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

Gerrit Cole vs. Philadelphia Phillies ($10700) – Cole has a matchup with the Phillies who have the third lowest batting average against right-handed pitching. They are 19th in K%, but are also one of the lowest scoring offenses in the league and playing in one of the friendliest pitcher parks. Cole has been awesome lately, with 124.4 fantasy points in his last four starts. That’s an average of 31.1 per game and would help him reach his value threshold here. Cole is one of the biggest favorites on the day at -265 in a game with a total of only 7 runs expected.

Value

Mike Pelfrey vs. Texas Rangers ($5300) – This might seem like a reach, but Pelfrey is not the same gas can he was in year’s past. In fact he has played against a few teams recently (Milwaukee, Boston twice, and Pittsburgh) who have all hit right-handers well and he has done a fine job against them. Pelfrey will not likely repeat the 30 fantasy point effort he had last time out, but even 16-20 points today would be enough to return solid value and he has done that in three of his last four. He is not normally a high strikeout guy, but his numbers there are up and he is pitching deep into games, which gives him a nice floor, especially when he has been able to limit the opposition like he has lately. While other options have more upside and sexiness, Pelfrey has been the guy who is cheap and helped people win GPPs lately, so at least that deserves some respect.

Catcher

Stud

Jonathon Lucroy ($3500) – Lucroy had a rough recent three game stretch, but before that he was 11 for 27 during a six game hit streak with four multi-hit games. He is either batting in the lead off or #2 spot, which is rare lineup placement for a catcher. His high average though makes it work for him and he is always in position to score runs with bats like Braun and Gomez behind him. He gets a good matchup with the Rookie Ross here and should be able to get himself back on track. When healthy last season, he was the top priced catcher on the board, so take advantage of the big discount you can get on him now as he rounds himself back into shape.

Value

Yasmani Grandall ($3400) – The Dodgers lefty gets a matchup with Ian Kennedy who has been tagged since starting his season late with injury. Kennedy has been allowing a ton of homers, which is how Grandall had some big games earlier in the season. He should find himself in either the five or six spot of the order tomorrow, and his power could be the reason he helps someone win a tournament. At $3400, you will be hard pressed to find a catcher in a better spot or with more upside.

First Base

Stud

Adrian Gonzalez ($4300) –USATSI_8608570_168381090_lowres Gonzalez has seen his price come down, yet he is still hitting the ball pretty well. Earlier in the season he was a stud with multi-homer games and tons of RBI. Tomorrow he gets a matchup with Ian Kennedy who has already allowed multiple homers in about half of his starts. Kennedy has allowed 12 of them in only ten starts over 49 innings. That is bad news against a team that hits the most homeruns in all of MLB. Gonzalez has the best splits matchup to take advantage of it and should be batting in the three spot here. His price is a huge discount to some of the other top 1B options, so feel free to roll him out there for safety, upside, and salary relief.

Value

Ben Paulsen ($3200) – Paulsen now has 50 fantasy points in his last 10 at-bats, which should earn the platoon player another start here as a left-handed bat against Mat Latos. Latos has been struggling this season, with hits, walks, and runs allowed in his limited time on the mound. Paulsen will likely see himself slotted in the six hole tomorrow, with all the left-handed bats like Blackmon, Cargo, and Dickerson in front of him. At his price, he is well worth the flyer as he is swinging a hot bat.

Second Base

Stud

Neil Walker ($4100) – Walker is one of the better left=handed hitters the Pirates have in that lineup. That is a good thing tomorrow as they face Sean O’Sullivan who has been putrid against lefties so far. Left-handed bats are hitting .377 against him, and Walker should find himself in the top half of that batting order tomorrow. Walker has at least 7 fantasy points in six of his last ten and is averaging over 6.5 during that stretch. O’Sullivan is one of the worst starters in all of major league baseball, so it is no surprise that walker would be a top option against him today.

Value

Kolten Wong ($4000) – Wong has a .301 batting average with six homers in 160 at-bats against right-handed pitching. He gets one of the worst right-handed pitchers against left-handed batters in all of MLB tomorrow with his matchup against Jeremy Guthrie. Guthrie has already allowed lefties to hit .318 against him with nine homers in under 45 innings of work. Last year he let them hit .297 with 19 homeruns, so there’s a pattern there. Wong should be hitting on top of that Cardinal order and should have an excellent chance for a big upside game at a discount to some of the expensive choices at second base.

 Third Base

Stud

Matt Carpenter ($4200) – Carpenter has cooled off after a blistering start, but is still batting .324 on the year against right-handed pitching. He has the same great matchup as Kolten Wong against Jeremy Guthrie, and has more upside than Wong due to his lineup placement. Since dropping to the two hole, Carpenter is on pace for more RBI and more Homeruns than any other year of his career. He does most of his damage against right-handers and has a great matchup with one who struggles against lefties here today. His price is very easy to fit into many lineups and he should be one of the top options at his position on Saturday.

Value

Joey Gallo ($3800) – The lefty Gallo has 10 hits in his first 27 at-bats as a big leaguer. He gets a good matchup here against Mike Pelfrey who is a weak righty. Gallo has been hitting in the five hole for Texas against right-handed pitching, which puts him in a great spot in the order to drive in some runs. If he can add a few RBI to the string of multi-hit games he has put together lately, he will return great value for a price tag below $4K.

Shortstop

Stud

Carlos Correa ($4400) – The rookie went 1-4 with another homer on Friday to help him live up to all the hype. He is now 5-12 as a big leaguer with 2 homers in his first four games. He gets a matchup with fellow rookie Mike Montgomery who is not a high strikeout guy and has pitched to contact so far this year. The strikeouts have been what Correa has struggled with, so this matchup works perfectly for him based on all the metrics. He i a huge prospect in that Astros system and should eventually find himself higher in the order. That eventually may be in this game and that would only increase the upside of a guy who is averaging about 13 fantasy points per start in his young career.

Value

Marcus Semein ($3300) – Semein is an excellent right-handed hitter against left-handed pitching. He is very cheap here today and is batting .283 against them, despite some recent struggles. When Oakland faces a lefty, he tend s to find himself in the two hole on top of that order. CJ Wilson is not the pitcher he once was,so this is not too tough a matchup for Semein. He is able to put the ball in play with a K% under 20, so hopefully that contact rate can translate in a few hits for him in his preferred splits matchup.

Outfield

Stud

Andrew McCutchen ($5200) – Cutch has the same prime matchup as his teammate Neil Walker against the gas can known as Sean O’Sullivan. Cutch has been on fire with hits in nine of his last ten games. In fact over that stretch he is 15 for 37 and averaging 9.9 fantasy points per game. O’sullivan struggles more against left-handed bats, but he has really not gotten anyone out with any consistency all year. The way Cutch has been heating up, I expect him to flash some power upside as well as multiple hits, whch he has done a few times in his recent starts.

Adam Jones ($4600) –Adam Jones Jones hits .385 this year against left-handed pitching and has been above average against southpaws for a long time. He has 3 homers in 39 at-bats against them this year and was a .344 hitter with 9 homers in 154 at-bats against them last season as well. He faces CC Sabathia who is currently allowing lefties to hit .344 with 11 homeruns in 51 innings, so he is easily one of the best matchups on the day. He plays at home in his hitter friendly park and should be in his usual three hole in that Orioles order. Jones is primed for a huge day at a square price, so he should be in every cash or tournament lineup you make for the short late slate.

Giancarlo Stanton ($5800) – USATSI_8608192_168381090_lowresStanton is one of the premier power hitters in the game and goes up against a pitcher in David Hale who has allowed five homers in his first nineteen innings of big league work this season. Stanton has seven homers in his last nine games including four homers spread out over three of his last four. He has 9 homers in 107 at-bats at home and is one of the few major leaguers who can jack a ball out of Miami’s home park on a consistent basis. He has been hitting for average, power, and driving in runs lately. All of those things will help his fantasy score, especially against a weak pitcher like Hale.

Value

Steve Pearce ($3400) – Pearce has hits in four straight games and is averaging over 6.25 points per contest. Pearce has been a solid hitter throughout his young career, especially against left-handed pitching. He has a little bit of pop and can hit for power. Both of those things should be on display against CC Sabathia who struggles with right-handed bats over the last two seasons. So far this year they are hitting .344 with 11 homers in 51 innings of work. Baltimore is a pitcher friendly park and Pearce should be batting in the five or six hole here today. He makes a great salary saver with huge upside against a guy who struggles with batters like him.