Holiday weekends and baseball go together like beards and Red Sox. Whatever your baseball facial hair preference, there’s a juicy 15-game slate at your disposal in the all-day contests.
Surprisingly, there don’t appear to be any major weather threats. As today’s lineups are not yet released upon the writing of this advice, be sure to double-check that your guys are playing before first pitch.
I’m going with Yu Darvish at $11,600 against a Toronto lineup just 27th in the majors in on-base percentage. Dallas Keuchel ($11,000) is tantalizing, but it’s his first start back from an injury. If that doesn’t deter you, he’s a stellar option with a 7-0 record and 1.84 ERA. Derek Holland ($6,700) has found a way to be productive this season (2.47 ERA, 44 strikeouts) and faces off against a top-10 strikeout team in Detroit.
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Let’s roll with Salvador Perez ($3,500) against the homer-happy Danny Salazar. Salazar’s abysmal 24.4 HR/FB rate leads me to believe Perez is primed to break out of an 0-for-7 slump. Yadier Molina is also an option with a .333 wOBA against lefties over the last two seasons. He’s a little pricier at $4,000.
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Joey Votta ($5,000) in Philly is a must-play against Jerad Eickhoff (0-5, 4.70 ERA) who’s allowed 24 hits over his last 15 2/3 innings pitched. Anthony Rizzo ($5,200) has six hits and three homers in his last four games in his favorable matchup with right-hander Brandon McCarthy.
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Starlin Castro is fairly cheap at $3,500 with .326/.364/.495 slash line. He faces Jharel Cotton, who was just recalled from the minors and struggled with a 5.68 ERA before he was demoted. Ben Zobrist ($4,200) isn’t a bad option either with a career .341 wOBA against righties.
At a reasonable $3,500, Ryon Healy owns a tasty .418 wOBA and .262 isolated power against lefties over the last two years. I’m rostering him in his game against 36-year-old CC Sabathia, who’s given up five or more hits in six of his nine starts.
I like Corey Seager ($4,400), who has one of the better fantasy points-per-game averages at his position at 8.6. He also owns a blistering .331 batting average against righties for his career. Francisco Lindor ($4,500) is almost never a bad option, especially if you think Royals starter Jason Vargas is finally coming back to Earth. Vargas has surrendered nine runs over his last two starts, his most over any two-game stretch this season.
Nelson Cruz ($4,800) against a lefty with a 7.20 ERA? Book it. Odubel Herrera’s ($2,900) stats won’t blow you away, but he’s in a very favorable matchup with Bronson Arroyo. His respectable .334 career wOBA against right-handers is an added bonus. Yasmany Tomas and his 31 RBI on the season fit right in at $4,100. He’ll be in a hitter’s park in Milwaukee, and has already crushed two dingers against Chase Anderson this season.