Weather concerns and a short slate mean our choices for MLB fantasy top picks are limited.
With only seven games on the slate it’s tough to diversify your picks as much as you’d like. Generally in cash games you want exposure to multiple games, as anything can happen in the short term with daily fantasy baseball. Even the most savory of matchups can deliver a 2-1 ballgame, and if your roster is loaded with those players you’ve effectively shot yourself in the foot. In large tournaments it’s fine to stack or mini-stack from a small number of games, as you’re looking for the big payoff that can vault you ahead in the standings.
Whenever the game slate shrinks the choices do as well though. This means there are less chances for you to out-maneuver your opponents, and the ownership percentages skyrocket. When that happens it’s best to scale back your play for the night, as heavy roster overlap makes it easy to lock yourself out of money with what would be an otherwise solid roster. As I mentioned above, we have seven games on tap tonight. Two of them are almost certain to be cancelled due to rain though, so keep caution on the brain as we delve into our MLB fantasy top picks for tonight.
Five Guys MLB Fantasy Top Picks
Troy Tulowitzki $13,050 - Considering it’s Wade Miley on the mound, and within the friendly confines of Chase Field, there’s no way I’m paying down for an inferior shortstop. Opportunity cost is a huge factor when selecting MLB fantasy top picks, and the potential loss of points from choosing one of the evening’s lesser options at the position is enough to scare me off the alternatives.
Madison Bumgarner $15,300 - We all know Yu Darvish is the de facto number one option most nights he takes the mound, but the price and situation for Bum actually has me digging him above Japan’s finest. AT&T Park is a sprawling pitcher’s paradise, and the Padres have been terrible away from San Diego this season. I’m also a big fan of Madison’s 29 strikeouts over his last four starts, especially since the Padres are in the bottom-third in baseball in terms of team K’s.
Nolan Arenado $8,100 - You’ll need some cheap bats surrounding Tulo if you want to squeeze him in, and Arenado shares handedness and by default the same favorable conditions Troy will enjoy this evening.
Paul Goldschmidt $11,200 - If Tulowitzki is option 1A then Goldy is 1B. It’s been awhile since this prolific slugger flashed his power stroke, and I won’t go so far as to say he’s due, but the situation certainly couldn’t be much better. Franklin Morales is a weak lefty, and I could easily see a dong or two in this matchup.
Aaron Hill $9,500 - He’s on fire! Hill has totaled nine hits in his last five games, and as with the players above, he’ll share in a host of optimal hitting circumstances tonight. Locking and loading MLB fantasy top picks from the Rockies/Diamondbacks contest is the name of the game tonight.