The MLB Slate tonight looks to deliver some big time performances with all eyes set to tune in to the South Side of Chicago. That’s where the White Sox will host the Seattle Mariners in a game that features two of the best pitchers in all of baseball squaring off against each other on the mound.
For the White Sox, Chris Sale will take the mound looking to continue the success he had is in his last outing. In that contest, Sale threw eight innings of shutout baseball while picking up eight strikeouts in route to his 15th win of the season. Meanwhile on the other side the Mariners will send Felix Hernandez out to shut down the White Sox bats.
Meanwhile at the plate we have a bunch of solid options to build around who have been hot over the past week. This includes Kris Bryant and Gary Sanchez who are both batting over .480 I that stretch with five home runs. Other big name stars like Brian Dozier, Brandon Moss and Nolan Arenado each have hit four home runs in that same stretch.
With all of the top options available it leaves us a bunch of difficult decisions. In the end here is who we like tonight to build our daily fantasy lineup around.
MLB Daily Fantasy 411 for Friday August, 26th 2016
Top Option – Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox: In the end we are going to ride Sale tonight against the White Sox. When you look at his success against this White Sox lineup the team has posted just an .198 batting average against him over 101 at bats with only two home runs. Looking a little deeper the only Mariner who has had any success against him is Nelson Cruz who has both of those home runs. Looking for a mid tier option you could consider Francisco Liriano for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Fantasy Sleeper Option – Luke Weaver, St. Louis Cardinals
Gary Sanchez, New York Yankees: For us it is nearly impossible to pass up a player that has been as hot as Sanchez over the last few weeks. The Yankees catcher has picked up eight home runs over his past ten games (two games with two) to go along with six multi hit contests and 12 runs driven in.
Back Up Option: Sandy Leon
Fantasy Sleeper: Travis d’Arnaud
Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds: Tonight we love the contest between the Reds and Arizona Diamond backs to be one of the higher scoring contest of the night. That being said Votto has put together a solid season despite being on a very bad team for most of the season. Entering tonight, Votto has four multi hit games over his last five starts with seven runs batted.
Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians: At the top of our options at second base landed Kipnis as well as Jose Altuve. That being said I gave the advantage to the Indians second baseman based on the fact he will be hitting in a much friendlier hitter ball park.
Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs: Bryant is another one of those red hot hitters that will be hard to pass up on tonight. Over the past seven games on FanDuel alone, Bryant has posted double digit fantasy totals in six of his seven games. In that same stretch Bryant has had games with four and five runs batted in while scoring 12 runs.
Back Up Options: David Freese
Fantasy Sleeper: Aaron Hill
J.J. Hardy, New York Yankees: Now for me I could have easily thrown another big time fantasy option out their with a heavy price tag. That being said I elected to go with Hardy who is a big time fantasy sleeper tonight but has had success at Yankee Stadium. Over the past three seasons, Hardy has three doubles, four home runs to go with 12 runs batted in.
Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox: What better option is their among the outfielders tonight than the Red Sox young star? Betts has hits in four straight games as well as 12 of his last 13 contests. Add that with the fact he will get a chance to hit against Ian Kennedy who ranks fourth in all of baseball with 28 home runs allowed on the year.
George Springer, Houston Astros: Heres is another great option in the outfield tonight based on his matchup. Springer and the Astros will face off against the Tampa Bay Rays who will send Drew Smyly to the mound. The Rays starter has allowed 27 double sand 26 home run on the year while supporting a 4.88 earned run average.