The NFL is in full swing, but we have another solid day of Sunday baseball. I’ll be focusing in on the main slate on FanDuel, which has the biggest tournaments and another plus is that we won’t have to worry about Coors Field ownership.
Kyle Hendricks, $10,100 – Chicago Cubs – I’m not loving the pitching options on the main slate, so I’m very likely to just play it safe, roster Hendricks, and move on. I think there’s enough value with the bats to make it work, and he’s facing a strikeout-prone Milwaukee offense. He’s a big -250 favorite to pick up the win and has been rock solid all season long. He produced 45 FD points two starts ago against this Milwaukee offense and has at least 43 FD points in seven of his last eight games.
I’m really just rolling with Hendricks in the main slate on FanDuel, but I think both Danny Duffy and Jose Quintana could be interesting. Both are quality pitchers facing ho hum offenses but they are facing each other, so it’s a little tougher to nail down the win. My second favorite pitcher would probably be Ivan Nova against the Reds. I don’t like the negative park shift, but he’s pitched very well since joining the Pirates and has rattled off four straight quality starts. This Reds offense isn’t particularly potent and he put up 48 FD points against them two starts ago. His price tag will allow you to get a more aggressive with the bats so I like him as a GPP option.
Jonathan Lucroy, Texas Rangers – $3,700 – One think you’ll notice reading through this article is that I’m really high on the Texas bats. Their team total is sitting at 6.14 runs, and they get a prime matchup against a below average LHP in Ross Detwiler. Lucroy is a little pricey, but some of the other Texas bats are cheaper which helps to even things out. He’s hit LHP for a .361 career wOBA and is my favorite catching option on the day if you’re spending up.
Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers – $3,200 – I just can’t pass on a $3,200 price tag for Miggy. He’s too good of a hitter and always offers that big game upside. He’s posted a .386 wOBA against RHP this season and Trevor Bauer has been scuffling recently.
Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs – $4,200 – He’s sat the past two games as the Cubs have clinched the division so we’ll have to monitor lineups. However, if he’s back in there then he’s my favorite option if you’re spending at first base. Wily Peralta has been awful against LHP his entire career, as he’s allowed a .387 wOBA to LHB this season and .357 for his career. Meanwhile, Rizzo absolutely owns him, as he is a ridiculous 16-for-32 with seven home runs in his career against Peralta.
Dee Gordon, Miami Marlins – $2,700 – Gordon has finally started to get active on the base paths, as he’s ripped off six steals in his past three games. His price is back on the rise, but he’s still priced at a very affordable $2,700. He’ll have the platoon advantage against Alec Asher, who has allowed a career .415 wOBA to LHB in his brief MLB career.
Ben Zobrist, Chicago Cubs – $3,200 – Hopefully the Cubs come back with their everyday lineup because I really want to roll out a lot of their LHB against Peralta. Like Rizzo, Zobrist also has received the last two days off, so be sure to watch the Cubs lineup (but pay attention as MLB starting lineups are released). As noted with Rizzo, Wily Peralta gets clobbered by LHB, so I’m looking to throw any LHB at him, and Zobrist checks in with a nice price point. He fills a tough middle infield position and typically hits in the heart of the Cubs lineup.
Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers – 3,300 – This is a nice price for Beltre in a great matchup against a weak LHP in Ross Detwiler, who is getting a negative park shift and has allowed a .354 wOBA to RHB for his career. Beltre has great against LHP this season (.418 wOBA) and great at his home ball park (.385 wOBA), so this lines up as a perfect spot for him today.
Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays – $3,900 – If the Cubs roll out their normal lineup, then I’ll give the nod to Bryant and get a full Cubs stack with him at $4,000. If the Cubs roll out a weakened lineup or if Bryant sits, then Longoria makes for a nice pivot. He’s getting a great park shift heading to Baltimore and has caught fire with home runs in three straight games. He’ll draw a LHP in Wade Miley, who has really been struggling, and Longoria has posted a career .381 wOBA against LHP.
Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers – $2,900 – I’m liking the value with the Texas RHB today, and while Andrus doesn’t make for an exciting GPP play, I think he’s a solid cash game option. As mentioned with Beltre, Detwiler has struggled with RHB, and Andrus has hit LHP for a .342 batting average and .368 wOBA.
Asdrubal Cabrera, New York Mets – $3,400 – Shortstop is pretty ugly in the main slate on FanDuel , and Cabrera has been one of the steadier options at the position recently. He hits high in the order and has hit safely in thirteen of his last 14 games. He’ll draw a matchup with Kyle Gibson, who scares nobody and has allowed a .387 wOBA to LHB this season.
Carlos Gomez, Texas Rangers – $3,000 – It’s driving me crazy as an Astros fan, but Gomez has come to life with the Rangers. He’s been leading off and has now homered in each of his past two games. I’m liking this matchup for the Texas RHB against Ross Detwiler, as well as the fact that the RHB outside of Lucroy and Desmond are very affordable. If you’re looking to complete the Texas stack, I certainly don’t mind Ian Desmond as well.
Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals – $3,700 – Harper has been scuffling a bit recently, but I’m still a sucker for him at just $3,700. The power and batting average haven’t been what he hoped, but we know it’s there from seasons past, and he does do a good job of drawing walks. He’ll draw a plus matchup today against Matt Wisler, who really struggles with LHB, allowing a .345 wOBA to them this season and .376 to them for his career, so he should struggle with the likes of Harper and Murphy.
Rajai Davis, Cleveland Indians – $3,200 – With a LHP on the hill in Daniel Norris, Davis should slot into the leadoff role for the Indians. At the MLB level, Norris has been very average and home run prone, so the Indians could be sneaky for GPPs. He’s allowing a .339 wOBA to RHB as well as 1.38 HR/9 to RHB this season and also hasn’t been great against LHB, so Davis is in a nice spot as the leadoff hitter.