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!
Early and Late options today for contests:
Corey Kluber ($10400) – Kluber is one of the best pitchers in all of baseball. He’s a high strikeout guy with 111 of them in 96.2 innings pitched. He faces a Rays team that has the seventh highest K against right-handed pitching at 21. They are also 21st in batting average at only .243. Kluber has a 1.15 WHIP and an ERA of 3.54. Kluber is one of the biggest favorites on the board at -175. The total run line is only 7, so Vegas does not expect much out of the Rays offense here. Kluber is a guy who racks up the Ks, so he should produce one of the best returns, if he can avoid the negatives.
Jesse Hahn ($6200) – Hahn has been studly in three of his last five. In the other two he underperformed by a lot. He is a -130 favorite in a good pitcher’s park with a low run total of only 7.5. When he is good, he is very good. He has already returned games of 4 points, 4.5 points, and almost 6 points per $1000 of cost. He takes on an Angels team that has the twentieth worst batting average. They are only 16th for K%, so basically middle of the road. Hahn is tougher on right-handed bats and the best bats against righties on the Angels are all right-handed guys like Pujols and Trout. This is not the toughest matchup he has faced recently and his price is low enough to make value.
Brian McCann ($4200) – Alfredo Simon has been really solid over the last two years, but his biggest struggles seem to come against left-handed bats with power. McCann sat out yesterday so is likely to be in the middle of that Yankees order today. He gets to hit at home in a park that is friendly to left-handed power bats. He has had at least 8 points in 6 of his last 10. He will likely be in the four or five spot for the Yankees tomorrow and I think the lefty heavy Yankees lineup will be able to make Simon work and get a few runs.
Stephen Vogt ($3700) – The better value option at catcher today is probably the red hot Stephen Vogt. Vogt smashed a pair of homers in his last game and he now is averaging over 14 points per start during his last five. Vogt gets a matchup with Jered Weaver who allows a lot of homeruns. Vogt is swinging the hot stick, matches up well with right-handed pitching, and should have solid lineup place near the top of the order. That’s a lot of positives for a guy at $3700.
Joey Votto ($4800) – He is 11 for 34 over his last nine starts. He goes up against Tom Koehler who has allowed 10 homeruns over his last 39 innings pitched to left-handed batters. Cincy is a great hitter’s ballpark and a ballpark negative for Koehler. Votto is the best left-handed power bat the Reds have. He has hit .296 with 12 homeruns in 162 at-bats against right-handed pitching. Votto will likely be in his usual three hole and the Reds should be able to put up some runs at home against Koehler.
Eric Hosmer ($4100) – Hosmer has a variety of ways he can score points. He hits for average, power, and will even steal an occasional base for you. He gets a match up with Rick Porcello at home in this one. Porcello is weaker against left-handed bats for his career. Hosmer will be in the middle of that order and has slowly been producing solid numbers in his last few. He has a five game hit streak going and a good chance to extend that here today.
Kolten Wong ($3900) – The left-handed leadoff man had another homerun yesterday and a nice fantasy score. He stays with the park bump in the hitter friendly Citizen Bank Park. Wong gets another positive splits matchup with Aaron Harang, who has always struggled a little more against left handed bats. Wong has the pop to hit one out of that stadium and should get that extra at-bat on top of the visiting team’s order, so he has a lot of upside for under $4K.
Derek Dietrich ($3400) – Dietrich gets a solid matchup against the rookie Desclafani. He is a left-handed batter who faces a pitcher that struggles with southpaws in his young career. Dietrich has been batting in the two hole for the Marlins recently. He makes a great salary saving option if he stays there again here.
Todd Frazier ($5500) – Frazier has been on fire recently. He is averaging over 15 points per game in his last 10. He has six double digit fantasy scores and some of those have been of the 20 and 30 point variety recently. He is 6 for his last 14 with 4 homeruns (2 multi-homer games). He goes up against Tom Koehler today who is actually tougher on righties, but allows a lot of long balls. Frazier has been carrying the Reds offense lately, so the splits matchup is a concern but not a dealbreaker.
Mike Moustakas ($4000) – Moustakas has returned a little over 8.5 points per contest in his last ten. He is a very consistent producer too who has hit safely in eight of his last nine and has at least 7 fantasy point in seven of his last ten. He is another one of those left-handed bats that should give Rick Porcello some trouble today. Porcello has struggled more vs. Left-handed bats and should labor to get through this lineup today. Moose TACOS has some power and some speed, plus is a consistent hitter, so he gives you a lot of ways to score points.
Troy Tulowitzki ($4700) – Tulowitzki at home is usually worth paying for and today is one of those days. Kyle Lohse has been putrid. He has given up 57 runs and 16 homers in 79 innings of work and none of that was at Coors Field like today’s game. Tulo has now hit safely in nine of his last ten games and the Rockies are expected to hammer Lohse today. In fact I think all the Rockies bats are in play here today, and the only thing stopping me from playing them all is the price bump from being at home in Coors.
Brett Gardner ($5000) –
Charlie Blackmon ($4400) – This is the reasonably priced guy that you should definitely squeeze into your lineups for the rockies. Blackmon has averaged 10.4 points over his last seven games. Blackmon lead off yesterday and I think he will be high up in the order again today. He has a good splits matchup and faces a weak pitcher in Kyle Lohse. He has multiple double digit fantasy scores recently, and has flashed his upside by stealing bases and hitting homeruns, so he has multiple ways to score.
Billy Burns ($4100) – Burns price stays stubbornly low, due to his lack of power. Even with little power, the lead off man for Oakland just keeps producing. He is hitting .323 and averaging just over 9 fantasy point per game. That is elite production at a really cheap price. He has been hot again lately and has his preferred splits matchup against Jered Weaver who is not blowing guys away anymore. For $4100, it’s tough to argue against a guy who averages over two points per thousand of cost for cash or tournament play.
Anthony Gose ($3500) – Gose is a cheap left-handed bat who sits atop the Tigers order. He gets a matchup today with Nathan Eovaldi who struggles with left-handed bats. This game is in Yankee stadium which is a friendly park for left-handed sticks, and Eovaldi has been lit up over his last few outings. Gose has 42 fantasy points over his last five games, for an average of over 8 per contest. He has the right matchup and a square price to be included as a salary saver for cash or tournament rosters today.