The MLB action continues to heat up on FanDuel as fantasy owners start to turn their attention to the upcoming NFL season. For us Saturday is a perfect day to cash in on some MLB FanDuel action as eighteen teams are in action starting off with the Atlanta Braves taking on the Washington Nationals at 7:05.
While this matchup might not look good on paper but it does however present us a great option on the mound in Gio Gonzalez. This will be Gonzalez second start this season against the Braves but the first since May. In that start the Nationals starter pitched seven strong innings allowing just two earned runs while striking out eight in route to his third win of the season.
If Gonzalez doesn’t jump out for you the other top options on the mound include Felix Hernandez for the Seattle Mariners, Danny Salazar for the Cleveland Indians and Lance McCullers for the Houston Astros. One Fantasy Sleeper option is Brad Hand for the Miami Marlins as they take on the New York Mets.
The Mets have picked up just 17 hits in 80 career at bats against Hand while failing to pickup a home run. The move to go with Hand would also save you some salary cap relief compared to a few of those other starters. Hand’s salary is only $6k compared to the $11k salary that Hernandez carries.
Here is our MLB FanDuel Lineup for Saturday September 5th, 2015.
Starting Pitcher – Felix Hernandez ($11,000): While we tossed around a few options including going with both Shelby Miller and the fantasy sleeper Brady Hand. In the end it is hard to pass up on one of the top starters in all of baseball against an Oakland A’s team that he just posted a 17 point fantasy performance.
Option 2 – Shelby Miller ($8,400) & Option 3 – Gio Gonzalez ($8,600)
Catcher – Salvador Perez ($2,400): The need for a cheap fantasy option came easy as the Kansas City Royals catcher fits the bill. Perez is 15 for 41 in his career off of Jose Quintana with two home runs and eight runs batted in.
Option 2 – Stephen Vogt ($2,500) & Option 3 – Chris Iannetta ($2,200)
First Base – Albert Pujols ($3,500): Pujols is having another big season in the home run department helping produce for his fantasy owners. That includes two over his last ten games as well as posting four games with at least 3.5 fantasy points.
Option 2 – Justin Morneau ($3,500) & Option 3 – Prince Fielder ($3,000)
Second Base – Jedd Gyorko ($2,600): The San Diego Padres second baseman has been hot of late picking up hits in six straight games. Over that stretch, Gyorko has three multi hit games as well as a home run and six runs batted in. Other solid options include Robinson Cano and Jason Kipnis.
Option 2 – Robinson Cano ($3,300) & Option 3 – Jason Kipnis ($3,400)
Third Base – Luis Valbuena ($2,600): Valbuena is always a gamble play but his power potential makes him a great fantasy play at a bargain price. While we tossed around a few other options the cheap $2,400 value makes him a great fantasy play.
Option 2 – Brett Lawrie ($3,500) & Option 3 – Nolan Arenado ($5,200)
Short Stop – Erick Aybar ($2,200): This FanDuel play is strictly based on Aybar’s past success against Derek Holland. Aybar is hitting .348 in 46 career at bats with nine of those hits going for extra base hits including a home run.
Option 2 – Marcus Semien ($3,000) & Option 3 – Corey Seager ($3,100)
Outfielder – Ichiro Suzuki ($2,300): Looking for another FanDuel bargain landed us with the Miami Marlins Outfielder. Suzuki picked up two hits in his last game and enters this contest with three career home runs off of Bartolo Colon.
Outfielder – Carlos Gonzalez ($5,600): For us we are sad to see Gonazalez put up the big numbers that he has on such a bad Colorado Rockies team. Gonzalez entered Friday Night riding back to back two home run games while driving in a combined 11 runs over that stretch.
Outfielder – Alejandro De Aza ($3,000): While this is strictly a fantasy gamble play we like De Aza’s power potential. If De Aza is not in the lineup look to Angel Pagan at the same price point.
Option 4 – Yoenis Cespedes ($4,500), Option 5 – Franklin Gutierrez ($3,900) & Option 6 – J.D. Martinez ($3,400)