WATCH: MLB IN 90 SECONDS – SEAN NEWCOMB
As has become the norm as we move into the summer months, Tuesday night brings us all 30 teams in tonight’s fantasy baseball contests. There are plenty of players to choose from no matter where or at what price you are shopping at, so to help you assemble your winning roster, check out today’s top target at each price point and position.
Max Scherzer – WAS vs. CHC – $13,000 – Scherzer mowed down the Marlins in his last start and totaled 39.5 DKFP even though he took a hard-luck loss. He struck out 11 while allowing just two hits and two runs in eight innings. He has at least 30 DKFP in six straight starts including four with over 39 DKFP. Scherzer has been a great fantasy play all season since he has such a high strikeout rate picking up 144 in his 107.2 innings. He hasn’t faced the Cubs yet this season, but he will look to bring his best game as he faces the defending champs in a possible playoff preview at Nationals Park.
Other Options – Dan Straily ($8,500), James Paxton ($8,700)
Mike Fiers – HOU vs. OAK – $7,600 – After a day off yesterday, the Astros open their series against the Athletics at Minute Maid Park as they give the ball to Mike Fiers. Fiers has allowed just four earned runs over his four June starts going 3-0 with an impressive 1.42 ERA. He even has 21 strikeouts in 25 innings this month. He beat the Athletics his last start allowing one run on three hits in six innings and striking out five. He is 5-2 on the season with a 3.81 ERA, but he has been significantly better at home where he comes into tonight’s game with a 2.68 ERA. Fiers has a great lineup behind him, and he should get another win if he posts another strong start tonight.
Other Options – Taijuan Walker ($7,300), Sean Newcomb ($6,700)
Salvador Perez – KC @ DET – $3,700 – Perez and the surging Royals are back in action tonight as they visit their division rivals in Detroit. Perez has been red hot along with the rest of the KC lineup and is in a great matchup tonight. He has lit up June hitting .362 (25-69) with eight doubles, 13 RBI and four home runs. Perez has a 1.032 OPS this month and a .849 OPS on the season. Tonight, he will face Justin Verlander who he has always had success against and comes into tonight having gone 23-55 (.418) in their previous meetings with eight doubles, two homers and 14 RBI.
Other Options – Yadier Molina ($3,800), Buster Posey ($4,000)
Welington Castillo – BAL @ TOR – $3,400 – The Orioles’ catcher is heating up as June comes to a close averaging 8.7 FPPG over his last 10 games. He is actually hitting better on the road than at home, and he comes into tonight’s game in Toronto with a .818 road OPS. He is only 10-49 in June but he does have more home runs (four) than he has had in any other month this season. He took Sunday off and should return to action after the team’s scheduled day off Monday.
Other Options – Chris Herrmann ($3,000), Kevan Smith ($2,400)
Paul Goldschmidt – ARI vs. STL – $4,800 – Goldschmidt is hitting over .400 this month with a 1.204 OPS. He has been crushing the ball all season especially at home where he has hit half of his 18 home runs but has a stellar 1.189 OPS. Goldschmidt got the day off yesterday as the D-Backs beat the Phillies, but he should be back in the lineup at home against the Cardinals to start the week.
Other Options – Edwin Encarnacion ($4,500), Matt Adams ($4,200)
José Abreu – CWS vs. NYY – $3,700 – Since he’s in a tough matchup against Yankees’ starter Luis Severino, Abreu is priced affordably under $4K. He went 3-4 with a double in Chicago’s series-opening loss to New York and is now hitting .297 with a .853 OPS on the season. Even though it looks like a tough matchup, ride his hot bat while you can since he has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games.
Other Options – Eric Hosmer ($3,400), Sam Travis ($2,900)
José Ramírez – CLE vs. TEX – $4,900 – Ramírez stayed hot for the Indians last night going 3-5 in Cleveland’s comeback win. He has been on fire all month hitting .376 with 12 doubles, two triples and five home runs. He has multiple hits in seven of his last 10 games and is a good play at home where he has a 1.010 OPS facing Tyson Ross and the Rangers tonight.
Other Options – Ian Kinsler ($4,500), Josh Harrison ($4,000)
Daniel Descalso – ARI vs. STL – $3,200 – The Diamondbacks continue to find a way to work Descalso into the lineup as their utility player and he has gone 10-30 over his last seven games. Tonight, he’ll face his former team the Cardinals. Last season, he went 6-16 (.375) against his former squad, so there is some precedent for revenge on St. Louis. He has started each of the last four games and has multiple hits in each of his last three games. So far this season, Descalso is much better at home (22-84, .842 OPS) than on the road (11-59, .565 OPS), so give him a look if you have to go cheap at 2B or in the OF tonight.
Other Options – DJ LeMahieu ($3,700), Daniel Robertson ($2,900)
Anthony Rendon – WAS vs. CHC – $4,400 – Rendon has put together a solid month of June despite battling some injuries. He is 18-63 (.286) with five doubles and five homers resulting in a very solid 1.016 OPS. Tonight, he’ll take on Jake Arrieta who has struggled this season and who Rendon has gone 3-9 with a double against in their previous meetings.
Other Options – Jake Lamb ($4,500), Travis Shaw ($4,200)
Yunel Escobar – LAA @ LAD – $3,700 – Escobar is hitting .308 ( 24-78) since coming back from his DL stint and he has eight doubles, a triple and four RBI during that timeframe. He has collected exactly two hits in each of his last three starts and returned to the lineup last night after getting both Saturday and Sunday off.
Other Options – Alex Bregman ($3,600), Chase Headley ($3,200)
Carlos Correa – HOU vs. OAK – $5,100 – Correa has gone 13-38 (.342) over his last 10 games while averaging 10.1 FPPG thanks to two doubles, nine runs scored, six RBI and two home runs over that span. He should be in a good place to produce tonight against Oakland lefty Sean Manaea. Correa is hitting .333 on the season against southpaws and he has a .956 OPS at home compared to just .852 on the road.
Other Options – Elvis Andrus ($4,200), Francisco Lindor ($4,100)
Franklin Barreto – OAK @ HOU – $2,200 – The Athletics’ top prospect got the call before Saturday’s game and immediately made a big impact in a pair of Athletics’ wins. He went 2-5 on Saturday in his MLB debut with a homer and 21 DKFP. He followed that with another 2-5 totaling eight DKFP. Barreto was a good hitter at Triple-A before his recall and he looks ready to hit major league pitching. He’ll take on Mike Fiers and the Astros in his first road game in the majors and is worth considering as an ultra-cheap play.
Other Options – Eduardo Escobar ($3,500), Tim Beckham ($3,100)
Mookie Betts – BOS vs MIN – $5,100 – Betts was scuffling coming into the series against the Twins, but he started strong last night going 2-4 with a pair of runs scored. He continues to hit leadoff for Boston and is 12-for-14 in stolen base attempts to go with a solid .345 OBP. He has been even better against lefties going 15-50 with five doubles and three homers for a .907 OPS. He’ll take on Héctor Santiago who he has gone 3-12 against in the past with all three hits resulting in extra bases–two doubles and a home run. Betts and the Red Sox should be able to get to Santiago tonight, and Mookie will likely be right in the middle of all the action.
Other Options – Aaron Judge ($5,600), Carlos Gómez ($4,400)
Kevin Pillar – TOR vs. BAL – $3,700 – Pillar has multiple hits in three of his last four games and at least eight DKFP in four of his last five. He hit his ninth homer of the season on Saturday and followed that by going 3-4 with a double. Pillar is now 20-90 in June with a .857 OPS over the last week. He’ll get a great matchup tonight against Orioles’ starter Kevin Gausman who Pillar has roughed up going 8-17 with a double, RBI and a pair of walks. If that success continues tonight, he’ll be a great play at under $4K.
Other Options – Cameron Maybin ($4,000), Matt Olson ($2,200)
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