Daily Fantasy Baseball (DFS) - High Cost/Low Cost Options - FanDuel - 5/8/18
High Cost/Low Cost Options - Tuesday May 8th, 2018
5/8/18 – Daily Fantasy Baseball – FanDuel
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Please Note – This article was written prior to the completion of yesterday’s games so all player statistics are as of 5/6.
Corey Kluber (Cleveland Indians - $11,400) – There are a few good pitching matchups to target on Tuesday but if you want to spend money, you might as well go right to the top with Corey Kluber. Kluber is 5-1 on the season and is once again one of the best pitchers in the American League as he comes into this game with a 2.41 ERA and 0.78 WHIP. Kluber has a 9.11 K/9 ratio which isn’t as good as we’ve seen from him in the past, however, he is going up against the Brewers who just really struggled against the RHP Chad Kuhl of the Pirates who just dominated the Brewers, giving up just 1 hit while striking out 8. If the Brewers struggled that much with Chad Kuhl…….I can’t imagine with Kluber is going to do to them.
Also Considered: James Paxton (Seattle Mariners - $9,500)
Jeremy Hellickson (Washington Nationals - $6,000) – Jeremy Hellickson doesn’t strikeout a bunch of hitters as he has just a 5.57 K/9 however, he is worth a look on Monday night if you want to save some money as the veteran RHP has had a nice season to date as he has a 3.00 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and is holding RHB’s to just a .143 average on the season. Hellickson is coming off a solid game against the Pirates in which he went 5.2 IP, giving up just 3 hits and no runs and I as the Padres rank 30th in MLB in strikeout rate, Hellickson could get a few more K’s than normal. Hellickson and the Nationals should be heavily favored against the Clayton Richard and the Padres and if he can go 6 innings and get the win, he could be in for 30-40 point type of night.
Also Considered: Sean Newcomb (Atlanta Braves - $7,900)
Gary Sanchez (New York Yankees - $4,100) – There are a lot of good options to pay for at C/1B on Tuesday night but I’ll be going with Gary Sanchez of the New York Yankees. Sanchez might be hitting just .198 on the season, however, he still has been very productive when he is getting hits as he comes into this game with 9 HR’s, 28 RBI’s, and 22 runs scored. Sanchez and the Yankees have a nice matchup against Drew Pomeranz of the Red Sox who comes into this game with a 6.14 ERA, 1.84 HR/9 ratio, and is allowing RHB’s to hit .333 against him on the season. Sanchez is hitting much better against LHP as he has a .280 average against them this season, as he is 7 for 18 (.389 average) with 3 HR’s and 6 RBI’s against Pomeranz, he is solid choice to pay up for on Tuesday.
Also Considered: Edwin Encarnacion (Cleveland Indians - $3,600)
Carlos Santana (Philadelphia Phillies - $2,600) – Carlos Santana is hitting just .169 on the season however, the switch-hitting 1B has had some tough luck to start the season as his price a dipped below $3,000, I think he has great value on Tuesday. Santana does have 3 HR’s, 13 RBI’s, and 20 runs scored on the season and has nice matchup against the LHP Derek Holland of the Giants who had a 5.70 ERA on the year. All of Santana’s power numbers have come as a RHB this season and as he is 8 for 30 (.267 average / .870 OPS) with 2 HR’s against Holland in his career, Santana is a decent option if you want to save money at the position.
Robinson Cano – (Seattle Mariners - $3,600) – Robinson Cano has struggled a bit as of late, however, he is too good of a hitter to not snap out of it soon and I think he has a decent matchup against Marcus Stroman of the Blue Jays on Tuesday. Cano is hitting .283 on the season with 3 HR’s, 18 RBI’s, and 20 runs scored. Cano is 0-3 lifetime against Stroman, however, I think that might change tomorrow as Stroman comes into this game with a 7.52 ERA and is allowing LHB’s to hit .303 against him on the season. Stroman has struggled against the Mariners in the past and as I think that trend continues on Tuesday, Cano is a good “High-Cost” option that is below $4,000.
Howie Kendrick – (Washington Nationals - $3,200) – Howie Kendrick is having an ice season with the Nationals and has helped fill the void left by Daniel Murphy’s injury by hitting .281 on the season with 4 HR’s, 11 RBI’s, and 13 runs scored. Kendrick and the Nationals have a very good matchup tomorrow in against the LHP Clayton Richard of the San Diego Padres who comes into this game with a 6.21 ERA, 1.43 HR/9 ratio, and is allowing RHB’s to hit .302 against him on the season. Kendrick is 3 for 3 lifetime against Richard and as I think the Nationals will be putting up some runs on Tuesday, I think Kendrick has some nice value at this price.
Francisco Lindor - (Cleveland Indians - $4,700) – Francisco Lindor is really swinging a hot bat coming into this matchup against the LHP Wide Miley as over the past week, the star shortstop for the Indians is hitting .425 with 4 HR’s and 10 RBI’s. On the season, the switch-hitting Lindor is hitting .283 with 8 HR’s, 20 RBI’s, 26 runs scored, and 5 SB’s. Miley had a nice start in his first appearance of the year against Cincinnati, however, Miley is not going to keep those good performances up as this is the same guy who has posted an ERA above 5.00 over his last two seasons. Lindor is hitting .353 with a .929 OPS as a RHB on the season and as he is 4 for 9 against Miley in his career, get him in your lineups for Tuesday.
Chris Taylor (Los Angeles Dodgers - $3,600) – Chris Taylor is not the cheapest option at SS however, as he is not over the $4,000 range like most of the best shortstops, I think he has good value at his price point on Tuesday. Taylor has switched to the SS position, replacing Corey Seager who is out for the season due to injury and comes into this game hitting .238 with 5 HR’s, 13 RBI’s, and 24 runs scored. Taylor has some great power and has a decent matchup against Zack Godley of the Arizona Diamondbacks who he is 5 for 14 against (.357 average/1.12 OPS) with 2 HR’s and 4 RBI’s.
Eugenio Suarez (Cincinnati Reds - $3,900) – Eugenio Suarez has been outstanding since returning from injury for the Reds and although he is hitting just .277 on the season, he has 4 HR’s, 20 RBI’s, and 10 runs in just 78 AB’s on the season. Suarez and the Reds have probably the best matchup up the night as they take on Jason Vargas of the New York Mets who has been hit extremely hard in his first two starts of the season and comes into this game with a 16.20 ERA and 5.4 HR/9 ratio. Vargas is allowing RHB’s to hit .484 against him so far this season and I’m very comfortable stacking Suarez and the other Reds hitters on Tuesday night.
Anthony Rendon (Washington Nationals - $3,400) – Rendon just came off the DL and as his price is very reasonable at the moment, I think Rendon has some of the best value on the slate as he will be up against the LHP Clayton Richard of the Padres on Tuesday. On the season, Rendon is hitting .274 with a HR and 6 RBI’s in 70 AB’s however, we all know that Rendon has the potential to go off at any moment with a huge game. Rendon has a .307 average and .924 OPS against LHP over his past three seasons and as he is 2 for 4 lifetime against Richard, Rendon will be in some of my lineups on Tuesday.
Also Considered: Danny Valencia (Baltimore Orioles - $2,300)
Giancarlo Stanton (New York Yankees - $4,700) – Giancarlo Stanton is still having trouble finding a way to get base hits as the slugging OF is hitting just .227 on the season, however, there is no denying his power and although he has struggled to start his Yankees career, he does have 7 HR’s, 19 RBI’s, and 24 runs scored on the season. Even with his struggles, Stanton has actually hit LHP’s pretty well this season as currently has a .370 average (10-27) with 4 HR’s on the season and as he is facing a LHP in Drew Pomeranz who can give up HR’s, I like taking a chance with Stanton on Tuesday.
Rhys Hoskins (Philadelphia Phillies -$4,000) – Rhys Hoskins has struggled a bit as of late as he is hitting just .160 over the past week, however, there have been some signs of life from him over the last two games as he is 2 for 8 with a 2B, HR, and 3 RBI’s. On the season, Hoskins is hitting .282 and has a respectable 5 HR’s, 23 RBI’s, and 19 runs scored. Hoskins has a nice matchup against Derek Holland on Tuesday as although he hasn’t faced Holland in his career, Holland has struggled this season as he comes into this game with a 5.70 ERA and 1.50 WHIP.
Corey Dickerson (Pittsburgh Pirates - $3,900) – People in Tampa Bay are still wondering why they gave up on Dickerson as he has settled in nicely with the Pittsburgh Pirates and comes into this game with a .315 average with 5 HR’s, 24 RBI’s, 19 runs scored, and 3 SB’s. Dickerson has been swing the bat especially well as of late as over the past week he has a .310 average with 3 HR’s and 9 RBI’s. Dickerson will be up against the RHP Lucas Giolito who comes into this game with a 7.03 ERA and has fared much worse against LHB’s on the season.
Also Considered: Joey Gallo (Texas Rangers - $3,500)
Adam Duvall (Cincinnati Reds - $2,900) – Adam Duvall is pretty much a HR or nothing type of guy, however, I like the slugging OF on Tuesday as has what I think is the best matchup on the board against the LHP Jason Vargas of the New York Mets. Duvall is hitting just .161 on the season however, still has some nice power as he has 5 HR’s and 16 RBI’s on the season. Vargas is allowing RHB’s to hit .484 against him on the season and as he has a 5.40 HR/9 ratio, I think Duvall can certainly hit one out on Tuesday.
Shin-Soo Choo (Texas Rangers - $3,000) – Shin-Soo Choo is coming into this game with a .245 average with 5 HR’s, 15 RBI’s, and 21 runs scored, and you must be looking at the LHB’s of the Rangers on Tuesday with their matchup against the Tigers, Mike Fiers. Fiers has a 5.00 ERA, 2.00 HR/9 ratio, and has struggled against LHB’s as he is allowing them to hit .298 against him on the season.
Aaron Altherr (Philadelphia Phillies - $2,400) – If you haven’t noticed by now, you can tell I like the Phillies RHB’s against the Giants Derek Holland and if you’re looking to save some money, Aaron Altherr is a solid option. Altherr has a miserable start to his season and although he is hitting just .205 on the season, the Phillies OF has a ton of power and has hit 3 HR’s and 18 RBI’s on the season. Altherr had 8 HR’s in 109 AB’s vs. LHP on the season and as he has been swinging the bat better as of late, I think he some nice value on Tuesday.