It has been a difficult season for Cleveland Indians 1B Carlos Santana ($4,900), but he is making up for lost time lately and is far more dependable that the Niantic servers for the game Pokemon Go. He enters the new week with a 14-game hitting streak, longest active run in the majors, hitting .350 (21-for-60) with 11 runs scored, four homers and nine RBIs with a .650 slugging percentage.
A double-digit hitting streak has been far more rare than finding a Pidgey or Rattata in Pokemon Go. The only other two streaks in double digits belong to Los Angeles Dodgers 2B-OF Howie Kendrick and Baltimore Orioles SS J.J. Hardy ($3,200). In fact, Kendrick is the only active player in the NL with a double-digit streak.
Santana’s bat isn’t the only hot one in Cleveland, as 2B Jason Kipnis ($4,900) and 1B Mike Napoli ($4,700) have come alive lately. Kipnis has been hotter than the fire from a Charmander, hitting .464 with four homers, five RBI and a stolen base over the past week, while Kipnis is hitting .375 with three home runs and seven runs driven in. If you’re looking for a Cleveland stack this week, Kipnis, Napoli and Santana are must-have options.
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TOP DFS PITCHER OF THE DAY
Chris Sale, SP, Chicago White Sox ($12,200 at SEA): With Sale, you generally get what you pay for – and that is plenty of strikeouts. He has rolled up 123 strikeouts with 14 wins, a 3.38 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in 125 innings pitched this season. Sale has been as effective as a Vaporeon in an opponents’ gym, posting a 7-1 with a 2.33 ERA with 62 strikeouts over 65.2 innings and a .208 opponent batting average on the road this season. That’s markedly better than a .242 opponent batting average at home.
Aaron Sanchez, SP, Toronto (at ARI): The All-Star Sanchez has posted an impressive 9-1 record with a 2.97 ERA, posting a quality start in four of his past five outings, and eight of the past 10. While he has been decent at home with a 3-1 record and 4.07 ERA in eight starts, his greatest success is away from home. He is 6-0 with a 2.20 ERA with 64 strikeouts over 69.2 innings with a .213 opponent batting averages. Look for Sanchez to continue to roll on the road.
Felix Hernandez, SP, Seattle ($10,200 vs. CHW): King Felix (calf) returns after a lengthy delay and he will face a White Sox offense that ranks seventh in the American League in strikeouts. Hernandez might not be pushed too hard in his first start off the 15-day disabled list, but he faces a favorable matchup at home in his return. He’ll more than pay for himself with plenty of strikeouts and at least six innings.
Stephen Strasburg, SP, Washington (vs. LAD): Strasburg is a high-priced DFS pitcher worth building around every time he pitches. He is 13-0 with a 2.51 ERA and sparkling 0.99 WHIP overall this season, while posting a 4.18 K/BB ratio. Lately, he has been even hotter, rolling to a 3-0 record with a 0.83 ERA and 0.65 WHIP over the past three starts, striking out 20 in 21.2 innings. He will face the rag arm of RHP Bud Norris in the series finale. Look for Strasburg to earn his DFS salary yet again, performing as well as a Scyther with a CP 900 against a lowly Weedle.
Tanner Roark, SP, Washington (vs. SD): Roark faces a Padres offense which ranks third in the majors in strikeouts. That’s good news for Roark and his DFS owners, as he has racked up 106 strikeouts in 124.2 innings this season, including 13 strikeouts over the past 17.1 innings. He is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA and 0.81 WHIP over his past three outings. Roark is a bit overshadowed with elite pitchers making up most of the rest of the starting staff, but Roark has more than held his own.
John Lackey, SP, Chicago Cubs ($9,300 at MIL): The Brewers have finally overtaken the Astros for the No. 1 spot in strikeouts on offense, not an honor you want as a team. Lackey has racked up 17 strikeouts in 14 innings over the past two starts. While he hasn’t won in seven starts dating back to June 8, he faces a very favorable matchup here. He might even be viewed by some as a contrarian play based on his lack of wins in well over a month, keeping his exposure down.
Nick Tropeano, SP, L.A. Angels ($7,900 at HOU): Tropeano hasn’t lost over his past six appearances dating back to May 8, although he did miss the month of June due to injury. Still, he has returned with a bang, posting 12 strikeouts over the past 11 innings while allowing just three solo home runs since coming back from the DL. Tropeano is a good, young pitcher with a high rate of strikeouts, and no other team whiffs more than the Astros among AL teams. He is very dependable and cheap in DFS, something as rare to find these days like the elusive Koffing.
TOP DFS HITTER OF THE DAY
Jason Kipnis, 2B, Cleveland ($4,900 at KC): As mentioned above, Kipnis is red hot and he will face RHP Edinson Volquez, a guy he has hit well in the past. In 19 career at-bats he has seven hits, including three doubles and a solo home run while turning in a 1.139 OPS. While that’s not a great sample size, it isn’t bad, and Kipnis is tearing it up lately. Santana also has two solo home runs and a decent .875 OPS in 18 career at-bats vs. Volquez.
Jason Kipnis, 2B, Cleveland ($4,900 at KC): Of all the hitters in the majors, Kipnis is the top option for two days straight? Yep. He sees the ball well out of the hand of RHP Chris Young, hitting .389 (7-for-18) with two doubles, a triple, homer and three RBIs with a 1.228 OPS. Again, it isn’t a huge sample size, but considering his red-hot streak and solid numbers against Young, rolling with Kipnis is a great idea. Remember, it isn’t all about Kipnis, either. Young has a dismal 2-8 record with a 6.79 ERA and 1.61 WHIP overall this season, so Kipnis isn’t the only Cleveland hitter you’ll want Tuesday.
Ben Zobrist, 2B-OF, Chicago Cubs ($3,900 vs. NYM): The current collecting of Cubs have collected a total of six home runs in 74 career at-bats against RHP Bartolo Colon. Zobrist has four of those homers, hitting .500 (8-for-16) with a triple, six RBIs and a 1.975 OPS. There is just something about Colon that seems to agree with Zobrist, and you can grab him at a mid-tier price which makes him that much more attractive.
Melky Cabrera, OF, Chicago White Sox ($3,900 vs. DET): The White Sox host RHP Mike Pelfrey and his 2-9 record, 4.95 ERA and 1.76 WHIP, and that means a Chicago stack is in order. The Tigers certainly didn’t get what they paid for this offseason in inking Pelfrey, but you’ll get what you pay for in DFS stacking against him. The switch-hitting Cabrera has four multi-hit games in nine outings since returning from injury, and he, OF Adam Eaton ($4,100) and 1B Jose Abreu ($3,400) are all good values with upside against Pelfrey, who has been as effective as a Caterpie with a CP 10 defending a gym.
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Arizona (at CIN): Goldschmidt comes with a high price tag in DFS, but he is more than worth it, especially Friday. He’ll face LHP John Lamb, a guy floundering with a 1-7 record, 6.43 ERA and 1.64 WHIP. Goldschmidt handles the bat well against southpaws, hitting .364 (28-for-77) with five doubles, a triple, three homers and 16 RBIs with a 1.071 OPS vs. LHP. You’ll want C Welington Castillo in the lineup, too, as he is hitting .338 (27-for-80) with seven doubles, six homers and 15 RBIs with 15 runs scored vs. LHP.
Jose Altuve, 2B, Houston ($5,200 vs. LAA): Altuve is very familiar with RHP Jered Weaver, and the results are usually very good. He is a career .394 hitter (13-for-33) with three doubles, a triple, three RBI and a .945 OPS. OF George Springer ($4,400) has managed a .444 average (8-for-18) with a double, two homers and a 1.333 OPS against Weaver, while C Jason Castro ($3,100) has launched three homers in 23 career at-bats vs. Weaver. Stack it up with Astros Saturday.
Brian Dozier, 2B, Minnesota ($4,900 at BOS): Dozier knows RHP Rick Porcello well from when the pitcher was in Detroit. Dozier has posted a double, three homers and eight RBI in just 34 at-bats against Porcello, so he sees the ball well from the hand of the righty. Most of his teammates have rather uneven numbers against the pitcher, so a stack isn’t warranted, but Dozier certainly should be part of your DFS plans Sunday.