A five-game slate is on tap for this afternoon. With a Coors Field game included, this slate will certainly require you to be a bit creative in your roster construction. Lets jump right into it, and, as always, you can get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
Max Scherzer – WAS vs. STL – 12,600 – This afternoon brings us a fairly weak pool of pitchers to choose from, so Scherzer quickly jumps out as an obvious choice, even with a fairly tough matchup on tap. With that being said, Scherzer was downright dominant at home last season, posting a .250 wOBA with a .329 SLG and a .248 OBP.
Other Options – Michael Fulmer ($9,500)
Mike Leake – STL vs. WAS – $5,600 – Once again, another instance where the matchup isn’t ideal, but Leake is way too cheap to ignore completely. After a strong start in his 2017 against the Reds that saw him post a 23.8 fantasy point performance, Leake at $5,600 provides value. Posting a respectable .336 wOBA on the road last season – I think you can do worse at a higher salary than Leake today.
Other Options – Blake Snell ($7,300)
Dustin Garneau – COL vs. SD – $3,700 – Many were burned by Coors Field last night, but today is a new day to right the ship. Zack Lee will be making a spot start for the Padres today, and Garneau has posted some good numbers against right-handed pitching. Owning a .338 wOBA and a .444 SLG puts his “lower” price at Coors Field a worthy consideration.
Other Options – Geovany Soto ($4,100)
Yan Gomes – CLE vs. CWS – $3,200 – Gomes is always in consideration when a left-handed pitcher is on the mound. Gomes posted a .313 wOBA, but he owns a career .336 wOBA against lefties with a .322 OBP.
Other Options – James McCann ($2,800)
Miguel Cabrera – DET vs. MIN – $4,700 – All that needs to be said here is, “Miguel Cabrera at home.” Cabrera crushes in these situations, and it doesn’t hurt that it’s against Kyle Gibson. On the road last season, Gibson allowed a .352 wOBA with a .468 SLG. Believe it or not, Cabrera at $4,700 ranks as the fifth-most expensive hitter at first base.
Other Options – Mark Reynolds ($5,000)
Matt Holliday – NYY vs. TB – $3,800 – I wouldn’t normally call $3,800 a value, but when you have a Coors Field game on this slate, $3,800 is cheap. Holliday will face Blake Snell at home this afternoon. Holliday posted a .333 wOBA against lefties with a .500 SLG in 2016.
Other Options – Victor Martinez ($3,500)
Ian Kinsler – DET vs. MIN – $4,200 – You may start to get the impression that I like the Tigers this afternoon. Kinsler, batting leadoff, posted a .352 wOBA against righties at home last season with a .463 SLG and a .353 OBP. With so many weapons batting behind him, his ability to score runs always brings value to him overall.
Other Options – Daniel Murphy ($4,500)
Jedd Gyorko – STL vs. WAS – $3,200 – I’ve stated many times before that I’m OK with punting at the second base position, so Gyorko fits the bill perfectly this afternoon. For as good as Scherzer was last season, he did give up a ton of home runs. Right-handed batters accounted for 14 of the 31 home runs he allowed in 2016. Gyorko is the cheap player that could pop one off the Nationals ace.
Other Options – Anthony Rendon ($3,900)
Jose Ramirez – CLE vs. CWS – $4,400 – Ramirez is smack dab in the middle of third base salary today, which makes me wonder if he’ll easily be overlooked. Facing Derek Holland, Ramirez posted a .363 wOBA against lefties, with a .473 SLG and a .368 OBP.
Other Options – Nolan Arenado ($5,300)
Nicholas Castellanos – DET vs. MIN – $3,600 – Another power hitter that feels to be too cheap for their matchup this afternoon. As I mentioned, Kyle Gibson had his struggles on the road last season with a .352 wOBA. Castellanos was fantastic at home with a .387 wOBA and a .508 SLG against righties.
Other Options – Miguel Sano ($3,600)
Trevor Story – COL vs. SD – $4,700 – The shortstop position is VERY thin for this slate, so I fully expect people to be paying up for Story. Even in a short season for him in 2016, Story managed to post a .443 wOBA against righties at Coors Field with a .693 SLG and a .387 OBP.
Other Options – Francisco Lindor ($4,800)
Starlin Castro – NYY vs. TB – $3,400 – I don’t love Castro, but the shortstop position this afternoon is truly that thin. Castro was decent against left-handed pitching last season, positing a .318 wOBA with a .432 SLG. If you’re going heavy on Coors Field and need to save some salary, Castro could be your guy here.
Other Options – Andrew Romine ($2,800)
Wil Myers – SD vs. COL – $5,300 – Myers is going to cost you a pretty penny this afternoon, but I love this spot for him at Coors Field. Myers posted a .349 wOBA against lefties with a .465 SLG while hitting eight of his 28 total home runs.
Other Options – Charlie Blackmon ($5,100) Melky Cabrera ($4,400)
Tyler Collins – DET vs. MIN – $2,700 – Collins is way too cheap this afternoon and should draw the start with Gibson on the mound. Gibson was smoked by left-handed batters last season, posting a .380 wOBA with a .392 OBP. Collins didn’t see a ton of playing time last season but still managed a .371 wOBA against righties at home with a .500 SLG.
Other Options – Corey Dickerson ($3,600)
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