There’s no sugar coating it - last night was not our best. But tonight is the perfect opportunity to rebound and get back on our winning streak!
Last Lineup’s Best Picks:
Jon Lester, Chicago Cubs (20.7 Fantasy Points vs 15.9 FPPG)
Pedro Severino, Eric Sogard, and Avisail Garcia all surprise sits. (Yeah, that’s sarcasm.)
Tonight’s Starting Lineup:
P – Kyle Hendricks, Chicago Cubs (DK Salary $8,400, 14.1 FPPG)
Hendricks had a very rough start to the season, but his woes seem to be behind him. In 2 of his last 3 games, the young righty has given up 0 runs, including a complete game shutout in his last start against a scorching hot Cardinals team. Tonight offers Hendricks another chance to keep the good times rolling. The opposing Marlins are a joke of a team that now sit 28th in the league in Hits per game and dead last in Runs per game. Cubs teammate Jon Lester was able to groove through Miami last night and Hendricks should continue to dominate them tonight.
P – Brett Anderson, Oakland Athletics (DK Salary $6,500, 11.3 FPPG)
Anderson can be hit or miss as a fantasy pitcher, but he has major fantasy potential each time he takes the mound. In 4 of his 7 starts this season, Anderson has scored above his 11.3 FPPG, including a 19.9 Fantasy Point outing in his last game against the Pirates. Plus, tonight’s matchup against the Reds is too sweet to pass up. Cincinnati is in the bottom third in Runs per game and is second-to-last in Hits per game. Anderson may not match teammate Mike Fiers’s no-hitter from last night, but he should be able to carve up the weak Reds.
C – Josh Phegley, Oakland Athletics (DK Salary $4,000, 7.0 FPPG)
Phegley made some real noise last week when he put up a massive 43 Fantasy Point game against the Pirates where he hit 4-for-5 (.800) with 1 homerun, 2 doubles, and 8 RBIs. That type of game is definitely tough to follow, but after a couple of hitless outings, Phegley should be able to rebound tonight against a winless Sonny Gray.
1B – Hunter Dozier, Kansas City Royals (DK Salary $5,200, 10.3 FPPG)
I hate the Royals because I can’t get over a grudge, but this kid is awesome. Dozier is providing a dumpster fire of a team with some real hope for the future. The corner infielder has averaged a promising 11 FPPG over his last 8 games and 14.8 FPPG over his last 4. During his 6-game hit streak, the sophomore is hitting 9-for-25 (.360) with 2 doubles and 2 homeruns. With a slash line of .342/.439/.684 with 9 homeruns, 21 RBIs, and a 1.123 OPS, some are even discussing Dozier as a potential AL MVP candidate. He is too strong right now to pass up, especially against Brad Peacock and his 5.28 ERA.
2B – Eric Sogard, Toronto Blue Jays (DK Salary $4,400, 11.4 FPPG)
Sogard shocked us last night with an unexpected day off, but that means he’ll be fresh to kill the ball tonight. So, I’m going to reiterate exactly what I said yesterday before his shocking scratch. Honestly, I didn’t believe my eyes when I saw 11.4 FPPG for just $4,400 DK, but that’s what DraftKings is offering for Sogard tonight. Regular playing time is allowing Sogard to flourish this season. Slashing .350/.443/.650 with 4 homeruns, 12 RBIs, and a 1.093 OPS, the 32-year-old infielder is having the best year of his life now that he’s in Toronto. Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson and his 4.68 ERA should allow the utility infielder to impress yet again. Take Sogard tonight in front of the rambunctious Jays fans.
3B – Rafael Devers, Boston Red Sox (DK Salary $4,800, 7.4 FPPG)
Just like I said yesterday, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! With a cool .300 average, Devers has at least 1 hit in 4 of his last 5 games and at least 2 hits in 7 of his last 12 outings. Over his last 13 games, the young third baseman has averaged a great 10.2 FPPG. $4,800 DK is a good chunk of change to pay for a 7.4 FPPG season average, but if Devers can continue his recent success against struggling righty Andrew Cashner and his 4.71 ERA, he’ll be worth every penny.
SS – Jose Iglesias, Cincinnati Reds (DK Salary $3,400, 6.1 FPPG)
Iglesias is one of the most fascinating fantasy players on the market. Over his last 8 games, the .301-hitting infielder has averaged a promising 10.5 FPPG. I don’t believe too much in odd trends being predictive, but Iglesias has a strange tendency to have a monster fantasy game following a hitless performance. His last 5 fantasy starts prior to last night have gone as such: 17 Fantasy Points 0, 17, 0, and 28. Last night, the shortstop went 0-for-3 with 0 Fantasy Points, meaning if you believe in that trend, Iglesias should be cranking tonight at the plate.
OF – Andrew Benintendi, Boston Red Sox (DK Salary $4,900, 8.3 FPPG)
“Beni Biceps” has proven that any early season struggles are behind him. Benintendi is currently hitting .286 with 3 homeruns and 18 RBIs, and his recent performances are especially encouraging. Over his last 6 games, the young outfielder has averaged 11.8 FPPG on 9-for-24 (.375) hitting with 1 double, 1 homerun, and 5 RBIs. Tonight, Benintendi has the left-handed advantage against struggling righty Andrew Cashner, giving even more support that the young phenom will crush it tonight in Baltimore.
OF – Byron Buxton, Minnesota Twins (DK Salary $4,200, 7.3 FPPG)
Buxton is exactly the type of consistent fantasy player who I love to go to when we need guaranteed points. He doesn’t put together crazy games all that often, but he consistently puts up solid numbers night in and night out. Over his last 7 games, Buxton has averaged 7.2 FPPG, which is right in line with his average for the season. His ability to score Fantasy Points comes from his versatility. Buxton can get on base by either hit or walk, and when he does, he is a major threat on the base paths with 7 stolen bases on the season and 3 in his last 13 games. After a rough Fantasy Favorites last night, we need as close to guaranteed points as we can get, and Buxton is just the guy to deliver.
OF – Nicholas Castellanos, Detroit Tigers (DK Salary $4,200, 7.9 FPPG)
I believe that Castellanos is highly undervalued at just $4,200 DK. His slow start to the season has lowered his fantasy averages, but the veteran outfielder is back to being one of the most feared hitters in the league. In his last 10 games, Castellanos has averaged 10.7 FPPG. During that stretch, he has compiled a 10-game hit streak on 14-for-41 (.341) hitting, including 2 homeruns, 2 doubles, 1 triple, and 6 RBIs. The Tigers may not be a scary team in the AL Central, but Castellanos should be able to continue his hot stretch and tee off against the left-hander Tyler Skaggs.
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