There aren’t many big-name starting pitchers on the mound which should lead to a highly-entertaining offensive night. To help you afford the big-name stars you’re looking to build around tonight, check out these top plays from the Bargain Bin.
Mike Leake – STL vs. BOS – $7,600
Leake has at least 14 DKFP in all seven of his starts this year for St. Louis and is averaging 19.5 FPPG. He is the best cheap option even though he’s facing a tough lineup from Boston. Leake doesn’t have a high strikeout rate, but he has at least five strikeouts in five of those seven starts.
On the year, Leake has a 4-2 record to go with a very solid 1.94 ERA. I don’t love his matchup, but he’s relatively low-risk especially since he has a 1.71 home ERA on the year. He most likely won’t give you 30 DKFP, but he should be good for at least 15.
German Márquez – COL @ MIN – $6,900
Márquez is the opposite of Leake on the risk spectrum. Marquez is high risk since he has been hammered in two of his starts allowing 13 runs in ten innings. Both those starts were at Coors Field, though, while tonight he’ll take the mound in Minnesota.
Although he is risky, Márquez has flashed brilliant upside as well allowing no runs in 14 innings in his other two starts. He held the Cubs scoreless for eight innings in his last start limiting them to just three hits and one walk and striking out eight. He had 35.3 DKFP in that outing, so the potential for a monster game is definitely there. He’s high-risk, high-reward which makes him an ideal GPP consideration.
Victor Martinez – 1B – SEA vs. OAK – $3,400
Martinez started slowly this season, but May has been a great month for the 14-year veteran as he shows he still has something left in the tank. Martinez is 17-43 (.395) with five doubles this month with five walks and nine RBI. He hit his second homer of the year last night, and manager Brad Ausmus reiterated he will still deploy Martinez as the team’s cleanup hitter.
V-Mart and the Tigers host Baltimore after a 13-11 loss last night in a slugfest. Martinez has gone 12-34 (.353) against scheduled starter Ubaldo Jiménez with four career homers, a dozen RBI, and a 1.133 career OPS.
Tim Anderson – SS – CWS @ LAA – $3,300
Anderson has hit safely in five straight and seven of his last eight games. He missed time over the last week due to a personal matter, so he should be fresh and ready to go. He went 2-4 with a home run in his return last night in LA against the Angels.
Fantasy baseball players don’t use Anderson as a power bat, but he does get on base, adds a few steals and scores runs with nice regularity at the top of the White Sox order. Tonight, Chicago will take on Matt Shoemaker who was excellent in his last start but is 2-2 with a 4.50 ERA on the season. Several of the White Sox have good personal numbers against him, so provided Anderson can get on base, he could be a solid play at this reduced price.
Mark Canha – 1B/OF – OAK @ SEA – $2,900
After being reassigned to Triple-A earlier this year, Canha is making the most of his second stint with the big club. He has gone 7-15 (.467) since coming up earlier this month with two doubles, a home run and four RBI.
Canha went 3-5 with a double and a homer against Seattle last night and added a stolen base for good measure to get to 33 DKFP. Tonight, he and the A’s lineup get a good matchup against Christian Bergman who allowed three runs on seven hits in his first start of the season. Canha is one of several Oakland options in the bargain bin.
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