We have a 14 game slate tonight and 1 game being played this afternoon. For today’s article I am going to skip over the afternoon game between the Cubs and Brewers. I am not a fan of this scheduling as I really like the bats in the early game and if you are playing an all day slate contest, by all means target the offenses in the early one, especially the cubs. Lets get into the MLB Fantasy Strategy by going over Pitchers, Stacks and other bats to target. Along with a dong prediction at the end.
Nationals @ Mets(-120) 6
Phillies @ Marlins(-165) 8
Reds(-120) @ Braves 7
Pirates @ Cardinals(-140) 7.5
Diamondbacks @ Dodgers(-150) 8
Rockies @ Padres(-150) 7.5
Rays(-125) @ Orioles 8
BLue Jays @ Indians(-130) 7.5
Yankees @ Red Sox(-130) 8.5
Athletics(-135) @ Rangers 8.5
Mariners @ Astros(-120) 8.5
Tigers @ Royals(-120) 8.5
White Sox @ Twins(-107) 8
Angels @ Giants(-125) 7
Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals (FD $10,500, DK $12,000) –
We get a prime pitching match-up tonight in New York as its Scherzer going up against Harvey in a game that has an over/under of 6. Harvey is a small favorite at -120 however I think I like Scherzer just slightly more. The Nationals offense seems to be swinging it a bit better than the Mets and I think this has the makings of a 1-0 or 2-1 type of a game. On DK and Fantasy Feud I can see using both options in your cash games.
Matt Harvey, New York Mets (FD $10,300, DK $11,200) –
Like I said above, Harvey is a -120 favorite tonight and through 26 innings this year he has 31 strikeouts and just 3 walks. He was one out away from a complete game the last time out and I have not heard of any kind of pitch restrictions on him going forward. I do think Scherzer is the safer of the two options tonight even though Harvey is the favorite. I think I am going to have at least one lineup with both of them in on DK tonight.
Scott Kazmir, Oakland A’s (FD $9200, DK $7400) –
Kazmir has an ERA under 1 and he takes on a Rangers team that he shut out through 7 innings and struck out 10 earlier this season. He is a -135 road favorite and might be my favorite option on both sites. On FD because I think the W is very safe, along with his K potential and on DK because he is so cheap compared to the other top options.
Mike Foltynewicz, Atlanta Braves (FD NA, DK $5900) –
He gets to make his MLB debut tonight and is a high strikeout pitcher. I really wish he was available on FD but at just 5.9K on DK, he makes an intriguing option. He has 30 strikeouts through his first 4 starts at Triple A this season. I am not sure what kind of a pitch count they will have him on and that is the one scary thing. However, with him not being available on FD that pitch count is not as important thanks to the lessened importance of the W on DK.
Chris Tillman, Baltimore Orioles (FD $7200, DK $6100) –
Tillman is in an interesting spot as the Orioles are playing on the road but are going to be the home team in a park that is more of a pitcher’s park than his home field. Tillman has alternated strong starts to start this season with his two duds coming against the potent offense that is the Toronto Blue Jays. With the potent O’s offense to back him up, I think Tillman is in an excellent position for a win.
Samuel Deduno, Houston Astros (FD $4600, DK $4000) –
Deduno takes the hill for the Astros and is in a great spot for a win with how great the team has been playing. The Astros are basically the hottest team in baseball right now and he is a -120 favorite tonight. He has been pitching in relief so far this season and that may limit him to about 5 or 6 innings in this one tonight. That is what makes him a GPP play because of the uncertainty.
Lance Lynn (FD $8100, DK $8300) –
Lynn is one of my favorite pitchers in baseball and normally would have him in the studs category but the Pirates offense scares me slightly and have some decent career numbers against him. Teams generally have a hard time going up against Lynn even though he basically is a two pitch pitcher. The Cardinals offense has been rolling of late and I think Lynn should be able to get the W tonight.
Los Angeles Dodgers: Joc Pederson (FD $3600, DK $4100), Jimmy Rollins (FD $2800, DK $3600), Howie Kendrick (FD $3200, DK $3900), Adrian Gonzalez (FD $4400, DK $4600) –
I would definitely add in Scott Van Slyke and Andre Ethier should they be in the lineup as I think this Dodgers offense keeps rolling tonight against De La Rosa. Rollins has been struggling for the most part and I could see taking him out and adding in whoever is in the 5 spot tonight.
Oakland A’s: Marcus Semien (FD $3100, DK $4500), Stephen Vogt (FD $3100, DK $3800), Ike Davis (FD $2400, DK $2700), Josh Reddick (FD $3500, DK $4000) –
I think the A’s make a sneaky stud stack tonight against Colby Lewis and the Rangers who lack a left handed reliever to take on some of the stud left handed bats of the A’s. You certainly could put Sam Fuld in this stack but I like Semien with the way he has been swinging it in the 2 spot today.
Boston Red Sox: Mookie Betts (FD $3100, DK $4400), Dustin Pedroia (FD $2900, DK $3900), Hanley Ramirez (FD $4400, DK $5000) –
I like Ortiz as a contrarian piece against a lefty and would not argue his inclusion as well as Pablo Sandoval but for the most part, these are the three guys that I am targeting from this lineup. Sabathia has not had an issue striking guys out so far this year but he is doing it while giving him a lot of hits and I think the Red Sox get to him early and often tonight.
Kansas City Royals: Lorenzo Cain (FD $3300, DK $3900), Kendrys Morales (FD $2500, DK $3900), Salvador Perez (FD $2700, DK $3600) –
I know that these 3 are not in succession and I think the way that guys like Moustakas and Hosmer are swinging this season, you could certainly include them in this stack. The Royals are generally one of my favorite teams to stack when facing a lefty.
Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins
Nelson Cruz, Seattle Mariners
Jacoby Ellsbury, New York Yankees
Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
George Springer, Houston Astros
Matt Carpenter, St Louis Cardinals
Matt Adams, St Louis Cardinals
Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays
George Springer, Houston Astros