This is the first article of our new segment called MLB Forecast: Warm Front. As I’m sure many of you MLB fans are aware, baseball is very much a game of streaks, especially hitting, queue in Eric Thames. Thames will obviously not produce like he has the past 6 games but if you have been riding his hot streak, you likely have been off to a good start for the MLB DFS season. Hitting is certainly contagious and finding the players who have confidence in the batters box as of late signaled by their average can be a great advantage. We will be laying out for you potential good bats to play on the slate based on how hot they have been of late along with the matchup.
Trey Mancini (1B, $3100)
The 25-year-old first baseman is coming into this game hitting 7 of his last 14 with 4 dingers and 8 RBIs. Through these 4 games he is averaging 26.7 Fanduel points and has made it very tough for the O’s not to play him everyday. In addition to his recent surge in the batters box, he gets to face (if he starts, which he should) right-hander Bronson Arroyo who will give up his fair share of hits. Of Trey’s 4 home runs this season, 3 have came at the expense of righty pitchers whom he bats .429 against in 7 ABs. This game also features the highest projected run total on the slate at 10 runs (subject to change).
Eric Thames (1B, $3400)
Yes, I’m sure you could have guessed this one was coming as he is arguably the hottest hitter in the MLB currently. Thames has opened the eyes of many people proving his success in Korea was no fluke. He carries into his matchup against Brett Anderson and the Cubs a whopping .405 AVG and has homered 5 straight games, yes you read the correctly. Over his last 5 games he has averaged 32.54 Fanduel points. While he only has 6 at-bats against lefties this season, 2 of his 3 hits have against them have been home runs. He will face the weakest of the Cubs pitchers in hitter-friendly Wrigley Field with 2nd highest projected run total on the slate (9.5) making him pretty much unfadable at the moment. He should see pretty high ownership tonight even on a 15- game slate.
Jose Altuve (2B, $4100)
Jose has been a tear lately (nothing new) going 12 for his last 25 where he has averaged just under 20 Fanduel points per game. While he has yet to go yard this season, through these last 7 games he has proven he can still rack up the fantasy points through his 4 doubles, 4 RBIs, 5 stolen bases and 8 walks. Jose has found much greater success against righties this season than lefties suggested by his .419 AVG and .548 SLG, so Ricky Nolasco should have his hands full tonight against the Astros’ dangerous two hitter.
Chase Headley (3B,$3300)
Often overlooked, especially this season, Chase is flying under the radar as one of the hottest hitters this season batting a stellar .395. He has served as the 5 hitter behind another hot player in Starlin Castro on a Yankees team that is red hot having yet to lose a game at home. Chase is 10 for his last 22 giving him a .455 average while averaging just under 20 Fanduel points over these last 7 games. He will face up against righty Miguel Gonzalez which benefits Chase even more as his early success has come against righties. Assuming he hits from the left side tonight, he will have the park advantage hitting in Yankee Stadium as it plays extremely friendly for lefties.
Taylor Motter (SS, $3000)
Motter has recently seen a major uptick in salary and for right reason as he is coming into this matchup against Wei-Yin Chen hitting .409 over his last 6 games. In these 22 at bats, Motter has hit 4 doubles and 3 bombs while gathering 6 RBIs. His success has came largely against righties this season which Chen is not but has found confidence nonetheless as of late.
Nomar Mazara (OF, $3900)
Nomar is coming into this matchup against Andrew Triggs and the Oakland A’s on a trend that looks like he starting to get hot again, albeit a small sample size. He is 4/9 the last 2 games with 4 RBI’s, a home run, a double and a stolen base averaging 28 Fanduel points. After starting off the season scorching hot, Mazara had slowed down a bit but has looked like he is starting to find that hot streak again. Nomar has been destroying righties this season hitting all 4 of his bombs and both doubles against them while maintaining a .405 AVG and a .762 SLG. Looks like Vegas has bought into the Triggs hype as the projected run total is only 7 runs (likely because of Darvish) but if I were a betting man, I would be putting some money on the over here.
Andrew Benintendi (OF, $3300)
Hitting 6 of his last 9, Andrew is coming into this matchup against Marcus Stroman hitting .428 over his last 5 games with 3 double and 3 RBIs. Benintendi is certainly a dangerous hitter and any sign of enlarged confidence from him can be troublesome for opposing pitchers, especially hitting a top a treacherous Red Sox lineup. Versus righties this season he has hit an even .300 AVG but a .450 SLG. While Stroman is certainly not a pitcher you generally want to pick on, Benintendi could easily continue his hot hitting in the hitter-friendly Rogers Centre.
Mitch Haniger (OF, $2800)
Riding an 11 game hit streak, newly acquired Mariner Mitch Haniger has proven why he received so much preseason hype. His salary has slowly crept up from $2,100 but is still underpriced as he is a legit hitter batting second batting Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz. He carries a .291 AVG into his matchup against Wei- Yin Chen with 11 RBI’s and 4 home runs this season while averaging 15 Fanduel points per game.