MLB Fantasy Favorites - September 4, 2019

All good things must come to an end…or do they? 4 100+ lineups in our last 5 games, let’s stay hot!

Last Lineup’s Best Picks:

Nicholas Castellanos, Chicago Cubs (23 Fantasy Points vs 8.3 FPPG)

Sandy Alcantara, Miami Marlins (17.55 Fantasy Points vs 12.5 FPPG) 

Wilson Ramos, New York Mets (9 Fantasy Points vs 6.6 FPPG)

Tonight’s Starting Lineup:

P – Jakob Junis, Kansas City Royals (DK Salary $7,500, 13.5 FPPG)

  • Pitching exceptionally well, averaging 16.9 FPPG over his last 10 starts

  • Has allowed only 14 earned runs in his last 28.1 innings pitched while striking out 25 batters during that stretch

  • Opposing Tigers team is atrocious offensively, ranking 28th in AVG (.239), 29th in SLG (.389), and dead last in runs per game (3.6) and OBP (.294)

P – Michael Wacha, St. Louis Cardinals (DK Salary $5,900, 9.7 FPPG) 

  • Has performed very strong lately, averaging 17.7 FPPG over his last 3 starts and 22.8 Fantasy Points in his last outing

  • Has allowed only 7 earned runs in his last 20.2 innings pitched while striking out 22 during that stretch

  • Opposing Giants team is very poor offensively, ranking 22nd in hits per game (8.3), 26th in runs per game (4.3) and AVG (.241), and 27th in OPS (.707) and OBP (.304)

C – James McCann, Chicago White Sox (DK Salary $3,700, 7.5 FPPG)

  • Has picked up his play, averaging 8.7 FPPG over his last 15 starts

  • Collected 18 Fantasy Points in last start against opposing Indians team, going 1-for-4 with 1 home run and 3 RBIs

  • Has found his power swing, clobbering 4 home runs, 3 doubles, 1 triple, and 15 RBIs in his last 15 games

1B – Josh Bell, Pittsburgh Pirates (DK Salary $5,100, 9.7 FPPG)

  • Is on a major hot streak, averaging 11.4 FPPG over his last 10 games

  • Is an RBI machine with 110 RBIs thus far in the season and 11 RBIs in his last 10 games

  • Favorable matchup at home against Marlins pitcher Robert Dugger (0-1, 4.50 ERA)

2B – Jonathan Schoop, Minnesota Twins (DK Salary $4,400, 7.4 FPPG)

  • Has been playing exceptionally well as of late, averaging 14 FPPG over his last 7 starts (excluding pinch-hit appearances)

  • Had hit safely in his last 12 starts prior to latest game (excluding pinch-hit appearances)

  • Favorable matchup at hitter-friendly Fenway Park against Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez (16-5, 3.97 ERA)

3B – Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies (DK Salary $4,800, 9.7 FPPG)

  • Playing at an elite level, averaging 12.9 FPPG over his last 14 games

  • Has hit safely in 14 of his last 15 games, going 23-for-58 (.397) with 7 home runs, 3 doubles, and 14 RBIs during that stretch

  • Opposing Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu has been pitching very poorly lately, allowing 18 earned runs in his last 14.2 innings pitched

SS – Marcus Semien, Oakland Athletics (DK Salary $4,600, 9.1 FPPG)

  • Has been scorching at the plate, averaging 11.5 FPPG over his last 14 games

  • Has hit safely in 12 of his last 15 games, hitting 5 home runs, 3 doubles, 1 triple, and 16 RBIs during that stretch

  • Very favorable matchup at home against Angels pitcher Patrick Sandoval (0-1, 5.24 ERA)

OF – Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels (DK Salary $5,000, 11.5 FPPG)

  • Continues to ride an incredible hot streak, averaging 11.8 FPPG over his last 15 games

  • Very strong value at 11.5 FPPG for $5,000 DK

  • It’s Mike Trout… (but if you NEED stats: .293 AVG with 44 home runs, 102 RBIs, and a 1.086 OPS with over 20 games left)

OF – Andrew Benintendi, Boston Red Sox (DK Salary $4,200, 8.6 FPPG)

  • Finding his swing after a brief break, going 2-for-4 with 1 double, 1 home run, and 1 RBI for 19 Fantasy Points in his last game

  • Is playing with increased emphasis on making the postseason with the AL Wild Card in sight

  • Favorable matchup at home in hitter-friendly Fenway Park 

OF – Whit Merrifield, Kansas City Royals (DK Salary $4,700, 9.0 FPPG)

  • Is on a real hot streak, averaging 9.7 FPPG over his last 6 games

  • Has hit safely in 13 of his last 15 games, going 20-for-63 (.317) with 2 home runs, 1 double, and 7 RBIs during that stretch

  • Extremely favorable matchup at home against Tigers pitcher Edwin Jackson (3-8, 9.35 ERA)

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