The key to success on MLB FanDuel tonight rides on the arm of one of the top starters taking the hill. Those starters include Chris Sale for the Chicago White Sox, Stephen Strasburg for the Washington Nationals and Jeff Samardzija for the San Francisco Giants.
Along with those starters another very solid option is Marco Estrada for the Toronto Blue Jays. Now for us Sale looks like the obvious choose as he has not recorded less than 40 fantasy points in a single start this season for his fantasy owner. This includes turning in at least 51 fantasy points in three of his last four starts including 54 in his last outing against the New York Yankees.
Tonight he will look to continue his early season success against a Houston Astros team he has had very good success against. In his career Sale has faced off against the Astros four other times posting a 3-1 record in those starts while yielding just a .56 earned run average over 32 innings with 47 strikeouts.
Meanwhile Samardzija has a very good fantasy matchup against the San Diego Padres along with Estrada who will be facing off against the Minnesota Twins. Now the fantasy fireworks don’t stop there as we also need a few big bats to help carry the offensive load as well.
Here is our a few MLB Fantasy Stacks to consider tonight.
Josh Donaldson/Jose Bautista/Justin Smoak – 20 for 67 with 5 home runs off of Ervin Santana combined in their career.
Khris Davis/Danny Valencia/Marcus Semien – Combined to hit nine home runs over their past four games combined.
Here is our MLB FanDuel Lineup for Thursday May 19th, 2016.
SP – Chris Sale ($12,100): We ended up going with Sale tonight but we could have easily gone with Estrada against the Twins. For us Sale has been the most consistent of all the starters this season making him more of a guarantee type player than someone who could let us all down.
C – A.J. Ellis ($2,100): Ellis is a big time fantasy sleeper tonight and a player that will provide our fantasy lineup with some relief. Now we suggest monitoring the lineups but we expect him to be in the lineup based on his career success against Jhoulys Chacin. The Los Angeles Dodgers catcher is seven for 17 in his career off of the Los Angeles Angels starter with one home run.
1B – Justin Smoak ($2,900): We are going to ride the Blue Jays stack tonight against Ervin Santana. Smoak is seven for 24 off of Santana in his career with three extra base hits with one of them going for a home run. Other options we like at first base include Carlos Santana and Freddie Freeman.
2B – Kolten Wong ($2,500): While Wong has not been putting up huge fantasy numbers he has been hot of late for the St. Louis Cardinals. That includes picking up hits in six straight games with two of those games going for multi hits. In that stretch, Wong has posted three double digit fantasy performances.
3B – Danny Valencia ($3,100): Valencia is not a fantasy option you might consider on most nights but he has been red hot of late making him a great fantasy option night in and night out at a great fantasy salary. Over his last six games, the Oakland A’s third baseman has four games with at least 22 fantasy points with all six of his home runs coming over that stretch. If you free up some additional cash look to complete the Blue Jays stack with Donaldson as well.
SS – Tyler Saladino ($2,500): While we would have loved to have gone with one of the top fantasy options the salary cap just wouldn’t allow us tonight. In the end the White Sox shortstop has had three multi hit games over his last five starts.
OF – Bryce Harper ($4,200): We haven’t used Harper in awhile but we have a feeling that tonight is going to be a good night for the Washington Nationals outfielder against Matt Harvey. Harvey has struggled this season and Harper has not hit a homerun in four straight games.
OF – Khris Davis ($3,400): The Oakland A’s outfielder has been one of the hottest hitters in the game over the past few games posting 30.9 and 66.6 fantasy points in his last two. Along with that Davis has five home runs over his last ten games with 15 runs batted in.
OF – Gregory Blanco ($2,200): Now for us we went with the fantasy sleeper in Blanco we could have easily gone with two players in the $3k range in place of Blanco and Bryce Harper. Blanco is five for 12 off of James Shields in his career with four runs batted in.