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!

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Catcher

Stud

Kyle Schwarber ($4200) – Whenever Schwarber gets to go up against a right-hander he moves to the top of the list at a tough position to fill. When his price is only $4200, it becomes a lot tougher not to use him. He faces Matt Cain who has a .341 batting average allowed this year to left-handed bats. Schwarber has a .455 wOBA with an ISO score of .344. Those are the best numbers you will find for a splits matchup at the catcher position today. He has homerun upside for tournament play and has been solid and consistent enough to be a great cash game option as well, especially when he is cheaper then the $4700-$5000 we have seen him at.

Value

Francisco Cervelli ($3700) – Cervelli has had a really solid year with the bat for this Pirates team and always flies under the radar. He faces the lefty Brad Hand who has allowed right-handed bats to hit .293 with a WHIP of 1.43, so he has struggled to get them out. Cervelli has a .419 wOBA which is second only to Schwarber today. His ISO score of .206 is also very respectable for a cheap catching option. He does not have huge homerun upside, but he has been able to put a few in the gap and come up with some extra base hits. He has a solid lineup in front of him that hits lefties well from top to bottom, so he should see a few RBI chances here as well.

First Base

Stud

Anthony Rizzo ($4600) – Rizzo has scored at least 9 fantasy points in his last five games and is averaging almost 13 over this stretch. He also matches up with Matt Cain here today who has allowed lefties that .341 batting average we discussed with Schwarber. Rizzo has started to heat up as the race gets tight down the stretch and he is actually discounted today from the $5000+ price we have seen him at. He owns a .394 wOBA with a .270 ISO score against right-handed pitching this year as well, so he falls into the ranges we like to see from guys we want to pay up for.

Value

Ben Paulsen ($3000) – Paulsen gets a matchup with Mike Foltynewica who may be the weakest pitcher on the mound today. What I really like about him is the fact he likely will be batting cleanup here with Carlos Gonzalez leaving yesterday’s game early with an injury. If that is the case, he should be in a great spot to drive in runs with the guys in front of him getting on base. Foltynewicz has allowed a .337 batting average to left-handed bats already this year. Paulsen has a wOBA against right-handers of .357, so while it isn’t elite, it is pretty good for a guy priced at $3000 with the potential for a lineup bump.

Second Base

Stud

Jason Kipnis ($4300) –kipnis It was a tough call between Kipnis and and Zobrist here, but the matchup for Kipnis is a little more favorable, so he gets the nod. He faces Wily Peralta who has allowed lefties to hit .290 against him with 8 homers in 42 innings of work. Kipnis has hit right-handed pitching well his whole career and owns a .410 wOBA against them this year, although his homerun power has yet to be seen. Kipnis has not been great since coming off the DL a week ago, but Peralta has allowed 15 runs over his last four starts, so he has been even worse. Hitting on top of the order means a max number of at-bats for Kipnis, so this should be a pretty nice spot to roll him out there.

Value

Kike Hernandez ($2600) – Kike Hernandez is a platoon player, which is fine when the splits are in his favor. The good thing about it is that he is priced very low, despite the fact he has elite numbers in his preferred split. His wOBA against lefties is over .500 which is silly for a guy who really is not a big power hitter that can rack up wOBA points with one or two big homeruns. He has a matchup with the Rookie John Lamb who really has looked overmatched so far in his career here. He has been bad to everyone and the Dodgers team he faces is getting a big park bump playing in Cincy, so this looks like a real nice spot for them. Kike tends to hit on top of the order, which means max at-bats for the road team and a lot of chances to pay off the measley $2600 price tag.

Shortstop

Stud

Jung Ho Kang ($4000) – The clean up hitting middle infielder for the Pirates is starting to heat up again. He has 85 fantasy points in his last 7 games which is about 12 per contest. At his price, that average would be excellent value. He also has a good matchup here as he faces a lefty in Brad Hand who has struggled with right-handed bats. Righties have not taken Hand deep often, but they do have a .293 batting average against him this season. Kang has a wOBA around .360 against lefties and it was even higher earlier in the year. He absolutely crushed lefties last season in Korea and had eye popping numbers that were only rivaled by what a healthy Tulo could have put up in a full season at Coors field. The price is reasonable and the upside is there so he makes sense for cash and tournament play.

Value

Andres Blanco ($2300) – Normally taking a guy against Noah Syndergaard is not a great idea, but Blanco is dirt cheap, red hot, and in a good lineup spot in a great hitter’s ballpark. After what that Philly offense did to Jacob DeGrom last night, I am not afraid to roll some of these bats against anyone. Blanco has 96 fantasy points over his last 8 starts. That is 12 points per game for a guy who is $2300. Even if he has a subpar game and gets you 7 or 8 fantasy points, that is good value and saves you the salary to go after some high priced bats or arms. He has been a cash game and tournament staple, because he has flashed double digit upside and done it consistently enough to make sense for both.

Third Base

Stud

Nolan Arenado ($4700) – Pricey pick here, but the upside justifies it. Arenado has mashed in righty/righty situations all season. Foltynewica has allowed righties to hit .299 against him with a WHIP over 1.80 and 8 homers in 43 innings of work. Arenado’s wOBA of .385 is nice, but his ISO score of .313 is elite. He has over 20 homers already against right-handers this year, so you got to like him with those numbers. He is more of a tournament option due to his high price, but he can provide big upside at low ownership as many will shy away from the price tag. That makes him a really nice option to have upside and help you win a tournament.

Value

Kris Bryant ($4300) – Some guys have all the luck and Kris Bryant is one of those dudes. The ladies love his dreamy blue eyes and the daily fantasy players love his power upside. He has 107 fantasy points in his last six games which includes four homeruns, so he is definitely hot right now. He faces Matt Cain as well who is worse to left-handed batters, but also has a .275 average allowed to righties. Bryant has his wOBA up to .366 with a .213 ISO score, so the power numbers are real and spectacular.

Outfield

Stud

Bryce Harper ($5100)bryce harper Harper has a dream matchup today and he’s only the seventh most expensive outfielder which is surprising. He faces James Shields in a pitcher’s park which might have something to do with it, but that matchup is favorable for him. Shields has allowed left-handed hitters to put up a .279 average with 17 homeruns in 73 innings of work against him. Harper’s .475 wOBA and .345 ISO score against righties are one of the best lines of any hitter against any split in the majors this year. He has double digit fantasy points in 7 of his last 10, so the consistency and upside are both present here for him. I don’t think he will be the most popular outfielder on the slate, but he never goes really low owned. He has the ability to carry a fantasy team by himself and will be someone to look for if you can afford to get him in.

Adam Jones ($4400) – Jones is a boom or bust kind of play lately, but the booms are tournament winning booms. He has thrown up 25+ points in three of his last nine to go along with 5 games of 3 points or less. He has mashed left-handed pitching his whole life, probably even dating back to little league with the track record he has. He currently over a .400 WOBA and an ISO score over .200, both of which have been climbing since a slow start. He faces Danny Duffy in KC, which is a tough place to hit homers, but yields a surprising number of hits and runs. I think Jones flies under the radar, which makes him a great low owned option to sprinkle in tournaments and hope for one of the big upside games here today.

Curtis Granderson ($4500) – There is no way to do a write up and not include any Mets against a guy like Jerome Williams. Granderson is probably my favorite one as he should be on top of that order on the road which gets him that extra at-bat. Williams is one of the worst pitchers on the mound today and n one of the best hitter’s ballparks. Lefties own a .315 average with a WHIP of 1.69 against him this year. Grandy has a .391 wOBA and a .238 ISO score so he checks off the boxes we like to look for. Over his last five games he has 89 fantasy points which is an average of 16 per contest. That Mets offense is healthy finally and they have absolutely mashed the ball over the last week. Other guys like Conforto, Cespedes, Wright, Flores, and D’Arnaud are also in play too, but Grandy is my favorite option to roll out in any format.

Value

Yasiel Puig ($3500) – Puig is way too cheap here for his preferred splits matchup against a weak pitcher. The rookie John Lamb has been bad against everyone so far, but especially right-handed bats. Puig has owned lefties since returning from the DL and now has his numbers up to a .377 wOBA with .275 ISO score. He has been hitting lower in the order so he has been glossed over in his last few starts, but he homered from the bottom of the order the other day and has provided good production at low ownership rates because of the lineup spot. $3500 for a guy who was a top 15 priced outfielder earlier in the season seems to be a bargain here, so take advantage of it while you can.