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

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Chris Sale ($11400) – SaleEarly season stories about Chris Sale’s Demise where obviously overblown. He know has three straight 40+ point fantasy performances to silent those critics. He has gone about eight innings in six straight starts and has struck out double digit batters in five of those six. He goes up against a Tampa team that has a high K% against left-handed pitching and a middle of the road batting average. He gets a park bump by switching to Tampa for this one, and should be in line for another huge score here.

Value

Lance McCullers ($7800) – McCullers has been awesome since coming up to the majors. The young righty has a 2.32 ERA, a WHIP below 1, and more than a strikeout per inning. He faces a Seattle team here that is dead last in batting average against right-handed pitching and has the third highest strikeout percentage in all of MLB. It was a tough choice between him and fellow rookie Eduardo Rodriguez, but it was too tough to pull the trigger on a lefty against  the Blue Jays, so McCullers gets the nod.

Catcher

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Brian McCann ($4200) – McCann has started to heat up. He is batting .360 over his last six games with 6 RBI. That has led to 58 fantasy points, or an average just shy of ten per game. He gets a great matchup with Mike Wright of Baltimore who has struggled with left-handed bats in a small sample size. Lefties are hitting .286 against him so far and he has allowed 3 homers in only 10 innings of work against them. Baltimore is also a great park for hitters, so it makes a lot of sense to go with a guy like McCann with all those positives in his favor.

Value

Miguel Montero ($3200) – He might be the hottest catcher in the game right now. Montero has multiple hits in three of his last four and in each of those games, one of those hits was a homerun. He has three 20+ fantasy point performances over that stretch and gets another solid matchup in this one. He faces rookie Anthony Sclafani of Cincinnati who struggles more with left-handed bats and also had a little bit of a homerun problem early. That plays right into Montero’s hands here today. His price is still cheap, and the only concern is whether or not he gets the day off with Lester on the mound.

First Base

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Mark Teixeira ($4800) –  Tex has the same great matchup we mentioned when talking about McCann. He faces a pitcher in a good park that struggles with lefty power. Tex has been the lefty power for the Yankees this year, as he already has 17 of them. In fact, he is averaging 11 points over his last ten games, so it’s no wonder his price is climbing to match his production. Tex has 12 hits in his last 37 at-bats and 11 RBI to go along with it. He is on fire, has a good matchup, and is back where he grew up for those looking for another reason to expect him to play well.

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Mitch Moreland ($4100) –  Moreland is smashing the ball lately and his price is not reflecting it. He has hits in nine of his last ten games and is now averaging over 12.2 points during that stretch. He has six multi-hit games and has been awesome against right-handed pitching. He gets a matchup with Phil Hughes here today and should be in line to keep the hits rolling in. He has been placed square in the middle of that Texas order, so if they are scoring runs, he probably will be involved in the carnage.

Second Base

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Jimmy Paredes ($4000) – Second base is a tough place to pay up for today with so many other spots having guys with high prices in much better matchups. Since you need to roster someone, Paredes is as expensive as I would go. He hits right-handed pitching well and gets a match up with a run of the mill one in Adam Warren. Paredes is 5 for his last 14 and should be in the lineup today after sitting yesterday vs. the lefty. He has fallen into a platoon split, but is a good option when it’s his turn.

Value

Jace Peterson ($3200) – This is the top play at Second base for me on the day. He has hits in 9 of his last ten games, including multiple hits in four of his last six. He also has seven walks, three RBI, and six runs scored over that stretch which has helped provide a nice floor to his recent games. He has averaged over 7.5 fantasy points per game during this stretch whch is a great return for a guy who only cost $3200 to roster. He faces Dillon Gee of the Mets who has a 1.67 WHIP against lefties so far in 2015 and is allowing them to hit .342. It looks like another good spot for the guy on top of that Atlanta order.

 Third Base

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Kris Bryant ($4700) – The third base position is packed today, but Bryant has been the hottest hitter of them all lately. He has a ten game hit streak going and is hitting .500 over his last 22 at-bats with about half of those hits going for extra bases. He has scored 76 points in his last six games, which is about an average of 13 per contest. He has done most of that damage against right-handed pitching, which is something he should see again here today. Desclafani started the year off hot, but has been knocked around since then, and the Cubs are expected to put up some runs today. Bryant has been mashing, so he should be a part of the action.

Value

Martin Prado ($3500) – Prado is a professional hitter who is batting .309 against left-handers so far this season. He has great lineup placment in the two hole for the Marlins in front of their big bats like Yellich and Stanton. He is a guy who racks up hits and has the ability to score multiple runs from his spot in the order. At only $3500 he is the salary saver to use at third base if you are looking for safety and upside at a cheap price tag.

Shortstop

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Hanley Ramirez ($4700) – Hanley Ramirez is one of the biggest bats in that Boston order and one of the biggest bats remaining with shortstop eligibility. He has averaged just shy of ten points a game over his last eight starts and has homerun upside today in a matchup with Marco Estrada. Estrada has been good lately, but has always struggled with giving up too many long balls. Hanley should be in the middle of that Red Sox order again today and has been hitting the ball well. He is a tad pricey, but you will not find another player at this position with that type of upside.

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Carlos Correa ($4100) – The rookie phenom was called up last week and has been every bit as good as advertised. He is 5 for his first 15 including two homers in his first five games. He was moved up to the two hole in that order with Altuve banged up and should be in line for another solid game here. As long as he remains in the top part of that order, he is a steal at only $4100 in a tough to fill position.

Outfield

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Giancarlo Stanton ($5600) –USATSI_8608192_168381090_lowres Stanton has been on fire. He is averaging over 16 fantasy points per game in his last ten and has been one of the most feared hitters in the league. He has five multi-hit games in his last six, including five homers over that stretch. He has always mashed left-handed pitching and faces Jorge De La Rosa in this one. The only thing that could make this a better spot for him would be if the game was in Colorado. Still with the way he has been mashing, it really does not matter. The price looks high, but with the production he has had, it is still a bargain.

Josh Reddick ($4200) – Reddick is quietly becoming one of the best left-handed hitters in the game. He has ten hits in his last twenty-four at-bats and five of them have been for extra bases. He is currently hitting .309 and has an OPS of .908. He is averaging over 10 fantasy points per game in his last ten, and does his best work against right-handed pitching. He gets a good matchup against Matt Shoemaker today. Shoe has really struggled with the homerun ball as he has allowed multiple homers in about half of his last ten starts. Reddick has consistency and upside at a square price, which makes him a play for cash or tournaments today.

Marcell Ozuna ($4000) – Ozuna has been getting more opportunities to hit with teams weary of pitching to Stanton and he should have a few chances to knock in runs today because of it. Ozuna is still pretty cheap despite averaging almost 8 points per contest over his last ten. He hits left-handed pitching pretty well and gets to face Jorge De La Rosa today. Stanton has been so good, that it would not be a horrible idea to walk him a few times today and take chances with the rest of that line up. As the protection for Stanton, that would mean multiple RBI opportunities for Ozuna, who is too cheap at $4000 for the matchup he has here.

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Eddie Rosario ($3300) – The young Twins prospect has made his way into the top of the order recently. The lefty has found himself hitting out of the two hole and is still really cheap. He is averaging 7 points over his last ten games which is more than two times his salary and makes him a great cash game salary saver to use if you want to fit in a bat like Stanton. He gets a good matchup today against Nick Martinez, who has pitched well, but whose underlying numbers point towards regression. Rosario is my favorite cheap play on the day and should be a guy on everyone’s radar by now.