Written by: Phillip Beneteau – Staff Writing Intern (@FantasyPhilled)
Welcome to another segment of Leading Off with Phillip Beneteau. In this daily segment I highlight leadoff hitters to target as well as players who were moved up in the batting order which will spike their value for the day. As most DFS MLB players know, hitting leadoff and near the top of the order is huge for DFS potential, especially if it is a player who is just being moved up because of injury or simply in a great match up.
After a nice little All-Star Break, I am ready to get back into full-swing for the rest of the MLB season!
Jose Reyes (3B/SS) – $3,500 DraftKings, $2,800 FanDuel – New York Mets
Why not start off the second half of the Leading Off segment with one of the hottest lead off hitters recently! Reyes has been on a tear since being back in a Mets uniform and after serving his suspension. He had two home runs in his last game before the All Star break and gets a chance to start the second half of the season with a bang tonight as he will face pitcher Jeremy Hellickson, whom he has had great success against in the past. Reyes is batting .381 in 21 at bats with one home run and four RBIs against Hellickson. He is the player I will be leading my team off with tonight!
Sal Perez (C) – $3,500 DraftKings, $3,400 FanDuel – Kansas City Royals
This one is a bit of an anomaly for me because I usually need a certain group of boxes to be checked to warrant suggesting tonight, but he match up data with pitcher Justin Verlander is hard to ignore. In the last 46 at at bats against Verlander, Perez has hit .478 with two home runs and 13 RBIs. The other positive sign here is that Comerica Park is one of the friendliest places to hit in the league. You may be able to avoid Perez on FanDuel for his price, but on DraftKings, he is way too cheap for his potential, especially if you saw him at the All Star game.
Corey Dickerson (OF) – $3,300 DraftKings, $2,900 FanDuel – Tampa Bay Rays
Just like my reasoning with Sal Perez, Dickerson’s stats aren’t screaming must play, but they are screaming amazing value in a great match up. Dickerson has four hits in six at bats against pitcher Yovani Gallardo, including a home run and four RBIs. Another reason why I love this match up is because Gallardo has not looked the same on the road, as he has a 7.83 ERA on the road compared to a 3.54 at home, as well as Gallardo gets crushed by lefties. Gallardo has given up five home runs in 18.1 innings pitched against lefties.
Joe Mauer (1B) – $3,600 DraftKings, $3,200 FanDuel – Minnesota Twins
While many players will shy away from his matchup against pitcher Carlos Carrasco, I would grab a hold and sling him in your lineup. In the last five years, Mauer has seven hits in 13 at bats, with a home run and two RBIs. Everything is lining up for Mauer to be a solid play tonight as he has played great at home this season and has great right-handed pitching splits. While Carrasco may shut down most of the Twins tonight, Mauer should still be able to eat!
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Cleveland Indians Stack
Speaking of Carrasco probably shutting down the Twins tonight, I have some Indians bats that are in a great spot tonight.Mike Napoli (1B) has five hits in 12 at bats against pitcher Ervin Santana, three of them going for home runs. Jose Ramirez (3B/OF) is another player I would stack with as he has seven hits in 10 at bats against Santana.
San Francisco Giants Stack
I can see this stack being talked up a alot today across the industry, but it is for sound reasoning. Brandon Belt (1B), Brandon Crawford (SS), Buster Posey (C) will all cost you a pretty penny tonight, but are tough to argue against on this slate. The Giants face pitcher Andrew Cashner, who has been less than ‘cash’ this year as he finished the first half of the MLB season with a 5.40 ERA. He has already allowed a whopping five home runs in just 8.2 innings in the month of July, so expect to see some balls leave Petco Park like they did a couple of nights ago for the home run derby.
Thanks for reading! Good luck tonight and let’s have a great second half of the MLB season!