I hope you all survived in the NFL yesterday. I did, but it could have been so much better had I not gone Danny Woodhead (torn ACL). It’s time to focus on baseball again, and tonight’s slate is interesting with a few top pitchers and then another Coors series. I’m on twitter if you have any MLB questions tonight @MonstarsDFS.
Clayton Kershaw vs SF $10600
I think you have to go with one of the top pitchers tonight in cash games so you might as well go with Kershaw. It’s his third start since returning from the DL and I’m not too worried about him being on a pitch count tonight. (Even if he is, he’ll probably still make it 7 innings realistically). I won’t get into too many numbers because you should already know Kershaw is phenomenal. He is a -170 favorite tonight and the Giants projected run total is a measly 2.5 runs.
Other options: Noah Syndergaard, Madison Bumgarner, Carlos Martinez (love for gpp tonight) Brad Peacock
Rene Rivera/Travis D’Arnaud vs ATL $2200
Blah. Picking a catcher looks brutal tonight. I’m going to punt the position tonight and focus on paying for hitters at other positions. Whichever one of these two starts tonight will probably be my punt. Aaron Blair is winless on the season with an 8.23 ERA and a horrible 1.65 WHIP. Getting on base just once is all I’m looking for out of my catcher tonight.
Other options: Yadier Molina, Jonathan Lucroy, Russell Martin, Willson Contreras
Hanley Ramirez @ BAL $3700
There are a lot of top first basemen tonight that are appealing, but I am going to go with the guy thats on absolute fire right now. Hanley Ramirez single handedly probably just ended the Yankees postseason chances last series. In the last 4 games he homered 4 times and drove in 9 runs. In his last 7 games, Ramirez is slashing an absurd .462/.517/1.077. I’m going to roll with again tonight and hope he stays hot at the plate.
Other options: David Ortiz, Anthony Rizzo, Brandon Moss, Albert Pujols
Dee Gordon vs MIA $2800
There are some second basemen I really like tonight, but for cash I’m leaning towards paying less money and staying on the Dee Gordon train. Gordon’s price has finally started to creep up but he’s still a very affordable $2800 on fanduel. He has 6 steals in his last 4 games alone and is a threat every single time he gets on base. He doesn’t walk a lot for a leadoff hitter, but he has heated back up and is hitting a respectable .323 in his last week. One stolen base and he hits value, so he’s a very safe cash consideration tonight.
Other options: Matt Carpenter (borderline GPP must), Robinson Cano (my other cash option), Rougned Odor, Kolten Wong
Jose Reyes vs ATL $2800
Another cheaper, yet reliable option tonight is Jose Reyes. He should hit leadoff again for the Mets and has the potential to see 5 at bats tonight. As mentioned earlier, Aaron Blair is terrible. Reyes is actually a way better hitter from the right side of the plate than the left side of the plate this season, but I’m not too concerned about that tonight. Five of his seven home runs have come at home this season too, carrying a little bit more upside tonight than usual too.
Other options: Nolan Arenado (GPP more than cash) Kris Bryant, Manny Machado, Anthony Rendon
Jhonny Peralta @ COL $3000
Anytime you can get a Coors hitter with some decent pop in their bat for $3000, you should strongly consider playing them. If I can afford him however, I’m going to pay up for Peralta’s teammate Aledmys Diaz who has homered twice in 5 games since returning from the DL. Both are good options tonight in Coors against the lefty pitcher Tyler Anderson.
Other options: Xander Bogaerts, Asdrubal Cabrera, Addison Russell
Stephen Piscotty @ COL $3800
I’m going to start this out by saying there are three amazing options ahead of Piscotty tonight, but they are pretty expensive. I have been riding out Charlie Blackmon and Trea Turner but they’re prices are almost unaffordable tonight. I might try and pay up for one of them but it’s going to be based off of my lineup construction. Mike Trout also has a very nice matchup tonight as well.
For now, I’m going to side with the guy playing in Coors tonight. Piscotty likes to hit against lefties, as he’s slashing .313/.414/.590 against southpaws this year. He’ll hit in the middle of the batting order tonight and should have a few chances to drive in some runs with Carpenter and Diaz hitting in front of him. All 4 of the guys I mentioned are playable, so it might come down to who you can and can’t afford. If i had to rank these 4 right now, it would be Turner, Trout, Piscotty, Blackmon in that order.
Other options: Jayson Werth, Curtis Granderson, Christian Yelich, Carlos Gomez
Good luck tonight and hopefully this helps you out if you need a few guys to plug into your lineups tonight.