Another Sunday means a full slate of baseball games, and the possibility of some missing players from various lineups. Please make sure you check the lineups before rostering anyone. Despite the large number of games, there aren’t many pitchers I’d consider using on FanDuel. It’s easy to narrow that position down, but there are plenty of hitters to choose from. Let’s take a look at who I like today at each position on FanDuel.
Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds, $10600 – On FanDuel, getting a solid score from your pitcher is of the utmost importance. You can go a long way toward cashing in your respective games if you get pitcher right while others get it wrong. Cueto is worth paying up for today, as there are really no other options that I trust for a big game. He’s striking out nearly a batter per inning, and although the Braves have been surprisingly effective against right-handed pitchers, they did just get shut down by Mike Leake. Cueto rarely has a terrible outing, and I think he should be in line for the win, given opposing starter Julio Teheran has been struggling this season.
Michael Wacha, St Louis Cardinals, $8300 – Cueto is the only play for me in cash games, but if you want to go cheaper at pitcher so you can have access to some better bats, Wacha is a good option as well. His strikeout rate leaves a lot to be desired, but the Pirates should help him out with that. They’re really struggling against right-handed pitching, and striking out at a high rate. I also believe Wacha should be in line for the win as I don’t believe opposing pitchers Vance Worley will pitch well against the Cardinals hitters.
Additional Plays: Trevor Bauer
Derek Norris, San Diego Padres, $3000 – Norris is always a very strong play against lefties, and given this Padres lineup seems built to give lefties nightmares, I like him quite a bit against Tyler Matzek. I expect Matzek to struggle, while Norris is almost automatic against average to below average lefties. He’s very affordable, and also has the added benefit of hitting second, which puts him in a great position hitting behind Wil Myers and ahead of Matt Kemp and Justin Upton.
Stephen Vogt, Oakland Athletics, $3100 – Vogt draws a favorable matchup with Yovani Gallardo, who is likely going to struggle with a lefty-heavy lineup. Meanwhile, Vogt has been consistently hitting all season, and he should slot back in at the number three spot in the lineup after getting yesterday off. Expect another solid day at the plate from Oakland today. They’re enjoying the much more hitter-friendly confines in Texas. Vogt should see some good run-producing opportunities today, and he’s just as good of a play as Norris at the catcher position.
Additional Plays: Yasmani Grandal
Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers, $4300 – Opposing pitcher Chase Anderson is average at best, and he struggles with lefties. The Dodgers have been a nightmare for opposing righties all season, and that should continue today. Gonzalez just keeps hitting, and while he’s slowed down a bit in the power department, he still makes for an excellent play if you’re willing to spend up at first base. He’s raking against righties, and I think the Dodgers will have another solid day at the plate against Anderson.
Kendrys Morales, Kansas City Royals, $2700 – Morales is having a great season so far, yet nobody is talking about it. He’s very cheap, and when you consider he’s already driven in 20 runs this season and gone deep three times, his price is kind of a head-scratcher. He’s a great option to pair with Cueto, as his cheap price will provide salary cap relief, allowing you to roster solid options at other positions. Opposing pitcher Anibal Sanchez hasn’t been great this season, and, like most pitchers, he’s likely going to struggle with this Royals lineup.
Dee Gordon, Miami Marlins, $3500 – It’s going to be important to get as much exposure possible to Severino Gonzalez today, as he is clearly the weakest starting pitcher toeing the rubber. The Phillies also have a weak bullpen, so when he leaves the game, the Miami hitters won’t lose much value. Gordon has high upside because of his speed and base-stealing ability. Facing a weak pitcher that really struggled with lefties in the minors, I expect Gordon to reach base multiple times and to utilize his speed to manufacture things.
Justin Turner, Los Angeles Dodgers, $2400 – If you need some cap relief, Turner is a terrific option. You’ll need to make sure he’s in the lineup, as it’s becoming apparent that Don Mattingly’s lineups aren’t going to make much sense sometimes. Hopefully Turner continues to hit second, as he’s an infinitely better option than Jimmy Rollins, who is struggling to hit .200. Turner is raking right now, and given Chase Anderson struggles against everyone, Turner is a fantastic option if he’s batting second again.
Mike Moustakas, Kansas City Royals, $3000 – I expect opposing pitcher Anibal Sanchez to struggle with a Royals lineup that doesn’t give away any free outs, and strikes out a very low rate. Sanchez gives up too many hits and walks, and given the Royals have a very solid lineup from top to bottom, they’re one of my favorite offenses to target on most nights. Moustakas has been terrific this season, and he should do well in this lefty/righty matchup. He’s been very productive as Kansas City’s number two hitter, and he’s very affordable at only $3000.
Martin Prado, Miami Marlins, $2700 – Prado hits near the top of the lineup for Miami, and he’s in a great position to find success today given the matchup with Severino Gonzalez. Gonzalez got knocked around in his first start, and I expect much of the same today. I’m going heavy on Marlins because Gonzalez is going to struggle, and once he’s out of the game, the Marlins will get to see a bunch of below average relievers. Prado is an excellent value option today.
Marcus Semien, Oakland Athletics, $3000 – Semien is thriving as Oakland’s number two hitter, and he should find success today against Yovani Gallardo. Gallardo is an average pitcher at best, while Oakland has been raking in Arlington. Semien hits righties well, so I’m not worried about the righty/righty matchup. I think it’s likely Gallardo has to labor through this start, and once he’s out of the game, Oakland will have the benefit of facing Texas’s very subpar bullpen. It’s a great spot for Semien, and he should have some good run-producing opportunities today.
Adeiny Hechavarria, Miami Marlins, $2900 – The only bad thing is that he hits eighth. However, he still draws the terrific matchup against Severino Gonzalez, so he’s worth a look despite hitting so low in the order. He’s been hitting the ball well all season, pushing his batting average to nearly .333. He also has some pop, as he’s gone deep twice and driven in 16 runs. He’s getting it done despite the unfavorable spot in the lineup, and he’s certainly worth a look at a weak shortstop position.
Josh Reddick, Oakland Athletics, $3600 – Reddick is on fire, and he’s been raking ever since coming off of an injury earlier this season. He gets another good matchup against Yovani Gallardo in Texas, and he’s still very much affordable at only $3600. There’s no reason to chase the most expensive outfield options when you have access to a guy with just as much upside at a much lower cost. Reddick is a top option today.
Matt Kemp, San Diego Padres, $3700 – Kemp rakes against left-handed pitching, and opposing starter Tyler Matzek has struggled with righties for his entire time in the majors. The only drawback here is that game is being played at pitcher-friendly Petco Park, but Kemp has plenty of power, and the park isn’t going to keep him from sending a ball into the seats. The Padres are stacked with lefty-killers, and Kemp should see some very good run-producing opportunities as the number three hitter.
Marcell Ozuna, Miami Marlins, $3100 – Ozuna hits righties and lefties equally well, so I don’t mind targeting him against a right-handed pitcher, especially a bad one. Gonzalez is worse against lefties, but he’s had plenty of struggles against righties as well. He’s just not a good pitcher, and I don’t expect him to have any success today. Miami is one of my top offenses, and I think it makes a lot of sense to get as many Marlins into your lineups as possible.