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!

$100K Payoff Pitch- $27 buy -in

Starting Pitcher

Stud

Zack Greinke vs. New York Mets ($11100) – Greinke has a really good matchup today in what should be the pitcher’s duel of the night. TheMets are really struggling against right-handed pitching. They have the second lowest batting average at .231 and a K% of 20.6% which is the ninth highest in the league. Greinke is a -160 favorite in a game with 6 runs expected. Greinke’s numbers are marvelous this year. His ERA is below 1.60 and his WHIP is under 1. He has 94 strikeouts in 108 innings pitched’ He has averaged just shy of 7 innings and about 6 strikeouts with 2 runs or less per start. Against a struggling offense like the Mets, Greinke is an elite play.

Value

Hector Santiago vs. Texas Rangers ($6900) – Santiago has had a really good year and this is a solid matchup for him. Santiago’s biggest struggle is with right handed power bats. He has allowed a low batting average to everyone, but right-handed bats had have hit  12 homeruns already against him this season. This is a solid matchup for him, because Texas really has no solid right-handed power bats to attack him with. The best one is probably Adrian Beltre, but he is fresh off an injury and not hitting for much power. The run line here is high with 9 runs expected, but he is favored at -115. For only $6900, he is worth the chance despite the high run line.

Catcher

Value

AJ Pierzynski ($3000) – A lot of the top catchers on the day play early and many of them played last night. Guys like McCann and Weiters are likely going to be rested today, so you may need to go low at the catcher position. AJ has cooled off from his torrid start, but has a good matchup here today. Kevin Correia really struggles with left-handed bats. They are hitting .333 against him with 3 homers already in only 10 innings of work. At a weak position today, it makes sense to look for a guy like AJ who is cheap, has a good matchup, and also the upside to get into one and put up a good nuber with only one swing.

First Base

Stud

Paul Goldschmidt ($5900) –golschmidt He is again the most expensive 1st baseman, but you can not argue with his production. Goldy faces David Hale today who has struggled with batters from both sides of the plate, although he has been worst to lefties. Goldy is a guy with a .344 batting average against right-handed pitching this year and 15 homeruns in 221 at-bats, so he does hit same handed pitching very well. He has an OPS of 1.091, has scored double digit points in 6 of his last ten, and 11.3 points per game over that stretch. He has become the top first basemen in the game currently and should be rolled out in every good matchup.

Value

Carlos Santana ($3900) – Santana has a solid matchup for himself. He faces the left-hander Jeff Locke who struggles with the right-handed bats. Santana is probably the biggest right-handed bat the Indians have in their lineup. When they face a lefty, he tends to either move into the two hole or hit cleanup for the Indians. He has some power and the Indians hit lefties pretty well, so it’s easy to take the discount on him.

Second Base

Stud

Robinson Cano ($4200) – Cano has finally shown some signs of life recently and it’s time to get him back in the mix here. He has gone 7 for his last 14 and scored 49 fantasy points over his last three games. He gets his preferred split matchup against Kevin Gausman, who has been good lately, but struggles more with left-handed bats. Cano is one of the best pure hitter”s in the league and it was only a mater of time before he turned around his early season slumps. Hopefully these signs of life are the beginning of this turn around.

Value

Cesar Hernandez ($2900) – Hernandez has been an absolute stud lately. Over the last week, he has racked up the hits, scored a bunch of runs, and stole a ton of bases. He has moved into the two hole for the Phillies and has produced at a top notch, especially for a guy who is under $3K. He has a matchup wit Alex Wood who does not allow a lot of homeruns, but does have a high batting average allowed to right-handed hitters. Hernandez is not a power guy anyway, so he profiles well against Wood.

 Third Base

Stud

Nolan Arenado ($5100) – Arenado gets a matchup with Collmenter who is allowing a .300 batting average to both sides of the plate and allows a lot of homeruns to everyone. Arenado actually has a higher average against lefties, but he has a .288 average with 22 homeruns this season. When you have a guy who allows a lot of homers and a guy who has hit a ton of them, it’s a great matchup that should be exploited.

Value

Mike Moustakas ($4000) – Pelfrey has been pretty solid so far this year, but normally struggles with left-handed bats. The KC lineup has not been great, but one guy who has been is Moustakas. Moose Tacos has hit .339 against right-handed pitching so far this year. He will be batting in the 2 hole and has a chance to score runs and also drive some in. At only $4000, he allows you the room to fit in some studs and should be considered as a salary saving option.

Shortstop

Stud

Hanley Ramirez ($4700) – Han Ram is starting to heat up with the weather. He has double digit fantasy points in 6 of his last 8 games and has homered in two straight. Hanley hits well against both right and left-handed pitching. He faces Colin McHugh, who has been better lately, but does not have great numbers this year. Hanley should be in line to keep hitting and pick up a few RBIs. With Shortstop being so weak, it makes sense to pay up for a guy like Hanley who can offer you upside.

Value

Erick Aybar ($3700) – Aybar is now batting in the five hole. He has a matchup with Wandy Rodriguez. Right-handed batters do well against Wandy historically. Although he has been better this year, he gave up over a .300 batting average with 20+ homers to right-handed bats in 2014. Aybar has a .299 average against left-handers and is on pace for more RBIs this year than he has ever had.

Outfield

Stud

Charlie Blackmon ($4600) – The hottest hitter for the Rockies currently is their lead off man. Blackmon has been hot after leading off last night with another homerun. He can score in many ways. He racks up hits, steals bases, and has some pop. He faces Josh Collmenter today who we discussed already as being weak against both sides and allowing a lot of homeruns. Blackmon is hitting .308 against righties with 10 homers in 224 at-bats. In a good hitter’s park, and at a discount to his recent price, Blackmon is almost a must use today.

Mike Trout ($5700) – Trout is the stud I would pay up for today. He faces Wandy Rodriguez who has always struggled more with right-handed bats. He has been solid early this year, but last year he allowed a .300 batting average with 20 homers to right-handed bats. Trout has been smashing lefties this year. He is currently hitting .328 with 5 homers in 64 at-bats. Wandy has been regressing after his hot start as many predicted. Against a stud hitter like Trout, the matchup definitely favors the hitter.

Brett Gardner ($5200) – Garnder and McCutheon are the two stud OFs worth looking at in the early slate and Gardner gets a slight edge due to the fact he can score in so many ways. He is 18 for his last 49, with 10 runs scored, 2 homers, 5 doubles, a few walks and stolen bases to go along with a few RBI. He gets a good matchup with Nathan Karns, who is a right-hander which Gardner does his best work against. Gardner is averaging over 12.5 per game over his last ten games. At a price of $5200, that is averaging above his value number and he has flashed the 20-30 point upside that would even make him a good start for tournaments.

Value

Eddie Rosario ($3200) – Rosario has a good matchup today with Joe Blanton. Blanton came back down to earth after his first gem. He has always been a weak pitcher who struggles more with left-handed bats. Rosario has been parked in the five spot of that Twins order lately. He hits about .276 with 12 extra basehits in 124 at-bats. He has good lineup placement, good splits, and a cheap price. He is one of the better cost savers to use today.