Tonight’s MLB schedule is full with 15 games in total. You will likely need to nail down the pitching position tonight since there do not appear to be many teams in elite offensive situations. Let’s take a look at some of my top FanDuel plays and see if we can make some money.
Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals, $12,500 – Let me throw some numbers your way. In his last two starts, Scherzer has pitched 18 innings, struck out 26 batters, and has given up ONE hit in total. This two-game stretch from Scherzer is unfathomable. Tonight he draws a matchup with one of the worst offenses in all of baseball, the Philadelphia Phillies. This is a fade-at-your-own-risk situation.
Robbie Ray, Arizona Diamondbacks, $6,800 – If you are looking to go cheaper at pitcher and load up on some bats, Robbie Ray is an interesting option. He has been solid since hopping in the Diamondbacks rotation, giving up only five earned runs in four starts. Tonight he gets a Padres offense that has struggled to produce many runs as of late (except for yesterday). In addition to the solid matchup, the environment is ideal for pitchers inside Petco Park.
Russell Martin, Toronto Blue Jays, $3,500 – The TEX/TOR game is one of very few that is expected to have some runs scored (total at nine on the MLB odds board). After a hot start to the season, Nick Martinez has experienced some predictable regression. Russell Martin is a guy that hit RHP better than LHP last season, and he will have the benefit of hitting right behind some on-base monsters (Reyes, Donaldson, Bautista, Encarnacion). If you have the money to spend up at catcher, Martin is the guy that you should be targeting.
Derek Norris, San Diego Padres, $2,800 – Although I think opposing pitcher Robbie Ray is a fine value option at pitcher, that does not mean I don’t mind targeting a hitter such as Derek Norris. Norris is an elite hitter against LHP and will likely hit high in the order (second). The hitting environment is less than ideal, but I have no issues targeting Norris at $2,800.
Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers, $5,200 – The Tigers offense is in a good spot tonight. They will be at home facing a LHP (Jose Quintana) and appear to finally be approaching full health; getting Victor Martinez back has been valuable. The Tigers will roll out a right-handed heavy lineup, which should cause some problems for Quintana. Cabrera is clearly one of the best hitters in all of baseball and is a fine target tonight in this R/L matchup.
David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox, $3,000 – Ortiz has been my default first base salary saving option for quite some time now. His price has not exceeded the $3,000 marker for a long time. Yes, his overall skill set in likely on the decline due to age, but he is still an elite hitter versus RHP. Tonight he gets righty Alex Colome, which is another plus matchup for Big Papi.
Ian Kinsler, Detroit Tigers, $2,800 – As I mentioned in the Miggy writeup, I’m a fan of the Tigers offense tonight (and moving forward) with V-Mart returning to the lineup. Kinsler is currently sitting at the lowest FanDuel price that I can remember him ever being at, $2,800. The depressed price tag mostly has to do with that fact Kinsler has lost much of the pop in his bat (two home runs this season). That being said, at $2,800 we do not necessarily need homers, so Kinsler is a fine value option.
Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays, $4,100 – As mentioned previously, the Blue Jays offense is likely the best one to target tonight in their home matchup with Nick Martinez. Donaldson has really improved his skill set against RHP this season (.364 wOBA, .220 ISO). In addition to these improvements, Donaldson is carrying a fair FanDuel price of $4,100, which is the fifth-most expensive at the position.
Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays, $2,900 – This is more of a price play than anything else. Longoria is coming in at $2,900, which is much too cheap for a player with his skill set. Opposing pitcher Rick Porcello has been awful this season, meaning tonight is excellent time to invest in the depressed price tag of Longoria.
Jose Reyes, Toronto Blue Jays, $3,600 – The shortstop position is thin as usual, so I think it makes sense to lock in the security of Reyes, or go much cheaper. Reyes will leadoff for the Blue Jays, who are in the best offensive spot tonight. He is a threat to steal a bag each and every time he lands on base, which is so valuable for his fantasy outlook.
Brett Gardner, New York Yankees, $4,600 – The price is high on Gardner ($4,600), but there might not be a hotter hitter in all of baseball at this point. In his last seven games, Gardner has 16 hits, which includes four home runs and 10 RBIs. The Yankees will draw a young RHP in Vincent Velasquez, who is coming off a shelling at the hands of the Mariners. If you can afford the price tag, Gardner is an excellent OF target.
Denard Span, Washington Nationals, $3,300 – Span is a player that I love to target due to his speed and the fact that his price always remains at a fair level. Span is currently sitting at $3,300, which makes it very easy to slide him into your lineups. He has a solid matchup tonight against RHP Aaron Harang. All Span has to do is get on base to return a solid fantasy outing.