We have a huge slate of games today! Here are some guys I think you should at least consider, at every position and price range. Good luck!
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Kyle Schwarber ($3500) – Schwarber is an elite hitting talent and since that is all we care about for fantasy, he is always in play when he is in. He has been batting in the two hole lately for the Cubs and get a good splits matchup today. He faces Matt Garza who has allowed left-handed batters to hit .309 against him with 8 homers in 51 innings of work. Schwarber has an elite level .460 wOBA with an ISO score of .260, so he can rack up hits and hit for power. This is a solid matchup for him and the price is user friendly.
Stephen Vogt ($3600) – Vogt is also pretty easy to fit into a lineup today. Despite his recent struggles, he is also a very good guy to look at. Vogt has a .367 wOBA and a .219 ISO score which are great numbers for a catcher against right-handed pitching. He faces Cody Anderson who is not a high strikeout guy and has allowed left-handed bats to hit .270 against him with 4 homers in only 16 innings of work. Vogt has cooled off from a blistering start, but he still has a power spot in that order and a good matchup here today.
Anthony Rizzo ($4900) – In his last three games, Rizzo is 6 for 11 with a homerun in each game. After a month where he almost went homerless, he is heating up again. Rizzo smashes right-handed pitching. He too faces Garza and his .309 average against lefties with a HR every 6 innings of work. Rizzo has a .383 wOBA with an ISO score of .254. He has power and a high Om Base Percent, so this is a great matchup for him.
Adam Lind ($4000) – Lind is coming in at a discount price recently. He was $1000 more expensive just a week or two ago and still has elite numbers against right-handed pitching. He has a .383 wOBA with an ISO score of .235, so he too can hit for average and power from the left side. He faces Kyle Hendricks who has struggled with lefties this season. Left-handed bats are hitting .268 against him with 7 homers in 52 innings of work. He comes in at a big discount to the top options and has just as good a matchup. Makes for a solid cash game play or cheap upside play for a tournament.
Brian Dozier ($4900) – I’m not a huge fan of paying up at second base. If I do pay up though, I want the Homerun upside Dozier gives you. He has a .387 wOBA and a ISO score of .269 against left-handed pitching which are both huge numbers for a second base eligible player. He faces Mike Montgomery who has not allowed a high average to right-handed bats so far, but has allowed 7 homers in only 54 innings of work. Dozier’s homerun upside gives him the nod over a guy like Kipnis who is also in a good spot. If you are paying the price tag though, it makes more sense to look at the guy that can pay it off with one swing.
Scooter Gennett ($2900) – Scooter is back in our lives. With the Parra trade, Scooter seems to be the new left-handed bat on the top of that order against right-handers. He too faces Hendricks and his .268 batting average allowed against left-handers. The upside here is Schwarber is likely catching, so if Scooter gets on, he can easily steal a base or two.
Alex Rodriguez ($5000) – He is the most expensive option, but he has also been the best lately. He is 11 for 27 over his last seven games with four homers, 7 RBI, and 7 runs scored. He faces John Danks who has some of the worst numbers all year against right-handed batters. Danks has given up a .320 average with 12 homers in 81 innings of work to right-handed batters. A Rod has been smashing lefties lately to the tune of a .456 wOBA and a .365 ISO score. He will be in his usual three hole in the order and has been absolutely outstanding this season. He has a great chance to take Danks yard and really put up a nice fantasy score.
Derek Dietrich ($2900) – Dietrich is a very intriguing option at only $2900. He has great numbers against right-handed pitching this year with a .389 wOBA and an ISO score of .259. He faces Odrismer Despaigne who is a soft tossing righty. Despaigne has actually been worse against right-handed hitters this year, but Dietrich’s numbers are good enough and price is low enough that he gets the benefit of the doubt.
Jhonny Peralta ($3600) – This is a great price on one of the top power hitting shortstops in the game. Jhonny face Jorge De La Rosa in this one. De La Rosa has struggled more with lefties and more at home, but Peralta still profiles well against him. Peralta has a .351 wOBA, but his ISO score of .264 against left-handers is one of the highest in the league,behind guys like Correa and Tulowitzki. He homered last night and he loves hitting against lefties over his career. This looks like a nice spot for hi at a very friendly price.
Cesar Hernandez ($3000) – The “HAIL CESAR” tweets should be out in full effect today as the new Phillies lead off man has another chance to pay off his salary in one at-bat. Cesar has very little power, but he fantasy value lies in getting on, stealing, and scoring a run. At $3000 he would return 3 points per $1000 in one plate appearance if he does that and he has done it often. He is my favorite salary saving option and he can be rolled out almost daily at this point when Philly sees a right-handed pitcher.
Nelson Cruz ($5200) – Cruz went yard again yesterday which now gives him 5 homers in his last 10 games. He has another good matchup today against Kyle Gibson. Gibson has allowed right-handed bats to hit .275 against him with 7 homers in 60 innings of work. Cruz has a robust .383 wOBA even in his lesser split with a respectable .234 ISO score. He has hit safely in each of the last ten games with five multi-hit games along the way. He is 18 for his last 45 and those are numbers that have to be respected.
Josh Reddick ($4300) – Reddick has cooled off a little from his hot start as well, but still profiles to have a good game here. He faces Cody Anderson of the Indians who is not a huge strikeout guy and has allowed left-handed bats to hit .270 against him with four homers in 16 innings of work. Reddick is a patient hitter with power upside. He has a .382 wOBA with a .202 ISO score this year. He has found himself in the three hole after the Zobrist trade too, so he should be in line for some RBI opportunities as well.
Preston Tucker ($3700) – If you do not know about this kid yet, you should put him on your radar. The young lefty for Houston has been mashing right-handed pitching and now has three legit bats in front of him that can get on base and give him RBI chances from the cleanup spot. Tucker faces Jeremy Hellickson who has allowed left-handed bats to hit .291 against him with a 1.64 WHIP. Tucker has an elite level .405 wOBA with a .278 WHIP.
Chris Young ($3100) – If you are tired of seeing me write this guy up in the value section than by all means do not play him. If you like money though, make sure he is in your roster. The Yankees face John Danks who has allowed right-handed bats to hit .320 with 12 homers in 81 innings of work. Chris Young has a .477 wOBA and a .340 ISO score against left-handed pitching. He likely will be up on top of the order and you can not argue with the production he has given you so far this year. He has gone 5 for 11 in his last two starts against left-handed pitching with 54 fantasy points combined. For only $3100, why would you not take a guy who is averaging 27 fantasy points this week in spots just like this one?