This article will give you players you should target for today’s slate of games. Good luck on Thursday, and feel free to Tweet me at: @TheRolyPolyBoy

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Starting Pitchers

Stud

Jake Arrieta vs. Atlanta Braves ($11,900) – You have to love this start for Arrieta, who faces a toned-down Braves lineup after they threw in the towel at the trade deadline. Arrieta represents true consistency and he strikes out boatloads of hitters. It’s hard not to love the guy. The salary is steep, but well worth building around. Arrieta’s pinpoint location and GB/FB ratio is perfect for Wrigley Field.

Other recommendations: Max Scherzer ($11,400) and Patrick Corbin ($9,300)

Value

Ivan Nova vs. Cleveland Indians ($7,100) – Batters are only hitting .198 against Nova when he’s pitching at Yankee Stadium, although he doesn’t bring heavy strikeouts to the party. I’m looking for a mid-teen fantasy point day out of Nova, so my expectations aren’t too nutty.

Other recommendations: Miguel Gonzalez ($6,400)

Catchers

Stud

Kyle Schwarber vs. Mike Foltynewicz – ATL ($4,900) – I love the lefty/righty matchup with Schwarber facing Foltynewicz, and the total crazy power that Schwarber brings to the table – he’s worth paying every dollar of the $4.9 K price tag. Schwarber’s ISO is a ridiculous .284, just in case you needed some more justification.

Other recommendations: Brian McCann ($4,100)

Value

Caleb Joseph vs. Tyler Duffey – MIN ($3,800) – Joseph has 3 HR and 9 RBI over his last 10 games played and is a reasonable price facing Tyler Duffey. The Twins pitcher has mixed results since being called up by the Twins, although I’m not expecting him to keep Joseph quiet.

Other recommendations: Miguel Montero ($3,200) and Blake Swihart ($3,000)

First Basemen

Stud

Prince Fielder @ Alfredo Simon – DET ($4,600) – It’s hard to believe, but Fielder has a better road line than he does at Arlington Stadium. Cah-razee, right? Okay, well, maybe not that crazy. Fielder is hitting .330/.406/.501 on the road, with 10 HR and 41 RBI.

Other recommendations: Ryan Zimmerman ($4,500)

Value

Buster Posey @ Charlie Morton – PIT ($4,000) – I know there’s no recent statistical reason to recommend Posey with his .207 AVG over his last 10 games, but a hitter like Posey is NOT going to stay down long. Sure, I’m mixing in some gut-feeling here, but it’s not out of left field or anything. If there’s any catcher I truly trust to meet his FPPG average it’s Posey.

Other recommendations: Victor Martinez ($3,500)

Second Basemen

Stud

Dee Gordon vs. Jerome Williams – PHI ($4,800) – Gordon is in one of his major runs right now where he’s providing bitchin’ fantasy stats, with three stolen bases in a row over his last three games. Keep in mind this writing does not include Wednesday’s game, so maybe it’s four now? Whatever. I don’t care. I love Gordon facing Williams and dig the hitting run he’s on.

Other recommendations: Brian Dozier ($4,600) and Ian Kinsler ($4,400)

Value

Jonathan Schoop vs. Tyler Duffey – MIN ($3,900) – I guess I’m picking on Duffey a bit. Yes, I’m a DFS bully. Whatcha gonna do about it, eh? Schoop hasn’t been hitting for power of late, although he’s been seeing the ball fairly well. Don’t be surprised to see Schoop take Duffey downtown.

Other recommendations: Danny Espinosa ($3,700) and Rougned Odor ($3,500)

Third Basemen

Stud

Manny Machado vs. Tyler Duffey – MIN ($5,200) – Okay, with my recommended Machado start it’s obvious that I’m alright with an Orioles stack. Feel free to load up there, with hitters like Machado, Chris Davis, Jonathan Schoop and Caleb Joseph. Rock on, Baltimore!

Other recommendations: Alex Rodriguez ($4,500) and Adrian Beltre ($4,300)

Value

Derek Dietrich vs. Jerome Williams – PHI ($3,100) – Don’t fret, Dietrich isn’t a nobody. Dude is actually a quiet little power source, with all the at-bats he’s been getting with injuries to the Marlins outfield. He qualifies at 3B for DraftKings.com purposes, but that’s okay – a good value he is. Dietrich is averaging more than 15 FPPG over his last three contests and is providing huge return on the salary spent. I think he’s got one more good game in him before running into an 0-fer night.

Other recommendations: Jose Iglesias ($3,100)

Shortstops

Stud

Ian Desmond @ Yohan Flande – COL ($4,600) – Desmond has had a very disappointing year when it comes to his batting average, although he does provide what I’m looking for in a middle infielder in DFS play – power. I’m not going to lie, the Coors Field park factor does play into things, but can you blame me? The good news: Desmond has been heating up, right along with the weather, smacking 3 HR and 9 RBI over his last 10 games played.

Other recommendations: Carlos Correa ($4,600) and Xander Bogaerts ($4,200)

Value

Brandon Crawford @ Charlie Morton – PIT ($3,900) – Crawford hasn’t had a homer in awhile now, although he has been providing decent fantasy stat totals. Nothing crazy, but consistent for the most part. I like the sub-$4 K price.

Other recommendations: Eugenio Suarez ($3,800) and Francisco Lindor ($3,800)

Outfielders

Studs

Bryce Harper @ Yohan Flande – COL ($6,500) – The salary is way high at first glance, although if anyone is worth this kind of dough it’s Harper. Dude has a .455 OBP this season AND he’s hitting in Coors Field – enough said.

Other recommendations: A.J. Pollock ($5,800), Lorenzo Cain ($5,400) and Kyle Schwarber ($4,900)

Values

Jackie Bradley, Jr. vs. Danny Duffy – KC ($4,000) – Make sure you check the starting lineup, mainly since Bradley may find a seat on the bench more often with Hanley Ramirez back in action, but if Bradley is in there I love the price and what he’s been doing with the bat. The power keeps shining through of late, plus he’s drawing walks. Gimme.

Other recommendations: Eddie Rosario ($3,800), Kole Calhoun ($3,800) and Jorge Soler ($3,800)

 

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