It's a stars-and-scrubs sort of day, at least for me. I've got Dallas Keuchel (vs. Sea) and Chris Archer (at Bal) starting on Monday at a whopping total cost of $108. Thus, we'll need to find a few near-minimum bats. Let's do this thing...
Justin Bour, 1B, at Atl (Foltynewicz), $13: Bour has homered in back-to-back games, his 13th and 14th of the season, and he's facing a pitcher who's been tortured by left-handed batters. Foltynewicz has allowed a .950 OPS to LHBs so far this season in the majors, and they crushed him in the minors, too. It may seem a little weird/wrong to use a muli-Marlin formation, but I'm rolling with two Miami LHBs on Monday. Bour is one, this guy is the other...
Derek Dietrich, 3B, at (Foltynewicz), $9: That price is just so friendly, considering the strength of the matchup. Dietrich is reaching base at a .360 clip this month, plus he homered and doubled on Sunday.
Chris Coghlan, OF, vs. Cin (Lorenzen), $9: Lorenzen has been mauled by LHBs as well, to a ridiculous extent. Left-handed hitters are slashing .329/.446(!)/.594 against him with 22 extra-base hits in 143 at-bats. Coghlan is a terrific low-cost option, but don't limit yourself to just one Chicago hitter on Monday.
Various other Cubs LHBs, vs. Cin (Lorenzen): Kyle Schwarber is $20, Anthony Rizzo is $19, Miguel Montero is $13 and Dexter Fowler is $18. Start any or all. Fowler is 3-for-5 against Lorenzen with a homer and a walk; Schwarber has reached base twice against him in his three plate appearances. You know what to do.
Joey Butler, OF, at Bal (Chen), $7: Butler was recalled last week, and he's gone 3-for-9 since returning. He figures to start on Monday, with a lefty on the mound for the O's. Butler is 3-for-9 with a double and a homer in his limited history against Chen. It's tough to find a better setup for a minimum-price player.
Jake Lamb, 3B at Col (Bettis), $14: Colorado is the one spot on the map where rain might be an issue, but game-time looks OK as of this writing. Lamb has three multi-hit games in his last four, he's facing a righty on Monday, and he gets a Coors Field bump. I'm definitely interested.
Andrelton Simmons, SS, vs. Mia (Narveson), $9: Simmons has hit well this month (.317/.400/.400), he went 2-for-5 on Sunday and he gets a sketchy lefty here. No, he doesn't offer much in terms of power or speed, but I'd be mildly surprised if he can't get himself on base repeatedly against Narveson. It's tough to find better options with single-digit price tags.
Yadier Molina, vs. Was (Gonzalez), $13: I'm using either Schwarber or Montero is most leagues, but it's worth noting that Molina hasn't exactly struggled against Gonzalez. He's 5-for-12 lifetime with three doubles and just one K. Molina has gone 5-for-14 over his last three games, so it's not as if he's slumping.
Delino DeShields, at SD (Ross), $15: DeShields has gone 10-for-23 over the past week, with four straight multi-hit games. He's also a speedy dude (22 steals), facing a pitcher who's allowed the second-most stolen bases in MLB this season (34). Yes, please.