MLB Fantasy Favorites - April 22, 2019

After a hell of a win on Friday (!), we’re going to rise once again.

Last Lineup’s Best Picks:

Fernando Tatis Jr., San Diego Padres (35 Fantasy Points vs 8.6 FPPG

Carlos Rodon, Chicago White Sox (23.9 Fantasy Points vs 21.0 FPPG)

Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers (18 Fantasy Points vs 14.6 FPPG)

Robinson Cano, New York Mets (17 Fantasy Points vs 6.1 FPPG)

Alex Bregman, Houston Astros (17 Fantasy Points vs 7.9 FPPG)

Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals (7 Fantasy Points vs 6.0 FPPG)

Tonight’s Starting Lineup:

P – Manny Banuelos, Chicago White Sox (DK Salary $7,000, 7.2 FPPG)

Normally a reliever, Banuelos has not made a full start this season. However, he will be making his first spot start today, and what a better introduction than getting to face the Orioles. Even at a lowly 8-15, Baltimore has still overperformed and are now starting to see themselves fall back to Earth. As a squad that was earlier predicted to be the worst team in MLB history, the Orioles field a team of AAA players. Banuelos should have no problem succeeding tonight for Chicago.

P – Yonny Chirinos, Tampa Bay Rays (DK Salary $7,400, 17.5 FPPG) 

What a shocking start thus far for Tampa. At 14-8, the Rays are sitting pretty in first place in the AL East and are looking to build their lead against a terrible Kansas City team. Though he may not be a household name, Chirinos has been very solid for the Rays, tossing a 3.26 ERA and generating an undefeated 3-0 start. And with the exception of a bad no-decision in Toronto, he has been good enough to average 25.4 FPPG over his last 3 starts, posting over 23 Fantasy Points in all 3 games. Especially in front of the home Tampa Bay crowd, expect Chirinos to dominate the weak Royals.

C – Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals (DK Salary $3,800, 6.4 FPPG)

As a Mets fan, I detest the man, but from a fantasy perspective, Molina has started to find his groove at the plate. The veteran catcher has scored 7+ Fantasy Points in each of his last 5 games, including a 12 Fantasy Point performance in a 10-2 rout of the Mets on #4/20. As the Cardinals continue their home stretch, take Molina to stay hot at the plate tonight.

1B – Pete Alonso, New York Mets (DK Salary $4,500, 11.5 FPPG)

I absolutely love this machine of a man. Though just a rookie, you can tell that the Mets have already found the next phenom in Pete Alonso. So far to start the season, “Polar Bear Pete” has slashed .325/.416/.727 with a 1.143 OPS, not to mention 8 homeruns in 21 games. Of those 8 dingers, 6 have been absolute moon shots over 400 feet. It doesn’t matter who’s on the mound, Alonso has been scorching hot. Even after going 0-4 in Game 2 of the Mets’ series with the Cardinals, the rookie still averaged 13.3 FPPG over the 3 games against St. Louis. All things considered, Alonso is a must tonight, especially as the Mets return home to Flushing.

2B – Gleyber Torres, New York Yankees (DK Salary $3,900, 6.9 FPPG)

Tonight should be the night that Torres bounces back for the Yankees. The opposing Angels pitcher Matt Harvey has been absolutely horrendous since falling victim to Thoracic Outlet Syndrome a few years ago, having pitched above a 4.8 ERA every year since 2015. Harvey has been especially terrible this season, starting off with a 9.64 ERA and a 0-2 record. Even on the road, Torres should be able to find his footing and square the ball up nicely tonight against “The Dark Knight.”

3B – Alex Bregman, Houston Astros (DK Salary $4,800, 9.2 FPPG)

Since I picked Bregman in our lineup on Friday, he has been SCORCHING hot for Houston. In his last 3 games, the star infielder is averaging 16.3 FPPG, including 23 Fantasy Points last night against Texas. In the series before that, Bregman averaged 11 FPPG on the road against the Athletics. Now that the Astros return home to Houston, Bregman should continue to succeed in an even more familiar setting. 

SS – Tim Anderson, Chicago White Sox (DK Salary $5,000, 13.1 FPPG)

All I can say is wow, what a pleasant surprise Anderson has been for the White Sox thus far. So far this season, the young shortstop is leading the league in Average and has slashed .418/.443/.642 with a 1.085 OPS. His incredible performance at the plate has also boosted his fantasy stock to $5,000 DK, but he warrants that price tag after consistently proving his skills and averaging 15 FPPG over his last 5 games and 16.7 FPPG over his last 3. Even after a controversial suspension by the MLB for dropping the n-bomb after being beamed by a pitcher following an incredible homerun bat flip, Anderson should continue to dominate against Orioles starter David Hess and his 5.57 ERA.

OF – Brett Gardner, New York Yankees (DK Salary $4,300, 8.9 FPPG)

It pains me to have two Yankees in the Fantasy Favorites lineup, but Gardner has been too hot to ignore. With the exception of 4/18’s game against the Royals, the veteran outfielder has averaged 17.25 FPPG over his last 4 games, including 2 outings with 20+ Fantasy Points. And like teammate Gleyber Torres, Gardner gets to face off against regressing Angels pitcher Matt Harvey. Given all aspects, Brett Gardner is a great pick for tonight’s lineup. 

OF – Josh Reddick, Houston Astros (DK Salary $3,700, 6.8 FPPG)

Often not mentioned in the names of Houston’s dominant lineup, Josh Reddick has really stepped up lately for the Astros. Over his last 4 games, Reddick has averaged 15.25 FPPG, including 2 games with exactly 24 Fantasy Points. Tonight, the Astros return home to face struggling Twins pitcher Jake Odorizzi and his 4.76 ERA, meaning Reddick should continue to dominate at the plate. 

OF – Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels (DK Salary $5,600, 11.4 FPPG)

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