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!
Buster Posey ($4700) – Posey is the most expensive option by a wide margin today, but he’s also the best. He faces Chase Anderson of the Diamondbacks today who has fallen apart recently. Anderson has allowed 9 homeruns in his last 22 innings over the course of four games. RHB have been doing the most damage to him as well. Posey has a .399 WOBA and an ISO of .191. He will likely be in his normal cleanup spot in the order and gets a nice park bump with this game being in Arizona. The only question is whether or not you can afford to fit him in your lineup as he is $1000 more expensive than other options.
Stephen Vogt ($3600) – This price seems a little bit too cheap for Vogt. He gets a matchup with Phil Hughes who allows a lot of fly balls. Left-handed batters are hitting .277 against Hughes this year. He has also allowed a total of 22 homeruns in only 116 innings of action. Vogt has some really sick numbers this year. His advanced stats show a WOBA of .399 and an ISO of .253, meaning he should be able to get a few hits, a few bases, and be in line for a homerun today. As good a matchup as posey has, Vogt is a little too cheap to ignore in a matchup where he has a lot of upside as well.
Paul Goldschmidt ($5500) – Goldy tends to go lowered owned when facing a righty, but it does not make much sense to shy away from him even in a same handed matchup. He has a WOBA of .435 and an ISO score of .261. Those are some of the best numbers in all of baseball. He faces Jake Peavy today who is not the same guy from five years back anymore. Peavy also is getting a park downgrade as he moves to hitter friendly Arizona from his pitcher friendly park in San Fransisco. Peavy is 0-4 so far this year. In 20 innings of work, he has allowed 21 hits, 9 walks, and 11 runs. Arizona should be able to get to Peavy today and if they do, Goldy should be a big part of the onslaught.
Justin Bour ($3000) – There may be some merit to going cheap at first today with Bour at this price in a good matchup. He gets a park bump as the move to hitter friendly Citizen Bank Park in Philly and he faces a guy in Chad Billingsley who has been getting lit up. Billingsley has allowed left-handed bats to hit .429 this year with a WHIP of 2.66, and 4 homeruns in 11 innings of work. Bour has been smashing weak right-handed pitching to the tune of a .381 WOBA and an ISO score of .253. That ISO score means he has a ton of power and is one of the better bets for a homerun today.
Brian Dozier ($4600) – Dozier homered last night to lead off the game and his matchup today is even better. The Twins as a team have hit left-handed pitching pretty well this year and they get Scott Kazmir to tackle in this one. Dozier has a .362 WOBA with a .240 ISO against lefties in 2015. That .240 ISO is very high for a second baseman, which gives him the most homerun upside of any player at the position today. Kazmir is not a scrub on the mound, and Dozier is not a high average guy to rely on. He is more of a tournament play as the upside from his homerun power is not something a lot of other second baseman offer today.
Neil Walker ($3500) – If you do not feel like paying up for Dozier today, Walker offers a nice cheap option for you to use. He faces Jimmy Nelson who has allowed left-handed bats to hit .304 with 7 homeruns in 42 innings of work. Walker has some pop for a second baseman and also should be near the top of the order for the Pirates. He has hits in seven straight games and is averaging almost 9 fantasy points per contest over that time period.
Kris Bryant ($4900) – The algo is showing a lot of respect for the rookie today as he is the highest priced third baseman that is healthy and useable. He gets a matchup with the young Manny Banuelos for a few innings at least. Banuelos is nearing his innings limit for the year and the Braves are trying to protect his arm, so this will likely be two at-bats for Bryant and then he will see the bullpen. Still, he has been great against lefties so far and should be in line for a nice game here. He has a .393 WOBA, a sick .304 ISO, an OPS of .917 and has 4 homers in only 56 at-bats against lefties. We have already seen him flash his power on numerous occasions and this looks likely to be one more for the list.
Matt Duffy ($3800) – The Duff man has been great lately for the Giants and has worked his way into the top 3 in that order. His .369 WOBA is only behind Posey for qualified hitters on that San Fran team and he has the same good matchup with the struggling Chase Anderson. Duffy does not have a ton of pop, but his ISO score is not horrendous either. While I would not count on him going yard, he may surprise everyone against a guy like Anderson who has been giving them up.
Troy Tulowitzki ($3500) – There is not one single shortstop that really jumped out during the research process, but the whole lot of them is pretty cheap on this slate. No one has a matchup that screams to use them, but the prices are enticing on a few guys. Jhonny Peralta is only $3900 and Hanley Ramirez is $4000. I would not argue anyone who goes either of those two ways. For a few hundred dollars less though, you can get the best hitting shortstop in the game today. Tyson Ross has been solid, so that is a negative. The park shift to PetCo is also not ideal. The fact that he faces a righty is also a knock since that is his weaker split. Still he is Troy Tulowitzki and his price is only $3500. If you look at the caliber of player at that price point at any other position, there is little doubt they do not have his upside. Overthink it if you want, but Tulo at $3500 is almost an auto play in my eyes and he will likely be pretty popular.
Mike Trout ($5600) – The best player in baseball is also the top fantasy option here in a solid matchup. Trout faces fellow NJ native Rick Porcello today. Porcello has been bad to both sides of the plate so far this year. Trout has been awesome against pitchers of either handedness, so the advantage is clearly Trout’s. He has a .416 WOBA to go along with an ISO of .283. He has hit most of his homers this year against right-handers and he forms a potent duo with Pujols in the middle of that Angels order. Pujols may even be better against righties this year than Trout has been, which only ensures the young star sees some pitches. Would it make any sense to pitch around him and have to face Pujols with a man on, when he has 20+ homers off of righties this year.
Josh Reddick ($3300) – I do not know why the pricing hates the Athletics, but it’s worth taking advantage of. $3300 for Reddick just seems obnoxiously cheap for a guy in a good matchup for a homer against Phil Hughes. In fact Reddick is .388 WOBA with a .199 ISO against righties, so this is a great spot for him. He does most of his damage against right-handed pitching and should be in line for a good game here.
JD Martinez ($5200) – JD homered again yesterday which seems to be becoming a pattern for him. He has a great matchup here today against Chris Tillman of Baltimore. Tillman has allowed a lot of homers over the last three years. Right-handed bats this season are hitting .314 against him with 8 homers in 40 innings of work. JD has been on a hot streak with hits in 10 of his last 11 games. He has a WOBA of .395 with an ISO score of .291. He is in line for a good power upside game in this matchup and has a chance for multiple hits.
Randall Grichuk ($3500) – The Cardinals OF has been pretty hot lately with three double digit fantasy scores and an average of 9 fantasy points per game over his last six. His numbers stood out in today’s matchup as well and he makes for a nice salary saver that should be lower owned. Grichuk faces Bartolo Colon who has looked really good at times, but has always struggled with a high homerun rate. Grichuk has a WOBA of .362, but his .276 ISO score means he has flashed a ton of power upside. If Colon does miss with a fastball at some point, Grichuk has the power to take him yard.