I’ll be digging into the MLB slate on Saturdays and will be bringing you some top plays to consider on FanDuel . We have a split slate today so we are left with a solid nine games on the main slate, and it’s headlined by Stephen Strasburg as the clear-cut pitching option.
Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals, $11,300 – Strasburg sticks out as the clear-cut top pitching on this slate to lock down in cash games. He’s been unbelievable since returning from the DL in late August allowing just three total earned runs over his past six starts. He’s a monster favorite as the Nationals should have no issue scoring runs against Matt Harvey and he’s set to face a depleted Mets offense.
Julio Teheran, Atlanta Braves, $8,000 – If you’re looking to save some salary to load up on bats in GPPs then Teheran is my favorite cheaper pitching option. After a disastrous first half of the season, he’s pitched better since mid-August. He’s topped 37 Fanduel points in five of his last seven starts and he looks like a good bet for the win here as he’s a big -170 favorite against Henderson Alvarez.
Also Consider – Danny Duffy
Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants, $2,800 - If Salvador Perez returns to the lineup then he’s my top option as the Royals draw a great matchup with Dylan Covey. If Perez is out then Posey checks in with a cheap price tag of just $2,800. Hyun-Jin Ryu is not a pitcher I normally attack but Posey is cheap and will have the platoon advantage against the LHP. He’s crushed LHP in his career with a .403 wOBA and the price tag is very reasonable.
Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves, $4,100 – Henderson Alvarez made his first start of the season and first MLB start since 2015 in his last outing and unsurprisingly did not go well. It’s an elite spot for Freeman, who is one of the best LHB in the game, against a RHP in Alvarez who has a miniscule career 12% strikeout rate against LHB.
Lucas Duda, Tampa Bay Rays, $2,700 – If you’re playing Strasburg and need some value then I’ll roll with Duda as my cheap option. He’s getting a nice park shift heading to Baltimore and is in a nice power spot against Jeremy Hellickson. Hellickson has a low 13% strikeout rate this season, while allowing a .341 wOBA and 1.9 HR/9 to LHB so I like the Tampa Bay LHB tonight.
Daniel Murphy, Washington Nationals, $3,400 – Murphy got the night off last night, but should be back in the lineup tonight. Noah Syndergaard is only expected to pitch 1 inning so Murphy will get the opportunity of teeing off on Matt Harvey and a weak Mets’ bullpen. $3,400 is a great price point for Murphy and Matt Harvey continues to get crushed allowing a .405 wOBA to LHB this season.
Brad Miller, Tampa Bay Rays, $2,500 – For my value option at second base, I’ll grab another Tampa LHB in Miller. He’s had a disappointing year, but he’s flashed power upside in the past and he should be able to make contact given Hellickson’s low strikeout rate. He’s started to show signs of life over his past three games and makes for a cheap mini-stack with Duda if you need savings.
Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles, $3,700 – There should be plenty of runs in Baltimore with Jeremy Hellickson and Jake Odorizzi squaring off. Odorizzi is getting a big negative park shift and has always been a reverse splits pitcher. That has continued this season as he’s allowing 2.29 HR/9 to RHB so this is a great spot for Machado to add to his success against Odorizzi in his career (4 home runs in 38 career at bats).
Mike Moustakas, Kansas City Royals, $2,700 – Moustakas is a GPP only option as he’s been ice cold, but he’s dirt cheap at $2,700 and has big power with 37 home runs on the year. If he’s going to break out of his slump, then Dylan Covey is the pitcher to do it against as he’s been crushed in his MLB career. He’s posted an 8.18 ER and 5.78 xFIP, while striking out only 14% of LHB and 11% of RHB. He’s allowed 18 home runs in only 58 MLB innings this year and it’s a great spot for the Kansas City offense.
Also Consider- Jake Lamb
Johan Camargo, Atlanta Braves, $2,800 – Along with catcher, shortstop is a weak position today so it’s a spot where I’ll look to save. As mentioned with Freeman, I like the Braves offense against Henderson Alvarez, who is only making his second MLB start since 2015, and has shown zero strikeout ability. Camargo doesn’t have huge upside for GPPs but he’s been rock solid this year hitting over .300 and is a quality value option for cash games.
Also Consider – Kike Hernandez (he’s oddly crushed Bumgarner in his career – 13/27 with 7 extra base hits)
Melky Cabrera, Kansas City Royals, $2,900 – All the Kansas City outfielders and top half of their order is in play against Dylan Covey, but I’ll highlight Melky as he’s the cheapest of the group. He’s returning to face the White Sox, who traded him earlier this year, and he enters this game swinging a hot bat with three hits in each of his past two games. I’m looking to load up against the low strikeout arms like Covey, Hellickson and Alvarez, and Melky offers more cheap exposure to the Royals.
Corey Dickerson, Tampa Bay Rays, $2,200 – If you’re looking to fit Strasburg and fit some solid bats then I like the idea of attacking the cheap Tampa LHB. I’ve already listed Duda and Miller as cheap LHB options against Hellickson and now we have Dickerson at almost minimum price. He’s had a rough second half of the year, but at $2,200 I’ll take my shot against a home run pitcher in Hellickson that can’t miss any bats.
If you’re looking to spend in the outfield then I’d look to the game in Arizona which features a great hitting environment and elite bats like Giancarlo Stanton and J. D. Martinez.