WATCH: MLB IN 90 SECONDS – WILMER FLORES
After a strong start to the week, Tuesday sets up to be another fantasy baseball adventure with plenty of weather to watch in Pittsburgh, Detroit, New York and Washington. Make sure to stay tuned to the DK LIVE app for the latest news and updates leading up to first pitch tonight. Check out these top targets at each position and price point for tonight.
Clayton Kershaw – LAD @ CLE – $12,900 – Kershaw and the Dodgers make an unusual trip to Cleveland this week to take on the Indians. So far this season, Kershaw has been his usual spectacular self going 8-2 with a 2.20 ERA and 0.90 WHIP in 13 starts. He has 101 strikeouts in 90 innings and has at least nine strikeouts in three of his last four games. Those numbers have resulted in 32+ DKFP in three of his last four starts. His consistent excellence and a chance to face hitters who haven’t seen him very much make him worth a look even at this high salary tonight.
Other Options – Zack Greinke ($12,200), David Price ($10,100)
Jacob Faria – TB @ TOR – $7,500 – The Rays called up Faria (their #8 prospect according to Baseball America) for his Major League debut last Wednesday against the White Sox. The 23-year-old rookie looked excellent allowing just one run on three hits and two walks in 6.1 innings while striking out five. He got the win and finished with 23.3 DKFP. After Matt Adriese was unable to stay off the DL, Faria was recalled from Triple-A Durham where he was 6-1 with a 3.07 ERA. Faria and the Rays face the Blue Jays in Toronto which isn’t an easy matchup, but Tampa has hit opposing starter Marco Estrada well this year. Estrada is 0-2 against Tampa with an 8.18 ERA resulting from 10 runs allowed in 11 innings. If Faria gets similar backing tonight at Rogers Centre, he’ll be a nice value play on the mound.
Other Options – Brad Peacock ($7,900), Buck Farmer ($6,900)
Gary Sánchez – NYY @ LAA – $5,100 – The surging Yankees have been getting great production from all over their lineup including from Sánchez who has averaged 15.1 FPPG over his last 10 games while going 13-43 (.302) with six homers and a 1.129 OPS. Sánchez got the night off last night after the Yankees’ cross-country trek to Anaheim, but he should be back in the lineup tonight against J.C. Ramírez.
Other Options – J.T. Realmuto ($4,200), Jason Castro ($3,500)
Elias Díaz – PIT vs. COL – $2,900 – Since the Pirates lost Francisco Cervelli to the seven-day concussion DL, Díaz has stepped in and produced strong numbers for Pittsburgh. He is 12-28 (.429) with three doubles, a home run and 10 RBI over his last 10 games while averaging 9.2 FPPG. Even though he is a righty, he has struggled against lefties this season but is hitting .435 with a 1.171 OPS against right-handed pitchers like Tyler Chatwood who starts tonight for Colorado.
Other Options – Tyler Flowers ($3,200), Christian Vázquez ($2,900)
Paul Goldschmidt – ARI @ DET – $5,400 – Goldschmidt and the D-Backs head to Detroit this week and will start their series tonight with a matchup against Buck Farmer. Goldschmidt comes in red-hot after posting 12+ DKFP in five of his last seven games. He had 30 DKFP on Sunday when he went 3-5 with two doubles and his 14th home run of the season. So far in June, he is 13-32 (.406) with a 1.256 OPS, two home runs and 12 RBI.
Other Options – Cody Bellinger ($4,800), Logan Morrison ($4,300)
Matt Adams – ATL @ WAS – $3,500 – Adams had cooled off a little bit, but he had a huge night last night smashing two home runs and posting 39 DKFP against the Nationals. He is now 11-38 (.289) with a 1.004 OPS over his last 10 games, and he’s in a good place to continue his strong series in Washington tonight against Joe Ross. Adams is 2-4 in his career against Ross, and Ross is allowing lefties like Adams to hit .333 off him this season with a 1.002 OPS.
Other Options – Adam Lind ($3,700), Matt Davidson ($2,900)
Jonathan Schoop – BAL @ CWS – $4,200 – Schoop and the Orioles dropped their series opener last night against the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field, but they should be set up for a big offensive game tonight against Derek Holland. Holland has allowed six home runs and 14 runs total over his last two starts while lasting a total of just seven innings. He is 4-6 on the year with a 3.99 ERA. In their past meetings, Schoop is 2-5 against Holland, but Schoop has started June strong going 14-41 (.341) with four homers and 11 RBI. He has averaged 11 FPPG over his last 10 contests.
Other Options – Brian Dozier ($4,600), Dustin Pedroia ($3,800)
José Pirela – SD vs. CIN – $3,100 – Even though his price is rising, Pirela is still a great value play at 2B since he has made a huge impact since being called up to join the Padres. Pirela has gone 13-26 (.500) in his first seven games in the majors this season with four doubles, two home runs and six RBI. He has been hitting leadoff for the Padres and could be a good play tonight against Scott Feldman and the Reds.
Other Options – Yangervis Solarte ($3,800), Rougned Odor ($3,200)
Josh Donaldson – TOR vs TB – $4,700 – After spending five weeks on the DL, Donaldson has wasted no time establishing himself as one of the top fantasy plays at 3B. This month he is 13-37 (.351) with five home runs and nine RBI. He has an impressive 1.293 June OPS, and he has been even better over the last week when he has a 1.473 OPS while going 8-17. He’ll be back home at Rogers Centre tonight against Jacob Faria and the Rays.
Other Options – Jake Lamb ($5,300), Justin Turner ($4,300)
Wilmer Flores – NYM vs. CHC – $3,100 – The Mets’ lineup has gotten crowded as players return from injury which has forced Flores to the bench at times over the last week. However, he should definitely be in the mix today as New York takes on southpaw Jon Lester. Flores is known for hitting well against lefties and is 5-10 (.500) with three home runs off of Lester specifically. Flores is 14-36 (.412) against lefties on the season with a 1.046 OPS. Over his last 10 games, Flores has gone 14-37 (.378) with two homers, four RBI and 9.3 FPPG.
Other Options – Adrián Béltre ($3,800), Yunel Escobar ($3,300)
Zack Cozart – CIN @ SD – $4,400 – Cozart is having a breakthrough season for Cincinnati and comes into play tonight hitting .324 with a .982 OPS overall. He has nine home runs and 33 RBI while he has scored 38 runs while hitting second most of the season. Tonight, he’ll face lefty Clayton Richard in San Diego. On the year, Cozart is 17-43 (.395) against southpaws with a 1.134 OPS. His OPS is actually a little better on the road than at Great American Ballpark, so he should be a good play even at pitcher-friendly Petco.
Other Options – Elvis Andrus ($4,300), Tim Beckham ($4,000)
Kelby Tomlinson – SF vs. KC – $2,800 – On Sunday, manager Bruce Bochy gave Tomlinson the start at SS and hit him leadoff against lefty Nik Turley. Tomlinson came through going 2-4 with a walk and two runs scored for 12 DKFP in the Giants’ 13-8 win. With another tough lefty opposing the Giants on the mound tonight (Jason Vargas), Tomlinson could find his way into the lineup again and be a great value as a result. He typically has good on-base skills which the Giants are lacking at the top of their order and offers a bit of speed on the basepaths as well.
Other Options – José Iglesias ($3,200), JT Riddle ($2,900)
Aaron Judge – NYY vs LAA – $5,600 – Judge showed no signs of slowing down hitting another huge home run last night in the Yankees’ 5-2 win in LA. Judge has an astounding 101 total DKFP in his last three games. He has collected multiple hits in each of those contests going 9-12 with two doubles, 10 runs scored, three walks, eight RBI and four home runs. Tonight, J.C. Ramírez will be called before the Judge, and the Yankees’ emerging star will again be a great play if there’s any way you can fit his salary on your team.
Other Options – Cameron Maybin ($4,800), Justin Upton ($4,300)
Mallex Smith – TB @ TOR – $3,500 – The Rays have gotten great play from Smith since they recalled him after the injury to Kevin Kiermaier. Smith has hit safely in all four games since returning to the majors going 8-14 with a double, six runs scored, a home run and four stolen bases. He has 75 total DKFP in those four games, and it looks like the Rays will give him the leadoff spot and the freedom to run for as long as he stays hot. The 24-year-old prospect is a great buy at this price against Marco Estrada tonight.
Other Options – Grégor Blanco ($3,800), Eric Young Jr. ($3,200)
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