Don't have an account?
Join the Best Live Fantasy Chat Community!

Lost password? [X]

Receive free daily analysis:

NFL    NBA    MLB

Already have an account? Log in here.

[X]

Forgot Password


[X]

MLB DFS Prop Picks for 5/21/19 - Monkey Knife Fight


At this point in the Major League Baseball season there are some legitimate surprises, players whose production is above and beyond what might have been expected coming into the year.

Maybe it won’t last, but in the here and now of playing props, those hot starts have to be taken into account.

Consider a couple of tonight’s starting pitchers that aren’t necessarily big names but are getting results.

Miami’s Caleb Smith made progress in 16 starts last season, striking out 10.2 batters per nine innings. He’s taken it to another level this year, though, with 12.0 strikeouts per nine, while his overall numbers (2.25 ERA, 0.92 WHIP) are much more dominant than he had shown in previous seasons.

Oakland’s Chris Bassitt is 30-years-old and has never pitched more than 86 innings in a MLB season, but he has a 1.93 ERA and 0.92 WHIP through five starts this season.

Here are some more angles to consider before making your Tuesday MLB picks on Monkey Knife Fight.

Editor's Note: Our friends at Monkey Knife Fight have released the best, most fun, fastest growing DFS props game! It's super simple to play and win real money. Just choose your MLB, NBA, NHL or PGA game, and make your picks! Get a 100% instant deposit bonus up to $50 using promo code: BALLER. That's $50 for free - don't miss out!

Play Now!

 

OAKLAND-CLEVELAND

View Contest

OVER/UNDERS

Chris Bassitt OVER 5.5 STRIKEOUTS – The A’s starter has a sizzling 38 strikeouts in 32 2/3 innings (10.5 K/9) and has recorded at least six in each of his five starts this season so it would seem easy to take the over against an Indians team that is middle of the road in strikeout rate (24.2%).

 

N.Y. YANKEES-BALTIMORE

View Contest

RAPID FIRE

David Hess +3.5 strikeouts vs. Domingo German – As much as Hess has struggled, on his way to his 5.58 ERA, but has struck out 15 in 14 1/3 innings over his past three starts, including six against the Yankees last week. If he manages to go even five innings, getting that extra 3.5 strikeouts tilts this prop in his favor.

 

PHILADELPHIA-CHICAGO CUBS

View Contest

OVER/UNDERS

Kris Bryant OVER 1.5 TOTAL BASES – The Cubs slugger has a .545 slugging percentage and averages 2.07 total bases per game. A home game against the Phillies offers little reason to think he’s going to slide under the bar in this game.

 

COLORADO-PITTSBURGH

View Contest

OVER/UNDERS

Josh Bell OVER 1.5 HITS + WALKS – In the midst of a breakout season, the Pirates first baseman has a .404 on-base percentage and averages 1.70 hits plus walks per game. He has recorded multiple hits plus walks in 26 of 44 games.

 

BOSTON-TORONTO

View Contest

OVER/UNDERS

Mookie Betts OVER 1.5 HITS + WALKS – I’ve been banging on the Betts drum for a while because after a slow start to the season he is back performing at an All-Star level. For example, in his past 27 games, Betts has a .465 on-base percentage, averaging 2.19 hits plus walks per game.

 

MIAMI-DETROIT

View Contest

OVER/UNDERS

Caleb Smith OVER 7.5 STRIKEOUTS – In each of his past five starts, the Marlins lefty has struck out at least eight batters and while it might not get noticed because he’s with the going-nowhere Marlins, but Smith has a 2.25 ERA and 0.92 WHIP in eight starts this year. As an added bonus, the Tigers strike out on 26.2% of plate appearances, the second-highest rate in the Majors.

 

WASHINGTON-N.Y. METS

View Contest

RAPID FIRE

Anthony Rendon -0.5 runs + RBI vs. Wilson Ramos – The Nationals third baseman struggled a bit coming back from injury, but he’s back in business lately, posting 18 combined runs plus RBI in his past six games. Ramos is fine but averaging just under 1.0 runs plus RBI per game.

 

L.A. DODGERS-TAMPA BAY

View Contest

OVER/UNDERS

Clayton Kershaw UNDER 6.5 STRIKEOUTS – The Dodgers ace has been effective enough (3.40 ERA, 0.96 WHIP) in six starts, but he’s struck out 15 in the past three games, each of which would count as an under against this number.

 

CINCINNATI-MILWAUKEE

View Contest

OVER/UNDERS

Christian Yelich OVER 1.5 TOTAL BASES – The question is when MKF is going to have to swing to 2.5 total bases on Yelich because he’s averaging 2.61 per game and a home game against Sonny Gray and the Reds doesn’t seem like reason to think he’s going to be held to one or fewer total bases.

 

SEATTLE-TEXAS

View Contest

OVER/UNDERS

Daniel Vogelbach OVER 1.5 HITS + WALKS – The Mariners slugger has a .400 on-base percentage and gets a match-up against Rangers starting pitcher Lance Lynn, who has a 1.43 WHIP – that offers room for Vogelbach to get on base a couple of times.

 

CHICAGO WHITE SOX-HOUSTON

View Contest

OVER/UNDERS

Justin Verlander UNDER 8.5 STRIKEOUTS – While the White Sox are a high strikeout rate (25.7%) team, Verlander has recorded nine or more strikeouts in just three of 10 starts. It’s easy enough to envision a start for Verlander that goes successfully but doesn’t necessarily require him to strikeout a dozen White Sox.

 

KANSAS CITY-ST. LOUIS

View Contest

OVER/UNDERS

Homer Bailey UNDER 4.5 STRIKEOUTS – Although he had some strikeout success early in the season, the Royals starter has gone five straight games with four strikeouts or fewer.

 

ATLANTA-SAN FRANCISCO

View Contest

RAPID FIRE

Freddie Freeman +0.5 total bases vs. Ronald Acuna Jr. – Acuna is a terrific young player, who is slugging .526, but he’s not as consistent as Freeman, an established star who is slugging .577, so getting Freeman as the underdog is a good opportunity.

 

MINNESOTA-L.A. ANGELS

View Contest

OVER/UNDERS

Trevor Cahill UNDER 4.5 STRIKEOUTS – The veteran Angels starter has recorded four strikeouts or fewer in four of his past six starts and faces a Twins team that has the third-lowest strikeout rate (19.5%) in the Majors.

Michael Pineda OVER 4.5 STRIKEOUTS – By the same token, the Angels have the lowest strikeout rate (16.2%), so it’s not an easy matchup, but Pineda can miss bats – he has 41 strikeouts in 47 innings and that includes 19 in his past three starts.

 

ARIZONA-SAN DIEGO

View Contest

OVER/UNDERS

Manny Machado UNDER 1.5 HITS + WALKS – While Machado is heating up, with a .400 on-base percentage in his past 15 games, the Padres shortstop has a .343 on-base percentage for the season, which is fine, but not great and when he gets a tough match-up against Zack Greinke, it’s difficult to expect him to reach base multiple times.

 

 

More 2019 Fantasy Baseball Advice




More Recent Articles

 

Week 10 Start/Sit: Monday Night Football Matchups Analysis

We got a good one on Monday night folks. Both for the NFC West division and, more importantly, for fantasy. Two of the top teams in the NFL matchup at Levi's Stadium. We can finally find out if the 49ers are for real, or if they were just beating up on bad teams all season.... Read More


Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups & Adds

It's crunch time, with precious few games left before the fantasy regular season ends. There aren't many new names emerging on the waiver wire at this juncture but the RB situations in Atlanta and Detroit bear watching, while the Jets passing game has shown signs of life. No, really. Each week, we will advise you... Read More


Waiver Wire Express - Week 11 Lightning Round

With 10 weeks down and only a few more weeks of the fantasy regular season to go, your vision for the playoffs should be coming into focus. The Giants, Packers, Seahawks and Titans are on bye -- with the Cardinals, Chargers, Chiefs and Vikings in Week 12 to round out the weekly vacations. To help... Read More


Running Back Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 11

The regular season continues to advance at a relentless pace as we have now entered the planning process for Week 11. Some of you are in the favorable position of only needing slight modifications to rosters that are destined to enter the fantasy playoffs. But many of you are still searching for the most effective... Read More


Wide Receiver Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 11

Did you survive the terrible, no good, very bad six-team bye week? If so, welcome to the other side, when roster building gets slightly easier going forward. If not, I'm sorry, but you still have time to get things back on the right path. Let's talk about some wide receivers who might be able to... Read More


Week 11 Tight End Waiver Wire Picks and Streamers

If your fantasy football squad is still in the playoff hunt heading into Week 11, then congratulations on not being the Pat Shurmur or Freddie Kitchens of your league. Fantasy football players will have to live without New York’s Evan Engram, Green Bay’s Jimmy Graham and Tennessee’s Jonnu Smith as their teams are on bye.... Read More


Quarterback Waiver Wire Pickups and Streamers - Week 11

We've got plenty to unpack at the quarterback position following an exciting Week 10. While no major injuries occurred in game, the revelation of Matthew Stafford's back injury was quite a surprise and left some owners scrambling just before lineups locked. So the year of the backup continued this week, as 16 of the 32... Read More


Week 10 Fantasy Football Staff Rankings

Below you will find all of RotoBaller's fantasy football weekly rankings, tiers, player news and stats for the 2019 NFL season. Our Ranking Wizard displays our staff's rankings for various league formats, all in one easy place. Here's what you'll find: Weekly PPR Rankings Weekly Half-PPR Rankings Weekly Standard Rankings Dynasty League Rankings     Fantasy... Read More


NFL Matchup Ratings Tool - Weekly Player Projections

  If you see the red "Upgrade" button below, then you are not a Premium subscriber, or have not yet logged in. Learn more about our NFL Matchup Ratings and projections system. Editor's Note: Get any full-season NFL Premium Pass for 50% off. Our exclusive In-Season Lineup Tools, Lineup Optimizer and over 150 days of... Read More


Fantasy Football News and Injuries - Running Updates

Below is a quick-hit list of running notes on relevant injuries and player news, including pre-game reports and live in-game updates. Stay tuned for updates all throughout the week and on Sunday morning game day:   Week 10 Matthew Stafford has been ruled out with fractured bones in his back. Patrick Mahomes will make his return in... Read More


Week 10 Chat - Live Fantasy Football Game Day Q&A

It's Sunday Morning Week 10... Do You Know Who to Start? Each Sunday morning of the NFL season, RotoBaller's experts will be moderating the industry's leading live chat room and answering a bunch of your fantasy football questions, from around 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM ET. Come join in on the fun, and get your... Read More


Updated Week 10 PPR Rankings (Top 300)

Welcome to Week 10 RotoBallers. Below are our updated consensus Week 10 PPR rankings for fantasy football, including some running notes on relevant injuries, player news and rankings updates: LeSean McCoy is a healthy scratch for Week 10. Matthew Stafford has been ruled out with fractured bones in his back. Patrick Mahomes will make his return in... Read More


Fantasy Football Starts and Sits: Matchups Analysis for Week 10

Welcome to our Week 10 matchup analysis and start/sit column for fantasy football. We'll be covering every single contest from the Sunday slate in one convenient location, helping you make the best decisions for your fantasy lineups. Be sure to check back regularly because this article will be updated as news comes in regarding injuries and other... Read More


Week 10 Wide Receiver / Cornerback Matchups To Target in Week 10

In Week 9, the Seahawks defeated the Buccaneers 40-34 and, as expected, provided some offensive fireworks. The high-scoring contest resulted in Tyler Lockett, Mike Evans, and D.K. Metcalf all finishing in the top-three of fantasy scoring at the wide receiver position. Tyreek Hill proved to be too fast for the Vikings secondary, finishing as the... Read More


The King's Key Starters and Tough Calls - Lineup Spotlights for Week 10

Welcome to Week 10, RotoBallers! Below you will find some of my spotlight plays and tough lineup decisions for the upcoming week of the fantasy football season. These player selections are based on my Premium Weekly Lineup Rankings, available as part of the RotoBaller's NFL Premium Pass. Enter promo code KING at checkout for a... Read More