WATCH: MLB IN 90 SECONDS – ALEX AVILA
Tonight sets up to be another great night of fantasy baseball with all 30 teams scheduled to be in action under the lights tonight. In this post, you can find my favorite plays at each position and price point for this Tuesday night.
Max Scherzer – WAS @ LAD – $13,000 – Scherzer is the big name on the board tonight costing more than $1,000 more than any other pitcher. It’s easy to see why, though, when you look at his last two starts which have both resulted in over 43 DKFP. Scherzer has over 30 DKFP in six of his last nine outings and has lowered his ERA to 2.56 to go with an impressive 0.89 WHIP. On the season, he has 100 strikeouts in his 77.1 innings and is 6-3. He has actually been better on the road than at home this year going 4-1 with a 2.27 ERA in six starts away from Nationals Park. While he does face a tough Dodgers lineup, he’s still far and away the best pitcher money can buy tonight.
Other Options – Robbie Ray ($11,900), Chris Archer ($10,600)
James Paxton – SEA vs. MIN – $8,800 – Paxton is still available at a discount since he is making just his second start since a four-week trip to the DL. He returned last Wednesday and threw 5.1 shutout innings allowing three hits and no walks while striking out six for 26.2 DKFP. He was on a strict pitch limit in that outing, but he looked excellent like he has all season. On the year, he is 4-1 with a 1.26 ERA and 51 strikeouts in 43 innings, and he looks ready to resume his breakout campaign after May’s detour.
Other Options – Jaime García ($7,300), Dinelson Lamet ($6,800)
Buster Posey – SF @ MIL – $4,300 – Posey has the highest FPPG average of any catcher this season and is in a good place to produce tonight as he and the Giants face Chase Anderson. Posey is 4-9 with a double and four RBI against Anderson in their previous meetings. He has also been on a nice roll lately hitting .314 (11-35) with a .775 OPS in his last 10 games including his current seven-game hitting streak.
Other Options – Yadier Molina ($3,700), Matt Wieters ($3,400)
UPDATE: Brian McCann is NOT in the Astros’ lineup tonight against the Royals.
Brian McCann – HOU @ KC – $3,200 – Almost any batter in the Astros lineup makes sense right now since Houston is on such a roll piling up runs and winning 11 in a row. Last night, McCann was a huge part of their 7-3 win going 2-4 with a double, home run, two RBI and three runs scored on his way to 25 DKFP. He is averaging 8.4 FPPG over his last 10 games since he has five extra-base hits despite a .194 average over that span. He’s a solid affordable play tonight as the Astros try to make it an even dozen as they face Jake Junis making only the second MLB start of his career.
Other Options – Christian Vázquez ($3,000), Stephen Vogt ($2,600)
Ryan Zimmerman – WAS @ LAD – $5,000 – Zimmerman comes into tonight’s game with a nine-game hitting streak in which he has gone 15-36 with nine runs scored, nine RBI, two doubles and three home runs. He has double-digit DKFP in five of his last seven games and also has posted an impressive 1.156 road OPS. The 32-year-old has had a remarkable bounce-back season so far and will look to continue that success tonight against Brandon McCarthy.
Other Options – Lucas Duda ($4,900), Anthony Rizzo ($4,500)
Yuli Gurriel – HOU @ KC – $3,900 – While the Astros’ big bats have been booming, Gurriel has also picked things up lately and is averaging 10.7 FPPG over his last 10 games after posting a massive 22 DKFP last night. Gurriel went 1-3 with a homer and three RBI giving him six long balls and 25 RBI on the season. Over his last 10 games, he has an impressive .928 OPS and has an .832 road OPS on the season. Gurriel isn’t one of the best-known names on the Astros, but he is a nice source of value under $4K at 1B.
Other Options – Eric Hosmer ($3,600), Matt Davidson ($2,800)
José Ramírez – CLE @ COL – $4,700 – The Tribe get the normal Coors Field boost to their salaries as they head to Denver tonight. Ramírez is definitely an option that could go off since he has multiple hits in five of his last eight games and is 15-32 (.405) over his last 10 with a 1.031 OPS which has helped him average over 10 FPPG during that 10-game stretch. He brings good speed and some pop to the Cleveland lineup.
Other Options – José Altuve ($5,500), Jonathan Schoop ($4,300)
Eric Sogard – MIL vs. SF – $3,300 – Sogard continues to hit leadoff against right-handed pitchers for the Brewers and get on base at an incredible clip. For the season he has a .531 OBP and a 1.143 OPS. He’s 12-29 (.414) hitting out of the leadoff spot with three doubles, seven walks, five RBI and a stolen base. He went 2-4 for 10 DKFP last night and is 8-24 (.333) over his last 10 games. If the Brewers’ bats get rolling again behind him, Sogard should represent great value since he is on base so often.
Other Options – César Hernández ($3,700), Daniel Descalso ($3,100)
Josh Donaldson – TOR @ OAK – $4,700 – Donaldson has come off the DL swinging a hot bat going 9-36 with three doubles, four homers and seven RBI. He has at least nine DKFP in five of his last seven games coming into tonight’s contest against Jesse Hahn and the A’s. Hahn hasn’t faced Donaldson before but he has an ugly 6.94 home ERA and gave up 3+ runs in four of his last five starts.
Other Options – Anthony Rendon ($4,300), Kris Bryant ($4,600)
Yunel Escobar – LAA @ DET – $3,200 – After hitting leadoff early in the season, Escobar has returned from the DL and helped fill the Angels’ middle of the order while Mike Trout and Albert Pujols have battled injuries. In his four games since returning, Escobar is 7-16 (.438) with a double and a stolen base. He has hit safely in each of those four games and will look to keep things rolling tonight in Detroit against lefty Daniel Norris. Escobar has crushed southpaws like Norris this season going 20-47 (.426) with a .917 OPS.
Other Options – Kyle Seager ($3,600), Wilmer Flores ($3,900)
Carlos Correa – HOU @ KC – $5,500 – Correa’s 10-game hitting streak came to an end last night as he went 0-3 with a walk against the Royals. During his hitting streak, he went 20-44 (.455) while boosting his average to .315. He is still averaging 13.7 FPPG over his last 10 games and should bounce back in a good matchup against the Royals.
Other Options – Zack Cozart ($4,800), Xander Bogaerts ($4,700)
Troy Tulowitzki – TOR @ OAK – $3,200 – The second of the Blue Jays’ dynamic duo returning from the DL, Tulo is much cheaper than Donaldson, but he has also shown signs of life at the plate since returning. Tulowitzki is 7-30 (.233) since returning while working four walks to help him to a .343 OBP to go with four RBI and two runs scored. He had three multi-hit efforts in his nine games back and is in a great matchup against the hittable Hahn tonight.
Other Options – Corey Seager ($3,400), JT Riddle ($2,500)
Aaron Judge – NYY vs BOS – $5,400 – The Yankees’ powerhouse outfielder will be ready to take on the Red Sox tonight in the Bronx as he faces lefty Drew Pomeranz. Judge has gone 13-36 (.361) over his last 10 games with three doubles, three home runs, 11 RBI and a 1.159 OPS. On the season, he has been even more impressive at home where he sports a 1.347 OPS thanks to 12 of his 18 home runs coming at Yankee Stadium.
Other Options – Mark Trumbo ($4,600), Matt Adams ($4,000)
Odúbel Herrera – PHI vs. ATL – $3,600 – Herrera was having a slow season, but he has caught fire with three straight multi-hit games to start the Month of June. He is 8-13 (.615) in those games with an insane 2.153 OPS. He had two doubles and a home run last night in the Phillies 11-5 win over Atlanta, and he’ll look to keep pounding tonight against Jaime García. García has been pitching well lately, but Herrera is 2-6 against him in his career. Don’t be scared off by the lefty vs. lefty matchup since Herrera is 16-53 (.302) against southpaws this season with four doubles, three homers and an .886 OPS.
Other Options – Curtis Granderson ($3,300), Kevin Pillar ($3,100)
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