Tiny little five game main slate where it should be okay to play cash as you can build a well-rounded lineup using Astros, Indians and Mets. For GPPs, you may have to go against the grain with something sneaky like those boring second-hand Pirates’ bats against Jose Quintana or even random Angels taking on stud-muffin lefty Sean Manaea.
Felix Hernandez has been an absolute train-wreck but with this likely being his last ever major league start (assuming he retires), I believe we might see a little bit of King Felix magic. This final start narrative may not have legs but it’ll be enough for me to take a stand and not have many A’s bats.
Remember that righty Jaime Barria has strong reverse splits over the course of his career which bodes well for the right-handed bats. I do like Kyle Tucker and think he homers if he plays today but also think lefty Yordan Alvarez goes yard. On a slate like this I’d roll with him over a chalkier George Springer in tournaments if you can’t fit both studs. Either way, let’s see these lineups first as we can’t even be sure that the Astros run out all their studs.
Jordan Yamamoto has had a tail of two halves. Granted his “half” didn’t even start until June, but he was insanely dominant (and lucky), positing a 1.57 ERA through his first four starts and an ERA nearly 8.00 the rest of the way (though he did spend about a month on IL). He made it back last week and didn’t quite make it through five innings, serving up two runs and three walks with just three strikeouts. He’s a bit pricey on DK and I’d love to stack against him.
It’s not as straightforward of a slate as it may seem as we get to these final crazy few days of our season. Getting a little weird in tournaments can certainly pay off.
- Astros (@ LAA – Jaime Barria)
- Athletics (@ SEA – Felix Hernandez)
- Indians (@ CHW – Dylan Cease)
- Mets (v MIA – Jordan Yamamoto)
- Pirates (v CHC – Jose Quintana (L))
- Angels (v OAK – Sean Manaea (L))
Chalk Home Run
- Yordan Alvarez
Sneaky Home Run
- Kyle Tucker
FD: K.Tucker (OF) + Y.Alvarez (OF) + J.Ramirez (3B) + M.Olson (1B)
DK: Y.Puig (OF) + M.Conforto (OF) + Y.Alvarez (OF) + R.Cano (2B)
Hitters by Position
Definitely avoid all catchers on FanDuel where you’re allowed to do so and consider punting on DK. Murphy is the against-the-grain play against Manaea as we know how well he’s hit lefties this year (.339 AVG, 11 HR in 115 PA). Maldonado is the closest thing we can trust as far as punts are concerned. The Cubs guy or Ramos would be the cash plays.
- Willson Contreras (RH/CHC) or Victor Caratini (RH/CHC)
- Tom Murphy (RH/SEA)
- Wilson Ramos (RH/NYM)
- Martin Maldonado (RH/HOU)
A good core of options at the position and in tourneys, who you select may be dictated by which offense you’re stacking. I don’t think Alonso or Olson are done hitting bombs this season so I’d consider one of them first. Santana is likely the highest owned (along with Alonso) while Gurriel is a nice cash or GPP play.
- Matt Olson (LH/OAK)
- Yuli Gurriel (RH/HOU)
- Pete Alonso (RH/NYM)
- Carlos Santana (SW/CLE)
Don’t love the position nor the options here today but I’m likely leaning towards one of the Astros’ bats. If I can’t fit Altuve then it’s Diaz for me if he’s in the lineup for the RvR matchup against the guy with reverse splits. He’s simply been more trustworthy than Cano and has almost as many homers as him (eight to Cano’s 13) in about half the at-bats (199 to 383). On DK, you can play Kevin Newman if you please.
- Jose Altuve (RH/HOU)
- Robinson Cano (LH/NYM)
- Aledmys Diaz (RH/HOU)
- Kevin Newman (RH/PIT) – DK
How do you say ‘no’ to JoRam after his crazy stretch since returning from the IL? He will be the chalkiest along with Bregman but I’m here to say that these Angels’ guys are sneaky. Fletcher is 4-for-9 against Manaea and Ward smashed a homer last night and happens to be a sneaky, affordable favorite of mine. On a primary lineup build I probably wouldn’t want to pass on Ramirez or Bregman though.
- Jose Ramirez (SW/CLE)
- Alex Bregman (RH/HOU)
- David Fletcher (RH/LAA)
- Taylor Ward (RH/LAA)
- Jose Osuna (RH/PIT)
Keeping the core tight here with these three. Leadoff man Newman has seven hits in 14 career PA (all this season since he’s a rookie) against Quintana. Semien has the most homers on the slate against any pitcher with five against King Felix over the years (15-for-43; .349 with a .453 wOBA). Lindor will be the chalk but I’ve got some respect for fireballer rookie Dylan Cease so I will probably fade him on my primary lineup, for better or worse.
- Kevin Newman (RH/PIT)
- Marcus Semien (RH/OAK)
- Francisco Lindor (SW/CLE)
The Astros bats will be priorities for people on this slate and I do believe Alvarez will be going deep. Conforto is a good play against Yamamoto at home and I’d include him as part of my core. He’s a streaky guy and right now he’s on a good one despite it being minor: two straight three-hit games with a two-homer outing two nights ago.
- Yordan Alvarez (LH/HOU)
- George Springer (RH/HOU)
- Michael Conforto (LH/NYM)
- Kyle Schwarber (LH/CHC)
Plenty of options in the mid-range and Tucker is the guy I’d make sure to get into my lineup over on FanDuel. A bit pricey on DK, but hey – if I think a guy is going to have a good game, I do my best to fit him in. The Indians’ mashers will be popular but rookie Oscar Mercado might be a little lesser owned on DK because he’s near 5k there. Don’t forget about Nimmo if leading off for the Mets today. Nimmo-Alonso-Conforto is a nice trio to have today.
- Michael Brantley (LH/HOU)
- Kyle Tucker (RH/HOU) – expensive range on DK
- Yasiel Puig + Franmil Reyes (RH’s/CLE)
- Ramon Laureano (RH/OAK)
- Brandon Nimmo (LH/NYM)
- Kyle Lewis (RH/OAK)
Nothing to truly get excited about and we’ll still have to see what pops up when lineups come out. The only actually good hitter from this group is Reyes and he is arguably the toughest matchup. Palka raised his average up to .091 (lol) with a two-hit game yesterday and is only 2k on DK. Despite the fact that he’s gawd awful, he did manage to smash 27 homers in 449 PA for the White Sox last year and hit another 27 in the minors this season. Pop plays, especially at that price where taking a zero isn’t as bad, especially in cash.
- Pablo Reyes (RH/PIT)
- Michael Hermosillo (RH/LAA)
- Daniel Palka (LH/CHW)
- Jakob Bauers (LH/CLE)