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

Chris Sale ($12800) –Sale The top priced option on the day gets the nod as the biggest stud. Chris Sale has been dominant lately. He has double digit strikeouts in 8 of his last 9 games. He is averaging just shy of 8 innings per start and has only allowed over 3 runs one time during this recent run. In fact he is averaging 1.5 runs allowed per game in his last nine with just north of five baserunners allowed per game. That gives him averages of 7.2 innings, 6 walks/hits, 1.5 runs, and 11 strikeouts for a whopping 33 points before factoring in a win. He has been consistent and shown the upside, so he is a play for cash games and in tournaments here. He matches up with a St. Louis lineup that is filled with left-handed regulars up top. Sale is killer against left-handed bats, so that plays into his strength. The Cardinals have the fourth lowest batting average against lefties with a K% of 24%, which is the fourth highest in the league as well. All signs point to this being a great spot for Sale who even gets the park bump as this game is being played in pitcher friendly St. Louis.

Value

Ryan Vogelsong ($6100) – Vogelsong has quietly turned around his season after a rough start. He has been able to control his homerun problem and that has really helped his overall scores. He has put up over 20 fantasy points in 6 of his last 10 and at a price of only $6100, that would be a great return if he repeats it here. He has been averaging just north of 6 innings per start over those 10 games. He has allowed about 7 baserunners and struck out about  5 batters per start. He has limited opponents to 2 runs or less in seven of these ten starts as well, so he has been safe and flashed upside at this price. He gets a matchup here with Miami, who has the 18th best batting average in the league and the 8th highest K% at 21% against right-handed pitching. They are also now without their best offensive weapon as Giancarlo Stanton will miss a month after getting plunked on his hands. Miami is a very tough ballpark for hitters and the run line here is only 7. For $6100, there’s a lot of upside to using Vogelsong and he does not need to pitch great to return value when he is this cheap.  

Catcher

Stud

Matt Weiters ($3900) – Weiters got the day off yesterday,so he should be in the lineup for this one. He draws a matchup with Colby Lewis in a high run total game. Lewis has a .278 batting average against to left-handed batters this year. Last year it was .320 with 10 homeruns in 92 inning of work against them. Weiters is hitting .342 with 2 homers in 38 at-bats this year. That is on the heels of a .325 average and 3 homers in 83 at-bats last season. Weiters will likely find himself batting either cleanup or fifth in that Orioles order. Either way he should be in a good spot to drive in runs for the birds with solid lineup placement and a good splits matchup. Catcher is a tough position to fill, so take the discount on Weiters in his preferred matchup before he jumps up in salary.

Value

Fransisco Cervelli ($3400) – Cervelli’s bat has been one of the most pleasant surprises this season for the Pirates. He is  currently hitting .288 against right-handed pitching with 19 runs scored and 21 RBI. That is really solid production to get from the catcher position. He has a matchup that will scare away the casual player as he goes up against Justin Verlander. Verlander is not the guy who was a Cy Young winner a few years back and so far he has been lit up since returning to the rotation last week. Until he has a dominant performance and strikes out a bunch of guys while limiting the negatives, he is a guy you should not be afraid to take bats against. Cervelli is the cost saving option to look at today if you can not afford to pay up for guys like Weiters and Grandal.

First Base

Stud

Adrian Gonzalez ($4900) –USATSI_8608570_168381090_lowres Gonzalez gets a real big price jump here, but all signs are pointing to him as a top play. He gets a park bump as this game is in Arizona. He faces a right-hander in Rubby De La Rosa who has allowed a .299 batting average to lefties with 10 homeruns in 44 innings of work so far. Last year he allowed them to hit .305 against him, although he was limiting homeruns a lot better in 2014. Gonzalez is either the 3 or 4 hole hitter for the Dodgers. He is hitting just shy of .300 with 13 homeruns and 48 RBI, most of that coming against right-handed pitching. In fact he is .305 with 12 homeruns against right-handers, so this is his preferred split. 

Value

Mitch Moreland ($4000) – Moreland is on fire. He added two more homers to his season total yesterday and gets another good matchup to build on today. He faces Miguel Gonzalez in the hitter friendly Camden Yards. Gonzalez has always struggled with the long ball. He allowed 12 homers already this year on the heels of giving up 25 of them in 2014. Moreland is currently hitting .313 with 10 homers in 144 at-bats so far this season and should again find himself in the 4 or 5 spot of that Rangers lineup. He is averaging over 14 fantasy points over his last five games, so he is seeing the ball well and still relatively cheap. He tends to go underowned as both he and Prince fielder are only 1B eligible, so you really have to choose. Most people go with the bigger name, but the lesser known of the two has been producing better lately and is much cheaper.

Second Base

Stud

Jose Altuve ($4900) – Altuve has at least seven fantasy points in 8 of his last 10 games. He has scored double digit fantasy points in 5 of his last 6 as well, so he has tournament upside as well as cash game safety. He is one of the best hitters in the league against left-handed pitching and that is what he is going to get today. Altuve is hitting .333 this season against southpaws, which is a downgrade from the .414 mark he had in 2014. He faces Danny Duffy of the Royals who has allowed a .305 average to right-handed bats with 4 homeruns in 32 innings of work this season. Duffy also gets a park downgrade as he goes from one of the toughest parks to homer in (Kaufman Stadium) to one of the easiest down in Houston. Altuve is not known for his power, but he did jack one out a few days back. The likeliest scenario is you will see Altuve grab a few hits here and with his new lineup placement, maybe even add in a few RBI or runs scored as well.

Value

Jimmy Paredes ($4200) – If you can not afford Altuve, coming down to Paredes makes a lot of sense. We discussed Colby Lewis with the Weiters analysis, therefore we know he struggles most with lefty bats. Paredes is a switch hitter who does much better batting lefty. He has a .332 average with 9 homeruns in 187 at-bats against left-handed pitching. He gets a good park to hit in and will likely be in the two spot of that order. $4200 is not cheap, but it also is not too expensive for a guy who has a good situation and a lot of upside.

 Third Base

Stud

Josh Donaldson ($4800) – Josh Donaldson faces a left-handed pitcher at home in the Roger’s Centre, so roster him. The analysis could honestly stop there and many of you would know what I am talking about. Donaldson against a lefty is an elite play. He has a .396 batting average with five doubles and four homeruns in only 53 at-bats in 2015. He hits better at home and has flashed more power too, so this is his preferred hitting environment. Eduardo Rodriguez was on fire in his first few starts, but has cooled off since. Toronto is the highest scoring offense in baseball, so this is not a matchup a struggling pitcher wants to see. Donaldson has gone yard on a few lefties at home recently, so he is the guy with the most upside at the position on today’s slate.

Value

Jake Lamb ($3800) – If you need to save at the position, Jake Lamb offers power upside and a good splits matchup in this one. The lefty gets to hit against Carlos Frias who has allowed left-handed batters to tee off on him for a .370 batting average so far this year. He gave up a .317 average last season as well, so the trend is strong. Lamb has been batting fifth for the Diamondbacks behind big bats like Goldy and Tomas. He should be up with runners on and a chance to drive in some runs here. Lamb is hitting .280 against righties this year and that number was much higher before his slump when he returned from injury. He has started to heat up again and the $3800 price tag is very friendly based on his upside in this matchup.

Shortstop

Stud

Carlos Correa ($4600) – I love the fact he had zero fantasy points yesterday at $4600. That will only help to keep his ownership level down. He gets the same matchup against the lefty Duffy that we discussed with Altuve. A .305 batting average against and a WHIP of 1.73 bodes well for Correa’s chances today. The rookie is batting .310 with 3 homeruns in 42 at-bats against left-handed pitching since his call up. He has good lineup placement in the 2 hole behind Springer and in front of Altuve. It’s a tough call between him and Jose Reyes for the same price as the top option, but Correa  has flashed more upside recently so he gets the nod.

Value

Brandon Crawford ($3800) – Crawford has been a sneaky source of fantasy points for cheap all season long. He has the third highest WOBA and ISO numbers of any shortstop in the league against right-handed pitching. He is only hitting .254, but he does have 7 homeruns against right-handed pitching. Crawford has been moved around in that lineup, but has found himself in the five and six hoes lately. Latos is prone to blowups and has struggled with lefties this year, so the matchup is as good as it gets.

Outfield

Stud

Andrew McCutcheon ($4700) – After the slow start, the former MVP is starting to heat up again. He has averaged 10 fantasy points over his last seven games and has a good matchup here today. Justin Verlander is still not back to being that dominant guy from a few years ago. He has got knocked around a little in both of his starts so far this year. McCuthcheon is hitting right handed pitching well this year, with a .287 average and 8 homers in 216 at-bats. The ballpark is not ideal, but the upside is undeniable. Cutch seems to go low owned on a daily basis as well, so this could be the differentiation play with upside that helps you win a tournament.

George Springer ($4300) – There is definitely a theme today of picking on Duffy with these right-handed Houston bats and Springer is the spearhead of that Astros attack. Duffy allows over a .300 average to righties and a Homer per 8 innings. Springer is batting .277 with 6 homeruns in 97 at-bats and those numbers would be better if not for an early season slump. The top of that Astros order will be really tough on Duffy today and all of them are in play as you can see here. Although not playing as scarce a position as his teammates, he probably has the most upside for the cheapest price of the Houston bats today. The others may be more valuable though at much softer positions with less options.

Joc Pederson ($4300) – Pederson is a feast or famine type who has a low average, but a ton of power. He gets to face Rubby De La Rosa who has allowed 10 homers in 44 innings pitched to left-handed batters this year to go along with a .299 batting average. Pederson gets a park bump as the move to Arizona and he is a good bet to homer again today as he did last night. Pederson already has 20 homers on the season. 17 of those have come in his 204 at-bats against right-handed pitching. He will likely strike out at least once as well, but a strikeout and a homerun more than pays off his salary today. A power bat against a guy who has allowed a lot of homeruns in a good hitters park is definitely something worth looking into.

Value

Chris Young ($3400) – Despite back to back hitless performances, Young is still averaging nearly 12 fantasy points per game over his last ten. He has six double digit scoring games and a few where he was over 20 fantasy points already including 2 of his last 4. He had the highest WOBA against left-handed pitching of any batter in MLB and tends to find himself in the two hole when the Yanks face a lefty. He gets a matchup with Andrew Heaney, who was a big prospect for the Marlins, but has not shown much in his time bouncing between AAA and the majors. Being that Heaney is a lefty, this should be a good spot for Young. He is another one who should go off low owned after burning people yesterday with an o-for in a good matchup. At only $3400 and with the numbers in his favor, he makes a great salary saving option on the day.