MLB Fantasy Favorites - September 5, 2019

The NFL may be kicking off tonight, but that won’t stop us from creating the best baseball lineup on God’s green earth!

Last Lineup’s Best Picks:

Marcus Semien, Oakland Athletics (16 Fantasy Points vs 9.1 FPPG)

Jakob Junis, Kansas City Royals (14.95 Fantasy Points vs 13.5 FPPG) 

Tonight’s Starting Lineup:

P – Kolby Allard, Texas Rangers (DK Salary $7,700, 15.7 FPPG)

  • Has been exceptional this month, posting 16+ Fantasy Points in 4 of his 5 starts and averaging 23.4 FPPG in his last 2 starts

  • Has allowed only 2 earned runs in his last 12 innings while striking out 12 during that stretch

  • Opposing Orioles team is terrible offensively, ranking 22nd in AVG (.2446), 23rd in runs per game (4.4), and 25th in OBP (.308) and OPS (.720)

P – Dario Agrazal, Pittsburgh Pirates (DK Salary $5,300, 8.1 FPPG) 

  • Has found his groove again, averaging 8.4 FPPG over his last 3 games

  • Has won each of his last 2 starts, going 5 innings in both games and striking out 7 batters during that stretch

  • Opposing Marlins team is horrible offensively, ranking 28th in hits per game (8.1), 29th in runs per game (3.7), and dead last in OPS (.665) and SLG (.369)

C – Willson Contreras, Chicago Cubs (DK Salary $4,200, 8.2 FPPG)

  • Has found his bat, collecting 19 Fantasy Points in his last start going 2-for-3 with a home run

  • Playing with fresh legs in a pivotal game against the rival Brewers

  • Favorable matchup against Brewers pitcher Chase Anderson (6-4, 4.58 ERA)

1B – Josh Bell, Pittsburgh Pirates (DK Salary $4,800, 9.7 FPPG)

  • Is on a major hot streak, averaging 11 FPPG over his last 11 games

  • Is an RBI machine with 111 RBIs thus far in the season and 12 RBIs in his last 11 games

  • Very favorable matchup at home against Marlins pitcher Elieser Hernandez (3-5, 5.06 ERA)

2B – Jose Altuve, Houston Astros (DK Salary $4,500, 9.5 FPPG)

  • Is on a real hot streak, averaging 10 FPPG in his last 13 starts (excluding pinch-hit appearances)

  • Is currently hitting .300 on the season and was on a 10-game hit streak before last night’s pinch-hit appearance, going 15-for-45 (.333) with 2 home runs, 4 doubles, 1 triple, and 5 RBIs during that stretch

  • Favorable matchup at home against Mariners pitcher Marco Gonzales (14-11, 4.30 ERA)

3B – Yuli Gurriel, Houston Astros (DK Salary $4,300, 9.2 FPPG)

  • On a real hot streak, averaging 9.9 FPPG over his last 10 starts

  • Very strong value at over 9 FPPG for under $4,500 DK

  • Favorable matchup at home against Mariners pitcher Marco Gonzales (14-11, 4.30 ERA)

SS – Bo Bichette, Toronto Blue Jays (DK Salary $4,700, 10.1 FPPG)

  • Has been scorching at the plate, going 20-for-66 (.303) with 4 home runs, 3 doubles, and 6 RBIs in his last 15 games

  • Very strong value at over 10 FPPG for just over $4,500 DK

  • Favorable matchup against Rays pitcher Austin Pruitt (2-0, 4.78 ERA)

OF – Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox (DK Salary $5,000, 10.3 FPPG)

  • Scorching hot at the plate, averaging 13.1 FPPG in his last 15 games and 20.4 FPPG over his last 5

  • Has hit safely in 13 of his last 15 games, going 23-for-65 (.354) with 5 home runs, 8 doubles, and 12 RBIs during that stretch

  • Very favorable matchup at home in hitter-friendly Fenway Park against Twins pitcher Martin Perez (9-6, 4.89 ERA)

OF – Tommy Pham, Tampa Bay Rays (DK Salary $4,600, 8.9 FPPG)

  • Is on an insane hot streak, averaging 16 FPPG over his last 5 games

  • Has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games, going 21-for-51 (.412) with 1 home run, 6 doubles, and 7 RBIs during that stretch

  • Very favorable matchup at home against Blue Jays pitcher Trent Thornton (4-9, 5.34 ERA) 

OF – Kyle Schwarber, Chicago Cubs (DK Salary $4,800, 7.7 FPPG)

  • Is crushing the ball lately, averaging 16.7 FPPG in his last 7 starts (excluding pinch-hitting appearances)

  • Has demolished 5 home runs, 3 doubles, and 13 RBIs in his last 11 starts (excluding pinch-hitting appearances)

  • Favorable matchup against Brewers pitcher Chase Anderson (6-4, 4.58 ERA)

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