To kick off the new week, we have a lineup full of absolute hitters. (To be honest, I don’t even know how we were able to afford all of these All-Stars.)
Last Lineup’s Best Picks:
Michael Conforto, New York Mets (17 Fantasy Points vs 8.8 FPPG)
Ivan Nova, Chicago White Sox (11.8 Fantasy Points vs 6.8 FPPG)
Robinson Chirinos, Houston Astros (9 Fantasy Points vs 8.0 FPPG)
Tonight’s Starting Lineup:
P – Yu Darvish, Chicago Cubs (DK Salary $6,200, 13.7 FPPG)
With a 4.88 ERA, Yu Darvish is practically a shell of his former Texas self. And yet, he is a great pick for tonight’s Fantasy Favorites lineup. Even with some early season struggles, Darvish has still yet to have a negative Fantasy outing this season, a feat that only a few other starters can tout. Plus, Yu has pitched especially well as of late, beating his 13.7 FPPG average in 5 of his last 6 starts. The opposing Rockies offense is strong, but Darvish was still able to amass 14.4 Fantasy Points against them last week. Tonight should be no different for the veteran righty.
P – Joe Musgrove, Pittsburgh Pirates (DK Salary $5,200, 8.9 FPPG)
Musgrove is a guy who is being so negatively miscalculated by DraftKings that it’s hilarious. With a 4.44 ERA, you’d have to believe that the righty gets more than 8.9 FPPG, and if you thought that, you’d be exactly right. DraftKings has an incredible SIX, yes SIX error games thrown into Musgrove’s logs where he did not in fact pitch, meaning that his performance is being suppressed by DK. When you remove those false games, Musgrove’s actual average is 9.7 FPPG. A 0.8 FPPG difference may not seem like a major difference on the surface, but when you look at it from the terms of value, it is much much MUCH more in line with what $5,200 DK is worth. All in all, Musgrove is a wronged man who deserves a start tonight, especially when he just whooped the opposing Braves for 24.4 Fantasy Points in his last outing.
C – James McCann, Chicago White Sox (DK Salary $3,800, 7.5 FPPG)
I always mistake James McCann for Brian McCann, but thank goodness the two aren’t related. The White Sox catcher is hitting an incredible .325 this year with 4 homeruns and 15 RBIs, and his average should not be too surprising considering that he hits the ball at an incredible rate. McCann has hit safely in 10 of his last 15 games, amassing a total 15 hits over that time. At home against 1-6 starter Anibal Sanchez, McCann should again be able to spray the ball all over the field.
1B – Josh Bell, Pittsburgh Pirates (DK Salary $5,700, 10.8 FPPG)
Talk about the surprise of the century. In the matter of one season, Josh Bell went from being the epitome of an average ball player to becoming an MLB superstar, as he currently slashes .332/.395/.681 with 18 homeruns, 57 RBIs, and a 1.055 OPS on the season. With those types of numbers, it should come as no surprise that Bell is averaging 10.8 FPPG. Typically, I dislike paying $5,000+ DK for a position player, but against Kevin Gausman and his 6.15 ERA, the 26-year-old first baseman should have an absolute field day tonight and warrant his price tag.
2B – Ketel Marte, Arizona Diamondbacks (DK Salary $4,700, 9.1 FPPG)
In hitting .268 with 15 homeruns and 45 RBIs, Marte has been nothing short of amazing for the surprisingly strong Arizona offense. Much of Marte’s success comes from his ability to hit from both sides of the plate, and as a result he has gathered 20 hits over his last 15 games. With struggling pitcher Jerad Eickhoff and his 1.14 WHIP on the mound for the Phillies, Marte should be able to smack the ball around quite a bit tonight in Philadelphia.
3B – Yoan Moncada, Chicago White Sox (DK Salary $4,400, 9.0 FPPG)
One of the most coveted prospects in baseball who was traded from Boston in the Chris Sale deal, Moncada is having himself a breakout season for Chicago. As it stands today, the 24-year-old third baseman is slashing .294/.348/.508 with 12 homeruns and 39 RBIs, which should be enough to propel him to his first All-Star game. Not to mention, Moncada is surging at the plate recently, averaging 12.2 FPPG over his last 5 games on the tail end of a 4-for-5 performance last night. Much like teammate James McCann, the switch-hitting Moncada should be able to tee off tonight and keep his 10-game hitting streak alive.
SS – Trea Turner, Washington Nationals (DK Salary $5,000, 9.8 FPPG)
On the opposite dugout of Moncada and McCann is DC’s Trea Turner, who is arguably the most versatile player in the game. His elf-like qualities have translated into baseball magic, as the young shortstop can practically do it all on the diamond: run, field, hit for average, and hit for power. The only reason for his lacking numbers this season is that he missed 2 months of baseball following a broken finger in the beginning of the season. I hate to admit it as a Mets fan, but Turner should be in for a big night tonight in front of the Nationals faithful.
OF – Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers (DK Salary $5,100, 11.8 FPPG)
If you thought Josh Bell’s breakout season was something special, take a look at what Cody Bellinger has been doing for LA. After a disappointing 2018 campaign, Bellinger leads the entire major leagues in average and is currently slashing an unbelievable .355/.449/.693 with 20 homeruns, 54 RBIs, and a 1.142 OPS. I refuse to believe that any of those numbers are possible for anyone not named Mike Trout, and yet Bellinger seems to somehow prove me wrong. It would be simply egregious not to take Bellinger tonight in the battle of Los Angeles against the Angels.
OF – Avisail Garcia, Tampa Bay Rays (DK Salary $4,600, 9.1 FPPG)
Avisail Garcia is undoubtedly one of the best players on the Rays roster, currently hitting an even .300 with 11 homeruns and 28 RBIs. The small market of Tampa Bay has effectively silenced the strong season Garcia has put together, but the current Rays lead in the AL East shows how important the veteran outfielder is to his team. Plus, Garcia has been scorching hot as of late, averaging 10.5 FPPG over his last 15 games. Look for Garcia to single-handedly ruin opposing pitcher Tanner Anderson’s debut tonight and keep Charlie Morton’s perfect season alive.
OF – Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels (DK Salary $5,200, 11.2 FPPG)
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