By Ramon Scott, @rsstreams
It’s Opening Day part deux on Monday, as there are six daytime home season-openers, leading into a eight-game night card.
While many will feel the value in picking an All Day lineup, the seven-hour gap in start times between the bookend games may be something to consider when making sure all your players are in their teams’ starting lineup. Still, for many of the day games, the home teams are likely to play their best squads in their openers.
In the day contests, the Mets, Cardinals and Royals project to be the most-productive teams, coming in at close to five runs. On the evening slate, the Blue Jays and Angels also grade out to just around five runs.
Toronto is a team to focus on in the night games, but they also have some of the highest prices in fantasy baseball. The Jays pounded home 10 runs at Baltimore on Sunday behind three homers. Jose Reyes (pictured) led the way with three hits for his third-multi hit game. Kevin Pillar has been a nice contribution at 2.6k on FanDuel and he homered on Sunday, as well.
Kansas City had a great week, but are in a sprint early with Detroit. On Monday, the Royals face the Twins’ Trevor May. We can choose from a slough of players and not necessarily be wrong. Lorenzo Cain’s salary is rising quickly after his terrific start, while shortstop Alcides Escobar has contributed fantasy points in every game so far, as well. Eric Hosmer has been a multi-point contributor in every game until wearing an 0-for-5 on Sunday, while Alex Rios had his third multi-hit game of the season on Sunday.
Washington’s Jayson Werth is expected to return to the lineup on Monday after missing the last few games with a shoulder injury.
PLAYERS TO AVOID
Jose Bautista – He broke through with his first HR of the season with a two-run shot in the eighth after going 0-for-3 with a walk earlier in the win against the O’s, however he is 0-for-8 against the Rays’ Odorizzi.
Curtis Granderson – The Grandy Man has not been able to against Harang, with a 1-for-12 career mark.
Joe Mauer – The Twins’ Mauer is just 1-for-10 in his career against the Royals’ Duffy.
Matt Carpenter – The Cards’ Carpenter is just 1-for-11 lifetime against Milwaukee’s Garza, but does have five walks against him.
Miguel Montero – The Cubs’ catcher is just 1-for-9 against Cincinnati’s Leake.
Ben Zobrist – The A’s Zobrist has a 1-for-13 career mark against Houston’s Feldman.
Mark Trumbo – Arizona’s Trumbo has just a 1-for-8 lifetime BvP against the Padres’ Cashner.