We have a nice slate of games today! Here are some guys I think you should at least consider, at every position and price range. Good luck!

 

Catcher

Stud

Kyle Schwarber ($4700) – This is a high price to pay, but the matchup is so good that I can not really call him expensive. Schwarber faces Matt Wisler who has allowed a .347 batting average, 1.96 WHIP, and 6 homers in 28 innings of work to left-handed bats this season. Schwarber owns a .451 wOBA and a .326 ISO score against right-handed pitching, so the matchup is ideal. You will not find better numbers from the catcher position today, so it makes a boatload of sense to roll him out if you can afford the price tag.

Value

John Jaso ($3000) – Jaso is the best cost saver if you can not afford to go up and get Schwarber. The Tampa Bay leadoff man was the DH on Saturday, so he should get the start behind the dish Sunday. He faces Kendall Graveman who has allowed left-handed bats a .281 average so far this season. Jaso has a wOBA around .360 and should see 4 to 5 at-bats as the leadoff man for a road team here. At only $3000, he does not need to do much to pay it off and a big game would be a huge boost to your overall score while allowing you to fit in some of the studs.

First Base

Stud

Anthony Rizzo ($5200) – It is real close here between Joey Votto and Rizzo for the top spot and it is no wonder they are the two most expensive options. I give Rizzo a slight nod based on a few factors. For starters, he has the softer matchup against Wisler whose struggles with left-handed bats are documented above with Schwarber. Rizzo has also been hot, with 5 double digit scores and a 10.4 point average in his last 10 games. He also has 7 or more points in 7 of his last 10 games, so he has safety and upside based on recent numbers.

Value

Ben Paulsen ($3400) – Getting a guy who hits in the middle of the order at Coors field and facing a likely carousel of relief pitchers trying to patch together a nine inning game for only $3400 almost feels like stealing. Paulsen should be facing one of a few right-handed relief men for the Mets and has a .360 wOBA and .211 ISO score against right-handed pitching. Paulsen has not surprisingly been a much better hitter at home. He owns a .300 batting average with 18 extra base hits in 137 at-bats in Coors this year, so he should be in line for a nice outperformance again here.

Second Base

Stud

Ben Zobrist ($4500) – Royals fans must be very happy with the early returns from the Zobrist trade so far. He has hit well from both sides of the plate, but against left-handed pitching he has a sick .509 wOBA with a .346 ISO score so far. He faces rookie Eduardo Rodriguez who has been good, so it’s not an easy matchup for him, but Fenway has been yielding a lot of hits and runs this year. Zobrist should be in his usual two-hole spot for the Royals and should see at least four at-bats on the road in this one. He has been getting on base and scoring runs, so he makes sense to pay up for if you can fit him in at a weak position.

Value

Chris Coghlan ($3400) – You may have missed the fact that Coghlan is now second base eligible, but you should be happy that you can use him here now. Coghlan is a platoon type guy with good splits against right-handed pitching. He tend to find himself batting up in the order in those situations and has a .360 wOBA with a .221 ISO score when they occur. He too faces Matt Wisler and his .347 batting average allowed to left-handed bats. It may seem like we are picking on Wisler here, but that is because we are. His numbers are worse on the road and horrible against lefties, so he is a top option to target against.-

Shortstop

Stud

Troy Tulowitzki ($3500) – tuloTulo has been cold, he has a tough matchup with Garrett Richards and he plays in a pitcher friendly park. You might be thinking, well why would you recommend him then? The answer is that $3500 for a guy with his talent is just way too cheap to ignore. Yes he is better against left-handed pitching and has seen his numbers dip lately, but he is still the most talented offensive shortstop in the game (Sorry Carlos Correa, not yet) and when have you ever been able to get him for $3500 as the 16th most expensive shortstop on the day? Tulo leads off on the road, so 4 or 5 at-bats is not out of the question and at his price, two times on base with a run scored would return value.

Value

Andres Blanco ($2100) – It is hard not to start your rosters by clicking in this minimum priced gem with his production lately. Blanco has no less than 8 fantasy points in his last five starts and is averaging almost 14 per game during his run. He is cemented in the two hole for the Phillies currently and has both SS and third base eligibility so you can roll him out in either spot. He faces Adam Conley on Sunday who has allowed right-handed batters a .317 average so far this year. Blanco currently owns a .455 wBA and an ISO score of .244, so his numbers and recent stats make him a no-brainer here. If you want Kershaw, you likely need Blanco in your lineup to afford him.

Third Base

Stud

Miguel Sano ($5000) – He is getting expensive, but he’s also smashing right-handed pitching and making a name for himself. He faces Kevin Gausman in hitter friendly Camden Yards who has struggled in reverse splits matchups over the last two seasons. Sano owns a eye popping .454 wOBA with a .343 ISO score against right-handed pitching in 2015, so this spot is tailor made for a big performance from him. The price has reached a level where it will scare some away too, so you are probably going to see low ownership on a guy with huge power upside.

Value

Derek Dietrich ($3300) – Dietrich has been a great salary saver all week and has a good spot here today. He has scored at least 14 fantasy points in five of his last seven games with his average being 11 per game over this stretch. He faces Aaron Nola of the Phillies who has a .308 bating average allowed to left-handed bats this year in the majors. Dietrich has some sick numbers with a .410 wOBA and a .287 ISO score against right-handed pitching. He will likely be in the middle of that order as he has been lately and you can’t argue with the production he has given you for the rock bottom price.

Outfield

Stud

Bryce Harper ($5400) – harperHarper is starting to heat up again. He has scored double digit points in six of his last nine games and is averaging over ten points per game during this run. He faces Matt Garza who has allowed left-handed bats to hit .291 against him with 10 homers in 64 innings of work. Harper has a mind boggling .479 wOBA with a .348 ISO score this late in the season which are absolutely marvelous numbers. With most of his teammates back from the DL, he should be in better spots to drive in runs with guys on base more often. He is obviously not cheap, but the production has been elite all season, so he makes sense to roll out there in a plum matchup.

David Peralta ($4000) – David Peralta has cooled off a bit, but he’s still in a great lineup spot for a high powered offense that has been one of the best since the all-star break. He faces Rasiel Iglesias who has struggled to a .309 batting average against left-handed bats. Peralta’s .386 wOBA and .238 ISO scores against right-handed pitching mean he has a great matchup here and while the game is not in Arizona, Cincy is a pretty favorable park for hitter’s as well. Peralta should see a lot of RBI opportunities with the guys like Inciarte, Pollock, and Goldschmidt hitting in front of him, and his price has come back down to the $4000 spot which will be needed today in order to fit in some of the studs many are looking to use.

Nelson Cruz ($5100) –NELSON CRUZ Cruz has 112 fantasy points in his last 10 games which includes hits in 9 of those 10 and 5 homeruns. He faces John Danks who has been a favorite target for fantasy players against right-handed bats for years. Danks allows a .300 average to right-handers this season with 13 homers in 100 innings of work. Cruz has a .479 wOBA and a .339 ISO score in lefty/righty matchups and has hit them well his whole career. It is near impossible to fit in both of these high priced bats together, but with the elite production and plum matchups both have, it is definitely worth trying to do.

Value

Franklin Gutierrez ($3300) – The matchup with John Danks who has allowed a .300 average to right-handed bats is solid. The fact that he is hitting fifth behind Seager, Cano, and Cruz is also a boom for his production. His .400 wOBA and .308 ISO score against righties for only $3300 makes him a great play. The cherry on top is the fact he has over 110 fantasy points in his last nine starts. That means he is averaging over 12 per game and that is insane value for a guy who is only $3300. He has been hot and has a matchup that makes you believe he will stay that way, so Gutierrez is easily the top salary saving outfield option on the slate at first glance.