Congratulations to Brian Entrekin, Steve Gardner and Derek Carty for finishing as Top-3 in Period 1. We’re all tied for first heading into Period 2, Week 1. Here are some of the Touts hope get them off to a strong start, with Tanner Bibee a popular choice.
Jeff Boggis (Fantasy Football Empire, @JeffBoggis)
Pitcher: Yusei Kikuchi – In his last 5 starts, Kikuchi is 4-0, sporting an ERA at 3.00 and and WHIP of 1.11. He struck out 8 in his last outing. He’s a decent price with a salary of $8,300. He’s avarage closed to 20 fantasy points per outing.
Hitter: Fernando Tatis Jr. – Fernando Tatis Jr. is getting back in the major league groove with 3 hits last night. He’s upped his batting average to .304.
Joe Gallina (Fantasy Alarm, @joegallina)
Pitcher: Tanner Bibee – Bibee seems like a nice value play against a Yankees lineup that’s missing Aaron Judge and has scored 3 runs or less in 15 of their last 21 games.
Hitter: Hunter Renfroe – Renfroe has a .360/.393/.600 triple-slash against lefty pitchers like Steven Matz this season.
Charlie Wiegert (CDM Sports, @GFFantasySports)
Pitcher: Tanner Bibee – Here’s another vote for Bibee today, going cheap on pitchers today against weak foes
Hitter: Alvarez/ Tucker – Double dipping on Astro sluggers at home vs Giants DeScalfani
Erik Halterman (Rotowire, @erik_halterman)
Pitcher: Tanner Bibee – This isn’t the Aaron Judge/Giancarlo Stanton Yankees; it’s a Yankees squad that’s batting Willie Calhoun in the middle third of the order. Heavy attention on Bibee may make Mason Miller, Hayden Wesneski or Bryce Miller the better option for those looking for a cheap young arm, but the best plan may be to use two of the three and load up on bats.
Hitter: Anthony Santander – Santander owns a solid 117 wRC+ in his last 13 games after slumping to a 37 wRC+ in his first 12. More importantly, I’ll take every Orioles righty and switch-hitter I can get my hands on against Ryan Yarbrough, proud owner of a single-digit strikeout rate and an ERA that begins with a 6.
Ray Murphy (BaseballHQ, @RayHQ)
Pitcher: Bryce Miller – I’ll take the debut of Miller for 4K and pair him with Gerrit Cole.
Hitter: Jorge Polanco – Good wind in Chicago tonight, Kopech has been shaky.
Todd Zola (Mastersball, @toddzola)
Pitcher: Gerrit Cole – Revertng to when I used to be good at this. Nail the piching, figure out the bats.
Hitter: Alex Call – A $2700 leadoff hitter at home helps with the salary crunch after dropping $21.5K on pitching
Steve Gardner (USA TODAY Sports, @SteveAGardner)
Pitcher: Zac Gallen – He and Gerrit Cole have been the best pitchers this season — and he’s cheaper than Cole tonight.
Hitter: Christian Yelich – Leading off for the Brewers in Colorado. Stack starts here.