We return to the weekly grind after a solid weekend of MLB action. Tonight, we have an eight-game slate to attack. There is some really bad pitching we get target tonight, oh and Coors is in play. It should be another high scoring night with four of the eight game with totals of 9 or more. This allows for some nice pivots off of Coors. Let’s dig into today’s Batter Breakdown and see which bats to target this week with a little sprinkle of pitching as well.
It’s a rather ugly slate when you talk about SP options. Justin Verlander is the high priced arm of the night but faces the powerful New York Yankees. Verlander’s price is cheaper than normal and he brings his 30%+ K rate into the game. Verlander makes for a really nice GPP play, but risky (still OK) cash play.
If you are staying in the high price range, we look at Hyun-Jin Ryu, who has looked really good in his early starts. The big concern is how deep into the game he goes. He’s going around 85 pitches in the first two games. If we get 90+ pitches from Ryu tonight, then he makes for a really solid higher priced arm.
As you hit the middle prices, Jhoulys Chacin is the arm for me. Chacin has at least 6 strikeouts in his first two starts. He’s never been a dominant arm, but an arm we can trust for 5+ innings and not getting shelled too often. We know Chacin has had issues vs LHB, but the Angels don’t have much to worry about in that respect. I will have a lot of Chacin tonight.
When we are going bargain basement hunting it’s between the likes of Eric Lauer in Oracle Park vs the Giants, Trevor Cahill vs the Brew Crew or go full YOLO with a $5K Homer Bailey.
Cash – Omar Narvaez hits our cash list again. The Mariners are a major target tonight vs Homer Bailey and Narvaez should be apart of that. He’s been hitting 5 or 6 most days and has produced 7 or more DK points in five of the last seven games. He makes for a solid floor player, making for a solid cash game play tonight.
GPP – With Tyler Flowers hurt and Brian McCann on the IL, Alex Jackson makes for an intriguing GPP play. He’s $3700 in Coors tonight. A nice cheap Coors punt vs the LHP Kyle Freeland. He struggled a bit in the minors last season, but in the previous season was a .260 or so hitter with 15+ homer pop. Makes for a nice punt tonight.
Other Catcher Options – Yasmani Grandal, Buster Posey
Cash – Trey Mancini has been on fire to start the season. He’s hitting .333 with 4 early homers. He’s had at least 4 DK points in seven straight games with 18 or more in 4 of those games. He will be in hitter-friendly Camden Yard tonight vs Marco Estrada, who has some nice career reverse splits, giving it up to RHB much more than LHB. The other caveat with this is a near 50% fly ball rate vs RHB and a 33.5% HH rate.
GPP – Yesterday I was all in on Dan Vogelbach and he’s still in play big time tonight. But we will also look at his teammate Edwin Encarnacion. Many think of E5 crushing lefties, and he hits them well, but he smashes RHP. He has a career .362 wOBA, .234 ISO and a 16.7% HR/FB rate. E5 is taking Homer Bailey deep tonight.
Other First Base Options- Cody Bellinger, Ryan O’Hearn
Cash – Similar to the first base cash I’ll be sticking with the Orioles and Jonathan Villar, who has scored 10 or more DK points in six of the last seven games including 3 straight. He’s been flexing some muscle, but also hitting for a .333 average and 2 steals.
GPP – We head back to Coors Field and yes Ozzie Albies is an elite option tonight, but another Brave, Charlie Culberson is in play. Culberson had a .315 wOBA last season vs LHP and a 16.7% HR/FB rate. Culberson is a piece of Coors value tonight and should fly under the radar for Coors standards.
Other Second Base Options- Mike Moustakas, Ian Kinsler
Cash – Anthony Rendon has been one of the most consistent players in baseball to start the season, and that solid floor is huge for cash. Rendon has 19 or more DK points in 4 of his last 5 games. He’s hitting .433 with 4 home runs and an awesome 1.494 OPS. He’ll be facing Vinny Velasquez tonight who at times has trouble locating, gives up a lot of loud contact and will be making his first start to the season. Love me some Rendon again tonight as his price hasn’t changed much at all.
GPP – We head back to Camden Yard, but not with the Orioles but the A’s. Matt Chapman vs Andrew Cashner is an elite power bat. In 2018 Cashner gave up a .370 wOBA to RHB and makes Chapman sneaky play tonight.
Other Third Base Options- Johan Camargo, Manny Machado, Evan Longoria
Cash – Jonathan Villar is in play here as well, but we can go back to the struggling Adalberto Mondesi, who had a quiet weekend and is in a great spot to break out tonight. He’ll be facing King Felix and his ever-diminishing skills. Mondesi has a great chance to break out tonight as the Royals have a team total around 5 and lefties are hitting .365 vs Felix.
GPP – Paul DeJong makes for a sneaky nice play tonight. We know DeJong has had a rough reverse splits to start his career. He has really struggled vs LHP. The bright side is Ryu won’t go more than 5 or 6, so he may get an at-bat or two vs the bullpen. He also faced off against a lefty in Matt Strahm and had a run-scoring double off Strahm. DeJong continues to be too cheap and makes for a daily GPP play.
Other Shortstop Options- Trevor Story (if playing), Dansby Swanson, Fernando Tatis Jr.
Cash – Mike Trout is obviously an elite play tonight, but you didn’t come here for that. A couple of cash game options you can look at are Charlie Blackmon at home vs Julio Teheran. We know Teheran’s struggles vs LHB and Blackmon started breaking out over the weekend. Mallex Smith vs Homer Bailey is sneaky nice. He’s been getting on, stealing and scoring a ton during this Mariners hot start. He’s had 6 or more DK points in all but one game this season, giving him a solid floor tonight. In that same game, but on the other side, Alex Gordon makes for a value cash game play. Gordon has been hitting in the middle of the order and has a great matchup vs King Felix.
GPP- There are a ton of really nice GPP options in the outfield tonight with four games with a total of 9 or more. Khris Davis vs Andrew Cashner in Camden is a really nice GPP play as Davis could be in for a double dong night. Juan Soto vs Velazquez is sneaky nice. Velazquez has had his issues with LHB and Soto has that major multi homer upside. A cheaper GPP option is Jorge Soler vs King Felix. He’s been hitting clean up for the Royals and as a team we are expecting to score 5+ runs tonight, Soler brings some really nice, cheap GPP upside.
Other Outfield Options – Ronald Acuna, Christian Yelich, Raimel Tapia, Domingo Santana, Jay Bruce, Joc Pederson, Victor Robles, Adam Eaton, Marcell Ozuna, Hunter Renfroe, Brian Goodwin
Cash – When looking to stack tonight we have Coors, but that’s easy. Listen to MLB DFS Quick Hits for that break down. Other cash targets are the Royals. I love Whit tonight, paired up with some Gordon, Soler and Mondesi for starters. If you want to go deep or be different look into Ryan O’Hearn and Hunter Dozier.
GPP – The Dodgers make for a major GPP stack tonight. The narrative of traveling after Sunday night games has been talked about for years and may happen, but the Dodgers offense has been white hot. They will be taking on Miles Mikolas who has been struggling in a big way to start the season. Lefties have really been getting to him, but all are in play. Build around Joc, Belli and Kiké. Look into Verdugo if he starts and maybe even some Corey Seager.
Other Stacking Options- Oakland A’s, Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Phillies, Seattle Mariners
Brian has been playing Fantasy Sports, and more importantly Fantasy Baseball for over a decade. He’s been playing DFS for 4 years now. This will be his 4th season recording MLB DFS Quick Hits. He runs and writes for FantasySportsDegens. Records many podcasts including Benched with Bubba, Around the Bases with Bubba & Mo, Always Pressing PGA DFS POD and the 2 Point Conversion NFL DFS POD. You can contact him on Twitter @bdentrek.