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.
David Ortiz (1B) – DraftKings: $5,600, FanDuel: $4,400 – Boston Red Sox
Yesterday, my David Ortiz call, well it fell very short. Today, I will get right back on it as Ortiz and the Red Sox host pitcherRicky Nolasco. Ortiz has three home runs in 11 at bats against Nolasco, and today I will call a home run from Big Papi to make up for my call last night. Ortiz has only gone hitless in back-to-back games where he has had more than one at bat twice this season. I expect him to come back swinging the bat hard tonight and I’m expecting a massive game in front of the home crowd.
Carlos Gonzalez (OF) – DraftKings: $5,200, FanDuel: $4,200 – Colorado Rockies
I haven’t used a call from a Coors Field player in a couple days, so may as well go big and call a home run from Carlos Gonzalez. While both Ortiz and Gonzalez are not very ‘tough’ calls by any means, I will be doing my best to have exposure to both in 100% of my lineups this evening.
| Cincinnati Reds mini-stack
Brandon Phillips (2B) and Eugenio Suarez (3B) are great salary relief but have huge potential tonight in a matchup against left-handed pitcher Robbie Ray. Both Suarez and Phillips have fantastic left-handed pitching splits as well as both have played much better at home this season. Phillips is under $3k on both sites today and is a great place to start, especially if you started your lineups with Ortiz and Gonzalez!
| Detroit Tigers mini-stack
This narrative gets used alot, but the Tigers are one of the best teams against left-handed pitching. Any combination ofVictor Martinez (C/1B) and/or Jose Iglesias (SS) and/or Nick Castellanos (3B) are a great way to start lineups this evening. Martinez has a batting average of .548 in 31 at bats, including four home runs and nine RBIs. Iglesias has a batting average of .412 including a home run in 17 at bats against Sale. All three have the potential for huge gamestonight, pick your poison!
| Houston Astros massive-stack
While pitcher Jared Weaver showed some life last start, I expect him to hit a massive wall tonight in Houston. All four of the following players are in play and you should have exposure to in some capacity. George Springer (OF) has a batting average of .444 including two home runs in 18 at bats against Weaver. Jason Castro (C) has taken Weaver deep three times in his 23 at bats and Jose Altuve (2B) has a batting average of .394 in 33 at bats. Carlos Correa (SS) has four hits in 10 at bats including a home run, making this a situation where you could almost say, “Houston, we have a problem…”.
| Oakland Athletics mini-stack
The Oakland Athletics should be smiling tonight as they host one of the worst left-handed pitchers this season. PitcherDrew Smyly has been terrible this season as he sports a 5.64 ERA in 105.1 innings this season. He has allowed 21 home runs and sees his ERA jump to 6.28 on the road. Danny Valencia’s (3B) price doesn’t reflect his matchup potentialtonight as he sports a batting average of .356 and a OPS of 1.036 against left-handed pitching this season. If Billy Butler (1B) is in the starting lineup for the Athletics tonight, he is a great place to save some money. Butler has seven hits in 16 at bats, including a home run, against Smyly.
Good luck tonight, and send me some questions if you’d like! Also feel free to tweet me pictures of your lineups if they won you some money!