We’ve got a nice-sized MLB slate here on Monday night. To help you with your lineup building, here are some plays to consider at each position on FanDuel.
Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers, $13,200 – He’s really expensive and you’ll only have $2,725 per bat to spend on if you roster him, but I’ll willing to save on bats to squeeze in Kershaw. He’s the best pitcher in baseball and has posted a sparkling 2.09 xFIP and dominant 33.8% strikeout rate. He will be facing a Cincinnati team that is getting a big negative park shift, and the Reds hold the lowest road wOBA in MLB. Additionally, the Dodgers are coming off of a 17 inning game last night and also played an extra inning game the night before. Based on those reasons, this profiles as a game in which the Dodgers could lean on Kershaw to finish this one by himself and give their bullpen some much needed rest.
Johnny Cueto, San Diego Padres, $11,800 – There is enough value at hitting today and the matchups for these top two arms are so good that I’m willing to price their price tags. Kershaw is still the clear cut number one, but Cueto does offer $1,400 savings for a tournament. He’s absolutely dominated this San Diego team this year, as he’s pitched two complete games against them and is averaging 66 FD PPG against them. The Padres have been a team to attack all year long with right-handed pitching and Cueto has certainly taken advantage.
Yan Gomes, Cleveland Indians, $2,700 – We won’t know the lineup for this game because this is the second game of the double header and the first game won’t be finished by lineup lock. If Gomes plays in the first game, I’d avoid him, but if he sits in the first game we can feel very confident he’ll play in Game 2. The Indians check in with a solid team total of 4.4 runs on the MLB odds board and Gomes leads all catchers in hard hit rate over the past two weeks at 46%. I really like this Cleveland offense; Gomes is one of the more affordable pieces and has been unlucky recently with a .120 BABIP.
Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants, $3,400 – Drew Pomeranz has pitched well this year and is looking like a quality left-handed starter, so I won’t go out of my way to pick on him. However, we saw Buster Posey take Jon Lester deep this weekend, which was a reminder that Posey can hit any lefty. He’s posted a career .404 wOBA and .234 ISO against lefties and the $3,400 price tag isn’t outrageous.
Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies, $2,300 – He’s really tough to trust for cash games, but if you’re rostering Kershaw and need some savings then Howard does offer home run upside. Mike Pelfey is not a good pitcher and has been hammered by lefties to the tune of a .437 wOBA and 1.83 HR/9. Pelfrey is also not a big strikeout guy, so we should expect Howard to make contract today. For the BvP guys, Howard has also had big success against Pelfrey (16-for-45 with three home runs and only four strikeouts).
Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians, $3,700 – If you’re rostering Kershaw, it’s going to be tough to fit in some of these Cleveland bats, but they are some of my favorite more expensive bats. This Indians/White Sox checks in with a total of 9, and due to the presence of Kershaw, as well the lineup not being out in time, he could be lower owned. Santana has posted a .415 wOBA and .311 ISO against right-handed pitching, while Johnson has had his struggles against lefties at the MLB level.
Howie Kendrick, Los Angeles Dodgers, $2,800 – If you’re rolling with Kershaw, I love pairing him with up to three of the Dodgers right-handed bats. All of the Dodgers righties are dirt cheap, including Howie. He’s starting to pick it up at the plate a little bit recently and the Dodgers have the second highest team total.
Rougned Odor, Texas Rangers, $3,500 – The Rangers check in with the top team total on this slate at 4.87 runs, and Nick Tropeano has struggled away from his pitcher friendly home park. He’s allowed a .370 road wOBA and has struggled with lefties all year, allowing a .380 wOBA. Odor is appealing his suspension, so he should continue to hit high in the Rangers’ order until his appeal is heard, and he offers solid pop at a tough position to fill.
Also Consider – Jason Kipnis
Martin Prado, Miami Marlins, $2,800 – He offers very little power upside, but this is a really nice price point on Prado for cash games. Matt Moore has struggled recently and Prado has hit lefties very well throughout his career (career .358 wOBA).
Mike Moustakas, Kansas City Royals, $3,000 – Moustakas is back off the DL and is sitting at a very affordable price tag. Ricky Nolasco isn’t a terrible pitcher, but he’s also not someone to fear, especially against lefties. He’s allowed a .332 wOBA to lefties this season and a .341 wOBA to lefties for his career, as well as 1.17 career HR/9 to lefties, so Moustakas has some power upside in this matchup.
Jimmy Rollins, Chicago White Sox, $3,000 – This will be the second game of the double header and we’re not going to know the lineup, so there is risk here. I’m hoping he’s in there because the matchup is very good against Cody Anderson, who is being called up to just start this game and then will go back to AAA. Anderson has really struggled at the MLB level, allowing a .352 wOBA to lefties and has a very low strikeout rate. Rollins should be hitting second and is affordable at a tough position to fill.
Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians, $3,900 – It will be tough to squeeze him in with Kershaw and I’ve listed two other potential punts below depending on where they land in the lineup. However, the Indians offense should be in store for a nice day against Erik Johnson, who has allowed a career .412 wOBA to left-handed bats. If you’re fading Kershaw in tournaments, a Santana, Lindor, and Kipnis stack is a solid option.
Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers, $2,400 - I’d expect Puig to be VERY popular at his price, and he’s a guy I’d plug into cash games to help get exposure to Kershaw. Brandon Finnegan is a young talented pitcher, but he’s had some struggles this season and has already allowed nine home runs to right-handed bats. Puig has really struggled this year, but he’s shown signs of life recently with two big games in his last three.
Ben Revere, Washington Nationals, $2,500 - Revere has battled through an injury plagued year, but he’s starting to come around and has posted seven hits over his past two games. He should be hitting leadoff for a Nationals team that knocked around Bartolo Colon in his last outing, and he is another solid cash game option if you’re looking to squeeze in Kershaw.
Trayce Thompson, Los Angeles Dodgers, $3,100 – I’m liking this Dodgers outfield tonight, as you can also look at Kike Hernandez if he happens to make the lineup as well. I mentioned that Brandon Finnegan has allowed already allowed nine homers to righties, and Thompson has been mashing left-handed pitching this season. He’s posted a .389 wOBA and .306 ISO this season against lefties and also crushed left-handed pitching last season.
Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins, $3,400 – Stanton is easily the most interesting decision on the day. He’s been insanely cold at the plate and is completely lost right now. However, FanDuel has dropped his price all the way down to $3,400. He’s also facing a lefty in Matt Moore and his career numbers against lefties are astronomical (.415 wOBA and .321 ISO). He’ll bust out eventually, so I’ll roll the dice here in some tournaments.