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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Starting Pitcher

Stud

Max Scherzer ($14500) – There’s no argument about who the top pitching option is. The question is more about whether or not you are willing to pay that price tag. He has gone for 42, 53, and 60 in three of his last six games. That means he returned 3 points, 3.5 points, and 4 points per thousand in half of those starts. He also had a 29 and two numbers in the mid teens which would have been a cash game safe 2 points per thousand and the other two would have been clunkers. He is the best option on the day and has a decent matchup with a Braves team who is missing the biggest bat and has some high strikeout guys in the middle of that order. I am not worried about him pitching well, but it is a concern when thinking if he will be able to reach value or not.

Value

Chris Young vs. Minnesota Twins ($5500) – If you want to play Scherzer, you basically have to go cheap with your SP2 to have any money left for bats. Chris Young is a guy who can make it work for you. He has returned 20 fantasy points in three of his last four starts, which would be great value at only $5500. The Twins struggle with right-handed pitching, and while Young has low K numbers, he also does not allow a lot of negative events. If he can go 6 or 7 with 4 or 5 Ks and limit the damage, that would be a huge return for the price.   

Catcher

Stud

Russel Martin ($3900) – Martin is at home in the rogers Centre and gets a good matchup here. He faces Wade Miley, who is a lefty that has allowed right-handed bats a .279 batting average against him in 2015. Martin is hitting .326 against left-handers so far in 2015, so the matchup is as good as it gets. He will likely be in the middle of that Jays order, somewhere around the six hole with everyone healthy now. He has homerun upside and should rack up a few hits, so he’s definitely in play.

Value

Derrick Norris ($3400) – Martin will likely be the top owned catcher, but if you want to save a few bucks and still have a great matchup, Norris is your guy. He gets matched up with rookie Tim Cooney of the Cardinals. Cooney is a lefty who was lit up for three homers in his debut. Norris is a guy who loves left-handed pitching. He has a .298 batting average against southpaws this year and had a .311 last season. With expensive pitching and hitting options in good spots today, a guy like Norris can help you fit them in without sacrificing upside.

First Base

Stud

Paul Goldschmidt ($6000) –golschmidt He is the most expensive position player on the day, but he also has the most elite matchup. Chris Rusin has allowed right-handed bats to hit .306 against him this season. He has allowed a higher average to righties the last two years as well in smaller sample size. Goldy is currently raking at a .375 clip against lefties with 5 homers in 64 at-bats. Throw in the fact he is being walked and stealing bases on a regular basis now and there’s so much upside to him, despite the sky high price. If you want Goldy, you likely are sacrificing Scherzer, so that is really the question you have to ask. He is far and away the #1 hitting option though, so make sure you choose wisely and not just dismiss him off of the price tag.

Value

Mitch Moreland ($4300) – It is a tough choice between him and his teammate Prince Fielder since both are only eligible at first base. Moreland though has been so hot that he gets the slight edge. He is hitting .320 with 12 homeruns in under 150 at-bats against righties this season. That includes a pair of two homer games within the last week. He faces Kevin Gausman who has allowed a .360 average to left-handed bats. The game is in a good hitter’s park at Camden Yards and Moreland should be in the middle of that lineup with chances to drive some guys in. He has been the hottest hitter in baseball this week, but I would not argue with anyone who choose Fielder instead who also has great numbers vs. righties (.378, 7 HR in 180 at-bats).

Second Base

Stud

Ben Zobrist ($4200) – Zobrist is a switch hitter who likes hitting from the right side as he will do today against the lefty Roenis Elias. Zobrist is a .290 hitter this year against left-handed pitching and Elias struggles a tad more in his career against righties, although nothing drastic. Still with a few injured options and some bad splits matchups, he makes the most sense. Zobrist should be in his normal three hole against a lefty, so there will be RBI chances for him and the likelihood of multiple hits. If you find a cheap punt play with good lineup placement and splits, I think it would be easy to come off of him. Second base is a weak spot today, so if you can steal some cheap points to keep pace and spend elsewhere, I think that makes a lot of sense.

 Third Base

Stud

Nolan Arenado ($5700) – Arenado has three 30 point fantasy scores in his last nine. He has eight homeruns over his last ten games. He is up to $5700 and is prbably worth every penny the way he has played lately. He faces Jeremy Hellickson who has always allowed too many homeruns. Hellickson has already allowed 13 in 83 innings of work this year and is giving them up to both sides of the plate. Arenado has a .288 batting average with 22 homeruns in 234 at-bats. Those are some sick numbers out of the young third baseman. He is another one that has become so pricey, you have to decide between him and Goldy or Scherzer, because it’s almost impossible to like the lineup you get if you try to build one with the top priced pitcher and one of those two guys. Forget trying to get all three.

Value

Yosmany Tomas ($4200) – This was a tough call between him and Moose Tacos. Ultimately the ball park and the soft matchup with Chris Rusin, who we discussed with Goldy already, Was the deciding factors. Tomas has cash game safety and GPP upside. He has at least 6 fantasy points in each of the last five and has averaged over 9 fantasy points per contest. He has a good matchup with Rusin struggling against right-handed bats who have a lifetime average of over .300 against him. That Arizona team is poised to score some runs, so Tomas as the cleanup hitter should be heavily involved.   

Shortstop

Stud

Xander Bogaerts ($4300) – Bogaerts hits left-handers really well. His average is .300 this year against them and that is a long running trend for him. He faces a rookie making his second start in the Rogers Centre which is very hitter friendly. The lefty allowed 3 homers in 6 innings his first time out and righ-handers profile better against him. Bogaerts will likely be in the three hole with Pedroia still on the shelf. He will have a chance to drive in some runs and be driven in if he can get on base in his preferred splits match up here.

Value

Nick Ahmed ($3300) – Ahmed has been hot and rewarded by being placed up in the order against lefties. He too has the matchup we discussed with Chris Rusin, so it’s a great spot for him. Ahmed is hitting .346 against lefties this year, and he will have some big bats behind him like Pollock, Goldy, and Tomas if he is on top of that order again here today. At $3300, he opens up a lot of salary to use elsewhere on some of the studs we mentioned.   

Outfield

Stud

Hanley Ramirez ($4900) – He is feeling good at the plate again and has averaged just about 12 fantasy points per game over his last six. He has four double digit fantasy scores over that time frame, so he is cash game safe with GPP upside. He faces the Rookie Boyd from Toronto as well and has the best profile to have a big game against him. Boyd struggles with power righties and Hanley is certainly one of those. He has a .299 average with 4 homeruns in 67 at-bats this year, which is below his norm due to playing through an injury last month. Those numbers are still really good and now that he is healthy, there is a ton of upside. Remember he is also SS eligible, but that only matters if you decide to not use Scherzer. It’s tough to fit him in otherwise.

AJ Pollock ($4500) – Pollock is the fourth Diamondback listed here, so you should see the pattern. Rusin is a guy we should be picking on tonight and we already discussed his struggles with right-handed bats. Pollock is hitting .343 against lefties this year, so the matchup is golden. He will likely be towards the top of that Arizona order that is expected to score some runs, so he is cash game safe and has upside.

Charlie Blackmon ($4600) – The lefty leadoff man has a good set up against Jeremy Hellickson today. Hellickson struggles with the homerun ball and left-handed bats which are hitting .329 against him. Blackmon is at .315 on the season with 9 homeruns in 216 at-bats and a bunch of stolen bases to go with it. He can score in many ways and is a preferred option if you can afford him today.

Value

Danny Valencia ($3400) – The platoon guy has his preferred matchup today and should be in the lineup somewhere around the six or seven spot in the order. He is hitting .380 against left-handed pitching this season and gets a solid matchup with Wade Miley who has struggled with right-handed bats. Valencia has 3B/OF eligibility and huge upside. If you use Scherzer today, you will likely need players like him to round out your lineups.