Madison Bumgarner (15 fantasy points) was a total turd in the face of an easy matchup against the Miami Marlins last night. He pretty much made sure my team wasn’t going anywhere, but if you pivoted off of him and used my other MLB DFS picks, you could have had a special night.
Nelson Cruz was one of the best players of the day (43 fantasy points!), as he double-donged in a great matchup. Mike Trout (40!) also went yard twice and was very much worth using.
Guys like Buster Posey (9.2), Evan Longoria (12.5) and Lonnie Chisenhall (18.5) were all solid value plays, while Ryan Braun (6) and Francisco Lindor (3) at least got on the board.
Greg Garcia was a late scratch, so hopefully you stuck with most of these bats and pivoted away from Bumgarner and/or Lindor. If so, you may have had a GPP contender last night.
Either way, I’m back at it for Tuesday’s massive 15-game daily fantasy baseball slate. Let’s see what my favorite MLB DFS picks are at FanDuel tonight:
SP: Lance McCullers Jr. – Houston Astros ($8.7k)
My pitcher buried me yesterday and despite a fully loaded schedule tonight, the pickings only get slimmer.
Aaron Nola leads the way at FanDuel, but he draws the powerful Rockies in a hitter’s park. I’d rather just save a little cash and grab an elite arm like McCullers, who has not flashed great form lately but does offer a solid discount and clear upside.
It’s never easy to target the high-flying Oakland Athletics, but they do whiff at a 22% clip and operate out of a pitcher-friendly ballpark.
McCullers isn’t invincible in this setting, but he sports an elite strikeout rate and is in a positive environment. He also blitzed Oakland (52 fantasy points) earlier this year and has given up just two total runs in two appearances against them.
Maybe the A’s finally get to Lance tonight, but the splits, park and upside all make him a logical tourney try.
C/1B: Erik Kratz – Milwaukee Brewers ($2.3k)
Kratz just keeps going yard. He’s been on fire since joining the Brewers and while the sample size is small, he’s crushing right-handed pitching (.471 ISO) right now. He’s cheap, Miller Park can dazzle with the long ball and it’s not as if Tyler Chatwood is some elite ace.
A full Milwaukee stack isn’t the worst idea, but I’ll likely limited my exposure to this one cheap bat.
2B: Jedd Gyorko – St. Louis Cardinals ($2.4k)
I love Gyorko anytime he’s facing a southpaw. He brings a nasty .297 ISO to the table and when I’ve used him in these spots this year, it’s usually ended well.
This is a very cheap shot at a long ball and he provides a blistering .422 wOBA in these situations, so a good game in general can be expected.
3B: Jake Lamb – Arizona Diamondbacks ($3.1k)
Lamb remains way too cheap given his power (.252 ISO) upside against right-handed pitching. I exclusively use him against righties, while he’s playing in the comfort of his home park tonight.
Trevor Williams isn’t a gas can, but he’s on the road and does get hit worse by lefties. Lamb is not an extreme ground ball bat, so as long as he can make contact I love the value he offers in this spot.
SS: Brandon Crawford – San Francisco Giants ($3.4k)
Crawford has simply been amazing all year, so while I’d previously prefer to get him at a cheaper price tag, he’s flat out worth this now. That remains the case tonight against a beatable arm in Trevor Richards.
Crawford brings a fun .174 and .378 wOBA to the table and while he’s operating in a pitcher’s park, the splits make him a nice intermediate SS to target on a slate where the best ones boast bloated price tags.
OF: Mookie Betts – Boston Red Sox ($4.5k)
If you are enamored with Boston, feel free to pivot off of some other picks to load up a full stack. That’s certainly a viable plan against David Hess, who had his worst outing of 2018 against this very lineup.
I don’t need to force the other Bo Sox into my lineup, though. I’ll just roll with Betts (.365 ISO) and one more Red Sox masher.
OF: J.D. Martinez – Boston Red Sox ($5k)
Betts is the superior value of these two hitting fiends but I want both on my team tonight. Martinez clubs righties to the tune of a .385 ISO and this Hess kid has serious issues (47% fly ball rate) with contact. If Martinez and Betts can simply make contact, I love for them to go off in this matchup.
OF: Lonnie Chisenhall – Cleveland Indians ($2.7k)
The Tribe were chalky last night and they struggled deliver. They’ll be chalky again tonight and I see no reason not to go right back to the well. While paying up for their elite bats is certainly an option, I’m going to spend elsewhere in GPPs and snatch up some cheap exposure to their offense.
That has me using Chisenhall again. He’s shown well this year and sports a nice .216 ISO versus right-handed pitching. He’s still searching for his first home run of 2018 and I think it comes against James Shields, who has gotten crushed by lefty bats (.224 ISO, .345 wOBA) in the past.
Util: Greg Allen – Cleveland Indians ($2.9k)
I’ll close things out with another cheap Indians hitter, as Greg Allen isn’t expensive and should be in the lineup against Shields. His numbers aren’t amazing, so this is more about him being active against a potential gas can. You can load up on Tribe hitters, but I’ll just drop down and hope their value bats crush.
Overall, I like to mix and match some mini stacks considering it’s such a huge slate.
That being said, if you commit to 1-2 stacks and they hit, it could vault you up the GPP ladder. What you want to do at the pitcher position could say a lot about how things end for you tonight, too, but McCullers is a very talented arm and could be an amazing late-game hammer to close this slate out.
Whether you’re rolling with this exact lineup or just trusting a few of my daily fantasy baseball picks, I wish you luck tonight!