It was always going to be hard to win big on Monday. Some of the best pitchers were fairly spare, while the most obvious stacks disappointed. Clayton Kershaw was decent and Gerrit Cole was a god, but dropping down to Danny Duffy (49 fantasy points!) was ultimately a fantastic play.
I got you a win in the pitching department, while my chalky Red Sox stack produced elite hits with Steve Pearce (25.2) and J.D. Martinez (31.9) both working out swimmingly. I had a few other quality bats, too, with Daniel Robertson (15.7) representing strong value, Mookie Betts (12.2) delivering passable production and Francisco Lindor (9.5) notching an RBI double.
Lindor and Betts should have been a lot better, but I’ll take what I can get. Christian Villanueva (3) was a bust (Wil Myers was the Padres dong you would have been seeking), Kyle Tucker (0)continued his struggles and Mike Moustakas (3) was a waste.
I felt the latter three could offer nice value and they ended up being the reason my team couldn’t place. I did deliver a great pitching option, two elite bats and five solid bats overall, though. If you wisely pivoted away from Moose, Villanueva and Tucker, you could have had a nice night.
Either way, it’s on to the next one as a big 15-game daily fantasy baseball slate slides into Tuesday night at FanDuel. That puts all 30 teams in action and it opens up a litany of possibilities.
I’ll probably limit my exposure on such a huge slate, but I like the following MLB DFS picks and will be tossing this lineup into a GPP:
SP: Rich Hill – Los Angeles Dodgers ($8k)
All 30 MLB teams are in action so I don’t have to tell you there’s plenty to think about at pitcher. There are several elite arms to pay up for, but I’ll seek out value. I get a viable star pitcher in Hill in a pitcher’s park against the Padres and he’s not even expensive.
He’s had some issues with contact this year and San Diego does boast some scary power against southpaws, but his K upside in this spot is through the roof.
There are other value dives worth considering, but Hill can be a stud when he’s dialed in and nobody has a better matchup tonight. I’m pretty locked in on him tonight and the best part is that with so many options out there, he should still come away with low ownership.
C/1B: Jose Martinez – St. Louis Cardinals ($2.6k)
I tend to prefer Cards hitters against southpaws, but they get a positive park shift and Dylan Covey has been atrocious. Covey has always served up a lot of contact, but it’s really come back to bite him lately with 22 earned runs allowed over his last four starts.
Martinez is too cheap in this spot and he’ll kick start a four-man Cardinals stack. With Coors Field and every single team in action, St. Louis is a sneaky stack on this slate.
2B: Rougned Odor – Texas Rangers ($3.1k)
I also like the Rangers a bit, as they’re at Fenway Park and will face a beatable righty. All of their lefty power is in play, including Odor. He normally is tough to trust, but he’s been a different hitter over the past few weeks. I don’t mind rolling the dice on him tonight.
3B: Matt Carpenter – St. Louis Cardinals ($3.2k)
Carp bats from the left side so even if you’re not game for a full Cardinals stack, he looks like a great play on paper. He mashes righties and Covey has some hard contact issues with the left side of the plate specifically. Carp is also just too cheap given his talent, splits and the park factor.
SS: Paul DeJong – St. Louis Cardinals ($3.3k)
DeJong is back and healthy and he’s come in on fire, registering a knock in each of his first three games since returning from injury. I think a DeDong is coming tonight and I don’t even have to pay that much to get it.
Not loving the Cards? Considering eating the $3.8k price for Nick Ahmed and his nasty splits against lefties at Coors.
OF: Marcell Ozuna – St. Louis Cardinals ($2.8k)
I’ll complete the full four-man Cardinals stack with Ozuna, who hits both sides of the plate well. Like every Cardinals option, he gets a big park upgrade and faces Covey, who is in awful form. This should be a fairly under-owned stack and it doesn’t even cost much, either.
OF: Nomar Mazara – Texas Rangers ($3.1k)
I’ll snatch up a second Rangers bat in Fenway. I don’t need a full stack here, but it’s certainly viable. Mazara hasn’t donged in a bit but he’s clearly got the power to chase in this park and he also has the matchup advantage with his ability to slay right-handed pitching.
OF: A.J. Pollock – Arizona Diamondbacks ($4.1k)
Targeting Coors hitters might seem obvious, but there is actually really good pitching in that park tonight. I’m still game for Arizona bats here, but I won’t be using Rockies against Patrick Corbin.
Pollock and the D’Backs get to face Tyler Anderson, though, and we all know AZ can crush lefties. Pollock is a monster in these types of matchups and I’ll surely take a crack at him in this park.
Michael Brantley, Eric Thames or George Springer are fun pivots in this price range.
Util: Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks ($4.8k)
Ditto for Goldy, who crushes southpaws with the best of them. He’d be in play even if he were going up against a righty, as Coors makes everyone more attractive. These two Arizona bats could be chalky, but this is the kind of good chalk I don’t mind eating.
This slate is understandably loaded with legit hitting, so if you want to pivot away from any possible chalk, consider Giancarlo Stanton, Bryce Harper or Jose Ramirez in this same price range.
There are a lot of different paths to take today, so I really wouldn’t get so caught up in research or building out too many lineups. Instead, I’d pick 1-2 stacks you absolutely love and a value arm you can really get excited about.
Hill is in a great park against a bad offense and St. Louis might be my favorite cheap stack on this slate. They still get me some exposure to Coors and a two-man Rangers stack should offer some value in a great park as well.
Hopefully this all works out and you can finish in the green. Either way, I wish you look in your daily fantasy baseball FanDuel contests tonight!