After taking a break over the weekend, I’m back to hand out some winning MLB DFS picks for FanDuel’s main slate on Monday night. I know the focus will be on Big Ben vs. Fitzmagic in the NFL, but there’s still some intensity to be played out in the majors as well.
It’s a solid 12-game slate with a lot of high level pitching options, so it will be interesting to see which are worth paying up for and which elite offenses are worth using in the face of spotty matchups.
Let’s dive right in and see who I like to help create some winning tourney lineups for tonight’s action:
SP: Nathan Eovaldi – Boston Red Sox ($6.4k)
The Rockies are back at Coors and need to win to keep pace with the Dodgers for first place in the NL West, so I want to pay up for them tonight. The best way to fit them in is to punt pitcher and fortunately Eovaldi will get the start against the Baltimore Orioles.
There is always the chance he gets roughed up and/or Boston limits him due to the Red Sox already clinching the top seed in the AL. However, this is a strong strikeout matchup and Eovaldi is in great form after shutting out the New York Yankees in his last start.
I mentioned the elite pitching on this slate, but I’m not sure you can even pay the big bucks for Corey Kluber right now, while a lot of the top arms have really dicey matchups. It might be unpopular, but that’s the GPP plight anyways. There’s logic behind Eovaldi and he allows me to load up on sticks.
If you need to spend on pitching, the play is probably Clayton Kershaw ($11.4k). Stephen Strasburg is $200 less and might be chalk at home against the Marlins. A somewhat contrarian Kershaw is always appealing. Still, I want to save, so it’s the Eovaldi dive for me tonight.
C/1B: Matt Carpenter – St. Louis Cardinals ($3.8k)
While I want to load up on Rockies tonight, I can’t ignore the fact that the St. Louis Cardinals are also fighting for a playoff spot. They’ll be hosting the Brewers and a win here would push them very much in the right direction.
Any Cards sticks are worth a look against Chase Anderson, who has been decent this year but still can have issues with the long ball (30 HR allowed). Carpenter is no stranger to dingers (36 this year) and mashes righties. At home in a huge game (and series), I think he’s a bat worth paying for.
2B: Daniel Murphy – Chicago Cubs ($3.1k)
Another team still fighting for position in the MLB playoffs is the Chicago Cubs. They still need to hold onto first place in the NL Central, so you better believe they’ll come to play when they face the Pirates at home on Monday night.
I’m not rolling out a Cubs stack against a good arm in Jameson Taillon, but Murphy is in a solid groove and is cheap exposure to a good – and motivated – offense. Hopefully I catch a dong at low ownership and a solid discount.
3B: Nolan Arenado – Colorado Rockies ($4.5k)
Normally I’m attacking Zach Eflin from the left side exclusively, but as I touched on before, Colorado needs wins and at home in Coors Field, I feel inclined to just roll out a four-man stack and hope they show up.
Blindly stacking the Rockies in this park is never a bad strategy, but they are facing a beatable arm and have a ton to play for.
While Arenado doesn’t hit from the left side of the plate, he can mash all pitchers and offers awesome upside in this spot. If you’re stacking Rockies like I am, he needs to be part of your build process.
SS: Trea Turner – Washington Nationals ($3.8k)
Turner is another one-off I don’t mind taking a crack at, largely because he’s been ablaze. There’s always a chance an eliminated club like the Nats decide to limit or shut their guys down, but as long as Turner is out there, I’m game for using him.
Turner has awesome base-stealing upside and he’s also flexed some power muscle this year. He’s simply in a groove at the moment, too, ripping off 15+ fantasy points in four of his last five contests – including 30+ in two straight. He’s at home in a plus matchup, so don’t be afraid to spend on him tonight.
OF: Charlie Blackmon – Colorado Rockies ($4.3k)
I started my Rockies stack off from the right side of the plate, but the best way to attack Eflin is with viable left-handed power. Blackmon certainly qualifies and he’s about as hot as anyone right now thanks to a disgusting 15-game hitting streak. I’ll gladly ride the wave here.
OF: David Dahl – Colorado Rockies ($3.5k)
The fun continues with Dahl, who wrecks right-handed pitching and is obviously a terrific price considering his power, the matchup and the park factor. He’s not as hot as some of the other sticks I’m rolling out tonight, but he could be due to launch one after last donging 13 days ago. This is the ideal matchup for it to happen.
OF: Carlos Gonzalez – Colorado Rockies ($3.3k)
The same could be said for CarGo, who is at his best against righties and thrives at Coors Field. Gonzalez is dirt cheap given his upside in this matchup, while he’s even more “due” after last sending one into the stands on August 28th.
I know guys being due to launch isn’t a compelling argument, but when you add power to Coors, the math eventually breaks in your favor.
Util: Victor Robles – Washington Nationals ($2.3k)
I’m not intentionally looking to stack Nats tonight, but at home against a middling pitcher, there are worse tries to be had. I like Turner, but I’m also down for saving with Robles, who is a fun punt due to his intriguing talent and solid run of late.
Robles donged in his last start and comes in with eight hits over his last seven contests. He’s flashed enough upside to be rather appealing at this price on this slate.
I feel like Monday’s daily fantasy baseball slate is fairly straight forward. There are a lot of expensive pitchers and some of the best offenses in baseball will be in action. However, I’ll punt at pitcher and load up on the Rockies at Coors.
The former should be at least mildly contrarian (the O’s are admittedly a terrific matchup), while loading up on Rockies shouldn’t be an unpopular approach. I love them in this spot tonight, however, so I can differentiate my lineup with my pitcher and my other sticks.
Hopefully I can lead you to a winning path tonight. Either way, ideally I help you in some manner and you can find a way to cash. Good luck tonight and enjoy the games!