The MLB season rolls on and it’s a great time to get in on some DraftKings action. Monday features a six-game main slate, starting at 6:05 p.m., to start the week off right.
Dinelson Lamet, SD vs. COL, $8,800 - Back healthy, Lamet is at full strength and having a great season. He has a 2.62 ERA while striking out 11.49 hitters per nine innings, making him one of the top fantasy pitchers in the league. On top of this, he finds himself in a great matchup tonight. The Rockies struggle away from Coors Field and have a 76 wRC+ on the road with a 25.2% strikeout rate.
Kevin Gausman, SF vs. ARI, $6,100 - Gausman is always erratic and a bit tough to trust but for GPP, he has the kind of upside to win a tournament. This is especially true when his price is so cheap. Gausman is striking out a career-best 11.73 hitters per nine innings and is in a great matchup against the Diamondbacks. Arizona has an 87 wRC+ against right-handed pitching.
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Austin Nola, SD vs. COL, $4,800 - The good news is that Nola continues to hit after moving from the Mariners to the Padres. The bad news is that the pricing algorithm has him quite a bit more expensive in his new offense. I am still okay with paying the premium after Nola homered while scoring 19 DKFP in his last start.
Daulton Varsho, ARI at SF, $2,000 - I don’t actually like Varsho as a play for any reason other than his price. Catcher is one of the tougher positions to get production out of and I am usually willing to roster anybody at this position for min price. With that said, Varsho has scored at least 12 DKFP in each of his past two starts, so it’s possible he has a decent game.
Luke Voit, NYY at TOR, $4,900 - Somehow, the Yankees turned Voit from a player who nobody wanted into one of the better hitters in baseball. He has a 151 wRC+ and with 13 homers and he’s challenging to lead the league in dingers. Over the past month, it’s almost a shock when Voit has a game without an extra-base hit.
Carlos Santana, CLE vs. KC, $3,700 - I don’t usually like to roster Santana when we have to pay a premium for him but that isn’t the case tonight. This is actually his cheapest price point of the season even though he picked up a pair of hits and scored 14 DKFP yesterday. Cleveland has the second-highest implied run total on the slate and is a team to target tonight.
DJ LeMahieu, NYY vs. TOR, $5,500 - After putting up a career-best 136 wRC+ with the Yankees last year, LeMahieu’s second season in the Bronx has been even better. He has a 150 wRC+ and is contending for a batting title thanks to his .363 batting average.
César Hernández, CLE vs. KC, $3,800 - For a team with a higher run total than all but one team on the slate, there is an awful lot of cheap pricing on Cleveland. Like Santana, Hernández is at his lowest salary of the season. Hitting at the top of Cleveland’s offense, he figures to get involved in the action if Cleveland is able to put runs on the board as the betting lines suggest.
José Ramírez, CLE vs. KC, $5,200 - There are also a couple of expensive hitters in the Cleveland lineup. The team is still stackable due to the number of cheap hitters mixed in. Averaging 10.2 DKFP per game, Ramírez is my favorite option to spend up for on the slate. He has homered four times in his past 10 games and has nine stolen bases this season. He’s a great power and speed threat.
Travis Shaw, TOR at NYY, $4,300 - Is it a comeback? After putting up a season last year that is difficult to describe without words I am not allowed to use, Shaw is hitting relatively well as of late. During a four-game hitting streak, he’s averaging 12 DKFP. Shaw was once a solid hitter and it looks like he’s figured out whatever it was that plagued him a year ago.
Fernando Tatis Jr., SD vs. COL, $5,800 - If Tatis is on the slate, I am probably recommending him. Sorry, these are the rules. I try not to have a bias with any players but I love Tatis and he isn’t giving me any reason to change my mind. He leads all of the MLB in WAR and looks like the league’s next superstar. Tatis tops all active hitters on this slate with an average of 12.8 DKFP.
Adalberto Mondesi, KC at CLE, $3,100 - There are a few times Mondesi has shown signs of life this season. In general, he’s a massive fantasy disappointment but he still has the speed to steal bases. I just wish he got on base more often to let his legs do some damage. At least for now, he’s riding a three-game hitting streak and averaging 11 DKFP over this stretch. All it takes is for Mondesi to get on base once and he has the chance to steal a base and score a run for a decent fantasy night.
Juan Soto, WAS vs. TB, $5,800 - After sitting out yesterday’s game with an elbow injury, there is optimism that Soto will play today. I am hoping this is the case and that his elbow ailment will reduce his ownership. If starting, few hitters on tonight’s slate have Soto’s upside. He averages 12.3 DKFP and has four homers in his past eight games.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Soto is not in the lineup for tonight’s game vs. the Rays.
Michael Brantley, HOU at OAK, $3,600 - Brantley has been priced much too cheaply for a while now. Despite his stretch of scoring a run in seven consecutive games, Brantley hasn’t seen a salary over $4,000 in about three weeks. Until his price goes up, he’s one of the better value hitters whenever the Astros play.
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