WATCH: MADISON BUMGARNER’S UPSIDE AGAINST THE ROYALS TONIGHT
We’ve got a lot of potential for rain throughout tonight’s 11-game slate, so keep an eye on the weather channel like the late-great Bill Paxton in Twister. Any questions, you can find me on Twitter @BZweimanNHL.
Dallas Keuchel — HOU vs. LAA — $9,900
The 2015 Cy Young winner has got to be the frontrunner to take home the award again this season. He’s 2-0 with a 0.86 ERA and 0.61 WHIP with 15 Ks in 21 IP so far this season. Prior to Tuesday’s 5-2 win, the Angels had lost their previous six in a row, failing to score more than three runs in each game. As a team, Los Angeles is batting .208 vs. LHPs. Keuchel’s career record at home is 31-18 with six complete games and four shutouts.
Other Options: Chris Archer ($9,700), Masahiro Tanaka ($9,000)
Jason Vargas — KC vs. SFG — $5,300
Of every projected starting pitcher on Wednesday’s 11-game late slate, Vargas is tops with 28.8 DKFP per game. He’s worked into the sixth inning with at least six Ks in both starts, inducing a total of 18 ground balls. The Giants are batting .225 vs. LHPs and lead the MLB in ground balls (214 in 15 games).
Other Options: Trevor Bauer ($7,200), Amir Garrett ($4,800)
Brian McCann — HOU vs. LAA — $3,500
I’ve touted McCann’s name before and I’ll do it again. The veteran catcher has enjoyed his change of scenery with the Astros, batting .294 with a .905 OPS through 10 games. He’s posted at least six DKFP in seven of his past nine games, and Angels’ projected starter J.C. Ramirez really struggled in his first career MLB start, allowing five ER with eight fly balls in 5.0 IP last week. Each of McCann’s two homers has come at home this season.
Other Options: Russell Martin ($3,300), Yasmani Grandal ($3,300)
Tucker Barnhart — CIN vs. BAL — $2,800
Barnhart and the Reds lit up the Orioles in game one of their series, scoring nine runs through the first three innings. The switch-hitter contributed a RBI double, giving him at least a hit in 7 of 10 games. Expect another big offensive performance from Cincinnati again vs. struggling RHP Ubaldo Jimenez.
Other Options: – Chris Iannetta ($2,600)
Jose Abreu — CWS vs. NYY — $4,200
Abreu is stuck in a 0-for-19 slump, but there’s a lot to like about the slugger in Wednesday’s matchup at Yankee Stadium. For one, he’s a HR hitter in a HR hitter’s ballpark. Two, Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka has been leaving balls over the middle of the plate all season, with an 8.36 ERA and 1.92 WHIP in three starts. With a low projected ownership, Abreu has a chance to be a key component in your tournament lineup.
Other Options: Joey Votto ($5,000), Chris Davis ($4,700)
Mitch Moreland — BOS vs. TOR — $2,900
Moreland is one of those left-handed batters who actually doesn’t stink against LHP. He’s, surprisingly, been the Red Sox’ best hitter early in the season, leading Boston with a .358 average and 1.046 OPS. Moreland comes into Wednesday ranked fifth among first basemen in DKFP per game (9.4) despite being priced 40th at the position.
Other Options: – Logan Morrison ($3,200), Ryan Zimmerman ($3,100)
* Tonight’s game between the Indians and Twins has been postponed due to rain.
Jose Ramirez — CLE vs. MIN — $4,100
I wasn’t sure if anyone would look better than Francisco Lindor does right now, but Ramirez is giving his teammate a run for his money. Ramirez’s line during a six-game hitting streak is appalling: 14-for-24 with seven runs, three HRs and 10 RBI (26.2 DKFP per game). Yes, you read that right. He should thrive vs. Adalberto Mejia; Ramirez bats .293 against finesse pitchers in his career.
Other Options: Jonathan Schoop ($3,900), Jose Peraza ($3,800)
Whit Merrifield — KC vs. SGF — $3,100
Merrifield was solid in his season debut, going 2-for-3 with a solo HR and two walks (21 DKFP). He hit .283 through half a season in 2016 and is a minor threat to steal (eight SBs in 81 games). LHP Madison Bumgarner is a tough draw for anyone, but Merrifield is hitting .351 vs. LHP in 85 career plate appearances.
Other Options: – Yolmer Sanchez ($2,400)
Nolan Arenado — COL vs. LAD — $4,200
Arenado leads all 3B in Wednesday’s 11-game slate with 11.2 DKFP per game. He’s 8-for-13 with four doubles, three HRs and six RBI in his past three games, but will run into Clayton Kershaw tonight. Luckily Arenado has had success vs. the superstar lefty, batting .333 with two HRs and four RBI in 36 ABs against Kershaw in his career.
Other Options: Xander Bogaerts ($4,000), Maikel Franco ($3,800)
Lonnie Chisenhall — CLE vs. MIN — $3,300
Lonnie has opened the season with hits in five of six games (7-for-20, 2 HRs, 8 RBI). The Indians lineup has been potent, scoring over 10 runs in two of the past four games, with a juicy matchup vs. the unimposing Adalberto Mejia on tap. Chisenhall can easily be stacked with Ramirez, Lindor or Michael Brantley.
Other Options: Chris Coghlan ($2,100)
Troy Tulowitzki — TOR vs. BOS — $3,600
You might as well just play Lindor, but if you’re feeling a little frisky, perhaps Wednesday is the day the Blue Jays’ lineup snaps out of it. Tulo has been Toronto’s most consistent producer and is 8-for-20 during a five-game hitting streak. He leads the Blue Jays in RBI and Red Sox projected SP Rick Porcello just got hit for eight ER on eight hits (4 HRs) over 4.1 IP in his previous start.
Other Options: Francisco Lindor ($4,600), Tim Anderson ($3,600)
Jose Iglesias — DET vs. TB — $2,300
Iglesias doesn’t have much pop to his bat, but he’s been stellar in his past five games (9-for-18, 3 R, 3 2B, 2 SB). He’s had at least seven DKFP in each of those outings and is leading the struggling Tigers in BA (.262). If the top of Detroit’s order can get things going, Iglesias could be more aggressive and score more runs.
Other Options: Eduardo Escobar ($2,700)
Bryce Harper — WAS vs. ATL — $4,900
If you’re going fishing for an HR, Harper is your bass to Mike Trout. Okay, that wasn’t funny, but neither is Harper’s past two games, which have been just mean. He’s 5-for-8 with two doubles, two HRs and five RBI in that stretch. Braves RHP Julio Teheran has been untouchable so far this season but is always prone to the long ball (at least 22 allowed in each of the past four seasons).
Other Options: Mark Trumbo ($4,600), Adam Duvall ($4,200)
Avisail Garcia — CWS vs. NYY — $3,300
As previously mentioned, Tanaka isn’t on his game for the Yankees, and balls have been leaving the park often when he’s on the mound. Garcia has belted two homers in his past three games, including a three-run shot in Tuesday’s win to end New York’s eight-game winning streak. Oh yeah, Garcia is leading the majors in batting (.440), so of course he’s incredibly affordable.
Other Options: Kevin Pillar ($3,000), Chris Young ($2,800)
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