The Major League Baseball season enters its final week of the regular season leaving FanDuel owners a few days left to cash in. That gives us a chance to take advantage of another action packed Monday filled with a nine game lineup to build our FanDuel rosters around.
As we start to examine all 18 MLB teams in action the first name that comes to our attention is starting pitcher Zack Greinke. Greinke has been dominate this year and should be in consideration for the National League Cy Young Award. From the fantasy side the Los Angeles Dodgers ace has turned in five straight double digit fantasy performances.
The bad news looking at this nearly 24 hours in advance is the fact he is listed day to day and could end up being a late scratch for tomorrow nights contest. The other factor that could be key to everyone is his $12,600 salary that could limit the other top tier fantasy bats in your lineup.
FanDuel MLB Lineup with options we like for Monday September 28th, 2015.
Starting Pitcher – Marco Estrada ($8,900): We elected to go with the Toronto Blue Jays starter against a struggling Baltimore Orioles. Entering Monday Night the Orioles are coming off three straight shutouts to the Boston Red Sox. Estrada has pitched well against the Orioles in his career holding them to just a .174 batting average over 89 at bats.
Other top Fantasy Starting Pitching options include Corey Kluber, Justin Verlander and Phil Hughes.
Catcher – Ryan Hanigan ($2,200): Hanigan is a deep Fantasy Sleeper for Monday Night against the New York Yankees. The Boston Red Sox catcher has three career hits off of Ivan Nova in 10 career at bats with two of them going for home runs. We suggest monitoring the MLB Lineups before posting your FanDuel lineup.
Other top Fantasy Catcher options include Victor Martinez, Roberto Perez and Salvador Perez.
First Base – Miguel Cabrera ($3,900): The Detroit Tigers first baseman is always a great fantasy play. Add in the fact the Tigers are on the road playing at a hitter friendly ball park in Arlington increases his fantasy value.
Other top Fantasy First Base options include Mitch Moreland, Chris Davis and Edwin Encarnacion.
Second Base – Neil Walker ($3,000): Walker is our top option at second base on Monday Night based on his past success against Lance Lynn. The Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman is 14 for 38 in his career off of the St. Louis Cardinals starter including three home runs.
Other top Fantasy Second Base options include Jose Altuve, Ryan Goins and Dustin Pedroia.
Third Base – Kris Bryant ($4,500): We elected to go with one of the top fantasy options among all third baseman on Monday night. Bryant has four hits over his last seven at bats while posting at least 4.5 fantasy points in five of his last ten games played.
Other top Fantasy Third Base options include Adrian Beltre, Mike Moustakas and Josh Donaldson.
Short Stop – Alcides Escobar ($2,400): Escobar landed the job after a tough debate among a few options at short stop. The Kansas City Royals short stop enters Monday Night riding a five game hitting streak including two multi hit games, two extra base hits and three runs batted in.
Other top Fantasy Short Stop options include Jordy Mercer, Francisco Lindor and Corey Seager.
Outfielder – Jake Smolinski ($2,800): We elected to go with the Oakland A’s outfielder providing us a solid fantasy play at a solid fantasy price. Smolinski is five for 10 in his career off of Hector Santiago with four extra base hits.
Outfielder – Byron Buxton ($2,200): As we watch the Minnesota Twins the thought of all the top young talent has us excited for next season. That being said Buxton is contributing at the moment including picking up a double and home run on Sunday. We elected to ride that hot streak with our lineup on Monday allowing us to spend heavy on a few of our picks.
Outfielder – Mike Trout ($5,000): This pick is one of those ones you really don’t need numbers to back you up. That being said Trout has been hot hitting .407 over his last seven games with two home runs and four runs driven in.
Other top Fantasy Outfielders include Jose Bautista, Shin-Soo Choo, Kevin Pillar, John Jay and Starlin Marte.