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!
Brian McCann ($4000) – McCann has been very boom or bust lately with 11, 17, and 30 points sandwiched around two zero’s in his last five games. He has the revenge factor on his side as he is back in Atlanta and has a great mtachup today. Matt Wisler has really struggled, especially to left-handed bats this year who are hitting around .300. McCann has much better numbers against right-handed pitching as well, so this is his preferred split. With injuries all over the Yanks lineup to some big names, it’s a welcome sign that McCann is starting to produce with the bat.
Derek Norris ($3400) – Derek Norris has always hit left-handed pitching well throughout his career. He has a good matchup here against the Phillies Rookie, Adam Morgan. Morgan has not been good since his call up. Norris is also not having his best year, but he is cheap today, plays in a good hitter’s park (Citizen Bank) and has his preferred L/R split. Not much in the price range excited me at the catcher position, so he is one of the better cheap options if you need one.
Joey Votto ($5000) – Votto has the strangest stat line of any player I looked at today. I almost though he was getting pinch hit for when I noticed he only had 14 at-bats in the last 7 games. The real reason is he has walked 16 times. That’s over two walks per game on average. He faces Matt Garza here today and Garza has struggled bad with left-handed bats this season. Votto has over a .400 wOBA against right-handers so the matchup works out perfectly for him. The ballpark is hitter friendly and Votto should be in his normal three hole spot against a guy who has struggled all season, so he gets the nod as the top option here. I just hope they actually pitch to him this game.
Gregory Bird ($3600) – Another Yankee facing the struggling young righty Matt Wisler today. Bird has been hitting fifth in the order while Teixiera is on the mend. He faces Matt Wisler who has allowed left-handed bats to hit over .300 against him this year. Bird has a lot of guys hitting in front of him with good on-base percentages in that Yankee lineup, so he should see a few RBI opportunity in what looks to be a high scoring game for New York. At $3600, he does not need to do a ton in order to make value.
Robinson Cano ($4000) – It’s been a long time since I wrote this name in this slot, but despite going 0 for 4 last night, it’s warranted. Cano had an eight game hitting streak going prior to last night, so he is starting to hit the ball well. He takes on Jeff Samardzija who has only been good in about one of every four starts lately. Since the Ms switched up their hitting coach, Cano has managed to turn his fortunes around. He is too good of a hitter not to right the ship eventually and if I knew I could get Robinson Cano batting cleanup against a guy who is weaker to lefties in a good hitter’s park for only $4000, I would have signed up right then and there. That is exactly the case we have here today.
Martin Prado ($3100) – Prado has always been a professional hitter in every sense of the word. He is not a big power guy, does not have a ton of speed, but he can make contact and rack up hits with the best of them. He know has hits in seven straight games including three multi-hit games and is starting to drive in more runs now that he is batting third in that order. Prado can hit left or right-handed pitching, so the matchup with Jordan Zimmerman does not scare me away and Prado has 9.8 fantasy points per game over his last 10. If you need a cheap option that has cash game safety and tournament upside, I think Prado fits the mold today.
Jung Ho Kang ($3900) – This is a great spot for Kang. The SS has been batting 4th or 5th for the pirates and doing a good job of producing recently. He has hits in 8 of his last 10 games, with 4 of those being multi-hit games. He has averaged a little over 10.3 points per contest and is still priced below $4K. Finally he has a history of hitting left-handed pitching well, including a wOBA over .360 this year. Finally he faces Chris Rusin, who is a struggling lefty for the Rockies, which all adds up to this being a great spot for Kang.
Andres Blanco ($2500) – I like value plays I can rely on for cash games and as salary savers in a tournament to allow me to get big bats and Blanco has been that guy lately. He has at least 7 fantasy points in nine of his last ten games, which is great value considering this is the highest price we have seen him at. He was dropped from the two hole into the five spot, which only gives him more RBI opportunities. An RBI double or a two run single out of him pays his salary off in one swing. Blanco has been consistent, and even a ten point game out of him is upside at the price based on the points per dollar scale.
Manny Machado ($4900) – This has more to do with not liking the options around him then it does with loving Machado today. Machado has cooled off from a torrid run after becoming the lead off batter. He has not been stealing bases lately and his extra base power seems to have abandoned him. He is still on top of that order though, so he gets max at-bats and he faces a good matchup here in a good hitter’s park. Machado faces Martin Perez who has struggled with right-handed bats and just has not been effective this season. Machado has seen his numbers dip, but he still has solid splits against lefties, so he makes sense. With the injuries and bad matchups to other top options, he is the most likely producer at the high end today amongst third baseman.
Jedd Gyorko ($2900) – The Padres five hole hitter has his preferred splits matchup here today in a great hitter’s ballpark. Gyorko actually has the highest wOBA on the team against left-handed pitching, so this is when you want him in your lineups. He had a two homerun game a few days back, so we have seen his upside in a good matchup. At under $3000, he makes sense as a guy to take a chance on in order to save money to use elsewhere.
Bryce Harper ($5600) – Harper has a sneaky good matchup here today. Tom Koehler has not allowed a high batting average to either side of the plate, but he has given up 14 homeruns to left-handed batters. Bryce Harper has ungodly numbers as a left-handed bat facing right-handed pitching. The ballpark is not ideal, but Bryce Harper has the power that plays in any stadium, so it does not matter. My only fear with Harper is he has been pitched around lately, so a 0 for 1 with three walk game is very possible. Still Koehler has been shaky lately and the Nats have a few more healthy bats, so even then he could make value if the guys behind him can knock him in.
Andrew McCutchen ($5100) – Cutch may be the hottest hitter in baseball and the hottest player in fantasy. He has scored double digit fantasy points in 6 of his last eight and is averaging almost 16 points per game during this stretch. Even at $5100, that s great value. He has a .390 wOBA on the season against left-handed pitching and faces a weak one in Chris Rusin. In fact the only thing that could make this more appealing is if the game was in Coors. Cutch has been heating up and looking healthy. He is the one guy I would pay up for if you have the money and can’t get hm and Harper.
Adam Jones ($4500) – It has not been a banner season for Adam Jones, but he has smashed left-handed pitching his whole career. He is in a good spot today against a weak lefty in Martin Perez, so I would expect a good performance. Perez has really struggled with right-handed bats and Jones has a wOBA over .400 against lefties. Tex is a hitter friendly park and Jones should see 4 to 5 at-bats as a road team on top of his order. His $4500 tag is also $1100 less than Harper’s, so he is easier to pair with McCutchen and cheap option without rally giving up much upside today.