While rummaging through tonight’s slate, I’m not seeing any offenses head and shoulders above the others. For that reason, maybe it is better to build your lineups “a-la-carte” tonight instead of stacking offenses and hoping the players feed into each other.
However, if stacking if your thing, here are some teams to consider in that regard:
New York Mets @ PHI (Jerad Eickhoff): The Mets have been cruising on offense, and now they face a rookie making his second MLB start. Vegas seems to like the Mets one more time despite Eickhoff looking solid in his professional debut last week.
Toronto Blue Jays @ TEX (Colby Lewis): This one should go without saying, as the Jays are always worth consideration when stepping in against a mediocre pitcher. However, Colby Lewis is much tougher on right-handed hitters than lefties, which makes it difficult to justify the inflated salaries of Donaldson, Bautista, and Encarnacion.
Detroit Tigers vs LAA (Hector Santiago): After starting the season very solid, Santiago is starting to leak oil as the Angels’ starting pitcher. He struggled with his control last outing vs Toronto, thowing 95 pitches in just 3.2 innings (4 walks, 4 runs). If those control issues carry over to a matchup at Detroit, expect the Tigers’ right-handed sluggers to pounce.
Now onto the best value hitters tonight on FanDuel:
DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH
Yasiel Puig - OF - LAD (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
Puig was pretty “meh” last night in a great matchup (1-5, 1 RBI), but don’t hold that against him tonight. He has an even better draw this time around, facing left-hander David Holmberg and his .396 wOBA against right-handed bats. Remember, Great American Ball Park provides a nice hitter-friendly shift compared to Puig’s usual atmosphere. He’s cheap and worth the investment tonight.
Jason Kipnis – 2B – CLE (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
Why not go for a double-dip? Kipnis was the top pick in yesterday’s FanDuel Bargain Bin, and he came through with a solid 3-4. 2 double, 2 RBI, 3 run performance. While the matchup isn’t quite as good as Tuesday’s, it’s still one to consider against Jimmy Nelson and his .368 wOBA against left-handed hitters this season.
Todd Frazier – 3B – CIN (FanDuel Price: $2,800)
Frazier is really starting to come around, collecting multiple hits in three of the past five games. Perhaps this is the bounce-back we have been waiting for? A solid righty/lefty home matchup (were Frazier has crushed southpaws this season) only furthers the rationale to utilize the All-Star before his salary climbs to the $3,000-$3,500+ range – as it almost certainly will at some point in time.
Also Consider: Francisco Lindor – SS – CLE
John Jaso – C – TB (FanDuel Price: $2,200)
Jaso was another bargain pick in yesterday’s column who came through in a big way (5.5 FPs). He has an even better matchup tonight against rookie Tyler Duffey, who has been up and down in his first few starts. Even though Duffey twirled a gem in his last outing, he still holds a susceptibility to left-handed hitters through his first three games. That’s enough to consider a quality leadoff hitter (sometimes bats cleanup) like Jaso for minimum-salary.
Rajai Davis – OF – DET (FanDuel Price: $2,300)
The Tigers face a left-handed pitcher tonight, so you know what that means: Davis will likely be leading off with the platoon advantage. As mentioned in the introduction, Angels’ pitcher Hector Santiago has been having control issues as of late, and Davis has very good lineup security hitting in front of V-Mart, Miggy, and J.D. Martinez.
Grady Sizemore – OF – TB (FanDuel Price: $2,500)
Step 1: Look two players above to Sizemore’s teammate John Jaso. Step 2: Take that write-up, directly apply it to the Tampa Outfielder, who has been switching between the leadoff and cleanup role (with Jaso). Sizemore has been a solid source of fantasy production as of late, scrounging 3+ fantasy points over the past two, which is all you really need in this spot.
Also Consider: Jimmy Rollins – SS – LAD
Scott Van Slyke – OF – LAD (FanDuel Price: $2,300)
Van Slyke is a notorious platoon bat that crushes left-handed pitching. However, he profiles as more of a “boom or bust” hitter that launches a deep ball or gives you negative fantasy points. That’s why he’s considered a tournament gamble despite the near-minimum price point. Adding to that risk, there’s always a chance he’ll get pulled once a right-hander comes in from the bullpen. That means you’ll need Van Slyke to do his damage against David Holmberg in two or so at-bats.
Adam LaRoche – 1B – CWS (FanDuel Price: $2,600)
Boston pitcher Rick Porcello is back from the disabled list, and that’s good news for daily fantasy enthusiasts looking to stack against him. Porcello has given up a .373 wOBA against left-handed hitters this season, which ranks as the worst split among regular pitchers in action tonight. For that reason, LaRoche gains credibility as a cheap source of upside, slugging a homer in two of his last five games.
Yadier Molina – C – STL (FanDuel Price: $2,500)
Molina has been sneaky-good lately, picking up 6 RBI’s over the past three games. Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin hasn’t been his dominant self since returning from injury, presenting a fine righty/lefty matchup for Molina in Arizona’s hitter-friendly park. Also give a look towards another Cardinal, Jhonny Peralta, for the same reasoning. He is only $2,400 on FanDuel.
Also Consider: Ryan Howard – 1B – PHI