Top 5s: Friday, August 26th
Below I look at the top cash game and GPP plays for tonight’s on slate. I also take a look at the best and worst BvPs Friday’s slate, as well as the top stacks on the day.
1. Justin Verlander (Detroit): What a bounce back season Verlander is having this season. Verlander has struck out at least five batters in every game dating back to May 3rd. In an earlier matchup against the Angels this season Verlander struck out 7 batters. After the first four batters the Angles don’t scare you. The Tigers should score a ton of runs for Verlander against Ricky Nolasco.
2. Josh Donaldson (Toronto): Donaldson is in a great spot on Friday. Donaldson is always a top target with facing a lefty, especially when that lefty is very bad like Pat Dean. Donaldson hit a home run last night. All the Toronto righties are in play.
3. Jose Altuve (Houston): Altuve has cooled a little bit over this last week, but he is on a great spot on Friday. Tonight he gets to face Drew Smyly. The lefty has been a big disappointment this season. Altuve has recorded a fantasy point in every game since August 14th.
4. Stephen Piscotty (St. Louis): Piscotty is red-hot over this past week. Piscotty has three home runs and eight hits in his last four games. Tonight he gets to face an awful lefty in Ross Detwiler.
5. Gary Sanchez (New York Yankees): Sanchez has taken MLB by storm. Sanchez has hit eight home runs in his last ten games. He will have another great chance to hit a home run against Yovani Gallardo. Don’t take Sanchez in GPPs because he will be super highed owned due to his recent success.
1. Felix Hernandez (Seattle): Hernandez has been lights out since coming off the DL. He has recorded eight strikeouts in four out of his last five games. Hernandez makes for a great GPP play on tonight’s slate; he won’t even be the highest owned pitcher in this game thanks to Chris Sale pitching for the White Sox’s. Corey Kluber will also have more ownership then King Felix.
2. Miguel Cabrera (Detroit): Anytime you take Miggy at low ownership signed me up. Paul Goldschmidt, Edwin Encarnacion and Joey Votto will all be more highly owned. Cabrera has seven hits in his last three games including three home runs. Tonight he gets to face Ricky Nolasco.
3. Nolan Arenado (Colorado): Josh Donaldson is going to be so highly owned on Friday, which makes Arenado a great pivot. Facing the blowup prone Gio Gonzalez is never a bad thing. Arenado has four home runs in his last four games.
4. Miguel Sano (Minnesota): Sano has struggled in the second half of the season, but he did have a decent game last night. He finished with two doubles. Kind of like Gonzalez above, Francisco Liriano is also blowup prone for the Blue Jays.
5. Nelson Cruz (Seattle): You will see that Chris Sale is pitching and you will think to fade the Mariners, but not so fast. Nelson Cruz, who owns lefties, has great BvP history against Sale. He has two home runs off Sale.
1. Ryan Raburn vs. Gio Gonzalez (7-14, 3 HRs)
2. Nelson Cruz vs. Chris Sale (7-19, 2 HRs)
3. Dexter Fowler vs. Bud Norris (5-9)
4. Cameron Maybin vs. Ricky Nolasco (5-9)
5. Victor Martinez vs. Ricky Nolasco (7-17)
1. Maikel Franco vs. Bartolo Colon (0-11)
2. Anthony Rizzo vs. Bud Norris (0-10)
3. Kole Calhoun vs. Justin Verlander (0-10)
4. Didi Gregorius vs. Yovani Gallardo (1-13)
5. Freddie Freeman vs. Jeff Samardzija (1-12)
4. St. Louis
1. New York Yankees
2. New York Mets