Houston Astros

I’m going to be real with you guys here, just play the Astros and the Braves wherever you can and you’re likely going to find success on this slate. In GPPs it’s an interesting concept to go with the Braves in their matchup as well, but with such strong teams in perfect positions it would be a terrifying fade. The hardest part will be finding value to fit everything, so let’s see what we can do about that in this article.


PITCHER

Stud

Luis Castillo, CIN vs. CHC, $11,000 — Castillo is one of the higher upside options on this slate and he’s facing the Cubs who have plenty of name value which could keep his ownership low. In three games vs. the Cubs he is averaging 23.3 DKFP with 22 strikeouts and just two home runs allowed, which are numbers that surely inspire confidence.

Other Options — Justin Verlander ($12,400)

Value

Mike Foltynewicz, ATL at MIA, $7,000 — Coming off of the IL, Foltynewicz was able to navigate a tough Twins lineup with seven strikeouts for the win, so he will be taking some great momentum into a start with the Marlins. He’s going to be playing in a top three pitchers park against an exceptionally weak opponent and his price is far too low for the upside.

Other Options — Jakob Junis ($7,900)


CATCHER

Stud

Gary Sanchez, NYY at TOR, $4,800 — The Yankees find themselves in a great spot, and Sanchez is back from injury and hitting third, which instantly makes him a stud worth paying for. His .229/.298/.515 slash line is a bit underwhelming for the power catcher but against the Blue Jays bullpen (third worst in the league) he’s going to get lots of opportunity to boost his power totals.

Other Options — Robinson Chirinos ($4,100)

Value

John Hicks, DET vs. KC, $3,000 — The spot isn’t necessarily incredible for the Tigers, but Hicks is hitting too well to be down in this price tier which makes him valuable to me. Averaging 7.0 DKFP over the past 10 games with two home runs and six runs scored he has significantly more upside than anyone else priced in his tier.

Other Options — Chris Herrmann ($3,000)


FIRST BASE

Stud

Yulieski Gurriel, HOU at BAL, $5,200 — The Astros just put up three touchdowns against the Orioles and there’s no reason to believe that we aren’t going to get another dose of double digit victory, so it puts all of them in play as studs. Gurriel has been especially hot lately with a slash of .325/.364/.675 over the last 40 at-bats, so he’s a fantastic spend at first and a key part of a stack.

Editor’s Note: Gurriel is not in the lineup for today’s game vs. the Orioles.

Other Options — Danny Santana ($5,100)

Value

Mike Ford, NYY at TOR, $3,700 — The value plays at first base are all actually pretty lame, so I’ll stick with a back of the order guy in Mike Ford. He’s not hitting for contact but he’s got two home runs and a double on the six hits over the past 10 games and has a terrific matchup. He’s better used as part of a stack but he makes sense as a one-off as well.

Other Options — Justin Smoak ($3,600)


SECOND BASE

Stud

DJ LeMahieu, NYY at TOR, $5,400 — You really can’t go wrong if you pay up for second base, but I’ll lay my hat on LeMahieu who is having a phenomenal year at the plate and should continue to have success today. His 10.8 DKFP is a bit annoying considering he is batting .375 over that span and he should be producing a bit more, but the plate skills and consistency make him a great play in all formats.

Other Options — Jose Altuve ($5,500), Ozzie Albies ($5,100)

Value

Luis Rengifo, LAA at BOS, $3,500 — Rengifo is mostly a play based on floor rather than ceiling thanks to his switch-hitting abilities against a subpar pitcher and bullpen combo. He’s been okay recently and across the year he’s hit .235/.320/.354 and while the upside isn’t massive he helps you fit the important stacks and that’s what we are aiming for today.

Other Options — Isan Diaz ($3,200)


THIRD BASE

Stud

Alex Bregman, HOU at BAL, $5,600 — Look, the guy is hitting .459/.524/.865 with an OPS of 1.389 over the past 10 games, is hitting in the heart of one of the most complete lineups in baseball, and will be facing a team that has given up more home runs than any other team in the league. He’s a slam dunk play if you can afford him, and you should be doing your best to get there.

Other Options — Gio Urshela ($5,100)

Value

Marwin Gonzalez, MIN vs. CLE, $3,400 — It’s always a bit meh to succumb to playing Gonzalez because his home runs are so far and few between and he doesn’t steal bases so you’re really looking for 5-10 fantasy points in every outing, but the good news is that he gets there pretty often and can help bolster your team. Facing a rookie with walk problems makes his floor secure and is enough to put him in consideration.

Other Options — Brandon Drury ($3,400)


SHORTSTOP

Stud

Carlos Correa, HOU at BAL, $5,100 — Over the past 10 games, Correa is smashing value with a slash of .342/.444/.737 and 12.3 fantasy points which actually makes him one of the highest floor players on the Astros. Maybe the one issue with Correa is that you can’t play everyone on the team so somebody has to be left out and shortstop has some other strong options, but Correa should be your first choice especially as a one-off.

Other Options — Alex Bregman ($5,600), Xander Bogaerts ($5,200)

Value

Ryan Goins, CWS vs. OAK, $3,300 — Goins has been a solid source of value since getting called up to take over for the injury-riddled White Sox and I don’t see a reason to stop using him quite yet. He’s in the middle of a rough stretch but still has double digits in four of his last 10 games and for the price I love his upside in GPPs.

Other Options — Ehire Adrianza ($3,500)


OUTFIELD

Stud

Mike Trout, LAA vs. BOS, $5,800 — There’s certainly fair excuse to go with any combination of Astros or Yankees in the outfield, but I just love Trout’s consistency and ceiling combo and think you have to try to get him involved in such a solid matchup. The only thing Trout is doing worse this year is stealing bases, as he only has nine thus far, but he’s already surpassed his career home run best and should be treated as the top player on the slate.

Other Options — Yordan Alvarez ($5,700), George Springer ($5,300)

Value

Johan Camargo, ATL at MIA, $3,100 — I’m not really a fan of Johan Camargo’s skillset as he’s mostly unimpressive from an event upside standpoint, but his price is fantastic here and he’s facing one of the worst pitchers on the slate. He’s going to get on base at least once here and being a switch-hitter he’s going to have opportunity to tee off on a weak bullpen as well.

Other Options — Bubba Starling ($3,000)


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