Thursday will bring us a split slate of games with six being played this afternoon. Let’s dive right into all the information for this slate, and, as always, you can get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan242.
Jeff Samardzija – SFG vs. CHC – $9,800 – This six-game slate is a bit challenging for pitching, as we have a lot of guys going with inflated stats. Samardzija, at least, has had a couple of rough games but has been great the rest of the way. He’ll take on a Cubs team that still hasn’t found their rhythm at the plate, posting just a .316 wOBA against righties with a .321 OBP and a .409 SLG. Their 21.6 K% lands them at the league average, while Shark is posting a K/9 of 11.5 on the road. None of these pitchers are overly expensive this afternoon, so Samardzija as the most expensive pitcher doesn’t bother me in the least.
Eddie Butler – CHC vs. SFG – $5,700 – Butler is far from a sexy option today, but at $5,700 and going up against arguably the worst offensive team against righties, he’s worth a look. Butler has made two starts since his call-up, showcasing some shaky control but minimizing the damage. Butler lasted only three innings his last time out, reaching 92 pitches, but allowed just two runs. He won’t go out to the mound and blow the door of the Giants, but if he can give you five innings of one-run ball, he’s more than worth the measly $5,700 salary. The Giants enter this game with a .279 wOBA against righties with a .285 OBP and a .365 SLG.
Other Options – Matt Andriese ($7,500)
Matt Wieters – WAS vs. SEA – $3,400 – As you’d expect, Ariel Miranda has quite a difference in splits from his home and road starts. On the road, Miranda is posting an overall .388 wOBA and a .379 to righties on the road with six of his nine home runs allowed. Wieters has only 16 plate appearances against lefties this season, but he’s gone 7/14 with two home runs and two walks.
Other Options – Tyler Flowers ($3,500)
Ryan Zimmerman – WAS vs. SEA – $4,700 – It’s no secret Zimmerman has been crushing the ball this season, and he’s especially been doing so against lefties. The owner of a .519 wOBA against them, Zimmerman sports a .893 SLG and a .400 OBP to go with three of his 13 total home runs.
Other Options – Logan Morrison ($4,400)
Tommy Joseph – PHI vs. COL – $3,700 – Joseph has been finding his way into my lineups quite often lately, and he’ll do so again today. He takes on Tyler Anderson, who is averaging just 10 FPPG in five road starts allowing eight of his 11 home runs on the road this season. Joseph has hit four of his six home runs off lefties while sporting a .332 wOBA against them.
Other Options – John Jaso ($3,300)
Adam Frazier – PIT vs. ATL – $4,000 – Frazier is quite a unique player to select for your fantasy team. He doesn’t possess much power, he doesn’t steal, and yet he’s averaging 12.7 FPPG over his last 10 games. He’ll take on Bartolo Colon today and his .357 wOBA against lefties with a .500 SLG and a .339 OBP. Fraizer may be on one of the worst offensive teams in the league right now, but he continues to produce night after night.
Other Options – Ben Zobrist ($4,200)
Cesar Hernandez – PHI vs. COL – $3,700 – Hernandez has done very well against lefties at home, and Tyler Anderson has pitched poorly against righties on the road. Perfect, right? Hernandez has posted a .413 wOBA against lefties at home this season with a .400 OBP. He’s a cheap option that bats at the top of the Phillies’ order that is always a threat to swipe a bag when he’s on.
Evan Longoria – TB vs. LAA – $4,200 – Nobody would complain if we could squeeze a little more power out of Longoria, but he’s been hitting exceptionally well at home this year. He enters this game with a .354 wOBA at home with a .347 wOBA specifically against righties at Tropicana Field. While he’s only hit six home runs thus far, three of them have come against righties at home.
Other Options – Nolan Arenado ($5,000), David Freese ($3,300)
Trevor Story – COL vs. PHI – $4,300 – Story played in his first game since being activated from the disabled list yesterday and went 1-2 with a double and two walks. Today he’ll take on Vincent Velasquez, who is allowing a .372 wOBA at home with six of his nine home runs. We all know Story can go deep at any time, setting him up for a good matchup today.
Other Options – Trea Turner ($4,800)
Andrelton Simmons – LAA vs. TB – $3,900 – You probably have no clue, but Simmons has quietly been putting together a solid string of games as of late. Averaging nine FPPG over his last 10 games, Simmons hits fifth in the Angels order posted fantasy points in all of his past 10 games.
Charlie Blackmon – COL vs. PHI – $5,600 – Blackmon is the most expensive hitter on the slate today, and rightfully so. Averaging 14.9 FPPG over his last 10 games, Blackmon has a very favorable matchup against Velasquez today. The Phillies’ pitcher has struggled against lefties, posting a .375 wOBA with a .513 SLG and four of his nine home runs.
Other Options – Nelson Cruz ($4,000), Corey Dickerson ($4,800)
Jayson Werth – WAS vs. SEA – ($3,800) – Werth was a monster against lefties last season, ending the year with a .432 wOBA and a .620 SLG. Thus far in 2017, Werth owns a .427 wOBA with a .500 OBP. At $3,800 and hitting second in the dynamic Nationals’ lineup, what’s not to love here today?
Other Options – Steve Souza ($3,400), Brandon Belt ($3,900)
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