Yahoo DFS Baseball: Monday Picks
Yahoo DFS Baseball: Monday Picks

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One pitcher is priced well above the rest in Monday's slate, but Trevor Bauer ($55) isn't a guarantee after only three strikeouts against the Twins last time out. That should make for a variety of lineups with plenty of viable pitchers for cheap. I did a combo of both with mostly mid-range bats.

PITCHER

Charlie Morton, HOU at SF ($47): Of the high-end pitchers, Morton has the best matchup against a struggling Giants team. San Francisco has a 22.8 K%, .129 ISO and .290 wOBA against righties over the last month and Morton at least has potential for a huge outing. At a minimum, he's managed 17 fantasy points in seven of his last eight starts due to a 30.8 K%.

Zack Godley, ARI vs. PHI ($39): Godley probably won't reach the 41.4 fantasy points he had last start, but the matchup is favorable enough that he should hit six innings and around seven strikeouts. The Phillies have struck out a lot against righty arms in the last month (24.4 K%) and have a subpar .317 wOBA.

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CATCHER

Isiah Kiner-Falefa, TEX vs. SEA ($11): Kiner-Falefa and Robinson Chirinos ($20) have gone every other the last few days and if that continues, the former is set for another start. Kiner-Falefa's been solid at the plate with 10 extra-base hits and a .363 wOBA in 90 plate appearances against southpaws. Wade LeBlanc was lit up for seven runs last time out and has a 4.37 xFIP against righties. If Kiner-Falefa doesn't start, Francisco Cervelli ($12) is another place to turn.

FIRST BASE

Wilmer Flores, NYM vs. CIN ($14): There aren't many Mets bats to use these days, but Flores makes the cut with 21 extra-base hits (9 HR) and a .363 wOBA against righty pitchers. Homer Bailey allows multiple runs every game (5.87 ERA) and has a brutal .357 wOBA allowed to righty bats.

SECOND BASE

Yairo Munoz, STL at MIA ($15): Munoz provides more consistency against righties, but has more power against lefties with three homers and five doubles in only 59 at-bats. That's worth trying against Wei-Yin Chen, who has a 5.86 xFIP and 1.57 HR/9 against righties. If Munoz doesn't start, Josh Harrison ($14) is another Pirate to consider.

THIRD BASE

Miguel Andujar, NYY at CWS ($17): Andujar is one of the cheaper third basemen that gets on base at a decent rate and has a little pop. He has 21 doubles and nine homers to go with a .346 BABIP against righties. Dylan Covey will run into trouble against the Yankees, having allowed at least four runs in five of his last six starts with a 4.53 xFIP against righty bats.

SHORTSTOP

Jordy Mercer, PIT at COL ($14): This isn't an exciting pick, but Mercer gets on base against southpaws with a .348 BABIP and career .353 wOBA. Kyle Freeland is having a solid season for a Colorado pitcher with a 3.20 ERA, although a 4.59 xFIP against righties is an issue.

OUTFIELD

Nelson Cruz, SEA at TEX ($20): This is my biggest bat on the slate with hopes of a homer. Cruz has blasted lefties for a .378 ISO this season, which is a bit exaggerated, but he still has a career .392 wOBA. Martin Perez has looked better in recent outings, yet it's still hard to trust him with 2.27 HR/9 and 5.62 xFIP against righties after he had a 5.12 xFIP last season.

Ian Happ, CHC at KC ($14): Happ's fallen from fantasy prominence the last couple weeks, but now he's great value with a solid .390 BABIP and 20 extra-base hits (9 HR) against righty arms. Jakob Junis hasn't made it six innings in his last five starts and has an ugly .360 wOBA allowed to lefty bats.

Kyle Schwarber, CHC at KC ($13): Here's another play against Junis, who has a 1.82 HR/9 and 5.07 xFIP against lefties. Schwarber may not be consistent, but all 20 of his homers have come against righties this year, which has led to a .374 wOBA, good enough for a cheap bat.

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Adam Zdroik
Adam writes on sports ranging from NFL and MLB to soccer and college basketball. Outside of writing, he has worked with a professional soccer team, Sporting Kansas City, and in the stats department at ESPN. He is a former Streak for the Cash winner and Michigan State graduate. 2018 and 2017 Finalist for FSWA Soccer Writer of the Year.
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