The weekend is finally here as we have a complete lineup of players to build a winning roster on FanDuel. All 30 Major League Baseball teams are in play tonight opening up the door for a ton of options for fantasy owners to make for their season long rosters as well as on sites like FanDuel and DraftKings.
Tonight we have a little bit of a situation on the mound as a few of the games top starters take the ball for their teams. That includes David Price for the Detroit Tigers, Matt Harvey for the New York Mets, Sonny Gray for the Oakland A’s, Cole Hamels for the Philadelphia Phillies and James Shields for the San Diego Padres.
As we compared the top starters taking the mound we debated on Price and Harvey. Price. In five of his six starts this season, Price has been brilliant posting double digits with only one bad fantasy outing. Harvey on the other hand has posted five straight double digit fantasy performance.
Our FanDuel Lineup for Friday May 8th built around a top tier starter.
P – Matt Harvey ($10,600): It was a toss up between Harvey and Price for the top pitcher on the night. We also debated going with a much cheaper option to load up on a fantasy sleeper. In the end Harvey’s streak of double digit fantasy performances landed him the spot.
C – Devin Mesoraco ($2,500): Looking for a bargain landed us with the Cincinnati Reds catcher. Meosraco has pinched hit a few times over the last few games but he is slated to be the designated hitter in the interleague series this weekend.
First Base – Anthony Rizzo ($4,600): Prior to his last game, Rizzo had been red hot for fantasy owners. In the five games leading up to his -1 performance, Rizzo posted at least 4.2 fantasy points in each of those contests.
Second Base – Ryan Flaherty ($2,400): We suggest monitoring the MLB lineups like we do always as Mesoraco and Flaherty could both be in or out of the lineup. The Baltimore Orioles second baseman has hit fairly well in Yankee stadium and is a left handed bat in a left hander hitting ball park.
Third Base – Lonnie Chisenhall ($2,600): The Cleveland Indians third baseman has been on a tear of late picking up a hit in eight of his last ten games including three doubles, one triple and one home run. Add in his cost only $2,600 allows you to spend at a few of the other positions.
Short Stop – J.J. Hardy ($2,400): Hardy struggled in his return to the Orioles lineup last night but we still like his value at the short stop position. If you elect to go cheaper at the starting pitching spot you could go with Troy Tulowitzki at Coors Field.
Outfielder – Mike Trout ($5,300): The games best hitter gets his chance to face off against Roberto Hernandez tonight of the Houston Astros. Trout has four hits in 11 career at bats against Hernandez with three of them going for home runs.
Outfielder – Juan Lagares ($2,300): While Lagares won’t provide you a ton of pop he does however provide you with someone who can get on base. In his career Lagares is hitting .440 with four extra base hits against Cole Hamels.
Outfielder – Travis Snider ($2,200): With an expensive option at the pitcher position and another at the outfielder position limited us with spending. We looked at a few of the hitter friendly stadiums and potential fits. Snider fits the bill since he is a left handed hitter playing in Yankee Stadium.
Here is a more of a GPP tournament team built around a fantasy sleeper starter.
P – Jason Marquis ($6,100)
C – Blake Swihart ($2,300)
First Base – Adrian Gonzalez ($5,400)
Second Base – Jace Peterson ($2,400)
Third Base – Lonnie Chisenhall ($2,600)
Short Stop – Troy Tulowitzki ($5,100)
Outfielder – Mike Trout ($5,300)
Outfielder – Billy Burns ($2,300)
Outfielder – Matt Holliday ($3,500)