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:
Chris Archer vs. Seattle Mariners ($10400) – Archer has been absolutely lights out in his last two starts. He has gone eight innings in each of them with 12 and 15 strikeouts, one run total in both games combined, no walks, and eight total hits. He faces a Seattle team that he threw a two hit shut out against two back during that twelve strikeout game, so there is a track record of success here. He gets a park bump with the switch to SafeCo, and he faces the team with the third highest strikeout rate at 23.5% against right-handed pitching so he has the best matchup of the top priced options as well.
Mike Montgomery vs. Tampa Bay Rays ($4600) – It is rare that both recommendations would come from the same game, but Montgomery is cheap enough to return value without getting the win. He pitches in a friendly park against a weak hitting offense and is fresh off a really solid debut performance. He ran into a little trouble late in his last start and gave up a run, but cruised through the first few innings of that game. At only $4600, he does not need to do much to return solid value and he has the most upside of the pitchers priced below $7500 today based on his ability to strike a few guys out.
Buster Posey ($4300) – Posey gets a good matchup with Sean O’Sullivan who has been knocked around in all of his recent starts. O’Sullivan has allowed 20 hits and 11 earned runs over his last 11 innings pitched, so any giants bat is really in play today. Posey has hit .303 with 6 homeruns in under 100 at-bats in 2015, so that is a great sign for him in a friendly hitter’s park today. Philly is a place that has allowed a lot of homeruns as well, so he has both safety and upside for use in cash or tournaments games today.
Jonathon Lucroy ($3800) – Lucroy has been hot since returning from injury. He hits between Gomez and Braun, so he is usually challenged by opposing pitchers and tends to see a lot of fastballs out of that two spot in the Brewers order. Lucroy returned from injury and has five starts under his belt since. He has hits in four of those five games and multiple hits in three of them. He is averaging over 8 points per game and already has two games with double digit scores. He was one of the top priced catchers last season and justifiably so. Until his price gets back to those levels, he makes for a great start in cash games with his consistent hitting.
Brandon Belt ($4500) – Belt is another one with a plum matchup against O’Sullivan and he has the right splits to really take advantage of it. Belt has averaged over 8 fantasy points during his last ten, which gives him consistency for cash. He is a left-handed batter in Citizen’s Bank park against a pitcher who has struggled with lefties and homerun balls. With Hunter Pence out, he will likely be hitting fourth or fifth in that order and should be in a prime spot to drive in some runs with a higher than normal probability of a homerun. The Matchup and ballpark factors tilt things in his favor today and I would not be surprised to see him as one of the highest scoring fantasy first basemen here today.
Justin Bour ($3400) – Bour is batting cleanup for the Marlins and doing a nice job of it lately. He is a left-handed bat who gets a good matchup with Kyle Kendrick. Kendrick is one of the worst pitchers in all of MLB and is in one of the worst pitcher’s parks at Coors Field. Since being called up, he is hitting .329 with five homers. You will not find a cheaper first base option hitting in a better lineup spot with a better matchup today.
Dustin Pedroia ($4400) – Pedroia has a six game hitting streak, but it is not the cheap one for four variety. He has multiple hits in half of those games and is currently on a 12 for 24 (.500) streak over that span. He matches up with Oakland’s Kendall Graveman here. Graveman has struggled with allowing a lot of hits and runs, so there is a ton of upside to using “The Laser Show” today. He has been batting at the top of that Red Sox order and getting on base often. With a weak pitching matchup and some big bats behind him, there is a good chance for another solid multi-hit game with a few runs scored.
Chase Utley ($3700) – After getting Saturday off, we should see Utley back in the three hole for the Phillies today against the right-hander Vogelsong. Vogelsong has a homerun problem and lefties have been hitting hi well. He is much worse on the road than in his home park over the last few seasons, and this is not a friendly place to pitch. Utley has not been that great so far this season, but that is why you can get him fr this rock bottom price. The Matchup is really the selling point here as he profiles as a guy who should hit Vogelsong well, especially in his home stadium that caters more to left-handed bats.
Todd Frazier ($4900) – Frazier has five multi-hit games in his last nine starts. In each of those he has scored at least 17 fantasy points which more than justifies the price bump he received today. He gets a matchup with Odrismer Despaigne who struggles to finish off batters and has been prone to blowups. Frazier is batting third in that Reds order and should have a chance to drive in a few runs today. The game is at his hitter friendly home park, and Despaigne has struggled with a 1.40 WHIP and an ERA of 5 away from home. All the pieces fit together and point to another outsized game for Frazier here today.
Troy Tulowitzki ($5400) – Tulo is 13 for his last 24 with four homers. He is the best shortstop in the game, in the best hitter’s park, and with a solid matchup against a weak pitcher. There’s only two real worries here. The price is high, but he is head and shoulders above the rest of the shortstop crop, so that’s not as big a deal. The second concern is his health. While there are no rumors or reports, he was given an off day on Saturday after the Rockies were already off on Thursday. It does not make much sense why he was sat yesterday, so health might have something to do with it. If he is in though, he is definitely in play as he has broken out of his recent funk with authority.
Jung Ho Kang ($3400) – After starting to get more playing time and batting over .300, Kang has started to struggle a little. He should be in there against the lefty today and be placed in the five or six hole of that order. He is 8 for 23 against left-handed pitching so far this season which is easily his preferred split. He gets to face a lefty in Wood today who seems to pitch well for a few innings before unraveling in the middle part of his starts. Kang has not been hot, so a good matchup against a mid-tier left-hander might be exactly what he needs to break out of his recent funk.
Giancarlo Stanton ($5700) – Stanton has hits in six of his last seven which includes five homeruns. He gets to bat up in Coors field today against one of the worst starters MLB has to offer in Kyle Kendricks. Kendricks has allowed at least two homerun balls in six of his last ten starts, so the matchup could not be any better. Stanton has averaged a whopping 13.5 fantasy points over his last seven, with five of those games returning at least 16 points. He is not cheap, but with all those positives in his corner it makes sense to pay up for him over other stud hitter’s today.
Andrew McCutchen ($4800) – After a slow start, Cutch has caught fire. He has at least seven points in eight of his last ten, so he is cash game safe. He also has six double digit scores in his last ten, so he is usable in tournaments as well. Cutch hits in the three hole for that Pirates offense and the bats around him are heating up as well, so he has an outsized chance to knock in some runs and be driven home himself. He has a matchup with Alex Wood today and Cutch has always done well against left-handed pitching. If you can afford to fit him and Stanton into a lineup together, you will have two of the hottest hitters in baseball with immense upside in good spots today.
Shin Shoo-Choo ($4300) – Choo has hits in seven of his last nine and is averaging over 8.5 fantasy points per game during that stretch. He faces Jeremy Guthrie today who has epic struggles with left-handed batters over his career. Choo should be near the top of that Rangers order again and has been setting the table for the bigger left-handed boppers they are employing behind him. If you can afford to pay up for the top two options, it still is advisable to do so, but he can be a nice option for a few hundred bucks cheaper today if you need the salary savings to use elsewhere.
Brock Holt ($3200) – In his last four starts, Holt has averaged over 9 fantasy points per outing. He has been seeing consistent playing time against right-handed pitching and was even spotted in the two hole yesterday. He has hit well enough to be in play even if he is not there again today at this price, but if he does find himself batting second and with a solid matchup vs. Graveman, than he is almost a must play for only $3200. If you can not fit him in at an OF spot, he also still has his 3B eligibility, so it opens up some roster flexibility for you as well.