Monday is the perfect opportunity to learn, recalibrate, and dominate the new week.
Last Lineup’s Best Picks:
Zack Wheeler, New York Mets (31.75 Fantasy Points vs 17.1 FPPG)
Jeff McNeil, New York Mets (23 Fantasy Points vs 7.6 FPPG)
Domingo Santana, Seattle Mariners (18 Fantasy Points vs 9.6 FPPG)
Homer Bailey, Kansas City Royals (17.05 Fantasy Points vs 13.0 FPPG)
Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox (16 Fantasy Points vs 8.3 FPPG)
Tonight’s Starting Lineup:
P – Brad Peacock, Houston Astros (DK Salary $8,500, 13.9 FPPG)
He’s not the most exciting name in Houston’s rotation, but Peacock has had some truly impressive performances this season. He has pitched to over 22 Fantasy Points 4 times so far. Most notably was his last outing against the Royals where he had 40.8 Fantasy Points over 7 scoreless innings. Although $8,500 DK may be a bit on the higher side, the opposing Tigers lineup is abysmal, ranking 24th in Hits per game and 28th in Runs per game. Especially following a phenomenal performance, Peacock should have himself another great game tonight in Detroit.
P – Mike Fiers, Oakland Athletics (DK Salary $8,000, 11.3 FPPG)
I’ll preface this pick by immediately admitting that Fiers’s stats are inflated because of his recent no-hitter against the Reds. However, that performance is a testament to how utterly dominant Fiers can be when he gets things going on the mound. His last start netted him his second career no-hitter, putting him in some elite company in the Major League Baseball record books. Fiers had a rough stretch between April 7 and April 20, but outside of those games he has been brilliant. He should continue to pitch lights out against a Mariners team that has dropped 12 of their last 14 games.
C – Robinson Chirinos, Houston Astros (DK Salary $4,000, 7.8 FPPG)
A recurring guest in our Fantasy Favorites lineup, Chirinos warrants his spot night in and night out. The veteran catcher has been especially strong as of late, averaging 12 FPPG over his last 6 games. After a day off yesterday, Chirinos should be well rested and ready to tee off against the Tigers tonight and their terrible pitching staff.
1B – Yuli Gurriel, Houston Astros (DK Salary $3,800, 7.1 FPPG)
Another Astro, Gurriel has been killing it recently and deserves tonight’s spot at first base. Hitting for a strong .285 average, Yuli has been cruising at the plate, averaging 11.8 FPPG over his last 5 games on 10-for-21 (.476) hitting, 2 doubles, 1 homerun, and 3 RBIs. Not to mention, Gurriel has a nice 9-game hitting streak where he has gone 16-for-37 (.432). Just like Chirinos, Yuli should continue crushing the ball tonight in Detroit.
2B – Ronny Rodriguez, Detroit Tigers (DK Salary $4,200, 9.8 FPPG)
Ronny Rodriguez has been a fantasy savior for us this season. Whenever his number is called, he delivers. In Game 1 of a doubleheader on May 11, Rodriguez went 2-for-3 with 2 solo homeruns to put together 30 Fantasy Points. Just a few games before that, Rodriguez smacked 3 hits and 4 RBIs to compile 26 Fantasy Points against the Angels. Even through a small stretch of 0-for games, the middle infielder has proven that he can provide Fantasy Points when we need him to. Even though I think opposing pitcher Brad Peacock should carve through Detroit’s lineup, Rodriguez should give him some trouble tonight.
3B – Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Indians (DK Salary $4,300, 6.7 FPPG)
There’s no hiding the fact that Ramirez is having an off season, especially for the type of talent that he has. However, it’s because of that exact talent and potential that I feel that Ramirez is bound to break out of his slump. The 2x All-Star has only hit below .262 once in his career, and that was when he was only 22-years-old and getting used to the MLB experience. This funk is too abnormal to continue for Ramirez. Expect the switch-hitting third baseman to turn things around tonight against opposing pitcher Reynaldo Lopez and his 6.38 ERA.
SS – Marcus Semien, Oakland Athletics (DK Salary $3,900, 7.9 FPPG)
Semien doesn’t get a ton of respect around the MLB, but with 4 homeruns and 18 RBIs on .278 hitting, he should get much more recognition than he currently does. What’s most impressive about Semien is his consistency that derives from his versatility. Night in and night out, the shortstop puts together Fantasy Points on hits, walks, steals, and/or RBIs. Semien has scored Fantasy Points in each of his last 9 games and 13 of his last 15 games. He may not explode with high Fantasy Point production, but he does score on a consistent basis, which makes him valuable at only $3,900 DK.
OF – Odubel Herrera, Philadelphia Phillies (DK Salary $3,700, 6.4 FPPG)
Phillies are often unwanted in our Fantasy Favorites, but I have to go by the stats, and Herrera’s numbers are too hot to ignore. Though he struggled early in the season, the center fielder has found his footing at the plate, averaging 11.2 FPPG over his last 5 games on 7-for-21 (.333) hitting with 4 doubles, 1 triple, and 6 RBIs. Even though I may not love it as a Mets fan, Herrera should continue to tee off against opposing pitcher Freddy Peralta and his terrible 6.75 ERA.
OF – Gregory Polanco, Pittsburgh Pirates (DK Salary $4,400, 9.1 FPPG)
Polanco burned us with an unexpected scratch the last time we played him, but I’m willing to give him a second chance. The veteran outfielder has been absolutely crushing the ball lately, averaging 12.9 FPPG over his last 8 games and 16.4 FPPG over his last 5. Over those last 5 games, Polanco has hit 9-for-20 (.450) with 2 homeruns, 2 doubles, 1 triple, and 8 RBIs. His .317 average is clearly no fluke, and he should continue his strong showings tonight in Arizona.
OF – David Peralta, Arizona Diamondbacks (DK Salary $5,100, 9.3 FPPG)
Speaking of Arizona, David Peralta has been phenomenal this season for the Diamondbacks. The lefty outfielder is slashing a career-best .321/.361/.542 with 6 homeruns, 26 RBIs, and a 0.903 OPS. His performance has translated into incredible fantasy production, as he has averaged 10.9 FPPG over his last 8 games and 11.2 FPPG over his last 5. During that 8-game stretch, Peralta has hit 14-for-37 (.378) with 2 homeruns, 2 doubles, 1 triple, and 6 RBIs. It’d simply be foolish to pass up on Peralta, especially tonight at home against Nick Kingham and his 5.94 ERA.
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