Matt Carpe Diem

Chris Heston has pitched well this season, but he has struggled a bit on the road. Expect Matt Carpenter to produce. Here are my picks for Monday, August 17:


Infielders (IF) Outfielders (OF) Pitchers (P)
Mark Teixeira, $9,200 Andrew McCutchen, $10,400 Gerrit Cole, $21,800
Matt Carpenter, $9,200 Mike Trout, $9,900 Danny Salazar, $21,000
Manny Machado, $9,000 Ryan Braun, $8,800 Cole Hamels, $20,400
Prince Fielder, $8,800 Gregory Polanco, $8,400 Michael Wacha, $19,600
Dee Gordon, $8,400 Jacoby Ellsbury, $8,400 Andrew Heaney, $17,400
Buster Posey, $7,600 Delino DeShields, $8,000 Carlos Rodon, $13,200
Jung-Ho Kang, $6,900 Shin-Soo Choo, $7,800 Matt Garza, $12,000
Yangervis Solarte, $6,400 Shane Victorino, $5,100 Chris Tillman, $10,800
Travis Shaw, $4,000 Abraham Almonte, $3,900 Colin Rea, $9,600


Infielders (IF) Outfielders (OF) Pitchers (P)
Mark Teixeira, $9,200 Nelson Cruz, $10,800 Sonny Gray, $23,200
Matt Carpenter, $9,200 Andrew McCutchen, $10,400 Gerrit Cole, $21,800
Miguel Sano, $8,700 Mike Trout, $9,900 Danny Salazar, $21,000
Manny Machado, $8,700 Ryan Braun, $8,800 Cole Hamels, $20,400
Francisco Lindor, $8,400 Josh Reddick, $7,600 Scott Kazmir, $19,500
Neil Walker, $7,800 Eddie Rosario, $6,600 Andrew Heaney, $17,400
Matt Duffy, $7,500 Stephen Piscotty, $6,300 Matt Garza, $12,000
Mitch Moreland, $7,200 Franklin Gutierrez, $5,600 Colin Rea, $9,600
Jose Ramirez, $6,400 Abraham Almonte, $3,900 Williams Perez, $9,000


Preferred Stacks: Yankees, Rangers, Indians, Brewers, Astros, Pirates, Mariners, Red Sox and Angels

Secondary/Contrarian Stacks: Cardinals, Padres, Twins, Athletics, Orioles, Marlins and White Sox

Weather Concerns: There seems to be no weather concerns tonight, so play the players you want to play.

Note: I will update the quick picks throughout the course of the day and adjust picks according to who is in/out of lineups.

Bonus: Derek Dietrich, Shane Peterson, Brian Dozier, Jean Segura, Carlos Santana, Yan Gomes, Brian McCann and Danny Valencia just missed the cut, but are all worth consideration.

Ricky Sanders

Ricky Sanders

Ricky Sanders is a fantasy sports expert with over 15 years of playing experience. After starting several freelance fantasy sports blogs, Ricky moved up in the fantasy industry when he joined Going9 Baseball. He wrote fantasy baseball content and had a weekly radio spot on the site’s SiriusXM Satellite Radio show. Shortly thereafter, in early 2013, Ricky joined RotoExperts as a three-sport fantasy contributor, eventually becoming one of the site’s lead basketball writers. While writing for RotoExperts, Ricky was introduced to daily fantasy sports and immediately fell in love. With help from some of his mentors, some of the best DFS players in the world, he honed his skills and became the daily fantasy expert he is today. When RotoExperts created a daily-focused website called, Ricky was brought on as one of the main contributors. He still makes frequent appearances on the RotoExperts SiriusXM Radio show and on the FNTSY Sports Television Network, talking daily fantasy sports. He also continues to write for a few DFS content sites: RotoCurve and The Fantasy Fix. Ricky is a proud and active member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He has agreed to be a writer and representative for the FantasyDraft brand and serves as an ambassador to the site. He has no more access to the site than the typical user. Don’t hesitate to contact Ricky with questions on Twitter @RSandersDFS.

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