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:

MLB $80K Payoff Pitch (Early)

MLB $25K Hot Corner (Late)

Starting Pitcher

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Danny Salazar Vs. Baltimore Orioles ($8800) – Salazar has averaged 6 innings, 2.5 runs, a little over a hit per inning, and 8 strikeouts so far this season. That would generate a DK score of 20.5 before factoring in a win. He plays a high strikeout team in the Orioles who are tied for the third highest strikeout percentage in the league at 23%. That is over 15% above league average, which would put the Indians starter in line for a nine strikeout game. The Orioles are just below the middle of the pack for runs and batting average against RHP. The Orioles have also been slumping lately and have a negative park bump, so all the pieces fit together here for an outsized game.

Value

Drew Hutchinson vs. Houston Astros ($7000) – Hutchinson is going to be a sneaky GPP play as many will assume the Astros power in the Rogers Centre will shine through, but this is a really good matchup for him. Hutch has been much better at hom, averaging just shy of 7 innings per start, with a WHIP of 1, 2.2 earned runs per start, and a strikeout per inning. He faces the team with the second highest K% against right-handed pitching and a very righty heavy lineup. Hutchinson has flashed 40 point ceilings already this year and while I think he falls short of that, it still should be a top end score for him.

Catcher

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Buster Posey ($4500) – Posey is hot as he homered last game. He gets a matchup with a young gas can from Philly who is overmatched at this point in his career. He has some good and bad games sprinkled in, but has a tough assignment today against a healthy Giants squad. If the giants left;handed bats get on and cause trouble, Posey as the three batter will likely be the one to set them straight.

Value

Kurt Suzuki ($2900) – If you need to punt the position, it’s tougher to find someone with price and upside, but Suzuki fits that bill. He has found himself hitting fifth lately, which makes him a steal at this price even if he drops to the 6 hole. He had reached base five times in every at-bat Wednesday, so there’s very little reason for his price to still be so low.

First Base

Stud

Albert Pujols ($5100) – How much is too much to pay for a guy who has 11 hits in 28 at-bats with six homers. Pujols is smoking hot and gets a good matchup with the Yankees Adam Warren. Warren has been serviceable, but this whole thing is tough on him. Throw in the fact that Pujols actuallt hits right-handers better, so this is a dream matchup for him.

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Justin Bour ($3500) – This guy is still way too cheap, even with the Coors field bump. Bour is batting cleanup for the Marlins and gets to hit behind high on base guys like Gordon, Prado, and Stanton. He is getting the young rookie Chris Rusin, who is making his first start in Coors field. Bour has been hot, batting over .300 since joining the Marlins lineup. A power hitting first baseman for only $3500 that is batting cleanup is not something to ignore.

Second Base

Stud

Ian Kinsler ($4200) – John Danks is a bad lefty and Kinsler hits atop one of the league’s most potent right=handed dominant lineups. Danks has struggled with right-handed bats his entire career and it has gotten worse this season. Kinsler gets a good matchup, a park bump and a chance for upside here today against a guy who has been a bit of a gascan over the last two years. If the Tigers do get to Danks, Kinsler should be right in the thick of the scoring action.

Value

Justin Turner ($3300) – Turner is a guy who tends to bat fifth against left-handed pitching,so there’s a good chance he is not only in the lineup, but prominently placed. He has scored at least 7 points in about half of his last ten starts, so he is an excellent cash game value with GPP upside. The ballpark is not great, but he gets a good splits matchup against the soft tossing Jaime Garcia, who is lefty. If Turner gets a good lineup spot, he is an excellent guy to roll out for salary savings.

Third Base

Stud

Josh Donaldson ($5200) – When Josh Donaldson is at home you want to start him as he hits well in the Rogers Centre with a .375 average and 10 homers along with 10 doubles in 104 at-bats. Against left-handed pitching in 2015 he is 18/40 (.450) with four homers. He gets to face a weak lefty today and do it in the Rogers Centre so all the arrows point to a huge upside game. Donaldson has made a living smashing left-handed pitching and I expect nothing less than a continuation of that trend here.

Value

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Luis Valbuena ($3500) – This is a true boom or bust play as Valbuena has 10 homeruns in 133 at-bat against right-handed pitching, but also has a .218 average with 29 strikeouts. Still he gets to hit in the Rogers Centre which is a great homerun park and he has a good L/R split matchup with Drew Hutchinson. Valbuena homered twice in back to back games earlier this week, so he makes for a good upside play for cheap in a tournament here.

Shortstop

Stud

Troy Tulowitzki ($5300) – I recommended Tulo yesterday because he was 10/20 with four homeruns in his last five games, so there’s no reason to jump off the bandwagon now that he is 13 for 24. He picked up three more hits last night and is on an absolute tear. He should remain in the heart of that order and still gets to hit in Coors Field, so there’s no reason to not use him, even at his current price. This guy has caught fire at a weak position and there is no shortstop with more upside than Tulo or more consistency.

Value

Rueben Tejada ($3200) – He is now the Mets everyday second baseman and hitting in the two hole of that order. His price has come up from the rock bottom salary last week, but he is still pretty cheap. He has at least 7 fantasy points in eight of his last nine and four of those have produced double digit scores. He gets a matchup with Chase Anderson who has actually struggled more at home this season. The added at-bat from the visitor against weak pitching at a low price with great lineup placement makes a boatload of sense for a cheap cash play with tournament upside as well.

Outfield

Stud

Giancarlo Stanton ($5700) – Stanton is currently batting .294 with 5 homeruns in only 34 at-bats against left-handed pitching in 2015. Last year in 108 at-bats, he hit .343 with seven homeruns against southpaws. He faces a rookie left-handed pitcher making his first career start in Coors field, so there is really no need for me to go any further with the analysis than this.

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Joey Batista ($4900) – Joey Bats has 21 homeruns in 248 at-bats since 2013 against left-handed pitching. He gets a weak one in Oberholtzer in his hitter friendly home park. Bats has hits in nine straight games including homeruns in each of his last two. He is currently 12 of 32 during this run and should be able to extend it in a good matchup on Saturday.

Brandon Moss ($4500) – Moss gets a matchup with Ubaldo Jimenez, who has been horrendous on the road this year. He has also given up 13 homeruns to left-handed batters in his last 92 innings dating back to 2014. Moss has been red hot with double digit scores in three of his last four games. In his last seven, he has scored at least seven points in all but one, and is averaging 12.6 per contest.

Value

Alex Guerero ($3000) – With Van Slyke on the shelf, it looks like Guerero will see extended time against left-handed pitching. Playing time has been his biggest problem, as he is currently 30 for 104 with 10 homeruns and 26 RBI. It’s tough to fathom how this guy is not an everyday player yet, but when he gets a chance he has been making the most of it. He will likely be somewhere around 5-7 in that order, which means one less AB, but at a price of $3K with the upside he has, it’s a gift against a soft-tossing lefty.