Here are my top selections for the Mastersball Daily 50-50 GPP contest at RealTime Fantasy Sports on Monday, August 22. As always, $135 in prizes are available for just a $5 entry fee. Do not delay joining, as the Mastersball contests are again very popular in 2016.
Jon Lester ($8600) appears to be past his tough stretch in July, since yielding just five runs over his last four starts, totaling 25 2/3 innings. During that stretch, the Cubs right-hander has averaged over 15 points per outing. I really like Lester in San Diego Monday night against the Padres hitters.
With Baltimore entertaining Washington and Stephen Strasburg, most would probably avoid Orioles hitters. Yet, Stras is struggling, with 20 runs allowed over his last three starts. Among the Baltimore hitters I like is third baseman Manny Machado ($6600), who has two singles and a double in three career at-bats versus the Nats’ ace.
Update: Strasburg was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday afternoon with a sore elbow and is being replaced by A.J. Cole, up from Triple-A.