THERE IS NO DANGER TAKING THE RANGERS IN DAILY PLAY MONDAY
For Monday, Aug. 19, there are 12 games in Major League Baseball, including one afternoon game. The Tampa Bay-Baltimore (7:05pm ET) or Arizona-Cincinnati (7:10pm ET) games are regionally/nationally televised on MLB Network, and the Boston-San Francisco (10:05pm ET) game is nationally televised on ESPN. The L.A. Dodgers-Miami (7:10pm ET) game is also available free on MLB.com. (DraftKings.com salaries provided in parantheses)
BEST TEAM TO 'STACK' WITH: Texas Rangers hitters vs. Houston RHP Lucas Harrell
The Houston Astros have struggled in series openers, winning just four times in their past 16 opening games. They have also won just once in the past six Monday games, for whatever that's worth. The Astros are 5-16 in Harrell's past 21 starts as an underdog, and 7-19 in their past 26 starts as a road underdog. The Astros are also just 1-6 in their past six road starts, and 0-4 in his past four outings against AL West opponents. The Rangers have rattled off 15 wins in the past 19 games, they're 7-0 in their past seven games on Monday, and they have followed up each of their past four losses with a victory next time out. They're also 4-1 in Matt Garza's past five outings, and 10-4 in their past 14 games against a right-handed starter. The Astros have won just once in the past six meetings in Texas, and they have won just 14 of the past 52 meetings overall.
THESE EIGHT WILL BE GREAT
Adrian Beltre, 3B, Texas ($5,300 vs. HOU): Beltre has been tearing the cover off the ball lately, going 16-for-35 with two doubles, a home run, eight RBI and 10 runs scored over the past 10 games. The hot hitting should continue, as Beltre is 6-for-13 (.462) with two doubles, a home run, six RBI and a 1.346 OPS in his career against Harrell.
Matt Garza, SP, Texas ($10,600 vs. HOU): Sure, you'll pay through the nose for Garza's services, but pitching is everything in daily Fantasy. He has faced the Astros twice this season, once with the Rangers, and once when he was with the Chicago Cubs. Garza is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA and 16 strikeouts over 15 innings against the 'Stros. You're basically paying for a win and at least seven strikeouts. Garza is worth it.
Ian Kinsler, 2B, Texas ($5,100 vs. HOU): Sure, Kinsler has a much higher batting average (.312) against lefties than righties (.250), but then again, all 10 of his homers have come against right-handed pitchers, and his slugging percentage is nearly identical (.413 - LHP vs .412 - RHP).
Shelby Miller, SP, St. Louis ($9,600 at MIL): Miller is 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA in two starts this season against the Milwaukee Brewers, allowing just one earned run and eight hits over 13 innings with one walk and 13 strikeouts. The Brewers have managed just a .178 opponent batting average against him this season.
David Murphy, OF, Texas ($3,800 vs. HOU): Murphy has two homers with five RBI in 11 career at-bats with a 1.152 OPS against Harrell. He is a solid mid-level Fantasy option to use in your 'stack'.
Alex Rios, OF, Texas ($4,700 vs. HOU): Rios has hit well since coming over from the Chicago White Sox, going 9-for-33 with a double, two RBI, two steals and five runs scored in eight games. The only downside is that his last homer came July 20, and for whatever reason he just hasn't been rolling up the extra-base hits lately. Still, he is worth using in all 'stacks' because of his power potential.
Matt Wieters, C, Baltimore ($3,300 vs. TB): Wieters has fared well against left-handed pitching, hitting .269 (32-for-119) with seven doubles, seven homers and 17 RBI to go along with an .827 OPS vs. a .652 OPS against righties. Most have struggled against Tampa Bay Rays SP David Price ($9,800), but Wieters is 10-for-32 (.313) with four doubles, a homer and a respectable .903 OPS against the Tampa starter.
Chris B. Young, OF, Oakland ($3,300 vs. SEA): Young has four hits in his past 10 at-bats, with a pair of multi-hit outings in his past three starts. He could be a nice, sneaky sleeper since he is 7-for-24 (.292) with three homers, five RBI and a 1.013 OPS against Seattle Mariners SP Aaron Harang ($5,500).
THESE FIVE WON'T THRIVE
Lucas Harrell, SP, Houston ($5,500 at TEX): Harrell has been trounced by the Texas Rangers all season, going 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA in 12 innings over three starts. He has walked eight, struck out just seven and the Rangers are hitting .298 against his this season.
Nick Markakis, OF, Baltimore ($3,700 vs. TB): Markakis has a very tempting price tag, and he isn't half bad in lefty-lefty situations. However, he is just 4-for-23 (.174) with one homer, four RBI, six strikeouts and a mediocre .636 OPS all-time against Price.
Jean Segura, SS, Milwaukee ($3,800 vs. STL): Segura has cooled off a bit over the past 10 games, going 11-for-41 (.268) with only one double, one triple, two RBI and just four runs scored. He might have another difficult time against Miller, as Segura is 0-for-6 with no RBI, no walks and four strikeouts in his brief dealings with the Cardinals' starter all-time.
Chris Tillman, SP, Baltimore ($6,800 vs. TB): Tillman is 14-3 with a 3.70 ERA in 24 starts this season, but he is 1-2 with a 4.76 ERA in three outings against the Tampa Bay Rays this season. He has served up five homers in 17 innings against the Rays, and therefore should be avoided.
Brett Wallace, 1B/3B, Houston ($3,700 at TEX): Wallace is hitless in seven career at-bats with no RBI, no walks and three strikeouts against Garza. While he has a tempting salary, avoid Wallace.
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