The Angels continued their scoring streak, piling up 10 runs in the first two innings of yesterday’s game. I’d be very surprised if the offensive parade is ended by Colorado left-hander Chris Rusin, who owns a .360 wOBA mark against right-handed hitters.
Obviously, this means Albert Pujols and Mike Trout are fantastic plays, but you’ll need to sacrifice a heavy amount of cap space to plug both in your FanDuel lineup. Other Angel hitters like David Freese, Erick Aybar, Johnny Giavotella, and Chris Iannetta present a cheaper mini-stack that allows you to round out a solid complimentary roster.
As usual, this column will focus on FanDuel’s late slate, starting at 7:05 ET.
DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH
David Freese – 3B – LAA (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
Freese is probably the best pick of this Angels’ stack when considering upside vs salary. He holds a pleasant .358 wOBA .198 ISO against left-handed pitching that should be accentuated by the “Coors Effect”. There are several quality third basemen in the FanDuel player pool (Donaldson, Arenado), but Freese fits extremely well in cash game lineups.
Chris Colabello – OF – TOR (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
What would a FanDuel bargain column be without targeting anyone vs John Danks? I fully recognize the White Sox southpaw’s gem last time around, but I’m categorizing it as “noise” more than anything. This righty-heavy Jays lineup should pounce on him tonight, and Colabello has been sizzling with two homers in the past three games.
Erick Aybar – SS – LAA (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
Aybar was a colossal letdown last night, but I’m suggesting FanDuel backers to forgive, forget, and plug him back in your lineup (that is, if you don’t have the cap space for Troy Tulowitzki). Aybar mirrors that of David Freese: good matchup, attainable price point, high scoring offense. While the shortstop doesn’t hold much power, he’s a solid gap hitter that could utilize the wide outfields in Colorado.
Also Consider: Johnny Giavotella – 2B - LAA
David DeJesus – OF – TB (FanDuel Price: $2,200)
If you are trying to snag Kershaw and some COL-LAA bats, you’re going to need some cheap fillers. DeJesus profiles as such, settling into a nice lefty/righty matchup against Jeremy Guthrie (.383 wOBA vs LHB, 1.64 HR/9). The ballpark in Kansas City isn’t considered hitter-friendly, but a good draw and a cleanup role vaults DeJesus into consideration.
David Murphy – OF – CLE (FanDuel Price: $2,200)
You’ll need to double check the lineup to see if Murphy is in, as he sometimes bats 4th or 5th against a right-handed pitcher. Cleveland’s ballpark aids left-handed power, and the Indians will take on Houston spot-starter Dan Straily tonight. He follows the same value rationale as DeJesus: solid matchup, nice lineup spot, minimum salary.
Chris Iannetta – C – LAA (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
Ianetta is another reasonably priced option for the highest projected scoring team of the day. He homered last night, and has a stellar righty/lefty matchup to replicate that production. We've seen it before with Iannetta, as he took advantage of a great park factor in Boston and Texas earlier this season. He's starting to heat up, and this has all the makings of a breakout series.
Also Consider: Rougned Odor – 2B - TEX
Ben Paulsen – 1B – COL (FanDuel Price: $2,900)
Paulsen has been ice cold lately, but does it really count away from Coors Field? Joking aside, the Colorado first baseman has been a beast at home, and LAA pitcher Matt Shoemaker has fly-ball tendencies that could spell trouble in the best hitter atmosphere in all of baseball.
Josh Phegley – C – OAK (FanDuel Price: $2,800)
Phegley holds a solid .358 wOBA .238 ISO against left-handed pitching, and that power upside could be on full display against C.C. Sabathia (.369 wOBA vs RHB, 1.66 HR/9). The park shift from Oakland to New York boosts his potential as well.
Alexander Guerrero – OF – LAD (FanDuel Price: $2,200)
Guerrero and Scott Van Slyke are the two LAD right-handed platoon bats worth considering tonight. They’ll take on left-hander Adam Morgan, who has shown a susceptibility to righties over his brief MLB tenure. Both players hold the necessary power to cash in on this matchup, giving Guerrero the slight edge with a cheaper price point (Van Slyke is $2,900).
Also Consider: C.J. Cron – 1B – LAA (check lineup)