The playoff picture is heating up around Major League Baseball while the fantasy action continues to be red hot on FanDuel. That won’t change on Wednesday August 19th, 2015 as ten games will take place around Major League Baseball with a very solid group of options to build fantasy rosters around.
This includes a nice solid list of fantasy starting pitching options including Corey Kluber for the Cleveland Indians, Jon Lester for the Chicago Cubs, Dallas Keuchel for the Houston Astros, Noah Syndergaard for the New York Mets and Stephen Strasburg for the Washington Nationals.
As we examine the top fantasy starters a few things concern us about a few of the starters. Out of these top options we really don’t like Jon Lester against the Detroit Tigers especially with Miguel Cabrera back in the lineup. We also don’t like Syndergaard against a Baltimore Orioles team that can put up some big time power numbers.
Lastly we don’t like Strasburg pitching at Coors Field against a lineup that includes Nolan Arenado and Carlos Gonzalez. For us our top fantasy starter for this hump day is Dallas Keuchel going up against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays have stayed in contention all season but the big concern has been there ability to score runs at times this season.
Here is our top MLB FanDuel options for Wednesday August 19th, 2015.
Starting Pitcher: Dallas Keuchel ($10,900): After tossing around some of the big names as well as some of the cheaper options we stuck with Keuchel. Over his last ten games the Astros starter has posted six double digit fantasy performances giving fantasy owners something to look forward to.
Option 2 – Jered Weaver ($7,400) & Option 3 – Joe Kelly ($6,200)
Catcher – Salvador Perez ($2,300): Since we went expensive at the starting pitching spot as well as at a few of the other positions we elected to go cheap at catcher. This landed us with one of our favorite FanDuel Bargains Salvador Perez. Perez has the ability to put up solid offensive numbers when he gets hot.
Option 2- Nick Hundley ($3,400) & Option 3 – Kyle Schwarber ($3,600)
First Base – Albert Pujols ($3,700): This play is simply based on Alber Pujols past success against Jeff Samardzija. In 19 career at bats Pujols is hitting .368 with four extra base hits including three home runs and nine runs driven in.
Option 2 – Chris Davis ($5,000) & Option 3 – Miguel Cabrera ($5,300)
Second Base – Jonathan Schoop ($2,500): Schoop is another fantasy option we really like based on salary cap number as well as his ability to put together a big offensive game any night of the week.
Option 2 – Kolten Wong ($2,600) & Option 3 – Cesar Hernandez ($3,100)
Third Base – Matt Carpenter ($3,800): While we thought the Albert Pujols fantasy play was an obvious one till we started looking at Carpenters success against Matt Cain. The St. Louis Cardinals third baseman is seven for ten in his career with five runs batted in.
Option 2- Nolan Arenado ($4,900) & Option 3 – Todd Frazier ($2,900)
Short Stop – Eugenio Suarez ($2,500): Heres another position we like to skim the FanDuel Bargain bin for when we spend heavy on a starting pitcher. Suarez has three home runs to with eight runs batted in over his last ten contests.
Option 2- Ian Desmond ($4,000) & Francisco Lindor ($2,900)
Outfielder – Justin Maxwell ($2,200): Maxwell is one of those players you have to monitor his status each night. That being said he is six for 11 lifetime against Jaime Garcia with four extra base hits.
Outfielder – Rajai Davis ($2,200): The Detroit Tigers outfielder is our FanDuel steal of the night coming in at the cheapest salary cap number a player can have. Davis is 14 for 44 in his career off of Lester with seven extra base hits.
Outfielder – Mike Trout ($4,600): Trout is playing himself into a second straight AL MVP award. That is all we need to want him in our lineup plus we couldn’t find enough room to land someone like Jose Bautista or Bryce Haper.
Option 4 – Adam Jones ($3,800), Option 5 – Adam Eaton ($3,700) & Lorenzo Cain ($4,000)