Our look at daily fantasy baseball lineups hits the end of the road for this week, as Friday hands us a massive main slate. We had two small slates broken up yesterday, giving us one 5-game main slate. Tonight is much different, as have loads of options which give us outs and can make for some very sneaky contrarian plays.
With so much to consider, let’s take a look at our favorite picks and how they formulate a winning roster at FanDuel:
SP: Jose Quintana – Chicago Cubs ($8.7k)
There are a lot of pitching options tonight. David Price has been ruled out, though, and I’m not paying $10.5k to see if Dallas Keuchel has it on the road against a dangerous Tigers offense. He’s been gone for two months, so the risk outweighs the reward tonight.
My two favorite options, hands down, are Robbie Ray and Jose Quintana. Both are great prices and offer solid safety and immense upside. Quintana is probably the play for me, though. He has a better matchup in terms of splits and K upside, as he gets a Brewers team that is just drowning right now. Quintana ripped off 12 Ks in his Cubs debut over a week ago and I wouldn’t be that shocked to see something similar. Ray is usually stable and provides monster K upside, while he’s in a good park tonight. He does face a solid Cardinals offense, though, so he might not get the strikeouts we desire.
We can go even cheaper with Danny Salazar (faces White Sox) and Julio Teheran (vs. Phillies), but they can both be volatile. I prefer Quintana and he can be used both in cash games and GPPs.
C: Evan Gattis – Houston Astros ($2.7k)
Catcher seems to always be fluid for me. I prefer value/upside in my catchers, but they get scratched so often that we need several options and always want to keep an open mind. Gattis is always one of my favorite tries, though. He’s a great price and tonight he gets beatable righty, Jordan Zimmerman. Houston is in a good park and Gattis has blasted Zimmerman in the past. He’s in a mild rut at the moment (0-10), but I think that drought gets snapped tonight.
We have to make sure Gattis is even playing, but I love him if he does. Looking elsewhere is still encouraged, as catcher is pretty loaded on this slate. Willson Contreras, Gary Sanchez and Buster Posey are seemingly always in play if you want to spend on the position.
1B: Yuli Gurriel – Houston Astros ($3.3k)
Gurriel does his best damage against right-handed pitchers (10 HR, .335 OBP) and tonight is in a good park against Jordan Zimmerman. Zimmermans has been a gascan for much of 2017 (22 homers allowed) and going up against a deadly Houston offense obviously isn’t ideal for him. First base is loaded as usual, but I like the discount we get with another relatively cheap Astros power bat.
Chris Davis also looks to be in a solid spot for Baltimore tonight, while Matt Adams is one of the better cheap bats at the position.
2B: Robinson Cano – Seattle Mariners ($3.3k)
There are a lot of options at 2B, but I am loving the value we get in Cano, who is at home in a winnable matchup. We always get power with Cano, but he’s at home against right-handed pitcher Rafael Montero, who is fairly new to the starting pitcher scene. Considering he got donged three times in his last start, he seems plenty worthy of being targeted. More than that, though, Cano just feels too cheap in this spot.
We can also pay for the big names or see if Jonathan Schoop can keep the ball rolling, while another guy I like tonight is Scooter Gennett. He’s even cheaper than Cano and could keep his crazy season going against a very beatable arm in Vance Worley.
3B: Freddie Freeman – Atlanta Braves ($3.8k)
We could literally go anywhere up top at 3B. Mike Moustakas and his Royals are red hot and take their torrid run to Fenway, Jake Lamb faces a righty and really there are endless options. I’m eyeing Freddie, though, just because of all the pricey options, I feel like I’m getting the most value. Not only is he due for a long ball, but he gets a very beatable arm in Jeremy Hellickson at Citizens Bank Park.
I also love Kris Bryant, who is the same price and has wrecked the Brewers. He also has crushed left-handed pitching, so there’s no reason to completely fade him if you’re doing multiple lineups.
SS: Corey Seager – Los Angeles Dodgers ($3.5k)
Usually we want to target Seager against a righty, but there is nothing wrong with his lefty splits (.384 OBP). Seager feels like a tough value pick to pass up here, as he and the Dodgers thrive at home, we get good splits and he could fly under the radar with pricier options on a loaded slate. He also has a decent history against Matt Moore, who has been atrocious (7.61 ERA) on the road this year.
If we don’t love Seager, we can actually save way more money by dropping to two suitable options in Marcus Semien or Elvis Andrus – both priced at $3k on FanDuel.
OF: Corey Dickerson – Tampa Bay Rays ($2.8k)
We get value and upside with Dickerson, who has mashed the ball this year and right now is just too cheap. He just got over a mild slump with three hits in his last two games and tonight he’s a great spot at Yankee Stadium against Masahiro Tanaka.
Tanaka is a good pitcher, but he serves up a lot of contact and Dickerson crushes right-handed pitching. More specifically, Dickerson has mashed Tanaka to the tune of an 8 for 18, 3 HR line. Dickerson has also crushed the Yanks on the year, as he’s mashed 4 home runs and put up a nasty .390 OBP against them in 2017.
OF: Clint Frazier – New York Yankees ($2.7k)
We can also consider guys like Matt Holliday and Max Kepler here, but I like the rookie, who hits right-handed pitching well and has been in a groove during his first trip to the majors. He’s at home tonight against reliever Austin Pruitt, who offers up a nice .400 OBP to righties and also got roasted by the Yanks earlier this year (8 hits, 3 runs in one inning of work). This is a pretty good spot for New York in general, so why not get a cheap, productive bat?
OF: J.D. Martinez – Arizona Diamondbacks ($4.2k)
Martinez is pricey, but he’s been on fire since joining the D’Backs and has never met a park he didn’t like. The 29-year old masher has four home runs since coming over in a trade with the Tigers, including a grand slam in his last outing. Martzinez might cool off eventually, but he wrecks both sides of the plate and it may pay off to ride the wave.