Wednesday afternoon will bring us a short three-game slate. Let’s dive right into all the information, and, as always, you can get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
Johnny Cueto – SFG vs. KC – $11,700 – Pitching is extremely cheap this afternoon unless, of course, you go with Cueto. At $11,700, he’s $3,000 more than Tanner Roark. Cueto will have the benefit of pitching at AT&T Park, where he owns a .281 wOBA with a .349 SLG and an 8.4 K/9. On the road, the Royals have been downright abysmal, owners of a .290 wOBA with a .281 OBP and a .394 SLG. Cueto is easily affordable this afternoon with how cheap pitching is across the board.
Other Options – Tanner Roark ($8,700)
Jhoulys Chacin – SD vs. CIN – $7,100 – Chacin at home and on the road are two completely different animals. When he’s a home, like he is today, he’s a very playable option. For comparison purposes, at home, Chacin sports a .205 wOBA. When he’s on the road, it jumps to a .405 wOBA! Chacin has now pitched 40 innings at home, so it’s not a small sample size, either. His overall numbers usually scare people away, but if he’s at Petco Park, he’s very much in play, just like this afternoon.
Other Options – Jason Hammel ($7,800)
Buster Posey – SFG vs. KC – $4,600 – If Posey wasn’t buried on this horrible Giants offense, you would hear so much more about him. We’re talking about a player that’s batting .347 on the year and averaging 8.3 FPPG. At home against righties, Posey is posting a .441 wOBA with a .535 SLG.
Other Options Tyler Flowers ($3,600)
Matt Wieters – WAS vs. ATL – $2,900 – Being a switch-hitter, Wieters has the capability to bat from the left side, which makes him a target against Julio Teheran. As he always does, Teheran is posting some horrible numbers against left-handed batters, as they’ve been getting him for a .391 wOBA with a .537 SLG and 10 of his 15 total home runs allowed.
Other Options – Austin Hedges ($3,600)
Matt Adams – ATL vs. WAS – $4,200 – Being traded over to the Braves has proven to be the best that Matt Adams could have hoped for. He’s been extremely solid and is averaging nine fantasy points over his last 10 games. He’ll take on Tanner Roark this afternoon, who is allowing a .333 wOBA to lefties with a .443 SLG and seven of his nine home runs allowed.
Other Options – Ryan Zimmerman ($5,300)
Wil Myers – SD vs. CIN – $3,500 – Amir Garrett has some good strikeout potential, but if he’s not hitting his locations, opposing hitters are crushing him. Myers is a good cheap option on this slate today that can do a little bit of everything. Against righties, Garrett is posting a .383 wOBA with a .571 SLG and 12 of his 16 home runs.
Other Options – Brandon Belt ($4,100)
Daniel Murphy – WAS vs. ATL – $4,200 – Here’s a hint for the rest of this article: if they bat left-handed and are on the Nationals, they’ll be showcased.
Murphy is posting a .391 wOBA against righties this season with a .548 SLG and eight of his 10 home runs this season. He continues to be one of the Nationals best hitters on a nightly basis, as he contributed to their 10 run barrage last night with three hits, one of them being a solo home run, and two RBI.
Other Options – Yangervis Solarte ($4,000)
Jose Pirela – SD vs. CIN – $3,600 – Pirela is seeing his salary jump up very quickly, but for a good reason. Since being called up, he’s averaging 13.1 FPPG in eight contests with two home runs, seven RBI and a .543 OBP. His worth jumps even higher when you see that he’s batting in the leadoff spot for the Padres. Jump on him now before that salary climbs even higher.
Other Options – Brandon Phillips ($3,400)
Anthony Rendon – WAS vs. ATL – $4,100 – Rendon lands here almost by default, as third base is awfully weak this afternoon. He’s posting a .345 wOBA against righties with a .448 SLG and a .355 OBP.
Other Options – Eduardo Nunez ($4,700)
Stephen Drew – WAS vs. ATL – $2,700 – I usually don’t showcase players on the same team at the same position, but this is what a three-game slate will do to you. Drew is enticing being a left-handed batter and all and taking on Julio Teheran. As I’ve shown already, Teheran and lefties don’t mix, so Drew at $2,700 is an interesting salary saver here.
Other Options – Rio Ruiz ($2,500)
Brandon Crawford – SFG vs. KC – $3,200 – Jason Hammel has not performed well on the road this year, posting an overall wOBA of .382 in 21 innings. Pitching at AT&T Park will certainly be a benefit for him, but lefties have particularly hit him hard in these matchups in a short sample size. Of the 15 hits he’s allowed to them on the road, six of them have gone for extra bases. Crawford at $3,200 is a nice cheap and potentially low-owned option today.
Other Options – Trea Turner ($5,600), Stephen Drew ($2,700)
Bryce Harper – WAS vs. ATL – $5,500 – Of course I’m going to pay up for Harper against Teheran this afternoon. If Tehran struggles against lefties and he takes on the Nationals, who’s the top target here? Harper will run you for $5,500, but that certainly shouldn’t be a problem to fit in. At home against righties, Harper is posting a .483 wOBA with a .738 SLG.
Other Options – Brandon Belt ($4,100), Ender Inciarte ($3,900)
Hunter Renfroe – SD vs. CIN – ($3,600) – Is Hunter Renfroe facing a left-handed pitcher today? Yes, yes he is. So that means he’s an instant roster for me. If you haven’t heard the word, he’s CRUSHING in these matchups, posting a .429 wOBA with a .610 SLG and a .420 OBP.
Other Options – Denard Span ($3,200) Brian Goodwin ($3,400)
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