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.
Trea Turner (2B/OF/SS) – DraftKings: $4,900, FanDuel: $3,700 – Washington Nationals
Trea Turner has solidified his spot in the starting lineup this season with his great play. He is exactly what you are hoping for from your leadoff man as he has an OBP of .382 in his last seven games with 10 runs scored and four stolen bases. Turner has three hits and a home run in three at bats against pitcher Rob Whalen. To add to that, Turner even has positive splits against right-handed pitchers so he is my top play for tonight’s slate!
George Springer (OF) – DraftKings: $4,200, FanDuel: $3,900 – Houston Astros
While George Springer’s numbers have not been jumping off the page recently, he still does hold a .500 OBP over his last seven games. What stands out for me today is his pop off the bat against pitcher Kevin Gausman. In three at bats against Gausman, Springer has two home runs. Whenever I see multiple home runs against an opposing pitcher, I always like my chances of a repeat, or at least the fact that he has proven power.
Jose Abreu (1B) – DraftKings: $4,500, FanDuel: $3,100 – Chicago White Sox
Speaking of players with multiple home runs against an opposing pitcher, Jose Abreu is a great play tonight, especially on FanDuel where he has fantastic value for his price. His numbers have been on the rise since the All Star break and tonightthe matchup is ripe for the taking. Abreu has six hits and three home runs against pitcher Danny Salazar. If you do roster Abreu, I would also consider a mini-stack with Carlos Sanchez (2B). In all fairness, Sanchez is a bench player who likely won’t start, but keep an eye on if he does, because he has three hits and a home run in just three at bats against Salazar and could be an amazing value play if he does crack the lineup this evening.
Matt Wieters (C) – DraftKings: $3,700, FanDuel: $2,900 – Baltimore Orioles
I searched for a player in either the C spot or the 3B spot to fill this last part to my segment. I was close to writing up Jose Ramirez (3B/OF) of the Cleveland Indians tonight, but instead I chose Matt Wieters who could save you some money at the position. Wieters faces rookie pitcher Joe Musgrove who has been fantastic in his first two MLB starts allowing just three earned runs combined. Tonight, I feel Matt Wieters gets the best of it and turns in a fantastic evening at Camden Yards. Wieters is a switch hitter who has much better right-handed pitching numbers and has been on a tear in his last seven games, mainly propelled by his five hit game Monday at San Francisco. While I really like the price point of Wieters as one of the determining bits tonight, Ramirez is still a fantastic play if you can fit him in.
Minnesota Twins Stack
The Minnesota Twins face pitcher Dillon Gee tonight. Gee holds and ERA of 4.78 this season. The players I will be targeting tonight from the Twins are Brian Dozier (2B), Robbie Grossman (OF), and Joe Mauer (1B). Dozier has four hits and two home runs in 11 at bats against Gee. Grossman has three hits and a home run in five at bats against Gee and Mauer has five hits in 10 at bats against Gee. Both Mauer and Dozier has been lights out in the last 15 games and both should be staples in your stacks tonight. Another player I would consider if you are going all-in on the Twins tonight isEddie Rosario (OF). If Rosario is in the starting lineup, he is a fairly cheap option who has two hits and a home run in just four at bats against Gee. He also has a batting average of .345 over his last 15 games.
Seattle Mariners Stack
Tonight the Mariners are in Los Angeles to face pitcher Matt Shoemaker who holds an ERA of 4.22 this season. Shoemaker has only spun three consecutive quality starts twice this season, both happening before the month of July. In his last outing, Shoemaker allowed 12 hits and five earned runs in six innings of work, while striking out just three. If he shows any of the same inconsistencies that have plagued him this season, the Mariners bats should swallow him uptonight. The players I will be targeting are Nelson Cruz (OF), Seth Smith (OF), and Leonys Martin (OF). Cruz has six hits and a home run in 17 at bats against Shoemaker. Martin has seven hits and a home run in 17 at bats and Smith has five hits and two home runs in 14 at bats against Shoemaker. If you are looking to add to the stack, or switch out an OF from here, I would suggest Kyle Seager (3B). Seager has five hits and two home runs in 20 at bats against Shoemaker and has very positive right-handed pitching splits.
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!