OF) + Biggio (2B) + McGuire ©
Hitters by Position
Keeping the options short and sweet since we only have a few teams on this slate. Garver is the nuts on FD where he’s only $3000 (compared to $5600 on DK). At home against a lefty is a great spot. McGuire is honestly the only other option I trust on this slate as he’s been hot the last couple weeks and is hitting .325 with a .372 OBP in 80 at-bats this year.
- Mitch Garver (RH/MIN)
- Reese McGuire (LH/TOR)
- Austin Romine – DK (RH/NYY)
Mancini against the rookie lefty and Santana against mediocre Tigers’ pitchers are primarily the two guys who will soak up the majority of the ownership. Cron has been AWFUL in September (.154 with no dingers) but does have a monster .325 ISO against lefties. Tellez is the guy I recommend from the Jays since I don’t trust Justin Smoak’s sorry ass. O’Hearn is god awful (.184 in 310 at-bats) but is oddly 5-for-6 in his career against Kyle Gibson – and he’s dirt cheap.
- Trey Mancini (RH/BAL)
- Carlos Santana (SW/CLE)
- C.J. Cron (RH/MIN)
- Rowdy Tellez (LH/TOR)
- Ryan O’Hearn (LH/KC)
Biggio is a rock star of late, hitting .359 and averaging nearly 15 DKP per game over his last 10. An easy play today at a light position despite the hefty price tag. Torres against a lefty is a great play on DK despite the tough pitching matchup. The one thing Heaney does is serve up a ton of homers to big power righties. Alberto is a machine – in fact, he’s the best hitter against left-handed pitching this season.
- Cavan Biggio (LH/TOR)
- Gleyber Torres – DK (RH/NYY)
- Hanser Alberto (RH/BAL)
Sano is a usual suspect for our lineups of late. He’s crushed three homers in his last five and has a whopping 30 in just 353 AB this year. LeMahieu is an ANIMAL and now has multi-hit games in four of his last six including a four-hit game and a three-hit game. Ward is someone I’ve had a soft spot for, for a couple years now but he seems destined to be a career Triple-A guy. He was just recently promoted a fine season at Salt Lake (27 HR – 102 R – 11 SB – .306 AVG – .427 OBP) and is very, very cheap. He’s 3B/OF on DK.
- Miguel Sano (RH/MIN)
- DJ LeMahieu – DK (RH/NYY)
- Taylor Ward (RH/LAA)
Probably don’t want to overthink things at this position today and just pop in Lindor. If you want to go a tad against the grain then go with speedster Mondesi, but not very much is against the grain on this slate. Villar will be high percentage as well given the limited options. Velazquez literally offers us nothing outside of a minimum salary on FD (he’s $3200 on DK). He has one hit in 16 at-bats since getting called up and if he even plays, he’ll likely hit ninth. By the way, note I’m recommending all switch hitters at the position today.
- Francisco Lindor (SW/CLE)
- Adalberto Mondesi (SW/KC)
- Jonathan Villar (SW/BAL)
- Andrew Velasquez (SW/CLE)
Cruz is the likeliest pricey outfielder and it sure does make a lot of sense against the lefty. Soler is just 1-for-8 against Gibson, but hey, dude has been pummeling baseballs this season and has crushed 45 of them out of ballparks. Ozuna has Hendricks’ number (12-for-29 – .414 AVG) over the years and is the only Cardinal I’ve recommended here.
- Nelson Cruz (RH/MIN)
- Jorge Soler (RH/KC)
- Marcell Ozuna (RH/STL)
- GPP ONLY: Giancarlo Stanton –DK (RH/NYY)
Judge is too affordable on DK ($4500) and has four homers in his last nine, facing the lefty at home. Grichuk helped me win some nice coin two days ago and he homered again last night. Keep playing him at Baltimore. Same with surprise switch-hitting rookie Santander. Puig hit the walk-off shot which was his first as an Indian, first bomb in September and first since August 16. He has been hitting for contact well and has actually reached base in EVERY game this month (15) but the power hadn’t been there. Perhaps that was his warning shot to us all that a little hot streak is coming. He stinks against lefties but note that Norris won’t pitch many innings as VerHagen will enter soon thereafter.
- Aaron Judge – DK (RH/NYY)
- Randal Grichuk (RH/TOR)
- Anthony Santander (SW/BAL)
- Teoscar Hernandez (RH/TOR)
- Yasiel Puig (RH/CLE)
Nothing too enticing among the value plays, at least until we see lineups. For now, these two decent minor-league bats who could have decent futures in the big leagues should be considered for our lineups today.
- Austin Hays (RH/BAL)
- Brian McKinney (LH/TOR)
- Taylor Ward – DK (RH/LAA)