It is Monday, which means a lighter schedule than normal. However, nine games still makes it a more than playable game, especially with Boston, Washington, Milwaukee, Cleveland, and the Yankees all in action. So, who should be in your lineup?
Corey Kluber @ Kansas City Royals ($12,500)
Kluber's latest struggles have slashed his price, but that just makes him all the more attractive to play. His last start was a -8.5-point performance that is best forgotten, and he also had a miserable 6.3-point game against the Twins in June. However, in his last 10 games he has four 30+ point outings and two more that were above 24 points. He comes in at $800 less than Max Scherzer, who is facing Boston, and is $1,200 more than Madison Bumgarner who is in Colorado today. This is your ace for the evening.
Kyle Gibson @ Milwaukee Brewers ($7,800)
The middle tier of starts has a lot of risk today. Rick Porcello is normally nice, but he is in Washington, Alex Wood is facing the Pirates, and Carlos Martinez is against the Diamondbacks. That leaves Kyle Gibson in Milwaukee as one of the few viable candidates. The Twins righty comes into today on a string of solid performances. He is averaging 18.6 points over his last six starts, and that includes outings against the Red Sox and Indians (twice). This is a nice option for your #2 pitcher.
Kyle Freeland Vs. San Francisco Giants ($7,000)
Starting a pitcher in Coors Field is always a big risk, but doing so against the Giants is the best time you are likely to get. They are 22nd in the Majors in homers, and Freeland's last two home starts have resulted in 16.1 and 16.7 points which is very nice at this price range.
Francisco Lindor @ Kansas City Royals ($5,400)
With the Rockies at home and the Red Sox against Max Scherzer, the availability of elite bats is not high. That makes Francisco Lindor at this price very appealing. The Indians shortstop has five homers and 13 hits in his last 10 games, good for a 14.9 average. His form and his position are both big pluses, so is his opponent. Don't be afraid of him today.
Nick Markakis @ New York Yankees ($4,500)
The Braves are a nice offense to pick from, and Nick Markakis has been a solid bat all year. He has 12 hits, including five doubles and a homer, in his last 10 games and has more walks than strikeouts on the season. He doesn't have great power but Yankee Stadium will help it show if he gets the opportunity.
Jackie Bradley Jr @ Washington Nationals ($3,100)
A hot, cheap, bat is always nice, and Jackie Bradley Jr fits that trait. The Red Sox centerfielder has 10 hits, including two homers, in his last 10 games. He is hitting just .198 on the season, but even if he returns just a single or a walk then he will be good value, and if he gets on base he has hitters that can get him home too.