We have a huge 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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Kyle Schwarber ($3400) – There is no reason to pay up above $3400 at catcher today as we have two of the best options on the day right there. Schwarber has been a monster, although he may sit since he caught last night. If he is in the game though, he is the top option. Schwarber faces Kyle Lohse who has allowed left-handed batters to hit .271 with 11 homers in 51 innings of work. He has an ERA of 6+ to lefties this year. Schwarber has a wOBA of .460 with a .260 Isolated power score. Those are elite numbers for any power hitter, but especially from the catcher spot.
Wellington Catillo ($3300) – Castillo is another superb option if he gets the call today. Castillo faces Colin McHugh who has allowed right-handed bats to hit .306 against him with a WHIP of 1.52. Castillo has a wOBA of .429 with a .315 ISO score. He jacked a twelfth inning homer the other day and has been getting a lot of big hits lately. He tends to bat in the fifth spot of the order and provides nice upside for cheap at a tough to fill position.
Anthony Rizzo ($5000) – Anthony Rizzo is back to being the stud we know and love. His three-run bomb last night makes it four games in a row with a homer for him. The guy is absolutely on fire and has another great matchup here. He faces Lohse who we discussed above. Rizzo has a wOBA of .383 with an ISO score of .254. He is not cheap, but a guy who has homered in four straight games and has eight hits in his last 15 at-bats should not be cheap.
Ryan Howard ($3600) – Howard has really come alive lately and the Phillies have started winning because of it. He has a seven game hit streak and has returned 19 or more fantasy points in four of those seven starts. Howard faces Julio Teheran who has struggled on the road and struggled with left-handed bats. Lefties are hitting .309 against him with 9 homeruns in 54 at-bats. Howard has a wOBA of only .346, but a huge .245 ISO score which underlines his power potential. At $3600 on an offense that has been on fire, he is a steal.
Logan Forsythe ($3500) – Forsythe is a great value for his matchup today. He has owned left-handed pitching all season. He faces Wade Miley today who is not scaring anyone. Miley has a .275 batting average against with 10 home runs allowed in 89 innings of work. Logan Forsythe bats fourth against lefties and has elite power hitter type numbers. Forsythe has a .401 wOBA with a .313 ISO score against lefties. He has most of his homers against left-handed pitching and offers a nice discounted price for the upside he offers.
Omar Infante ($2700) – If you need a cheap option to make other things fit, Infante is that guy. He faces Knuckle baller RA Dickey, so most of the usual stats get thrown out the window. Against a Knuckle baller, you really want to look at BvP and see if the guy has had any success. Infante has had a ton of success against Dickey. He is currently 17 for 34 over his career. That’s right, in 34 at-bats he has a .500 average and is only $2700 today. This is a great spot to use Infante, no matter where in the order he hits. For only $2700, he let’s you fit in a lot of studs.
Miguel Sano ($4200) – I am not in love with any of the matchups above him, so Sano is the best option for the money here today. He faces Hisashi Iwakuma who has allowed everyone from both sides of the plate to hit about .270 against him with a few homers in his limited innings. Sano is a guy who kills right-handed pitching since being called up to the majors. He currently owns a .503 wOBA and an ISO score of .362 against right-handers. He has been hitting it well from the clean up spot and has great power. At $4200, he is a steal.
Derek Dietrich ($2700) – Another great salary saving option here is Derek Dietrich. The Marlins third baseman is getting regular at-bats and is killing right-handed pitching. He faces James Shields who has allowed a .279 average to lefties with 14 homers in 61 innings of work. Dietrich has a wOBA of .389 and an ISO score of .259 so far this year, which makes him a great candidate for a few hits and homerun upside. At this price, he opens up a lot of avenue’s to fit in some big bats or stud pitchers.
Carlos Correa ($4900) – It was a tough choice between Correa and Jhonny Peralta here, but Correa has more upside so he gets the nod. He blasted two home runs yesterday and gets his preferred splits matchup here. He faces Robbie Ray which is concerning, because Ray has been pretty good this year. Correa though has been elite since his call up. He owns a .425 wOBA with a .323 ISO score. Those are elite upside numbers for any power hitter, but especially someone who fills the void at SS. $4900 is not cheap, but finding a SS eligible guy with upside is not easy either.
Cesar Hernandez ($2800) – HAIL CESAR is the cry that DFS players should heed. This guy is the epitome of a salary saver with upside. There is nothing flashy about the Phillies lead off man, but he has 7 double digit fantasy scores in his last eleven games. At his price, that is insane value and consistency. He faces Julio Teheran who has allowed left-handed bats to hit .309 against him. When Cesar gets on, Cesar steals. Render onto Cesar what is Cesar’s and that is usually second base. If he gets you the single, stolen base, run scored combo that we love out of lead off men, he more than returns value in only one at-bat. It has happened so frequently that there is no reason to believe he will not do so today.
Ryan Braun ($4500) – This is a really good price for Bruan in an excellent matchup. He faces Clayton Richards who has allowed a .33 average with 2 homers in 9 innings of work so far against right-handed batters. Braun has a .397 wOBA with an ISO score of .254, so he is in line for a few hits and has power upside for a homerun. Braun has three homers in his last eight games and is a friendly Park at home in Miller today.
Melky Cabrera ($4100) – The Melk man has come alive lately and you need to take notice if you have not been riding the hot streak. He faces Ivan Nova today who has struggled with left-handed bats, allowing a .292 batting average with a WHIP of 1.56. Melky has at least 16 fantasy points in 7 of his last 10 games. He smacked another homerun out last night to go along with three RBI, giving him an RBI in nine of his last ten games and fifteeen overall during that stretch.
Adam Jones ($4400) – Adam Jones has owned left-handed pitching his whole career. Today is no different. He faces off against Daniel Norris, the new pitcher for the Tigers. Norris has already allowed 3 homers to right-handed bats in only 19 innings of work and Jones is a great candidate to make that 4 today. Jones has homered in two of his last three games and has four multi-hit games n his last eight. He currently owns a very robust .410 wOBA with an ISO score of .247. He gets a great park to hit in here and a soft matchup which means he should have some upside.
David Peralta ($3200) – Peralta has been batting in the cleanup spot lately for the Diamondbacks as protection for Paul Goldschmidt. He faces a righty in Colin McHugh who has been good against lefties this year. This price is just too cheap though for Peralta, so you have to consider him as someone who is in play. He has hit right-handed pitching well this year with a .373 wOBA and a .233 ISO score. Batting in the middle of that order means he has a ton of upside at a cheap price, so I think he is very safe to roll out there.