by Ray Kuhn
The week is starting off with a reduced slate of games with only six in the evening. We do have the one pesky afternoon game, the Blue Jays taking on the Angels. In most contests on Fantasy Score that game will come into play, just be sure to remember that you can edit the remainder of your lineup prior to the start of each individual game. Let’s take a look at three options that could help you save money in your DFS lineups.
1) James McCann – C – Detroit Tigers
With Alex Avila sidelined due to a knee injury McCann is certainly making the most of the playing time he is receiving. Over the past week and half his price has increased by $500, and I wouldn’t expect to find him in this space much longer. In his last three games he is 6-12 with two runs scored and an RBI and for the season he is hitting .292 in 22 games with 6 RBI and seven runs scored. He is not much of a power hitter, just one home run that was of the inside the park variety, but he is a solid option behind the plate that allows you to slot in other impact bats.
Fantasy Score Price: $2,600
2) Nick Swisher – 1B – Cleveland Indians
First base is generally a position where we spend up, but if you are looking to save money there today then Swisher is worth a look. Granted he is taking on Chris Sale, and we need to verify that the switch hitter will be in the lineup, but it is hard to pass up the price. Since he returned from the disabled list Swisher has yet to fully get going going as he is hitting .237 in 11 games. However, with such a small sample size (only 38 at bats) all it will take is one or two strong games and that average will look a little different. He will likely bat in the middle of the order and although he has yet to hit a home run this season, you wouldn’t be faulted for expecting one.
Fantasy Score Price: $2,100
3) Jonathan Villar – SS – Houston Astros
Based on the price starting Villar is as close to a punt play as you will find. However if the switch hitter is in the lineup against left-handed Drew Pomeranz he will be batting from the right side where he has had success this season. In 12 games he is batting .273 as a right-hander and he has put up 6.0 points in each of his last two starts. Verify that Villar will be in the lineup, and then use your savings elsewhere.
Fantasy Score Price: $1,800