Aaron Nola (57 fantasy points!) was the best arm available last night, but I pivoted to Lance McCullers (40) and it was far from a crippling decision.
My gaffe came in the hitting department, as Erik Kratz and Mookie Betts didn’t even play and Jedd Gyorko (0) was an utter failure.
I sacrificed to pay up and whiffed on J.D. Martinez, who certainly wasn’t awful but didn’t meet expectations. Mike Trout (2 HR) would have been the preferred play, while guys like Brandon Crawford (3), Jake Lamb (3.5) and my cheap Tribe hitters failed miserably.
It was not a good night for hitting in general, as a would-be explosive Cubs/Brewers contest totaled just four runs, while not even close to half of a full 30-team slate (8 teams) put up more than five runs.
Success was not found last night, but we can try again on Wednesday night’s nine-game daily fantasy baseball main slate at FanDuel:
SP: Luke Weaver – St. Louis Cardinals ($6.7k)
Gerrit Cole is by far the top pitching option on this slate, but he costs a ton to get to. He’s your main man for cash lineups, but I’ll be looking for value in tournaments. Caleb Smith ($7.7k) is a fine step down against the Giants, but I’ll go even further and roster Dream Weaver.
Luke Weaver has been really all over the place this year, but he is at home in a pitcher’s park and draws a tasty matchup with the punchless San Diego Padres.
The Padres aren’t going to unleash much power in this park and Weaver isn’t a guy that gets blown up with the long ball that much. He does have a few left-handed hitters to worry about here, but San Diego whiffs at a solid 21% clip when facing right-handed pitching.
The matchup is sublime and the price is fantastic. Weaver doesn’t come without a little risk, but he’s a high upside GPP flier tonight that I will probably have a ton of exposure to.
C/1B: Austin Barnes – Los Angeles Dodgers ($2.1k)
The Dodgers are facing a southpaw in Cole Hamels tonight, so there’s a good chance Barnes suits up. He hasn’t displayed a ton of power this year, but he’s dirt cheap and does own a sweet .368 wOBA and .196 ISO versus lefties. He’s a cheap shot at a homer and helps me get the team I want tonight.
2B: Jedd Gyorko – St. Louis Cardinals ($2.7k)
St. Louis is again in a nice spot, as they’re at home and face a beatable southpaw in Eric Lauer. Gyorko wasn’t able to take advantage of a similarly great spot last night, but I’ll go right back to the well and attack his gaudy ISO (.458 so fat in 2018) against left-handed pitching.
That’s going to hit eventually and Gyorko remains way too cheap for his power in this type of matchup. It certainly doesn’t hurt that Lauer is a hard contact fiend (42%) that is coughing up a .403 wOBA and .211 ISO to the right side of the plate this year.
Brian Dozier ($4.1k) has been really bad lately (2 for his last 20), but he’s demolished Matt Boyd in the past. Based on splits and BvsP, he’s a fine elite try if you want to pay up at 2B on this slate.
3B: Justin Turner – Los Angeles Dodgers ($3.2k)
I also don’t mind Miguel Sano ($3.4k) here, but JT is a tad more reliable and gives me a second late-game hammer to pair with Barnes.
JT is obviously the nastier masher of the two and he comes in at a steep discount. He hasn’t been crushing the ball this year, but he also wrecks southpaws (.292 ISO) and feels like a high upside play.
SS: Yairo Munoz – St. Louis Cardinals ($2.9k)
I also like Chris Taylor ($3.6k) and Carlos Correa ($3.9k) tonight, while paying up for Francisco Lindor and all of the Indians is also in play. I’m personally looking to save here and Munoz (.438 ISO versus southpaws) is in a nice spot at home against a left-handed pitcher.
OF: Charlie Blackmon – Colorado Rockies ($4.6k)
I am looking to stack some power bats tonight and Blackmon feels like a value. Nick Pivetta is not a gas can, but he’s operating out of a hitter’s park and does have trouble against lefties at times. Blackmon’s power (.269 ISO vs. R) could be on full display tonight.
OF: Giancarlo Stanton – New York Yankees ($4.4k)
Stanton is an elite pivot off of Aaron Judge if you want to go that route, but he’s been bad both at Yankee Stadium and versus righties in 2018. Combine that with the price and I get the feeling he’ll be low-owned. I like that, but if you can’t stomach his current splits, just pivot to Bryce Harper ($4.6k), assuming he suits up.
OF: Rhys Hoskins – Philadelphia Phillies ($3.3k)
I can drop down a bit to Hoskins, who is at home in a great park and takes on the beatable Tyler Anderson. Anderson does not get much of a park upgrade despite moving away from Coors Field and he’s worth attacking thanks to a weak .210 ISO allowed to right-handed hitters.
Hoskins has seen his power dip a bit in 2018, but he still is providing a .159 ISO against lefties and also brings a nice .389 wOBA to the table. At some point his power numbers are going to pick back up and he simply remains too cheap for his upside.
Util: Aaron Judge – New York Yankees ($4.8k)
I’ll cap things off with Judge, who helps me get two New York mashers as the Yanks host Erick Fedde, who has four career MLB starts to his name. This guy got blasted for 5 homers and 16 runs in just three appearances last year, so there is certainly a chance at New York going off.
Judge is a great try no matter who he’s facing, too. His .335 ISO versus right-handed pitching put him firmly in play here and you can feel free to stack Yanks if you’d like.