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FanDuel MLB Plays: Monday

by Dean "Dean78904 Shavelson
Updated On: December 3, 2018, 6:02 pm ET

Tonight you can turn a $25 entry fee into a sweet $18,000 on FanDuel in their nightly Grand Slam contest. The following are some players to consider for your rosters.

As always, make sure to check lineups and potential inclement weather before submitting your rosters. Let’s get to the picks.

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STARTING PITCHERS

Francisco Liriano vs Chicago White Sox, $9,400 - Rostering the Pirates hurler can sometimes be a bit of a rollercoaster due to his occasional erratic ways. That said, when he is on, he is lights out. Such has been the case the last four times he has taken the bump. Over that period Liriano has compiled 27 IP, 5 ER, 5 BB and 35 Ks. As for tonight, he'll take on the White Sox, who are the worst offense in all of baseball when facing southpaws, as they are dead last in categories such as OPS, wOBA, and wRC+. Additionally, with a ballgame in a NL park, the Sox will be weakened with the loss of their DH.  

Dallas Keuchel vs Colorado, $9,700 - The Rockies just aren't the same team outside of Coors Field. This is reflected in the Las Vegas line, as the Astros are significant favorites (-190) in a game with a paltry over/under (7.5). On FanDuel the win is weighted heavily. This makes Houston's Keuchel much more appealing, as while there is no guarantee, he is well positioned to grab himself a W this evening. The other thing that brings me to Keuchel is that while the Rockies have some hitters who thrive vs lefties (namely Troy Tulowitzki, Nolan Arenado, and Wilin Rosario), they also strike out a ton vs them as well. More specially, no MLB team has a higher K% vs LHPs than Colorado. SP options are seemingly endless tonight, as you can make an argument for guys like Masahiro Tanaka, Tyson Ross, Trevor Bauer, and Jake Arrieta, with no one distinctly separating from the pack (expect for maybe the aforementioned Liriano).   

CATCHER

Travis d'Arnaud vs Toronto, $3,000 - Nobody really jumps off the page as a clearcut catcher option on this slate. With that, the Mets backstop is grabbing my attention since he has looked super solid since coming back from injury in a four game-stretch (5 hits, 2 2Bs, and a HR). I'm also a sucker for a good "revenge" narrative and this will be the first time the former Blue Jay will take on his ex-teammates. Obviously this won't dictate my decision making, but it doesn't hurt.

Chris Iannetta vs Arizona, $2,300 - If you are looking for a cheap boom/bust play, the Angels catcher should do the trick. Don't look at the batting average because it is beyond gross, but Iannetta comes with some power upside when facing a lefty. According to the RotoGrinders Daily Batter Hub, he boasts a whopping .370 MUwOBA, which is enough to justify such a minimal salary demand.

FIRST BASE

Prince Fielder vs Los Angeles Dodgers, $3,600 - It isn't the biggest sample, but Carlos Frias has been getting smashed by lefty sticks this season. I don't suspect a negative park shift from LA to Texas's more hitter friendly Globe Life Park is the environment for him to turn things around. As for Fielder, he has raked vs RHPs to the tune of .377 AVG and an .982 OPS. There are so many 1B options to consider tonight, with the Rangers husky first baseman making a strong case to crack your rosters.  

David Ortiz vs Atlanta, $2,500 - Big Papi found himself in a massive slump, which saw his asking price plummet. After taking a few days off to clear his head, the Boston slugger has shown signs of his old self. Ortiz has now banged out three homers in his last four contests. His salary has yet to adjust to his recent hot streak. I suggest you take advantage of this bargain basement price while you can. I should also note that teammate Pablo Sandoval has a rather appealing asking price as well.    

SECOND BASE

Ian Kinsler vs Cincinnati, $3,400 - This is less of an endorsement of Kinsler than it is a calling to pick on Jon Moscot. I just don't see things going well for him in Detroit and this felt like a good spot to bring attention to this. The Tigers have the highest team total on the Vegas board, which suggest a Tigers mini-stack is in order.

Jimmy Paredes vs Philadelphia, $2,500 - The Regression Monster has finally visited Aaron Harang, as he has been rocked in his last two outings. I don't think a game in Camden Yards has the making of a bounce back game. In fact, it feels quite the opposite, as I expect the Orioles to kick the proverbial three-legged wildebeest while it’s down. As for Paredes, he's cheap, will likely bat second, and the switch hitter gets to take his hacks from his much preferred side.

THIRD BASE

Joey Gallo vs Los Angeles Dodgers, $3,200 - The Rangers rookie has displayed massive power in his short MLB tenure (4 HRs in 40 ABs). He has displayed a propensity to strike out an unhealthy number of times, but opposing SP Carlos Frias has a K rate of less than 5 when facing lefty hitters since '14. This increases the chances of Gallo avoiding whiffing, which is his biggest hurdle. I'm bullish on the Rangers as a whole, with the upside of Gallo being a strong selling point.  

Evan Longoria vs Washington, $3,000 - While I don't anticipate myself rostering many shares, if any of Gio Gonzalez, at the same time I don't really want to pick on him either. That said, the Rays have several batters who much prefer to take on a left-hander, with Tampa's Longoria quite possibly the most appealing option. He's been a bit quiet of late, which led to a bit of a price dip. I'm a sucker for a sale, so I'll likely buy myself a share or two of Longo's long history of punishing lefties.

SHORTSTOP

Jose Reyes at New York Mets, $4,100 - I'm a little torn here. I really like the future prospects of Noah Syndergaard, but it is hard to ignore how hot the Blue Jays are right now, so I just might have to take on Thor with a stack tonight. Toronto is in the midst of an 11-game win streak while averaging about 8 runs per game. Not coincidentally, Reyes has been equally impressive, as he has at least one hit in every one of these Toronto victories. The former Met needs to be considered if you have the available funds.

Jordy Mercer vs Chicago White Sox, $2,400 - While not the case this season, the Pittsburgh shortstop has a history of thriving vs lefty arms. From 2012-14, Mercer compiled 209 ABs vs LHPs and racked up a .340 AVG / .913 OPS. Look, there aren't a ton of shortstops that jump out on a daily basis. Sometimes you just want to save some salary, punt the position, and move on. The hope here is that Mercer grabs a decent lineup spot and escapes the dreaded eight-hole. That would certainly increase his appeal.

OUTFIELDERS

Joc Pederson at Texas, $3,800 - The Dodgers are the most imposing offense in all of baseball when it comes to taking on RHPs. Opposing pitcher Yovani Gallardo has been really solid of late, but that isn't going to chase me away. I've highlighted several Rangers already, but it should be noted that Vegas has this LAD-TEX contest as the highest over/under on the board, with no clear favorite. So yes, I like LA's chances of getting to Gallardo to some degree. As for Pederson, he'll likely lead off, and with this being a road game, he has a decent shot of grabbing 5 ABs in a park that will heighten his power that has been subdued of late. Don't be surprised if Pederson's bat comes back to life this evening.

Mitch Moreland vs Los Angeles Dodgers, $3,000 - One more Ranger for the road. It appears that I will be stacking Texas tonight and here is one more lefty bat to throw at Carlos Frias. On the season he has pummeled righties to the tune of a .333 AVG / .989 OPS. Additionally he comes into tonight's contest scorching, as Moreland is riding a nine-game hit streak, including 14 base knocks in total. I don't anticipate that run getting derailed tonight.

Dean "Dean78904 Shavelson
Dean Shavelson has soared up to the Top 25 Overall Rankings and is a well-rounded top player at Daily Fantasy Football, Baseball and Basketball. Dean78904 is contributor to and Assistant Producer for RotoGrinders and can be found on Twitter @DFS_Almanac.