Monday was a solid start to the new week when it came to our FanDuel MLB picks. A.J. Cole got us going early with a solid start against the Phillies, which helped us save cash thanks to his cheap $6.6k salary. The young hurler notched 35 fantasy points and was one more out from a quality start (would have gotten us 40 points). He was a successful punt, regardless, especially on a night where would-be steady options like Drew Pomeranz and Zack Godley bombed.
Cole paved the way for a solid night, but we did have a few scratches burn us before the games even started. Jake Lamb and Matt Olson both would have been fun last night, but neither ultimately played. We still got a lot of help from out hitters, as Evan Gattis topped 19 fantasy points, Jose Altuve chipped in 12 and Mike Trout went yard as part of a sweet 37-point fantasy outing.
Guys like George Springer (6), Justin Upton (9) and Corey Seager (9) all got on the board, even though they didn’t light the world afire.
On a weird 9-game slate where the Giants were among the top offenses to stack, this lineup was good for cashing and had a shot at placing in GPPs. We’ll aim a little higher as we gear up for a bigger Tuesday night slate:
SP: Chris Sale – Boston Red Sox ($11.8k)
Last time Sale was up for purchase I faded and regretted it. He snapped back to elite status with a 73-point drubbing against the Orioles and I doubt I can ignore him tonight. He’s pricey, but he’s at home against a Toronto lineup that he’s faced three times without giving up a single run.
There are other options to consider, of course. Bartolo Colon is scary to use but he’s literally $44. No, you read that correctly. He’s at Cleveland and will probably get destroyed, but I’m surely doing one stacked team with him as my arm in a GPP.
Beyond that craziness, there are viable options like Robbie Ray, Alex Wood, Carlos Martinez, Gio Gonzalez, Jake Arrieta and more to consider. If we want to save and pay for bats we probably can’t use Sale, but he’s my favorite arm tonight.
C: Stephen Vogt – Milwaukee Brewers ($2.1k)
We’ll need some punts to afford Sale and I like Vogt as one of the better options. Outside of Gary Sanchez I don’t feel inclined to pay up at catcher tonight, anyways, so we can target Vogt if he gets the start. He certainly should, as he’s at home in a great park and sports nice splits (.200 ISO) against an inexperienced pitcher.
1B: Yonder Alonso – Seattle Mariners ($2.1k)
Paying down at 1B is a gamble, both because you’re fading elite hitters up top and taking a chance on guys who aren’t very efficient. I’ll take my chances tonight with Yonder, though. He’s almost the minimum price and he’s facing his old team. He donged last night and the revenge narrative is obviously alive and well going into this one.
On top of all of that, Alonso sports mean splits (.223 ISO, .370 wOBA) against right-handed hurlers. Daniel Mengden has been sharp lately, but he might be due to regress a bit.
2B: Jason Kipnis – Cleveland Indians ($3k)
While using Bartolo Colin at $44 could be fun to try once, there is a reason he’s priced so low. The Tribe has been unstoppable for basically the past month and he’s an easy pitcher to target. Kipnis comes in pretty hot with 5 hits over his last three games. He also sports solid splits and has had nice success against Colon in the past.
We can try paying up a bit here if we can swing it, as Ian Kinsler is also interesting at $3.6k. Kinsler is even hotter right now and has wrecked Justin Vargas in his career.
3B: Mike Moustakas – Kansas City Royals ($2.6k)
The wheels are eventually coming back off for Anibal Sanchez, so I certainly don’t mind a Royals one-off or even a full KC stack. I’ll still keep my exposure limited, but Moose stands out with a super cheap price and awesome splits (.272 ISO) against righties. He’ll be at home and has also gone yard against Sanchez in the past.
SS: Corey Seager – Los Angeles Dodgers ($2.6k)
Seager remains way too cheap at a position where the top options are ridiculously pricey. I don’t mind diving down, as even a banged up Seager is worth the risk. Just make sure he’s starting, as the Dodgers have clinched their division and don’t really need to keep their top guys out there if they don’t want to.
OF: Jay Bruce – Cleveland Indians ($2.9k)
Bruce hasn’t been feeling it lately, but we get cheap exposure to a powerful Indians bat at home against Colon. That’s value if we’ve ever seen it, plus has given up two dongs to Bruce in the past. Colon is an equal opportunity sieve against both sides of the plate, so I have no qualms with taking a stab at Bruce here.
Hunter Renfroe destroys lefties and is about the same price. I’m a little hesitant to use him against a good pitcher in Alex Wood, but he gets a mild park upgrade and his splits versus southpaws are truly staggering.
OF: Aaron Altherr – Philadelphia Phillies ($3.3k)
Altherr is another power bat that kills lefties. He’s very interesting tonight at home, as Citizens Bank Park can turn the best of pitchers into spares. Gio Gonzalez is a tough matchup on paper, but Altherr owns a sick .268 ISO against left-handed pitching and Gio’s weakness is the right side of the plate.
OF: Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels ($4.4k)
Trout is my favorite power bat to pay up for again tonight, as he’s just too cheap compared to other stud OF mashers. Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, J.D. Martinez and Charlie Blackmon are all deserving of the ownership they’ll garner, but I’ll take a discounted Trout all day.