As we get back into the daily fantasy baseball grind, we are taking the “stacking” strategy to the extreme in Monday's FanDueltournament lineup. It is always a great idea to get plenty of exposure to Coors Field, and with Monday’s short slate of games, six of our eight hitter picks will be going to work in Colorado’s production plant.
Also, we will make an attempt to differentiate our roster and not be too chalky with our selection of a couple of Phillies’ bats opposite Mets’ All-Star Jacob deGrom. Not only that, but we will also deploy a young hurler to the mound in Philadelphia.
Yes, we're betting heavily on the Rockies and Phillies today, but if they hit big, so will we.
Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup Picks: FanDuel tournaments
Jerad Eickhoff, SP, PHI vs. NYM ($7,900)
Eickhoff basically turned himself into the Phillies’ de facto ace during his first full big league season in 2016. The 26-year-old righty posted a solid 3.65 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 7.6 K/9 across 197.1 innings last yearand picked up right where he left off with his first outing of 2017. Eickhoff surrendered just two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out six over 6.2 innings in Cincinnati this past Wednesday. He owns a career 2.66 ERA (44.0 innings) against the Mets and 3.09 ERA (128.1 innings) at Citizens Bank Park.
Cameron Rupp, C, PHI vs. NYM ($2,400)
You have to like Rupp’s price tag, especially with the power he possesses. Granted, Jacob deGrom is a tough matchup, and Rupp is just 1-for-6 with three whiffs in their previous meetings. That one hit did clear the fence, though, and the Phillies’ backstop slugged a fairly stout .469 in his home park last year.
Wil Myers, 1B, SD at COL ($4,000)
Following a breakout campaign, Myers scored a wealthy contract extension this past offseason. Through the first week of the 2017 season, he has appeared to be worth every penny. Myers belted his second homer of the year Sunday afternoon and has put up four two-hit efforts over the Padres’ first seven games.
D.J. LeMahieu, 2B, COL vs. SD($3,100)
LeMahieu certainly did not have the type of start anyone was looking for from him, managing a mere two hits over his first 23 at-bats. However, the defending NL batting champ picked up two hits, including a triple, with an RBI and a run scored Sunday afternoon. Jarred Cosart should not be scaring anyone off, as LeMahieu is just the start of our Rockies’ super-stack.
Yangervis Solarte, 3B, SDat COL ($3,200)
Considering his start to the season, Solarte seems like a significant bargain at this price point. San Diego’s switch-hitting cleanup man blistered the baseball during the first week of the season, batting .370 with two home runs, two doubles and eight RBIs. Solarte is 9-of-18 opposite righthanded pitchers to this point, so a matchup with Tyler Chatwood is inviting.
Freddy Galvis, SS, PHI vs. NYM ($2,600)
The second Philadelphia bat we will roster for Monday, Galvis went 4-for-11 with a homer and a double against the Nationals’ staff this past weekend. The scrappy shortstop is quite familiar with deGrom (5-for-14) and has popped 27 of his 42career roundtrippers, including 11 of 20last year, at home in Philly.
Gerardo Parra, OF, COL vs. SD($3,400)
Few around the league are seeing the ball as well as Parra right now. The slick-fielding veteran banged out 11 hits, including a homer and a double, over his first 25 at-bats of the campaign, driving in six runs and scoring a couple.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL vs. SD($3,900)
Gonzalez has yet to get going this year, but this matchup with Cosart seems like a great time to correct that. CarGo is pretty much always an option when going up against a righthander in Denver. He posted an outstanding .966 OPS at Coors field and an .883 mark opposite righties in 2016.
Charlie Blackmon, OF, COL vs. SD($4,500)
After a 2-for-19 start, Blackmon went 4-for-9 with a triple and a deep drive versus the Dodgers over the past two days. With the Rockies a favorite in a game that features an 11.5 over-under according to Vegas, it is a safe bet that one of the league’s top table-setters will be a factor. Blackmon’s upside is worth the cost for this slate.