Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton will likely miss the rest of the season with multiple facial fractures and damage to his teeth after being hit in the face by Brewers starter Mike Fiers on Thursday night. Let’s hope that Stanton, who was having an MVP season, recovers quickly. You never want to see something like that. Ever. My thoughts are with him and his family.
David Price, Tigers ($12,500) – Aside from Price’s horrible outing on August 27 against the Yankees where he posted minus-13.3 points for DraftKinger’s, he’s been money-in-the-bank. Even when Price gives up runs in a game, his innings pitched and strikeouts make up for it. If I’m setting my lineup around one stud pitcher, it’s certainly Price.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, Dodgers ($10,600) – I like the fact that Ryu carries a 2.65 ERA on the road compared to a 3.82 home ERA, with this game being in San Francisco on Friday. Ryu’s WHIP is also .23 lower on the road than at home, and while the Giants have hit .284 against him in 134 career at-bats Ryu keeps the extra-base hits to a minimum with Giants hitters only putting up a .343 slugging percentage.
Vidal Nuno, Diamondbacks ($6,800) – Here I go again recommending Nuno, but you have to love the way he’s pitched since joining the D-Backs. I know it’s a point I’ve brought up before, but it’s worth mentioning twice. He won’t give you dominating numbers, but Nuno gives you a solid chance of netting 15-20 points at a reasonable salary. Plus, you have to love that he’s tossing to the Padres.
Eric Stults, Padres ($5,800) – I know Stults is among league leaders in home runs allowed and that he’s had some miserable games this season, and I would normally never recommend him, BUT I only do so today if you’re choosing a stud pitcher like David Price and you need the salary for a solid hitting lineup. For $5,800, Stults won’t give you more than 15 points, but isn’t that okay considering? Over his last 10 games pitched, Stults has averaged 13.3 points a game – not horrible with his seasonal stats.
Joe Mauer, C/1B, Twins ($3,900) – Mauer is 8-for-18 (.444) with two homers and five RBI against White Sox starter Jose Quintana. Mauer’s salary dropped by $300 over the last day, so it’s a good time to take advantage.
Chris Carter, 1B/OF, Astros ($4,900) – I don’t think Carter hits .375 (9 hits in 24 at-bats) against anyone in the league, but that’s what he’s put up against Angels starter C.J. Wilson. Take into account Carter’s massive power potential (36 homers) this season, along with a couple of career homers against Wilson, and he’s a nice play.
Howie Kendrick, 2B, Angels ($5,100) – After jumping on the Kendrick-bandwagon yesterday, I’m just going to ride it a bit more. If you don’t mind spending big bucks on your middle infielders, slot Kendrick in.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B, Tigers ($5,700) – The salary is steep, but considering his bat over the last few weeks Cabrera is worth it. I like another power run for Miggy to help push the Tigers into the playoffs.
Ian Desmond, SS, Nationals ($3,900) – The batting average isn’t anything to get excited about, although Desmond can hit for power and steal bases. Desmond has three career homers against Mets starter Dillon Gee.
Kole Calhoun, OF, Angels ($5,000) – With three home runs out of the last four games played, Calhoun, along with a lot of Angels hitters, is a fantastic play. Ride the hot streak.
Bryce Harper, OF, Nationals ($3,700) – Harper is a good value on Friday, although I’m listing him here. The career power numbers in only 13 limited at-bats against starter Dillon Gee is enough for me to slot Harper. Two homers, four RBI and a .385 average get him in.
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, Yankees ($4,700) – Ellsbury has seen a salary dive of a $1,000 over the last week. I like jumping on superstar players where the salary value is there. I don’t expect Ellsbury’s salary to dive any further than it has, so that means I’m expecting his bat to get super hot again.
Jean Segura, SS, Brewers ($3,100) – Segura has rarely put together two games in a row where he’s hit well – 12 points on Tuesday and 13 points on Wednesday. He hasn’t been anything close to the preseason hype, but at $3,100 and with his career numbers (9-for-21, .429 AVG and one homer) against Reds starter Mat Latos, I’d give him a chance on Friday.
Carl Crawford, OF, Dodgers ($3,800) – Crawford is sizzling right now hitting .750 (9-for-12) over his last three games with five extra-base hits and five RBI. He also has a decent .282 career average against the Giants, although there is a possibility that he sits considering the lefty-lefty matchup against Madison Bumgarner. I’m betting that Crawford plays just based upon his bat the last few days.
Eric Hosmer, 1B, Royals ($3,600) – Before Hosmer’s 0-for-4 night on Thursday, he was driving the ball well and putting up undervalued points in your lineup. You’re not going to get booming totals from Hosmer considering his lack of power this season, but for the price tag he’s a decent fill-out option.
Cliff Pennington, SS, Diamondbacks ($2,400) – Now, if you’re looking to really spend as little as possible to adjust for those big studs you’ve got locked in, Pennington is a decent play. The sample size isn’t big and he needs to find his way into the starting lineup, but Pennington is hitting .636 (7-for-11) against Padres starter Eric Stults.
Good luck and have a great Friday night! You can catch me on Twitter @TheRolyPolyBoy