The big story of the 2016 MLB Season has been the play of outfielder Mookie Betts. The same can be said for the daily fantasy world as the Boston Red Sox young start continues to deliver night in and night out for his fantasy owners.
That includes his most recent game yesterday as Betts connected on his five multi home run performance of the 2016 season. This comes just a few days after Betts blasted three home runs for his fantasy owners. Along with that Betts has delivered double digit fantasy performances in five of his last ten contests with four of those games going over the 20 point mark.
Meanwhile on the mound a name that stands out tonight is Yu Darvish as he will look to lead his Texas Rangers to a win over the Oakland A’s. Overall Darvish has turned in at least 30 fantasy points in all nine of his starts this season including posting back to back games with 41 and 45.
Here is the rest of the MLB options we like tonight on FanDuel to build our MLB lineup around.
MLB FanDuel Advice – Wednesday August 17th, 2016
Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers: The Rangers ace has the ability to post bigger fantasy numbers than he continues to post but we will take 35-45 points any night of the week from our starter. Only downside to Darvish tonight is the high $10,200 salary he carries along with him.
Carlos Carrasco, Cleveland Indians: We considered a few of the other top fantasy options as we went down the list. In the end we landed with the Indians starter who has posted games of 39 and 48 over his last two outings. In a start back on June 19th, Carrasco went 7.1 innings while striking out six Chicago White Sox hitters in route to a 34 point night. Look for him to continue that success against the same White Sox team tonight.
Fantasy Sleeper Option: Kyle Gibson
Welington Castillo, Arizona Diamondbacks: We like the potential tonight for the Diamondbacks catcher against Jon Niese who he has two career home runs off of. Along with that Castillo has been swinging a solid bat of late posting three games of at least 12.5 fantasy points in his last four starts.
Other Catcher Options we like include Robinson Chirinos and Tucker Barnhart.
Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds: The Reds first baseman continues to hit picking up hits in each of his last eight games. Over that stretch, Votto has posted double digit fantasy numbers in six of those eight contests.
Other First Base Options we like include Paul Goldschmidt, Freddi Freeman and Chris Johnson.
Jonathan Schoop, Baltimore Orioles: While many fantasy owners may look to stay away from the Orioles lineup tonight with David Price on the mound, we suggest sticking with them as they have hit top tier starters well this season. In his career, Schoop does have one career home run off of the Red Sox lefty.
Other Second Base Options we like include Jean Segura, Neil Walker (Monitor Injury Status) and Chase Utley.
Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles: We like our chances tonight with the Orioles lineup in a game we expect to see some runs. Now for Machado he has picked up seven career hits off of Price with two of those hits going for home runs.
Other Third Base Options we like include Jose Ramirez and Jake Lamb.
Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs: Looking for a cheaper option at one of the infielder positions landed us with Baez. The Cubs shortstop despite struggling at times this season has shown his ability to post big time fantasy numbers including coming off a 25.2 performance last night.
Other Short Stop Options we like include J.J. Hardy and Zack Cozart.
Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox: There is no way right now that we would pass up on the Red Sox outfielder. Entering Wednesday Night, Betts has five multi home run performances on the season including two in the past four days. Add that with the fact he is hitting .426 against the Orioles this season with eight home runs makes it an even easier choice for us.
Michael Bourn, Arizona Diamondbacks: For us Bourn makes perfect sense for any lineup especially one that needs to save some salary cap numbers. The Diamondbacks outfielder has posted double digit fantasy numbers in six of his last eight games including three games with at least 21 points.
J.D. Martinez, Detroit Tigers: Since returning from the disabled list back on August 3rd, Martinez has picked up at least one hit in 12 of the 13 games he has played in. To go with those hits, the Tigers outfielder has also picked up five doubles, three home runs, six runs driven in and scored nine times.
Other Outfielder Options we like include Joc Pederson, Christian Yelich, Yasmany Tomas, Tyler Naquin and Jason Heyward.