MLB Fantasy Favorites - May 2, 2019

Tonight we’re looking for back-to-back winner winner chicken dinners!

Last Lineup’s Best Picks:

Jacob deGrom, New York Mets (24.15 Fantasy Points vs 20.3 FPPG)

Miles Mikolas, St. Louis Cardinals (18.7 Fantasy Points vs 9.3 FPPG)

Tommy La Stella, Los Angeles Angels (14 Fantasy Points vs 7.1 FPPG)

Manny Machado, San Diego Padres (14 Fantasy Points vs 6.6 FPPG)

Ronny Rodriguez, Detroit Tigers (12 Fantasy Points vs 10.0 FPPG)

Tonight’s Starting Lineup:

P – Brad Peacock, Houston Astros (DK Salary $7,600, 13.1 FPPG)

On a team that features Justin Verlander, Collin McHugh, and the ghost of Dallas Keuchel, Peacock isn’t the biggest name in the Houston rotation. However, he has shown flashes of being dominant this season. The right hander has collected over 22 Fantasy Points in half of his starts, including a 22.5 Fantasy Point performance in his last outing against a very strong Cleveland team. He struggled earlier this year against the Twins, so Peacock should be looking for revenge tonight against the team that gave him his only loss of the season thus far. Expect the veteran to work some magic tonight in Minnesota.

P – Matt Strahm, San Diego Padres (DK Salary $8,100, 13.2 FPPG) 

Another cost-effective pitcher, Strahm has been quietly putting together a nice season so far in San Diego. Though his record shows 0-2, the Padres have not been able to support him offensively in his starts this season despite a strong 3.04 ERA. The lefty has been especially promising as of late, averaging 21 FPPG over his last 3 games with 17 strikeouts in 19 innings. The Braves have a strong offense but also feature several left-handers in their lineup, meaning that Strahm has a favorable matchup tonight in Atlanta. 

C – Robinson Chirinos, Houston Astros (DK Salary $3,700, 7.0 FPPG)

Now that Yadier Molina has seemingly cooled off, we’re going to go with another veteran catcher for our Fantasy Favorites. Although he isn’t a household name, Chirinos has been playing very well at the plate, averaging 8 FPPG over his last 6 games. The 34-year-old has had consistent fantasy performances all season and should be able to help the Astros cool off Jose Berrios and the Twins.

1B – Hunter Dozier, Kansas City Royals (DK Salary $4,600, 9.8 FPPG)

Even though they did win their last 2 games against a very strong Tampa Bay team, the Royals are a dumpster fire. Yet despite their poor record, Dozier is a huge bright spot for Kansas City, currently slashing .337/.441/.663 with 7 homeruns, 17 RBIs, and a 1.104 OPS. In his most recent outings, the young stud is averaging 12.6 FPPG over his last 8 games. Tonight’s opposing pitcher Charlie Morton is no slouch, but Dozier has proven that he can handle any Rays pitcher and should continue to dominate today at home.

2B – Mike Moustakas, Milwaukee Brewers (DK Salary $4,500, 8.7 FPPG)

Moustakas is a coveted veteran who I still can’t believe is playing on a dinky 1-year contract. Already with 8 homeruns and 17 RBIs to open up May, “Moose” has proven to be a dominant force at the plate. Over his last 6 games, the versatile infielder has scored over 14 Fantasy Points 4 times and is averaging 11.5 FPPG over that stretch. After hitting a dinger in last night’s game, Moustakas should be able to continue squaring up the ball against mediocre Rockies pitcher Jon Gray.  

3B – Jeff McNeil, New York Mets (DK Salary $4,300, 7.9 FPPG)

Jeff McNeil is the real deal. The versatile infielder/outfielder has proven that last year’s success was not a fluke, as he is currently hitting .365 with 12 RBIs thus far. In his last 6 games, McNeil has thrice tallied 12+ Fantasy Points, including 18 Fantasy Points on 4-for-5 hitting the other night against Cincinnati’s ace Luis Castillo. With New York looking for blood today to split the 4-game series against the Reds, expect “The Flying Squirrel” to be totally locked in at home.

SS – Carlos Correa, Houston Astros (DK Salary $4,600, 8.8 FPPG)

Correa is proving to once again be the dangerous player that Houston saw in their 2017 World Series run. Although he struggled early in the year, the All-Star shortstop is back to slashing a career best .296/.358/.556 with 6 homeruns and 18 RBIs. In his last 5 games, Correa has been especially strong, averaging 11 FPPG on 8-for-18 hitting (.444). Now that he’s starting to see the baseball like a beachball, Correa is a great pick in our Fantasy Favorites lineup on any given night.

OF – Avisail Garcia, Tampa Bay Rays (DK Salary $4,000, 7.4 FPPG)

Since coming over from Chicago, Garcia has proven to be a great addition to the Tampa Bay outfield that also features Kevin Kiermaier and Tommy Pham. After a rest day on 4/30, Garcia had himself a strong 2-hit performance yesterday against the Royals. Although he’s not the most exciting player in baseball, Garcia will give you strong value night in and night out, especially when he has the lefty-righty matchup like he does tonight against Kansas City pitcher Danny Duffy.

OF – Max Kepler, Minnesota Twins (DK Salary $4,600, 9.4 FPPG)

While I believe Peacock should dominate for Houston, Kepler poses the biggest threat to his success and should be a thorn in his side today. The 26-year-old outfielder is currently slashing .277/.349/.564 with 7 homeruns and 16 RBIs to start the season, and his greatness at the plate has translated to tremendous fantasy success. Over his last 6 games, Kepler has played to the tune of 14.8 FPPG on an astounding 9-for-22 hitting (.409). While I think most of Minnesota should struggle against Peacock, Kepler should have himself another great outing in front of the home fans. 

OF – Jorge Soler, Kansas City Royals (DK Salary $3,900, 7.4 FPPG)

One part of me is hoping that the former Cub will catch on to his former team’s hot streak, but the other part of me is looking at his recent game logs and salivating. Though he is only hitting .231, Soler has cranked 7 homeruns and 19 RBIs thus far. Most recently, the Kansas City outfielder has averaged a consistent 7.9 FPPG over his last 9 games, and during that span he has scored 10+ Fantasy Points 5 times and 14+ Fantasy Points 3 times. Soler has proven that he can compile big fantasy games, and his success should continue today after a big 14 Fantasy Point outing last night. 

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Twitter: @ChazzLucenti