It’s a short slate of games tonight, but that doesn’t mean you have to shy away from your research. I’ll give you my picks for who I think will perform well tonight and who can give you an advantage over the field! As always, you can get me on the Ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.

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Starting Pitcher

Stud

Chris Sale vs. Houston Astros ($11400) – Well this is no surprise here. Sale is the top priced pitcher on the day and he’s been pitching like it lately. After a rough start to the season, he’s been lights out lately. He’s scored 42 points in his last two starts against Baltimore and Texas and has been in the double digits in strikeouts in both matchups. Houston will be striking out a lot in this one as well, as they’re second in the league in this category. Sale owns a 3.27 ERA with 79 strikeouts in 66 innings pitched.

Value

Lance McCullers ($7400) – It’s a rare occasion that I pick two pitchers from the same game, but in a short slate, and these two guys going toe to toe, I have to jump on it. McCullers has only made four starts this season, but he’s made them count. One of those four starts, has come against the White Sox. He was a bit shaky with his control in that one, as it took him 89 pitches to get 13 outs. However, in that short amount of time, he managed to strike out seven. The White Sox are nothing to ride home about when it comes to offense, so while only one of these pitchers has a chance at a win, I love putting these two on my team tonight.

Catcher

Stud

Nick Hundley($3500) – Well, normally this could fall under the “value” section, but with so little to choose from, I’m rolling with Hundley as my stud. Depending on if he or Wilin Rosario starts, this information can go for either. They go up against John Lackey tonight, who’s had a rough go of it in his short time at Coors Field. He’s given up nine runs and four home runs in just 12 2/3 innings pitched. Coors is by far the best hitters park in the game, so the exposure to this is bar none.

Value

Brayan Pena($2500) – I don’t love the matchup for Pena, has he’s taking on Cole Hamels, but I do love his .280 average and .371 OBP. What I also like about this is I would think no one will really be on him because of the matchup and because of guys like Russell Martin and Yadier Molina getting first dibs tonight. Thus, any points he does potentially get, will be a nice boost to your team and help separate you from the field. It’s slates like tonight where you need a couple of these guys to really give you an advantage.

First Base

Stud

Freddie Freeman ($4800) – Freeman has been on fire as of late. Throw in a great matchup against Ian Kennedy, and I can’t see myself rostering anyone else at first. He’s 6-10 against Kennedy with a home run, three extra base hits and a 1.767 OPS. Kennedy is allowing lefties to hit him at a .297 clip this season and lefties have hit seven of the 12 home runs he’s let up. I truly don’t think I can explain any further how much I like this matchup tonight.

Value

Ryan Howard($3600) – So if you like to fade my stud advice, well fine, I got one more for you. Howard has had great success against Mike Leake. He’s 6-18 against him with two home runs, a .429 OBP and a 1.095 OPS. Howard has been seeing his power come back this season, as he has 11 on the year. Leake is doing his part by already giving up 12 home runs this season. Nine of those have come against lefties. This might be a real tough decision to choose at first. Or you could just make two lineups?

Second Base

Stud

Dee Gordon ($4600) – We’re eight days into June and Dee Gordon is still hovering around the .400 mark in terms of batting average. At .372, Gordon has been having no trouble getting on base this season. He’s already up to 20 stolen bases this season but has been caught eight. He goes up against Marco Estrada, who lets up a .264 average to lefties. Not a bad number by any means, but it’s a big difference then his .193 against righties. If Gordon gets on, you can almost guarantee a quick eight points when he steals a bag.

Value

Chase Utley ($3500) – The overall numbers look a bit rough, as he’s hitting .198 with four home runs and 24 RBIs, but an early season slump really doesn’t reflect how he’s been doing lately. He’s hitting .270 over the last 30 days with two home runs. Going up against Mike Leake, as I mentioned earlier, is giving up his fair share of him, he might not be a bad gamble on the night. Utley has seen three of his four home runs come on the road this season.

Third Base

Stud

Nolan Arenado ($4600) – Another Rockies hitter for you. Besides the Lackey storyline going into tonight, Arenado is hitting in the heart of the Rockies lineup that has the highest batting average in the league at .273. Arenado has had five RBIs in his past five games and it shouldn’t be to far out of the realm to think he can’t have one tonight.

Shortstop

Stud

Jhonny Peralta ($4900) – We can’t forget about the other team that will be playing at Coors Field tonight. Peralta has been a steal for the Cardinals this season, as he’s hitting .321 on the season with nine home runs, 34 RBIs, and a .905 OPS. He’s going up against David Hale, who’s already given up three home runs in only two starts, which lasted a combined 12 2/3 innings. Peralta has enjoyed his time at Coors Field as well. In nine games, Peralta is hitting .324 with two home runs, six extra base hits, and a 1.105 OPS.

Value

Alcides Escobar($3700) – I wouldn’t exactly call this a “value play” as he’s a bit expensive to be in this section, but hey, it’s a short slate! Escobar has been having a few quiet games followed by one big game for about a week and a half now. Tonight might be one of the bigger ones, as he hits Phil Hughes quite well. He’s 6-17 against Hughes with a home run a .421 OBP and a 1.009 OPS.

Outfield

Stud

Giancarlo Stanton ($5600) – It’s hard not to showcase the big man here. The overall average has been disappointing this season, as he’s only hitting .230 on the season. But the power, has been anything but disappointing. He has 18 on the year and if DraftKings gave points for how far they travel, Stanton would be like $12000 on here. Estrada has only given six home runs this year, but history tells us, he’s very notorious in giving up the long ball. Stanton might have a different thought about that going into tonight.

Charlie Blackmon ($4500) – Batting leadoff for a team like the Rockies will do good things for your overall numbers. Of course, you have to produce to get things going, but Blackmon has been doing just that. Over his last three games, he has eight hits, scored six runs and throw in a couple of stolen bases into the mix. In a game that is projected to have the highest run total of the night (shocking) Blackmon could be a great addition to your lineup tonight.

Alex Rios ($4300) – Rios has been a forgotten player this season, as a trip to the disabled list will do that to you. But tonight, he has a good matchup against Phil Hughes (as it seems everyone always does) that could get him a little kick start. He’s 13-27 against Hughes with a home run and a 1.205 OPS. I have a feeling a lot of people won’t be on him tonight, which could make for a sneaky play.

Value

Chris Colabello ($3400) – Do you know who Chris Colabello is? You should. For a player to cost 3400 and have a .355 average with four home runs and 19 RBIs is just insane. Please, leave this as it is DraftKings. Colabello has had at least 7 points in his last five games and is batting in the heart of the Blue Jays order. It’s truly hard to be passing on a player that’s producing at this rate at such a discounted price.