Julio Teheran — ATL vs. NYM — $8,500 – Taking a look at the top SPs on Monday’s slate, Teheran is the one that stands out. And yes, it’s primarily because he’s taking on the Mets at home. New York ended a six-game losing streak by taking two from the Nationals. That was before Washington lit them up for 23 runs on Sunday, five on Noah Syndergaard. Teheran allowed two ER in 6.1 IP in an 8-2 win vs. the Mets in his previous start (17.5 DKFP).
Other Options: Rick Porcello ($9,500), Luis Severino ($8,000)
Brett Anderson — CHC vs. PHI — $6,400 – I’m baffled Anderson’s price is this low. He’s tossing at home vs. the Phillies, who were just swept on the road by the Dodgers. Philadelphia’s lineup is weak, to begin with, and shouldn’t look much better vs. the left-handed Anderson. The Phils are batting .236 as a team vs. southpaws this season, and the Cubs are heavily favored. Anderson leads Cubs SPs in ERA (3.54) and has surrendered just one HR in 20.1 IP.
Other Options: Michael Wacha ($7,200), Amir Garrett ($5,500)
Evan Gattis — HOU vs. TEX — $3,900 – Take your pick between Gattis and Brian McCann. Either option is a solid one vs. Andrew Cashner, who is home-run prone. Gattis has been mashing lately, with a .355/.400/.645 line in his past 10 games. He’s got a RBI in four of his past five and is on a six-game hitting streak. He’s cash game solid.
Other Options: Welington Castillo ($3,600), Salvador Perez ($3,400)
John Hicks — DET vs. CLE — $2,600 – Hicks is actually filling in at 1B for Miguel Cabrera, who is on the DL, but he also has catcher eligibility, making him a strong play. Catcher is normally a position you’re going to want to pay down for anyway, and Hicks possesses some offensive upside with seven RBI and a .654 SLG% in seven games since being inserted into the lineup.
Other Options: Miguel Montero ($3,000), Austin Romine ($2,600)
Freddie Freeman — ATL vs. NYM — $4,600 – Consider this your chalk of the day. Freeman has been otherworldly in DFS, posting 10 or more DKFP in eight of his past 10 games. He’s scored a run in nine of 10 and homered twice over the weekend vs. the Brewers. The Mets just allowed 23 runs to the Nats and Robert Gsellman will be tasked with shutting down Freeman. Advantage Freeman.
Other Options: Hanley Ramirez ($4,600), Jose Abreu ($4,300)
Logan Morrison — TB vs. MIA — $3,200 – Morrison hasn’t yet been identified as one of those lefties who can’t hit other lefties. Which is good considering Marlins LHP Wei-Yin Chen isn’t very good. He’s allowed 10 ER and three HRs over his past 15.0 IP. Morrison, an ex-Marlin, is familiar with the ballpark from earlier in his career; he has 13 HRs and 42 RBI in 87 games at SunLife Stadium.
Other Options: Cody Bellinger ($2,900), Michael Morse ($2,100)
Jedd Gyorko — STL vs. MIL — $3,800 – Gyorko, the pride of West Virginia, is leading the Cardinals in batting (.333) among hitters with at least 60 ABs. Not only has Gyorko owned the Brewers this season (6-for-11; 16.7 DKFP per game), he’s crushed SP Zach Davies in his career (7-for-10, 3 2B, solo HR). He also has five multi-hit outings in his past eight games.
Other Options: Jose Ramirez ($4,300), Josh Harrison ($3,900)
Yolmer Sanchez — CWS vs. KC — $2,400 – Should the White Sox opt to start the switch-hitting Sanchez, he’d be a decent tournament pick. Royals’ SP Jason Vargas came back down to earth in his previous start vs. the ChiSox, allowing three ER over 5.0 IP. Sanchez is 6-for-15 with an HR and four RBI vs. southpaws this season.
Other Options: – Marco Hernandez ($2,900)
Todd Frazier — CWS vs. KC — $4,400 – So you want someone on the White Sox with some pop? Say no more. Frazier, who is on a seven-game hitting streak, is averaging 9.3 DKFP per game in his past 10 with a .514 SLG%. He’s 4-for-12 with four 2B and six RBI in three games vs. Kansas City this season. Don’t let his season averages scare you, Frazier is a much different player than he was back in early April.
Other Options: Manny Machado ($4,800), Chase Headley ($3,600)
Martin Prado — MIA vs. TB — $3,300 – Prado is still kicking it, getting on base at a very high rate. In fact, the veteran infielder has reached base safely in each of his 10 games this season. Rays SP Jake Odorizzi is coming off the DL to make his first start since April 9th and could struggle on the road. Prado has plenty of contrarian appeal but is better suited for cash games given his low ceiling.
Other Options: Mike Moustakas ($3,400), Joey Gallo ($3,300)
Francisco Lindor — CLE vs. DET — $4,300 – Boy does it feel like forever since I had a chance to talk about my bromance with Lindor. And I see he hasn’t slowed down since his torrid start to the season. Lindor has double-digit DKFP in four of his past five, including a 25-point performance Sunday vs. the Mariners (2-for-5, HR, 3 RBI). He shifts to the right side of the plate vs. LHP Daniel Norris, who has a 4.71 ERA and 1.76 WHIP this season.
Other Options: Aledmys Diaz ($4,000), Addison Russell ($3,700)
Didi Gregorius — NYY vs. TOR — $3,400 – Didi has been on fire since returning from the DL on Friday, going 7-for-15 with a pair of doubles and four RBI in the series win vs. the Orioles. In his career vs. Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada, Gregorius is 6-for-21 with three solo HRs. Estrada has struggled vs. New York and there’s no reason Didi shouldn’t continue to rake.
Other Options: Tim Beckham ($2,900)
Hanley Ramirez — BOS vs. BAL — $4,600 – Car HanRam is beginning to pick things up, with hits in six straight. He also has homered in back-to-back games, two mammoth shots each traveling over 440 feet. Dylan Bundy pitched well vs. the Red Sox on April 21, but that was in Baltimore. He’s allowed nine flyballs in back-to-back outings, which resulted in two HRs allowed to the Rays in his last start. I smell the potential for three straight long balls from Ramirez.
Other Options: George Springer ($4,600), Matt Kemp ($4,300)
Marwin Gonzalez — HOU vs. TEX — $3,000 – Gonzalez’s bat has awoken from its slumber, going 5-for-12 with two HRs and six RBI in the past four games following a 0-for-16 stretch. He’s in a platoon at 1B with Yuli Gurriel and is also splitting time in the outfield. Gonzalez is very boom-bust, but that’s exactly what you’re looking for in a tournament play that isn’t going to cost you much.
Other Options: Jace Peterson ($3,000), Andrew Toles ($2,700)
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