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

Trevor Bauer ($7100) – This is the guy who makes the most sense to me on the late slate. Harvey is the top priced option, but goes up against one of the league’s highest scoring offenses with one of the best Slugging percentages of the last decade. The other expensive option is Garett Richards who also goes up against a high scoring offense in Arizona. Arrieta gets a tough matchup against a lot of lefties with Cleveland, and lefty Jose Quintana gets to face a righty heavy Pirates lineup that has been putting up runs. Bauer is a high strikeout guy who faces the team with the most strikeouts against right-handed pitching in all of MLB. That should be enough to provide a decent floor for him. The Cubs are a feast or famine offense, and they may get a run or two on Bauer today. At the price he is at and with the strikeout upside though, he has enough safety to be used in cash games and more than enough upside to justify him in GPPs. It’s not the easiest matchup for a pitcher, but he should be able to pitch well enough to be serviceable at the least.

Value

Chris Young ($4900) – Young has been sneaky good for the better part of the last two years. He flies under the radar in fantasy, because he has limited upside. Young tends to go about 6 innings and has a K/9 under 6. that means he basically gets about 20 positive points per start befre factoring in the negatives. This is where his value is though as he has given up one run or less in five of his seven starts. He does not walk many and allows few hits, so he has finished in the mid to high teens in four of his last five starts because of it. Young is not the guy who gets you 30 fantasy points, but if he can get you his usually 15-20 at only $4900, then he is right where he needs to be.

Catcher

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Matt Weiters ($4200) – Weiters is finally back behind the dish for the Orioles and his bat is doing some damage. He has slotted into the middle of that order, so he’s in a good spot to drive in runs. His is 9 for 27 so far against right-handed pitching with 2 homers already. He gets a good matchup with Jerome Williams in his hitter friendly home park. Williams has an Era of 5.71 and a WHIP of 1.63, so he has given up a lot of runs and hits to all handedness of batters. Weiters has been swinging a hot stick and faces a weak pitcher, so he gets the nod as one of the top options at catcher on the day.

Value

Fransisco Cervelli ($3100) – Cervelli has been producing and as long as he does, it makes sense to keep rolling him out there. He has hit safely in 7 of his last eight starts and hal of those have resulted in at least seven points. Over his last nine games he is averaging 8 point per contest, which is great value at his price of only $3100. He gets his preferred splits matchup with the lefty Jose Quintana on the mound for the White Sox and is part of a Pirates attack that has been pounding out runs in recent games. Cervelli is the best option to save salary without losing upside if you need a cheap option at catcher in order to fit in studs elsewhere.

First Base

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Albert Pujols ($4800) – The MACHINE has been oiled up and rebooted. The results are compelling. He is averaging over 11 fantasy points per game during the last nine and that includes 4 homers. In fact he now has 18 long balls on the year and has reminded people why the Angels spent so much to bring him over. He now has 10 homers in the last 15 games, so there’s nobody who is currently hotter than he is. He gets a good matchup today with Jeremy Hellickson, who has allowed guys from both sides of the plate to hit him well over the last year and a half, while having an elevated number of homeruns. Pujols is not cheap, but you can’t argue with the level of production he has been giving you lately or the soft matchup.

Value

Logan Forsythe ($3000) – Forsythe was struggling a little, but broke out of it with a 3 for 5 game yesterday. With Longoria day to day after getting hit in the hand, there’s a god chance we see Forsythe move up into the 3 spot in that order. Even if Longoria does play, Forsythe will likely bat no lower than fourth or fifth, so he’s in a good spot here. He gets a matchup with Tanner Roark who has allowed more runs and hits on the road this year and is a candidate to get lit up today. Forsythe is eligible at 1b/2b so you can move him around and use him in multiple spots. As far as price saving options go, he is one of the cheapest and has the best lineup placement of those in the price range.

Second Base

Stud

Dee Gordon ($4600) –  Gordon is quietly batting .352 on the season with a .360 average against right-handers so far. He is on top of that Marlins order and gets a plus matchup here today with Nathan Eovaldi. Eovaldi allowed a .296 batting average to left-handed bats in 2014 and is even worse this year with lefties hitting a whopping .380 against him so far. Those numbers likely forecast at least one or two hits for the Marlins second baseman, who is always a threat to steal bases and score runs once he does get on.

Value

Justin Turner ($3800) – Turner is another guy with multiple position eligibility, but as a second baseman he offers a ton of upside. Even though he is righty, Turner smashes right-handed pitching. He hit .349 against them in 2014 and so far in 2015, he is at .366. He faces a pitcher in Chi-Chi Gonzalez who has a low strikeout rate and has given up a bunch of baserunners. Gonzalez’s stats look great, but the underlying numbers spell out some regression in the future. He has a .197 BABIP which is almost .100 points below league average. He also has a strand rate of 96%, when the league average there is in the mid 70s. Both of those things say he has been a little bit lucky to have the numbers he does have so far. While others may be scared away by his miniscule ERA, this is a tough matchup for him and Turner should again be somewhere in the meat of that order with his high average and RBI opportunities.

 Third Base

Stud

Manny Machado ($4800) – The days of getting Machado for cheap seem to be over, but the matchup here is too good to pass up at any price. He faces Jerome Williams who has been a reverse splits guy over the last two seasons. In 2014, Williams allowed a .320 batting average to right-handers and so far this year, he has allowed a .343 with 12 homeruns. Machado is really good against right handed pitching. In the last 30 days, he has been 34/117 with 5 homeruns (.291). Machado is leading off for the Orioles who are expected to do some damage against Williams today.

Value

Anthony Rendon ($4200) – Rendon is back, and picking up where he left off last season. >he hits a tad under .280 against right-handed pitching and has some power to go along with it as well. He matches up with Alex Colome who has allowed 5 homers in only 22 innings of work to right-handed bats. The righties have been the ones hitting him with more power and Rendon has the most power of the remaining right handed bats for the Nationals. He gets a park bump, but not a huge one as Tampa is better than Washington, but not by much. 

Shortstop

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Ian Desmond ($3700) – I do not really love any of the top end options at SS, but if I had to go after one, it would probably be Desmond. We just discussed above how Colome allows a HR to RHB every four innings so far, and Desmond is the other big homerun hitting righty the Nats have. Desmond is a feast or famine kind of guy, so I’d prefer to use him in a tourney, if at all. The position is weak today, so just keep in mind it is probably the place to look for a cheap option.

Value

Jung Ho Kang ($3400) – Kang hit cleanup yesterday against a lefty and he should be there again today. His price is incredibly cheap and he hits left=handed pitching pretty well. The sample size is small, but his average is .075 points higher vs. Southpaws at .333. SS is not a lively position today, so if you can get a guy batting cleanup at $3400 in his preferred split, it makes sense to roll him out there.

Outfield

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Mike Trout ($5600) – The Angels bats are in a good spot today against Hellickson. We already went over his shortcomings when discussing Pujols, but they apply here too. Trout is batting .294 with 15 homers against right-handed pitching so far. He forms a potent 1/2 punch with Pujols and I expect both of them to put up numbers today. Hellickson struggles with batters from both sides and has a higher than average HR rate. The Angels duo has been on fire and you can not pitch around either of them when both are this hot. That only makes them both more dangerous, with more pitches in the zone likely on the way.

Christian Yelich ($4100) – This is the guy who should be in way more lineups than he will be today. Yelich is still relatively cheap and has been in the cleanup spot lately. He has high on base guys like Gordon, Ichiro, and Stanton in front of him who all have some speed as well. I can all but guarantee if he is in the four spot that he will have some RBI opportunities today.  Yelich has averaged over 9 fantasy points per game over his last 7, and should be in line for more today in a good matchup. He faces Eovaldi who has a .380 batting average to left-handed batters in 2015 and was .296 in 2014. Yelich is in line for a hit or two today and will have those RBI oppotunities. He has a good chance to reach value in only one at-bat if he can stroke a double with some of those high on base percentage guys in front of him getting on base. At only $4100, he is very easy to fit into a roster and still have money left over for a big bat or two.

Bryce Harper ($5500) –harper I was tempted to go with a guy like JD Martinez or Adam Jones in this spot, since both have good matchups against weak pitching with homerun upside, but for $500 more you can have Harper. Harper is one of the best players in the game and might be #1 statistically at the moment. He smashes right-handed pitching and Alex Colome has not exactly been lights out to start the season. Colome has allowed 8 homeruns already and one thing Harper does have is power. He is averaging 11.2 points per game on the season. Some guys get hot and do that for a week or two, but to be doing it for the entire season to this point is incredible. Harper is hitting .345 with 19 homeruns against right-handed pitching, so he is always in play as long as he is in the lineup. Teammate Denard Span is also at .343 vs, righties, so both guys are in play here today.

Value

Ichiro Suzuki ($2800) – This is a good matchup for him, if he gets another start here. Ichiro was in the 2 hole yesterday and picked up a couple of hits in front of Stanton. He faces a pitcher in Eovaldi that has allowed a .296 batting average to left-handed batters last year and is allowing them to hit .380 so far this season.  Ichiro is not going to drive in a ton of runs or hit a lot of homeruns, but if he gets on base twice and scores a run, he returns 3 points per thousand of cost. Ichiro getting a hit and scoring a run is what made him a household name, so there is very little doubt he can be a useful price saving option if he again finds himself in the 2 hole.