Welcome to Opening Day guys! We are focusing on most of the best players from last season that have the best opportunity to produce. The top tier salary guys are in play this week, but we will also be finding you some value at every position.
Francisco Liriano (LHP) – PIT vs. STL– $9,300 – Liriano was averaging 10 strikeouts per game and is coming off of a 1.200 WHIP last season. He had 12 wins last season and an ERA of 3.38. There are plenty of aces going on Sunday but Liriano gives strong bang for your buck.
Matt Harvey (RHP) – NYM vs. KC- $9,200 – Harvey was questionable due to a mysterious blood clot issue in his bladder but it looks like he’s good to go. He also had a nice WHIP last season of 1 and an ERA of 2.71. The Royals don’t strikeout a ton but Harvey should be motivated after the brutal Game 6 loss he incurred in last year’s World Series.
Edinson Volquez (RHP) – KC vs. NM – $6,700 – Volquez had a 3.55 ERA last season and averaged 7 SOs per game. He has also had a great spring producing 14 strikeouts. At his price you can easily stack big name hitters and the Mets offense had long stretches of being anemic last season, making the matchup potentially really solid.
Jose Bautista (OF) – TOR vs. TB – $4,300 – Bautista has had a good spring hitting 2 HRs and 7 RBIs. He had a SLG% of .536 and has a great shot to give us our 1st HR blast on Sunday.
Josh Donaldson (3B) – TOR vs. TB – $4,300 – A Blue Jays stack could be the way to go on Sunday. Donaldson had a wOBA of .375 and a SLG of .525 last season. Donaldson has had a great spring putting up a .357 batting average.
Curtis Granderson (OF) – NYM vs. KC – $4,500 – Granderson had a SLG% greater than .500 and had an ISO of .227 against right handed pitching last year. He’s one of the better options on Opening Day in terms of raw matchup.
Andrew McCutchen (OF) – PIT vs. STL – $4,200 – McCutchen will be batting 2nd this season and has produced a spring BA of .279. He has a wOBA of .378 and a SLG of .488, he should get on base and score.
Edwin Encarnacion (1B) – TOR vs. TB – $4,400 – Encarnacion will likely bat 4th and is in a great spot. He has a wOBA of .400 and an SLG of .557. He is coming off of an oblique strain, but he says that he is fine and should be good on Opening Day.
Yoenis Cespedes (OF) – NYM vs. KC – $4,600 – Cespedes comes into the season hot hitting .388 over spring games. He has a wOBA of .381 and should be able to produce the slugging power for a HR on opening day.
Neil Walker (2B) – NYM vs. KC – $4,100 – He has struggled in the spring only hitting .129 but he historically hits better against right handed pitching and has a strong opening day matchup.
Lucas Duda (1B) – NYM vs. KC – $4,200 – Duda will bat right before Walker and has an almost identical .341 wOBA against right handed pitching. He had a rough spring, batting just .189 but he proved last year he has huge upside on a nightly basis and is always capable of multiple HRs.
Brad Miller (SS) – TB vs. TOR – $3,200 – Miller is hitting 6th in the Rays Opening Day lineup and while Stroman is a young star in the making, he’s probably more likely to be lit up than any of the other Opening Day starters on the slate.
Corey Dickerson (OF) – TB vs. TOR – $3,500 – Dickerson mashes right handed pitching, which means he makes for a good GPP play. He has a wOBA of .398 and will look to bounce back from a rocky Spring Training since being traded to Tampa.
Stephen Piscotty (OF) – STL vs. PIT – $3,400 – Piscotty has had a decent spring and has cranked multiple HRs. He had a wOBA of .377 and should bat 2nd to start the season. This puts him in a great spot to get on base.
Yadier Molina (CTCH) – STL vs. PIT – $3,100 – Molina is coming off of surgeries, but should start opening day. At his price and his .261 wOBA he makes for a contrarian play against a good pitcher.
Ryan Goins (2B) – TOR vs. TB – $2,400 – Goins will get the start for the injured Devon Travis. He will be batting 9th and won’t see a lot of ABs, but his price tag and wOBA of .305 against right handed pitching makes him an intriguing GPP play.