MLB Fantasy Favorites - April 24, 2019

The most important meal of the day, is a fantasy lineup, Chazz’s way. (Props to you if you understand this reference.)

Last Lineup’s Best Picks:

Manny Banuelos, Chicago White Sox (13.4 Fantasy Points vs 7.2 FPPG)

Pete Alonso, New York Mets (13 Fantasy Points vs 11.5 FPPG)

Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels (12 Fantasy Points vs 11.4 FPPG)

Josh Reddick, Houston Astros (11 Fantasy Points vs 6.8 FPPG)

Gleyber Torres, New York Yankees (9 Fantasy Points vs 6.9 FPPG)

Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals (7 Fantasy Points vs 6.4 FPPG)

Tonight’s Starting Lineup:

P – CC Sabathia, New York Yankees (DK Salary $7,200, 18.9 FPPG)

Considering his age of 38, I am very surprised at how productive Sabathia has been in recent years for the Yankees. CC has pitched under an ERA of 4 since 2016 and continues to show improvement year-over-year. This year is no exception, as the veteran pitcher has yet to give up an earned run this season, albeit in 10 innings pitched. In his 2 starts thus far, Sabathia has posted 16.7 Fantasy Points and 21.1 Fantasy Points, both of which resulted in wins for New York. Tonight, Sabathia and the Yankees are facing off against a reeling Angels team that has lost 8 of its last 9 games. Even on the road, CC should be able to prove once again that age is nothing but a number. 

P – Vince Velasquez, Philadelphia Phillies (DK Salary $9,200, 12.9 FPPG) 

I’m going against my Mets here and taking Velasquez to have a dominant start tonight at Citi Field. From a qualitative standpoint, the Mets have had a tendency this year to let up in Game 3 of the series, having won the final game of a series in which they are leading or tied only once in their last 6 attempts. With Jason Vargas on the mound for New York, I see the Mets mailing it in tonight and preparing for their next big series against the Brewers. Not to mention the fact that the Phillies are going to come out steaming tonight after being blown out twice in a row and watching Rhys Hoskins get thrown at twice in the 9th inning of a blowout loss. After a slow start, Velasquez has averaged 18.25 FPPG over his last 2 games and should continue his hot streak tonight in New York. 

C – Willson Contreras, Chicago Cubs (DK Salary $4,300, 10.1 FPPG)

Slashing .322/.467/.712 with 6 homeruns and 18 RBIs thus far, Contreras is showing that he is striving to prove himself once again and earn his second straight invitation to the All-Star Game. As he continues to heat up at the plate, his fantasy stock continues to rise. Over his last 9 games, Contreras has hit double-digit Fantasy Points 5 times, including a dominant 31 Fantasy Points against the Angels on 4/12 and 25 Fantasy Points against the Marlins on 4/15. Showing no signs of regressing, Contreras should beat up tonight on Dodgers starter Walker Buehler and his 5.40 ERA.

1B – Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers (DK Salary $3,600, 5.9 FPPG)

Yes, this is indeed the same guy that won the 2012 AL Triple Crown and twice won the AL MVP award. Cabrera may be 36 years old, but if CC Sabathia has proven anything, it’s that age is nothing but a number. Miggy had himself a slow start to the season but has rebounded tremendously. With a veteran approach at the plate, Cabrera has himself a 9-game hit streak going and is batting 20-for-57 (.351) over his last 15 outings. Especially against a sinking Red Sox team and their starter Eduardo Rodriguez (7.20 ERA), the veteran superstar should have himself a night tonight in Boston. 

2B – Gleyber Torres, New York Yankees (DK Salary $3,900, 7.1 FPPG)

Following a multitude of injuries for New York, Torres is one of the last few Opening Day regulars left in the Yankees lineup, and he is taking on the role like a champ. So far in the team’s series against the Angels, Torres has averaged 9.5 FPPG with 2 hits and 2 RBIs. In Game 3 of the series, expect the young infielder to lead the newbies in the Yankees lineup and continue squaring up the ball against struggling opposing pitcher Felix Pena. 

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

Bregman has been earning every bit of his recent contract extension with the Astros, slashing .315/.429/.534 with 4 homeruns and 12 RBIs in 21 games. The young phenom has been especially heating up as of late, averaging 12.7 FPPG over his last 7 games. In an important rubber game against the Twins, Bregman should continue to be dialed in at the plate and smack around opposing pitcher Kohl Stewart, who will be making his first start of the young season.

SS – Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers (DK Salary $3,700, 6.7 FPPG)

Before suffering a long-term injury last season, Seager was consistently held to MVP-standards with a career .300 batting average, 56 homeruns in 380 games, and soft hands at shortstop. Now that he’s healthy once again, those expectations have not changed. Following a small slump to start this season, Seager has begun to find his groove once again, averaging 8.75 FPPG over his last 4 games. Opposing pitcher Cole Hamels has admittedly been strong this season, but expect Seager and the Dodgers to look to rebound tonight after a tough 7-2 loss in Game 1 of the series. 

OF – Andrew Benintendi, Boston Red Sox (DK Salary $4,600, 7.8 FPPG)

Many Red Sox fans call this man “Beni Biceps,” and the reason is because this guy can flat out hit. Currently hitting for a .295 average with 2 homeruns and 11 RBIs, Benintendi has been one of the most consistent batters for Boston with at least 1 hit in 12 of his last 15 games. What’s most encouraging is how the young outfielder has really started to find his groove at the plate, averaging 12 FPPG over his last 4 games. Especially after the Red Sox dropped both games of yesterday’s doubleheader, Benintendi should be hyper-focused tonight as Boston looks to salvage this series against Detroit. 

OF – A.J. Pollock, Los Angeles Dodgers (DK Salary $3,400, 6.7 FPPG)

Originally from Connecticut, Pollock found his greatest success in Arizona and is looking to carry his All-Star status to Los Angeles. After slumping a bit to start the season, Pollock has finally seemed to have found some footing with his new Dodgers team. Over his last 5 games, the former Diamondback is averaging 8.8 FPPG over his last 5 starts. Tonight, Pollock gets a more favorable matchup against a left-handed pitcher, which should once again kick start his positive streak at the plate. 

OF – George Springer, Houston Astros (DK Salary $5,300, 11.0 FPPG)

At $5,300 DK, Springer absolutely warrants being the costliest position player for tonight’s Fantasy Favorites lineup. A notoriously good hitter, the former UCONN Husky (shout out Connecticut again) is slashing a career-best .286/.383/.571 with 7 homeruns and 20 RBIs already in just 23 games. Springer has been especially scary to face recently, averaging 15.6 FPPG with 8 hits, 2 homeruns, 3 doubles, and 6 RBIs over his last 5 games. Don’t be hesitant to pick someone on a hot streak when they’re a proven 2-time All-Star. Take Springer tonight as the Astros look to take the series against the Twins. 

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