Corey Kluber vs. Cincinnati Reds ($11300) Corey Kluber has been striking out everyone lately. He’s got 30 of them in his last two starts. A high strikeout pitcher has a nice floor and that is the case here with Kluber. The Reds have a 23.1% strikeout rate, so Kluber is in a good spot to rack up a few more. Kluber is a huge favorite at -200 in a game with only 7 runs expected. He has been pitching deep into games as well and limiting negative events, so all the check marks are in his favor here. The price is up, but he has justified it with 38 and 56 fantasy points in his last two starts.
Edinson Volquez vs. St. Louis Cardinals ($6100) – Volquez has a low WHIP, Low ERA, but also low number of strikeouts which hurts his fantasy value. Still his price here is also very low. He is also a favorite at -115 in a low total game at 7.5 runs. Volquez has been pitching deep into games when he is on, and limited the negative events, so he could afford a low strikeout game and still make value at his price here. He had a great start last out for 27.4 DK points, so there’s upside with him as well for only $6100.
Buster Posey vs. Colorado Rockies ($5100) – Posey is in Coors Field and has protection in the lineup with Pence and Belt healthy. I could stop there and it would be enough to justify playing him today. Yet Posey has also been red hot. He has five double digit scores in his last nine games and three of them were close to or above 20 points. he is averaging over 13 points per game during this run, so his price is justified here.
Russell Martin vs. Seattle Mariners ($3900) – The Current cleanup hitter for the Blue Jays is one of the few catchers with solid lineup placement who is in a good spot to drive in some runs. Martin faces Paxton, the lefty from Seattle, and is hitting .414 so far against left-handed pitching this season. Toronto will throw a very righty heavy lineup at Paxton who could struggle in this one. With some high OBP guys in front of him, Martin should get up with men on here and his high average against LHP suggests he should deliver.
Edwin Encarnacion vs. Seattle Mariners ($4600) – Encarnacion likes hitting against left handed pitching. He is currently hitting .300 against them in 2015, and has 25 homers in 370 at-bats vs. left-handers since 2012. He bats third for the Jays behind Batista and Donaldson, and has flashed his upside a few times recently. His power is started to come around as he now has five homeruns in his last ten games. He is averaging double digit fantasy points over this stretch and is still pretty reasonably priced for a guy with the right splits matchup in the right ballpark for his talents.
Ben Paulsen vs. San Fransisco Giants ($3300) – Be careful where you use him, as they have a double header and he likely will split the workload with Willin Rosario at 1st base. Whichever game he plays in though, he should have a good splits match up with either right-hander. Paulsen is a big prospect and is currently hitting over .400 since being called up earlier this week. He has hits in all four big league games he has appeared in since and plays in a great hitter’s park in Coors. He is the cheap option with the most upside if you need to save salary at the 1st base position.
Jason Kipnis vs. Cincinnati Reds ($4900) – Kipnis gets a matchup with Desclafani who has allowed a .310 batting average and a WHIP of 2.08 to left-handed batters in 2015. Kipnis will see an extra at-bat on top of that Cleveland order, and has an elite matchup in a L/R split. Kipnis is currently hitting .420 against right-handed pitching, so this is a plus matchup on both sides of the equation. Kipnis should be in line for multiple hits here including at least one for extra bases. His price is expensive, but the matchup is almost too good to pass up for a guy who has averaged 12 DK points a game over his last ten.
Logan Forsythe vs. Oakland Athletics ($3300) – Forsythe has been hitting in the middle of the Tampa Bay order and they get a gas can in Kevin Graveman tomorrow. Graveman has allowed 13 runs in his 16 innings of work, so Forsythe should be in a good spot to drive in and score some in this one from the middle of that order. Forsythe has a hit in nine of his last ten games and is averaging 9.2 fantasy points per contest over that span. He has scored at least 3 in everyone of those games and has flashed 20+ point upside, so he is safe and can outperform his salary.
Josh Donaldson vs. Seattle ($5300) – Josh Donaldson feasts on left-handed pitching. Last year he hit .275 with 14 homers off of them in only 153 at-bats. He was also playing in a much tougher ballpark in Oakland. So far this year in Toronto he is hitting .455 with 3 homeruns in only 33 at-bats. He is also leading off for the Blue Jays with all the injuries they have, so he should see an extra t-bat in this one too. He is pricey, but has an elite matchup in a hitter’s park.
Danny Valencia vs. Seattle Mariners ($3500) – If you can not afford to use Donaldson, the replacement option is his teammate who is also 3b eligible. Valencia’s main skill in MLB is hitting left-handed pitching and he tends to be well placed in the five hole when they face a southpaw. A $3500 five hole hitter in a good splits matchup at home in a great hitter’s park is not something you will find easily. When a guy with a proven track record of hitting lefties (.277 in 2014, .433 in 2015) gets that matchup at that price, you use him.
Brandon Crawford vs. Colorado Rockies ($4600) – Given how hot he has been lately, it’s tough to tell if the price increase is the Coors premium or a way to cool his ownership. Crawford has reached double digit fantasy points in six of his last nine games. He is currently averaging twelve points over this stretch, so he is easily returning value on a consistent basis while providing upside into the 30s and routinely in the mid teens. He has a positive L/R matchup in which ever game he plays in, and is one of the guys who may even start both ends of the double header. A hot hitter, in a good splits matchup, in a great hitter’s park is worth the premium even if he only had one or two of those things going in his favor.
Matt Duffy vs, Colorado Rockies ($3600) – I’m not sure which game Duffy gets a start in of this double header, but he has been pretty solid lately and gets to hit in a good park either way. Duffy has 44 fantasy points in his last five starts and twice flashed double digit upside in tougher matchups than he should see today. He is hitting .284 on the year, and may see himself up in the two hole in one of these games depending on who sits. A hot bat at a low price in a hitter’s park makes a lot of sense if you need to ave some salary at a weak position.
Michael Brantley vs. Cincinnat Reds ($5100) – Another lefty in that good matchup with Desclafani. Brantley hits third for the Indians and has averaged 10 fantasy points per game over his last ten. He is currently hitting .328 with an OPS of .932, so he is hitting for both average and power. These lefties all profile to do well against Desclafani, so Brantley is definitely in play here for a big upside day.
Nelson Cruz vs. Mark Buehrle ($5400) – There’s a good chance Nelson Cruz’s boomstick will make an appearance again on Saturday as he has a great matchup in a great park. Since 2014, Buehrle has allowed right-handed hitters to bat .300 against him with 15 homeruns. Nelson Cruz is currently hitting .577 against left-handed pitching with six homeruns in only 26 at-bats this year. Those numbers are both elite and silly. Cruz is easily the top call for a homerun tomorrow and the Blue Jays lefties would be smart to walk him and avoid giving him a chance to. While the Mariners do struggle with southpaws as a team, that list certainly does not include Cruz.
Carlos Beltran vs. Texas Rangers ($3900) – Many have written him off, but he is currently riding a ten game hit streak where he is 13 for his last 36 (.361). He is back in the two hole for the Yankees while Ellsbury is out, so he is hitting in front of the big bats of A Rod and Tex while getting on base and scoring some runs. He has 82 DK points in his last nine, so he is averaging just over nine points per game. He faces Nick Martinez who has trouble finishing batters and struggles more with left-handed hitters. Throw in the game is in a lefty friendly Yankee stadium and things look good for Beltran to stay hot. At only $3900, he provides some salary relief as well so you can fit in some of the big bats mentioned.
Nick Markakis vs. Milwaukee Brewers ($3400) – As long as he keeps batting cleanup for the Braves, he is a steal at this price. Markakis is not a power guy, but he does hit for average and does better against right-handed pitching. He is currently protecting Freddie Freeman in that lineup and see’s ample opportunities to drive in runs. Fiers has struggled with Walks and hits to left-handed bats, and Markakis is a professional patient hitter. He should be on base at least once tomorrow with a chance to drive in some runs with guys on in front of him due to the high WHIP. There’s safety and a lot of upside here at a very cheap price. You will be hard pressed to find any other cleanup hitter with a good splits matchup for cheaper today.