Adam Wainwright, Chris Sale both look to lead fantasy owners on Sunday August 17th. Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals take on the San Diego Padres at home. While Sale and the Chicago White Sox host one of the MLB’s top power hitting ball teams in the Toronto Blue Jays.
Wainwright has pitched well over his last two starts, allowing a combined five runs in 14 innings while striking out a combined 11 batters. Sale has pitched even better in that same stretch allowing only two earned runs over 14 innings with 21 strikeouts. In his last outing Sale pitched eight innings, allowing zero runs and struck out 12.
These are only two of the top fantasy options for Sunday on the mound and at the plate. Here are some other key fantasy players to consider.
Curtis Granderson, New York Mets: Granderson will face off against Jake Arrieta and the Chicago Cubs. Despite the recent success for Arrieta, Granderson’s nine hits in 22 at bats, including three home runs and eight driven in still warrants a play on Sunday.
Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies: Looking for some power in the lineup on Sunday, Howard might be the option with four career home runs in 31 career at bats verse Tim Lincecum. Howard will offer you a good buy low candidate at first base.
Doug Fister, Washington Nationals: Fister has put together the best season of his career in only 17 starts this season. The Nationals starter has a 12-3 record with a 2.34 earned run average and 69 strikeouts. In his last six outings Fister has allowed two or fewer runs, including three starts with zero. The Pirates hitters have combined to hit .262 off of Fister in their career with one home run and only two runs batted in.
Tommy Milone, Minnesota Twins: Milone has been brilliant in his career against the Kansas City Royals hitters. In 81 matchups against the Royals, Milone has allowed only 17 hits with zero home runs and two runs batted in.
J.J. Hardy, Baltimore Orioles: The Orioles shortstop returned to the lineup last night after not playing since August 9th. In his last 10 games, Hardy has 15 hits in 36 at bats, including two home runs and nine runs driven in. In his return last night Hardy picked up two hits with the teams only run batted in.
Chris Carter, Houston Astros: Carter can provide any fantasy team some power picking up three home runs, his last seven games including nine runs batted in. Carter has 28 home runs on the season for the Astros.