WATCH: IMPACT PLAYER – SCOOTER GENNETT
Did somebody have a crazy game last night? I don’t know what all the fuss is about this morning… Anyway, we’ve got a regular slate of 12 games tonight for you, so let’s scoot on ahead…
Dallas Kuechel — HOU vs. KC — $12,500 – You know my motto – don’t get cute. The Astros’ 11-game winning streak is over so less pressure on Keuchel. The LHP has a personal four-game winning streak going and has allowed one ER with 15 Ks over 12 IP in two starts since returning from the DL. The Royals lineup is filled with contact hitters and Keuchel eats those for breakfast.
Other Options: Zack Greinke ($12,400), Jimmy Nelson ($7,900)
Mike Pelfrey — CWS vs. TB — $5,500 – I once doubted Pelfrey, and I regret every second of it. He’s had a bit of a renaissance with the White Sox, posting a 3.86 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in eight starts. Pelfrey’s allowed just two ER with 15 Ks in 16 IP over his past three outings and has a solid matchup vs. the strikeout prone Rays.
Other Options: Lance Lynn ($6,800), Buck Farmer ($4,000)
Yadier Molina — STL vs. CIN — $4,000 – I dislike the catcher position, let’s just put it that way. But Molina gives me a shred of optimism. Prior to last night’s blowout loss to the Reds, Molina had posted double-digit DKFP in three straight, with two stolen bases in his past two starts. The stolen bags are likely an anomaly, but they add to his appeal vs. Bronson Arroyo. The veteran RHP is on pace to break the record for HRs allowed in a season in the NL (48); he’s currently allowed 19 through 12 appearances. Molina doesn’t have the pop he once had, but still.
Other Options: Gary Sanchez ($4,600), Tyler Flowers ($3,800)
Francisco Pena — BAL vs. PIT — $2,700 – Should Pena start behind the plate, he’d be a great play in the Orioles lineup vs. RHP Chad Kuhl. Pena flashed some impressive power in a short stint in May, belting two HRs with four hits and three runs in two starts. If we don’t see Pena in the lineup, Caleb Joseph ($2,500) isn’t a bad play either.
Other Options: John Hicks ($2,800), Cameron Rupp ($2,700)
Chris Davis — BAL vs. PIT — $4,600 – Davis hasn’t been a strikeout factory lately, which means he’s been a home run factory instead. He has three long balls in his past six games and hits in his past seven. Davis’ struggles had seen his salary drop all the way down to $3,500, but his current price tag is fitting considering the pitching matchup. Kuhl is prone to fly balls, allowing 13 two starts ago to the Mets at home.
Other Options: Paul Goldschmidt ($5,500), Matt Holliday ($4,600)
Tyler Moore — MIA vs. CHC — $2,500 – With Justin Bour on the DL with a bone bruise in his ankle, Moore has taken over the starting 1B duties for the Marlins. He’s 0-for-7 in the past two games but belted a key 3-run HR in a 6-5 win vs. the D-Backs over the weekend. Moore isn’t a sexy pick, but he’s got some power and upside for use in GPPs.
Other Options: Jose Abreu ($3,500), Tommy Joseph ($3,100)
Josh Harrison — PIT vs. BAL — $4,200 – Harrison has been consistent for most of the season, particularly in his last 10 games, when he’s gone 13-for-41 with a OPS of .903. Orioles LHP Wade Miley induces a lot of groundballs, but that shouldn’t have an effect on Harrison’s production given his speed.
Other Options: Robinson Cano ($4,300), Starlin Castro ($4,200)
Brandon Phillips — ATL vs. PHI — $3,200 – Phillips has three straight multi-hit outings, averaging 10 DKFP per game during that stretch. In five games vs. the Phillies this season, BP is averaging 10.6 DKFP per contest, and SP Jerad Eickhoff should make Atlanta’s offense look a whole lot better Wednesday. Eickhoff is sporting a 5.13 ERA and rarely lasts past the fifth inning; the Phillies bullpen has a 4.35 ERA this season.
Other Options: Yolmer Sanchez ($2,800)
Jake Lamb — ARI vs. SD — $5,100 – The D-Backs slugger has destroyed the Padres this season: 11-for-40 with two HRs and 14 RBI (10.6 DKFP per game) in 10 games. Lamb has been much better at home (.294/.358/.496), and the last time San Diego SP Luis Perdomo went up against Arizona he was shelled for eight runs in 3.0 IP.
Other Options: Manny Machado ($4,700), Jedd Gyorko ($4,200)
Jhonny Peralta — STL vs. CIN — $3,400 – Peralta doesn’t have an extra-base hit this season. Sure, it’s only been 54 ABs, but that still seems odd. Peralta does, however, have a hit in each of his past two games, and I think he will likely go overlooked in GPPs. With Arroyo on the hill for Cincinnati, I’m optimistic Peralta can find a gap and return some value here.
Other Options: Eduardo Escobar ($2,700), Derek Dietrich ($2,700)
Elvis Andrus — TEX vs. NYM — $4,900 – Andrus has an 11-game hitting streak going and is batting .442 (19-for-43) in his last 10 games. Speed has been Andrus’ biggest weapon, with seven SBs in that stretch, and 14 on the season. Mets SP Zack Wheeler has allowed at least seven hits in three of his past four starts.
Other Options: Xander Bogaerts ($4,500), Didi Gregorius ($3,800)
Eric Sogard — MIL vs. SF — $3,200 – Thankfully Sogard has provided us with a decent value option, having gone 4-for-8 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs so far in this series vs. the Giants. Despite LHP Ty Blach on the hill for San Fran, I expect Sogard to be in the lineup; he’s batting .375 vs. LHP this season.
Other Options: Andrelton Simmons ($3,400)
Aaron Judge — NYY vs. BOS — $5,300 – Judge has barely made his presence felt in the historic Yankees-Red Sox rivalry. I expect that to change Wednesday. Judge has posted at least nine DKFP in each of the past nine games despite having hit only three HRs during that stretch. He’s getting on base at a ridiculous pace (.455 OBP), and Boston SP Rick Porcello (New Jersey’s finest) is extremely HR-prone (60 combined over the last three seasons).
Other Options: Nelson Cruz ($4,900), Ender Inciarte ($4,700)
Scooter Gennett — CIN vs. STL — $3,600 – What did you think I was going to go this whole article without mentioning Gennett? Just saving the best for last. If you weren’t aware, Gennett hit four HRs and had 10 RBI for 71 DKFP last night vs. the Cardinals. The chances of a repeat performance are microscopic, but that doesn’t mean Gennett won’t stay hot. He’s worth consideration in your lineup, if only just to see if he’s capable of keeping this up.
Other Options: Joey Rickard ($3,400), Curtis Granderson ($3,000)
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