Just because the NFL season has now started, don’t forget about the MLB season. Take advantage of the last three weeks of the season and fill out a daily lineup at Star Fantasy Leagues. To help get you started on your team, I’ve put one together myself. And when you make your deposit at SFL, make sure to use the promo code “SJN” for a 40% bonus.
(C) Salvador Perez $6,456 – More than a week into September, Perez is hitting .400/.435/.800 during the month. In his last game on Saturday, he hit a home run off Justin Verlander, which proved to be the game-winning hit. He has two three-hit performances in the last week.
(1B) Kendrys Morales $6,224 – Morales has hit safely in five of his last six games, going 9-for-21 with three home runs and six RBI. He is hitting a very respectable .282 with 20 homers on the season.
(2B) Josh Rutledge $5,277 – Since being called up at the beginning of September, Rutledge has been very good. in 17 at bats, he is hitting .471/.526/.765 with a home run, a triple, and two stolen bases. He can do a bit of everything and, at this price, he’s a great play.
(3B) Ryan Zimmerman $6,791 – Zimmerman’s batting average has actually done down over the last few days, but he is on a power surge. Over his last six games, he has six hits. Five of them are home runs. Tonight, he’ll face Carlos Torres, and Zimmerman is 2-for-3 against him.
(SS) Andrelton Simmons $6,412 – Simmons is coming off an 0-for-4 day Sunday, but is still enjoying a productive September. He is hitting .348/.348/.870 in seven games with three homers, a triple, a double, and eight RBI.
(OF) Jay Bruce $6,960 – Anytime a player hits two home runs off Clayton Kershaw, it’s worth taking a look at him. That’s exactly what Bruce did last night. Those homers extending his hitting streak to four games and he is now 6-for-16 in that span.
(OF) Brett Gardner $6,587 – Gardner had a great series against the Red Sox over the weekend. In the three games in which he started. he was 5-for-12 with two extra base hits, two walks, five RBI, and five runs. That came on the heels of a two-hit game against the White Sox. With a huge series on tap against the Orioles, expect Gardner to come through.
(OF) Junior Lake $4,818 – When Lake was first called up over the summer, he was great, but had since come back down to earth. Now, he’s turning it on again. He is 6-for-12 over the last four games with two home runs, including his first career grand slam on Friday. It will be hard to find someone this hot at this price.
(U) Giancarlo Stanton $6,500 – Stanton was held out of Sunday’s lineup because of a sore ankle, so it’s unclear if he’ll return tonight. But, if he does, I want him in my lineup. In the three games he played before leaving Saturday’s, he was 5-for-11 with a homer, four walks, four RBI, and four runs. Just see if he’s in the Marlins’ lineup tonight to make sure he’s in it.
(SP) Yu Darvish $19,141 – It’s been almost a month since Darvish last won a game and he doesn’t even have a particularly good matchup tonight against the Pirates. But, Texas now finds itself falling behind Oakland in the A.L. West, so the Rangers need someone to get behind. Darvish should be that guy.
(SP) Max Scherzer $18,679 – Scherzer, meanwhile, is still in search of his 20th win on the year and is coming off just his second loss in what was a very good outing against the Red Sox last week. He has failed to turn in a quality start just once since mid-July. A game tonight against the White Sox should be what he needs to get to 20.
(RP) Danny Farquhar $1,500 – Seattle hosts Houston tonight, which could very well be a low-scoring game. But the Mariners will be the favorite, and a close game means a save chance for Farquhar.
(P) Taijuan Walker $4,500 – Walker is the man who will try to set up the win for Seattle. This will likely be his final start of the year before the Mariners shut him down. In his two starts for them, he gave up four earned runs in 10 innings. He only has four strikeouts, but had a 10.2 K/9 rate in the minors this year, so he should pick up a few more against the Astros tonight.