MLB Fantasy Favorites - September 9, 2019

After a dominant stretch last week, we’re looking to carry that momentum into this week, starting with a lineup that features two guys named J.D.

Last Lineup’s Best Picks:

Ozzie Albies, Atlanta Braves (19 Fantasy Points vs 8.8 FPPG)

Pablo Lopez, Miami Marlins (17.45 Fantasy Points vs 12.3 FPPG) 

Josh Bell, Pittsburgh Pirates (13 Fantasy Points vs 9.7 FPPG)

Austin Meadows, Tampa Bay Rays (10 Fantasy Points vs 9.2 FPPG)

Michael Brantley, Houston Astros (9 Fantasy Points vs 9.0 FPPG)

Tonight’s Starting Lineup:

P – Zack Greinke, Houston Astros (DK Salary $8,400, 17.2 FPPG)

  • Has been phenomenal as of late, averaging 19.0 FPPG over his last 12 starts

  • Pitched great last time against the opposing Athletics, hurling 7 innings of 1-run ball with 6 strikeouts

  • Has allowed just 26 earned runs over his last 74 innings pitched while striking out 69 (nice) during that stretch

P – Trevor Williams, Pittsburgh Pirates (DK Salary $6,300, 11.4 FPPG) 

  • Has been on fire lately, averaging 19.8 FPPG in his last 3 starts

  • Has allowed just 5 earned runs in his last 19 innings pitched

  • Opposing Giants team is terrible offensively, ranking 25th in runs per game (4.3) and hits per game (8.2), 27th in OBP (.304) and SLG (.400), and 28th in OPS (.704)

C – Yasmani Grandal, Milwaukee Brewers (DK Salary $4,500, 7.8 FPPG)

  • Has been red-hot at the plate, averaging 14 FPPG over his last 8 games

  • Has hit safely in 5 of his last 6 games, going 8-for-24 (.333) with 4 home runs, 1 double, and 5 RBIs during that stretch

  • Favorable matchup against Marlins pitcher Robert Dugger (0-1, 4.00 ERA)

1B – Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians (DK Salary $4,400, 9.4 FPPG)

  • Continues to collect XBH with 3 home runs, 2 doubles, and 6 RBIs in his last 9 games

  • Very strong value at nearly 9.5 FPPG for under $4,500 DK

  • Very favorable matchup against Angels pitcher Patrick Sandoval (0-2, 4.91 ERA)

2B – Robinson Cano, New York Mets (DK Salary $3,900, 6.5 FPPG)

  • Is on a major hot streak at the plate, averaging 13.9 FPPG in his last 8 games

  • Since his return from the IL on 9/4, he has averaged 11.8 FPPG, going 5-for-10 (.500) with 2 home runs and 4 RBIs during that 4-game stretch

  • Favorable matchup at home against Diamondbacks pitcher Merrill Kelly (10-13, 4.69 ERA)

3B – J.D. Davis, New York Mets (DK Salary $4,400, 6.4 FPPG)

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

  • Hits the ball at a phenomenal .305 AVG on the year and has gone 14-for-40 (.350) with 3 home runs, 2 doubles, and 5 RBIs during that stretch

  • Favorable matchup at home against Diamondbacks pitcher Merrill Kelly (10-13, 4.69 ERA)

SS – Gleyber Torres, New York Yankees (DK Salary $4,400, 9.0 FPPG)

  • Dominating at the plate, averaging 10.5 FPPG over his last 15 games

  • Has smacked 6 home runs and 10 RBIs in his last 15 games, including a 35 Fantasy Point performance last night

  • Big rivalry game against Red Sox in hitter-friendly Fenway Park

OF – Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox (DK Salary $4,900, 10.3 FPPG)

  • Is on fire at the plate, averaging an insane 16.3 FPPG in his last 9 games

  • Has destroyed baseballs lately, going 16-for-38 (.421) in his last 9 games with 6 home runs, 2 doubles, and 10 RBIs during that stretch

  • Favorable matchup at home in hitter-friendly Fenway Park against rival Yankees pitcher James Paxton (12-6, 4.16 ERA)

OF – Nicholas Castellanos, Chicago Cubs (DK Salary $4,800, 8.5 FPPG)

  • Has really found himself with his new Cubs team, averaging 9.9 FPPG over his last 15 games and 11 FPPG over his last 5

  • Has hit safely in 13 of his last 15 games, going 18-for-63 (.286) with 5 home runs, 5 doubles, and 13 RBIs during that stretch

  • Favorable matchup against Padres pitcher Cal Quantrill (6-6, 4.57 ERA) 

OF – Yasiel Puig, Cleveland Indians (DK Salary $3,900, 8.1 FPPG)

  • Has been cruising at the plate, averaging 9.8 FPPG over his last 6 games

  • Very strong value at over 8 FPPG for under $4,000 DK

  • Very favorable matchup against Angels pitcher Patrick Sandoval (0-2, 4.91 ERA)

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