Written by: Phillip Beneteau – Staff Writer (@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.
Brandon Moss (1B/OF) – DraftKings: $4,900, FanDuel: $3,600 – St. Louis Cardinals (Early Game)
The month of August has been a great display for Brandon Moss. He has at least a hit in 11 of his 14 games this month and is coming in to the game with three multi-hit games and three home runs in his last five games. Moss has five hits and two home runs in 10 at bats against pitcher Doug Fister. Today I expect more fireworks from Moss who has been on a tear.
Joey Votto (1B) – DraftKings: $5,300, FanDuel: $4,100 – Cincinnati Reds
You can easily make the case that Votto has been the best player in the MLB since the All Star break. With his .451 batting average and .696 slugging percentage, Votto has simply been playing out of this world. He has at least a hit in 27 of his last 29 games and I will personally guarantee him getting another hit tonight, but probably more! Votto has four hits and three RBIs in six at bats against pitcher Andrew Cashner. Oh, and did I mention how bad Cashner has been? Cashner has allowed 11 run in his last two starts. I’m going to bump my prediction and say that Votto will hands down get double digit points tonight with a multi-hit game!
Mookie Betts (OF) – DraftKings: $5,400, FanDuel: $4,300 – Boston Red Sox
With five home runs and and 13 RBIs over his last 13 at bats, is there any reason why you need to avoid him tonight? No. Betts is expensive, but you already know that he has been worth his price if you rostered him in either of the last couple games. Betts has gone hitless in just one of his 14 games this August so his floor has still been great on days where he doesn’t go yard. The cherry on top comes as Betts has two hits and a home run in three at bats against pitcher Dylan Bundy.
Texas Rangers Stack
Rookie left-handed pitcher Sean Manaea has had an up and down season, but two big splits come to mind. First, his away stats have been where Manaea has struggled, as well as against right-handed pitching. Tonight, the Rangers stack comes to mind very quickly because of the fantastic left-handed splits hitters in their lineup. Elvis Andrus (SS), Ian Desmond (OF), and Ryan Rua (1B/OF) all come to mind for tonight’s matchup. Andrus has a batting average of .340 against lefties this season and has four hits in eight at bats against Manaea. Desmond has a batting average of .358 against left-handed pitcher as well as three hits and a home run against Manaea. Rua has a batting average of .313 against lefties and four hits in eight at bats against Manaea. This will be a fantastic stacking option as there is plenty of splits to take advantage of tonight!
Seattle Mariners Stack
Another matchup with a young left-handed pitcher has me licking my lips once again tonight. The players I will be targeting here are Robinson Cano (2B), Franklin Gutierrez (OF), and Kyle Seager (3B). While Cano is the only player in this stack that doesn’t have positive splits with left-handed pitching, Cano has four hits and three RBIs in seven at bats against pitcher Tyler Skaggs. Gutierrez has three hits and a home run in just three at bats and Seager has four hits and a home run in nine at bats against Skaggs.
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!