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: @TheRolyPolyBoyThere are plenty of MLB contests available — Get in the action!
Zack Greinke @ Cincinnati Reds ($13,800) – The venue isn’t great, but Greinke is a pitcher I don’t mind starting anytime or anywhere. With his 23.9 FPPG average, can you afford to roster him? Sure you can. Especially if you go with one of the values I provide below. I wish Greinke brought a bit more strikeouts to the party, but we’re okay with it if he keeps his hits-against as low as he has to this point. Only 117 HA in 172.1 IP – fantastic-o!
Other recommendations: Drew Smyly ($10,900), Carlos Rodon ($9,800) and Rubby De La Rosa ($9,600)
Justin Nicolino vs. Pittsburgh Pirates ($6,800) – I love Nicolino’s future. I really do. And, I really like how he’s debuted as a professional, although the strikeouts aren’t there yet. That’ll come, though, so I’m not too worried. Nicolino is limiting hits and home runs, which is always a DFS bonus.
Other recommendations: Matt Shoemaker ($6,400)
Travis d’Arnaud @ Aaron Harang – PHI ($4,700) – Wow, can we get a more luscious play on Thursday at catcher? d’Arnaud has been on fire, with 3 HR, 8 RBI and a lovely slash line of .303/.650/1.045 in his last 10 contests. You have to love the Harang matchup as well, and d’Arnaud unloading his bat in the friendly confines of Citizens Bank Park in Philly.
Other recommendations: Russell Martin ($3,900)
Wilson Ramos vs. Andrew Cashner – SD ($3,100) – I list Ramos here because he’s been smokin’ hot of late and he does hit better at home. Don’t go crazy to get Ramos into your lineup, but he’s not a bad value play if you’re looking to save some bucks at the catcher slot. Ramos has five hits and 2 HR over his last three games played.
Other recommendations: Dioner Navarro ($2,900)
Jose Abreu vs. Roenis Elias – SEA ($5,100) – I love the matchup, with Abeu’s right handed bat facing Elias and his left handed arm. Abreu has a 2 HR on 5 hits over his last three games of play, and he’s one of my favorites heading into Thursday’s games. Expect Abreu to have a shot at 35 HR by season’s end, although 30 HR is more likely. Still, all we’re concerned about is what will Abreu do for me TODAY.
Other recommendations: Miguel Cabrera ($5,500), Adrian Gonzalez ($4,600) and Mark Trumbo ($4,200)
Kendrys Morales vs. Chris Tillman – BAL ($3,800) – It’s okay, you don’t have to be a Morales fan like I am, but how under-the-radar is this guy? Did you know that Morales has 86 RBI on the season to this point? Wow-zers. Most of Morales’ run production comes at home, and I’m not convinced Tillman escapes bruise-free with Morales 5-for-9 against Tillman so far in their careers. Yeah, yeah… sample size. Blah, blah, blah.
Other recommendations: Ryan Zimmerman ($3,600), Yangervis Solarte ($3,400) and Victor Martinez ($3,300)
Dee Gordon vs. Gerrit Cole – PIT ($4,700) – Gordon has dropped $100 since I posted him here in this exact spot last week, and I’m just getting all worked up over it. Gordon hits for average and will give you a great shot at stolen bases. I know facing Cole isn’t ideal, but there’s a limited bunch of second base options that I don’t feel too confident in.
Other recommendations: Ben Zobrist (($4,200) and Robinson Cano ($4,100)
Chase Utley @ Anthony DeSclafani – CIN ($3,200) – You have to make sure Utley is in the Dodgers’ lineup, but, if he is, Utley is a good play. Don’t expect miracles, although I’d be fine with a 10-point fantasy day assuming you build right well elsewhere. Utley has been given new life in Los Angeles and will certainly help more than hurt your lineup.
Other recommendations: Jonathan Schoop ($3,700) and Danny Espinosa ($3,000)
David Wright @ Aaron Harang – PHI ($4,900) – Wright may not be an everyday player from here on out, but I’ve got him pegged to start facing the Phillies. I like him to build consistency and provide some power down the stretch, and Harang is a swell target for fantasy-point riches. Yeah, swell. Lock up Wright if he’s in the Mets starting lineup.
Other recommendations: Manny Machado ($4,400) and Matt Carpenter ($4,300)
Nick Castellanos vs. Matt Shoemaker – LAA ($3,500) – Castellanos is heating up, and it’s about damn time. He’s got 3 HR and 11 RBI over his last 10 games, while cutting down his strikeouts in a big way. You have to love that he’s not striking out, right? Castellanos is my favorite value-play on Thursday facing Shoemaker.
Other recommendations: Jonathan Schoop ($3,700)
Troy Tulowitzki @ Yovani Gallardo – TEX ($4,200) – Tulowitzki has five hits in his last 10 at-bats and is starting to pull out of his funk. It’s been awhile since Tulo has homered, so the points you get from him will likely be from base hits and other production. Consider a homer a bonus from Tulo. The attractive part? The $4.2 K salary that you can lock him in at. Gallardo is a fly ball pitcher and is known for giving up the long ball over his career. Even though Gallardo has been surprising this season at Arlington Stadium, that doesn’t mean you can ignore the Park Factor.
Jimmy Rollins @ Anthony DeSclafani – CIN ($3,600) – Rollins has sucked wind this season, but he’s been providing a bit of pop lately and coming through for owners who have been brave enough to roster him of late. Rollins has 5 XBH even with his contact rate suffering a bit due to the strikeout.
Other recommendations: Elvis Andrus ($3,500)
Nelson Cruz @ Carlos Rodon – CHW ($5,700) – Massive right handed homerun power hitter facing a young rookie lefty arm in Rodon? Gimme. Me like-y. As we all know, Rodon has excellent stuff, so Cruz could provide you goose eggs, but I really like his chances facing the young pitcher. Rack him! Spend the dough on Cruz.
Other recommendations: Bryce Harper ($5,300), Yoenis Cespedes ($4,900) and Gregory Polanco ($4,300)
Michael Cuddyer @ Aaron Harang – PHI ($3,700) – Cuddyer isn’t exactly a reliable household name in the DFS world these days, so tread carefully. Thankfully, he’s only listed here in the Value section. I mean, you don’t expect to find a value here, do you? All kidding aside, Cuddyer is a smart play facing Harang who is just awful.
Other recommendations: Michael Conforto ($3,800) and Josh Harrison ($3,600)
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