Fantasy Baseball Daily Notes – Pitcher and Batting Rankings for Monday
Monday’s abbreviated slate got a boost with Sunday’s rain from the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park rescheduled for a 1:00 p.m. start. Still, that’s a weak register for streaming pitchers. In that sense, it should be noted that this is a lighter week than usual in terms of overall matches, so if something compelling is available in your league, it is best to take advantage of it. to avoid the rush at the end of the week.
Monday’s premier game will take place north of the border with American League candidate Cy Young, Lance Lynn, leading the Chicago White Sox against AHL Rookie of the Year nominee Alek Manoah , and the Toronto Blue Jays.
The series with the biggest playoff implications takes place in Oakland with the Seattle Mariners and Athletics in the wild card. Marco Gonzales recovers the ball for the visitors while Paul Blackburn has the honors for the hosts.
Here are Monday’s players designed to help fill the gaps in your roster, with everyone available in more than half of all ESPN leagues.
Paul Blackburn (R), registered in less than 1% of ESPN, Oakland Athletics vs. Seattle Mariners: Blackburn was called up from the Las Vegas Triple-A to replace Chris Bassitt. At some point, Daulton Jefferies could be called up to replace Blackburn, but for now, the 27-year-old right-hander will remain in the rotation. In his first start, Blackburn didn’t do particularly well, allowing three runs on eight hits to the White Sox. Unfortunately, the choices are slim, so Blackburn leads Monday’s streamers. It is supported by the superior range and benefits from a favorable family park. Additionally, the Mariners will take home the eighth-lowest wOBA and third-highest withdrawal rate versus right-handed players in RingCentral Coliseum.
Justin Steele (L), less than 1%, Chicago Cubs vs. Colorado Rockies: Storytelling is Steele’s main driving force, as he hasn’t been impressive in two starts since joining the Cubs’ rotation, fanning just six with four goals in nine frames. However, the Rockies sport the sixth-worst road wOBA against lefties. Not to mention, there’s evidence that teams need at least a day to adjust after leaving Coors Field and the Rockies have just completed a six-game homestand. The idea is that the pitches break less at elevation, so they seem to break more, at least initially, after leaving Coors Field.
Huascar Ynoa (R), less than 1%, Atlanta Braves vs New York Yankees: Ynoa picked up where he left off, limiting the Marlins to three hits in 5 1/3 innings after missing three months after losing a boxing match with the bench. Monday’s foe will obviously be more formidable, but the Yankees will be without their designated hitter and they are just a middle road attack against the righties.
Need one or two backups? Despite the match shortage, there are five below 20% club strengths closers with a Monday date on the ledger. They are Joe Barlow (Rangers, 4%), Tyler Clippard (Diamondbacks, 7%), David Bednar (Pirates, 5%), Codi Heuer (Cubs, 2%) and Scott Barlow (Royals, 19%).
For the latest team-by-team reconciliation situations, please see our reconciliation table.
Catcher – Daulton Varsho (L), 15%, Arizona Diamondbacks to Pittsburgh Pirates (RHP Wil Crowe): Varsho is a devious pickup in points leagues as well as in category scoring. Since the break he’s arrived at a 42% clip base, with a powerful slugging mark of .639. Varsho is well positioned to continue his momentum, taking advantage of the peloton’s advantage over one of the lower-ranked right-hangers on Monday’s map.
First Base – Taylor Jones (R), under 1%, Houston Astros v Kansas City Royals (LHP Daniel Lynch): Let’s throw a bone at the deeper leagues. Frank Schwindel of the Cubs has been in that spot lately and is on the line today, but Jones has been in the lineup against the lefties and handled them well. Since being recalled in early August, Jones has reduced .333 / .323 / .733 in 31 home plate appearances.
Second Base – Yonny Hernandez (S), 1%, Texas Rangers to Boston Red Sox (RHP Nathan Eovaldi): Double the bet on deep league specials. Hernandez and Andy Ibanez (also in play) have taken over as the Rangers look to the future. Hernandez’s business card is speed. He is perfect in three basic stolen attempts. The Red Sox have given up the third-highest number of thieves in the league with Eovaldi one of the main targets.
Third Base – Yoshi Tsutsugo (R), 1%, Pittsburgh Pirates v Arizona Diamondbacks (Undecided): In an under-the-radar pickup, the Pirates signed Tsutsugo to a major league contract, so they must be intending to play him. He’s a good 5-for-13 with two homers in the past week. The 29-year-old has yet to materialize since arriving from Japan last season, but he has shown exceptional basic skills with pop overseas and could be a slow transition to the United States.
Shortstop – JP Crawford (L), 20%, Seattle Mariners at Oakland Athletics (RHP Paul Blackburn): The shortstop is a tough spot to fill on this schedule, so let’s identify some of the main principles when looking for a replacement. Crawford takes the lead and will take advantage of the peloton, ticking two of the main boxes. He has had a productive season, heading to the highest wRC + of his career.
Corner Infield – Bobby Dalbec (R), 10%, Boston Red Sox v Texas Rangers (LHP Kolby Allard): Dalbec has cooled off a bit, but he’s still a threat anytime a southpaw is up the hill, especially at Fenway Park.
Middle Infield – Josh Harrison (R), 46%, Oakland Athletics v Seattle Mariners (LHP Marco Gonzales): Harrison doesn’t play as much as he did with the Nationals before Athletics got him at the deadline, but he’s been almost as productive while stepping up his running game. The veteran should get the green light with a southpaw on the hill.
Outfield – Ian Happ (S), 35%, Chicago Cubs vs. Colorado Rockies (RHP Antonio Senzatela): Maybe I’m guilty of confirmation bias as Happ was an outfield favorite for me in the spring. That said, he’s showing signs of a solid finish with a .300 / .364 / .633 slash over the nine games. Although, to be fair, Happ stoked 33% of the time during that time frame, so it could just be an arbitrary heater.
Outfield – Chas McCormick (R), 3%, Houston Astros v Kansas City Royals (LHP Daniel Lynch): Let’s give Aledmys Diaz a day off from this space, although of course you don’t have to follow suit if he’s available. McCormick also enjoys the peloton advantage and it always makes sense to play right-handed pop at Minute Maid Park with the alluring Crawford Boxes.
Outfield – Connor Joe (R), 16%, Colorado Rockies vs. Chicago Cubs (LHP Justin Steele): Despite how lucky Joe would need a day to assimilate after leaving Coors Field, he hits lefties too well not to plug him into your roster. Note that he is also eligible for first base.