Like Jameis Winston once said, “Let’s eat this dub!”
Last Lineup’s Best Picks:
Rafael Devers, Boston Red Sox (19 Fantasy Points vs 6.3 FPPG)
Brandon Belt, San Francisco Giants (7 Fantasy Points vs 6.9 FPPG)
Tonight’s Starting Lineup:
P – Jordan Lyles, Pittsburgh Pirates (DK Salary $7,400, 18.9 FPPG)
On the best staff in all of baseball thus far, Lyles has been throwing like an ace so far for Pittsburgh. Through 4 starts this season, Lyles holds a 2.05 ERA and as a result averages a very good 18.9 FPPG. He struggled in his latest outing against Arizona, baseball’s hottest offense to start the year, but he has been exceptional outside of that game. In his 3 other starts, Lyles has averaged a dominant 23.8 FPPG. Flukes happen, and someone as strong as Lyles should be able to rebound and dominate tonight in Texas.
P – Ivan Nova, Chicago White Sox (DK Salary $5,900, 3.6 FPPG)
Yeah 3.6 FPPG is trash, especially for a pitcher, but hear me out on this one. Nova has had some terrible games this season that ballooned his ERA to 8.42, but he has also had some fantastic games to go along with them, twice pitching for over 17 Fantasy Points. There is no middle ground it seems for Nova, who either dominates or implodes. But he is a veteran pitcher who knows how to recover from his bad outings and find his groove again. After getting bounced by the Orioles in his last start, he should rebound tonight at home in a revenge game against baseball’s worst team.
C – Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals (DK Salary $3,900, 7.2 FPPG)
Until he shows signs of cooling down, I will continue running with Molina in our Fantasy Favorites lineup. Over his last 6 games, Molina has averaged nearly 10 FPPG (9.7) and has not scored 0 Fantasy Points in any of his last 16 games. The reason why? Yadi has himself a 16-game hit streak going, which has pushed his average to .269 with 20 RBIs already. Especially against a so-so pitcher like Anibal Sanchez, Molina should continue streaking tonight in DC.
1B – Christian Walker, Arizona Diamondbacks (DK Salary $4,800, 9.7 FPPG)
This man is shockingly letting Diamondbacks fans forget about that Paul Goldschmidt guy. With a killer slash line of .316/.385/.633 with 7 homeruns and a 1.018 OPS, Walker has proven that he warrants being Arizona’s powerful successor at first base. With a consistently high average of 12.8 FPPG over his last 13 games, Walker is a strong pick at first when Bellinger is too expensive like he is now.
2B – Ozzie Albies, Atlanta Braves (DK Salary $4,700, 9.7 FPPG)
Albies has been on an absolute tear for the Braves as of late. Over his last 4 games, the second baseman is averaging a ridiculous 17.25 FPPG. Not good enough for you? Well then, in his most recent 2 games, Albies has gone 5-for-9 (.556) with 3 homeruns, 4 RBIs, and an absolutely insane 26 FPPG. While he still performs well on the road, the youngen clearly prefers to play at home. With Atlanta hosting San Diego tonight, the stars are aligning to say, “Take Ozzie!”
3B – Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Indians (DK Salary $4,300, 7.1 FPPG)
Consistently touted as top-5 talent, Ramirez has had a disappointing start to the season, slashing only .188/.284/.287 with 2 homeruns and 9 RBIs. But this is still the 2-time All-Star who is on the verge of MLB stardom, and he is beginning to show signs of breaking out of his funk. Over his last 5 games, Ramirez has averaged 12.8 FPPG with 1 homerun, 1 double, 4 RBIs, and 3 SBs. Ramirez is not going to be priced this low for much longer. Take the phenom to continue growing and to dominate the horrific Marlins team.
SS – Jean Segura, Philadelphia Phillies (DK Salary $4,700, 9.6 FPPG)
Like I said with Victor Robles last night, I hate taking players on teams that are rivals to the Mets, but Segura has just been too good to ignore. Over his last 5 games, the young shortstop has averaged 13.4 FPPG while hitting 8-for-17 (.471) with 1 double, 1 triple, 1 homerun, and 4 RBIs. He missed a bit of time with a leg injury, but he returned nicely in his first full game back, posting 20 Fantasy Points the other night against the Marlins. As the Phillies remain at home, Segura should continue to see the baseball like a beach ball against Tyson Ross and the Tigers.
OF – Jeff McNeil, New York Mets (DK Salary $4,000, 7.7 FPPG)
This guy just flat out hits! With an average of .347, McNeil has proven himself to be a legitimate threat at the top of the Mets lineup. Though he doesn’t hit for major power, his ability to put the ball in play has “The Flying Squirrel” averaging 8 FPPG over his last 4 games, extremely consistent with his standard 7.7 FPPG output. Even though opposing pitcher Luis Castillo has been dominant this season for Cincinnati, McNeil’s natural ability to put the bat on the ball should allow him to gather a few hits tonight at Citi Field.
OF – Victor Robles, Washington Nationals (DK Salary $4,600, 8.7 FPPG)
Much like I said last night, I don’t want to take a Nationals player in my lineup, but like Segura, I’m swallowing my pride and going with the stats. Even though my heckling got to him last night, Robles has been hot recently. Prior to a 0-for-4 night last night, the young outfielder has averaged a very strong 13.4 FPPG over his previous 5 games. Again, his fantasy dominance comes from his versatility, as the young outfielder can hit for power, for average, and can consistently steal on the base paths. After getting embarrassed at the plate last night and dropping game 1 at home, look for Robles to bounce back tonight.
OF – Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels (DK Salary $5,700, 10.8 FPPG)
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