Plenty of action tonight with a 14-game slate on Friday night. Let’s dive into the top targets at each position. Hit me up on Twitter with comments or questions: @julianedlow.
Max Scherzer – WAS vs. SD – $12,700 – Scherzer is the obvious top pitching option on this slate at home facing the lowly Padres. Current members of the Padres hit a mere .189 against Scherzer, and this team ranks near the top of MLB in strikeouts in 2017. In the past, Scherzer has struck out current Padres 17 times in 54 plate appearances (versus just 10 hits allowed).
Other Options – Jacob deGrom $12,100, Chris Archer $11,400
Jake Arrieta – CHC vs. LAD – $9,200 – It’s rare Arrieta can be considered a “value,” but at just $9,200 I really like him against the Dodgers. He bounced back from some bad starts to top 25 DKFP against the Brewers in his last outing, and has historically pitched well against L.A. In 64 plate appearances against current Dodgers, Arrieta has 17 strikeouts to just 10 hits (no I didn’t confuse them with Scherzer’s stats, they’re the same). With some expensive pitchers on this slate, Arrieta could be a good way to build around a stud and save cash.
Other Options – Eduardo Rodriguez $8,800
Buster Posey – SF vs. ATL – $4,000 – Posey’s hitting .345 with seven homers on the season, but hasn’t hit double-digit DKFP in eight straight games. Tonight could be a spot for him to have a breakout game against LHP Jamie Garcia. Posey is 8-for-16 against Garcia in his career with a homer and a double and is hitting .375 against LHP this season.
Other Options – Welington Castillo $3,700, Salvator Perez $3,500
Tony Wolters – COL vs. STL – $3,200 – Sometimes the thinking is simple. If you can get a cheap bat in an opposite hand matchup at Coors Field, typically you go for it. Wolters has somehow yet to homer this season but has the pop in his bat to do so. Nonetheless, he’s still hitting .301, and RHP Carlos Martinez has had his struggles at Coors.
Other Options – Derek Norris $2,700
Albert Pujols – LAA vs. MIA – $4,000 – Pujols has played three games since returning from a hamstring injury, homering in his last game on Wednesday. I’m looking for him to keep rolling against RHP Dan Straily, whom Pujols is 8-for-18 against with a pair of bombs.
Other Options – Joey Votto $4,900, Matt Carpenter $4,600, Chris Davis $4,200
Wil Myers – SD vs. WAS – $3,500 – I know Scherzer is the stud of the night, so this is somewhat contradictory. But Myers is the only Padre that’s shown life against the ace, blasting a pair of home runs, a double and a single against Mad Max in just nine at-bats. He’s as cheap as a guy with 11 long balls gets at this stage of the season, and could be extremely low owned.
Other Options – Kendrys Morales $3,900, Lucas Duda $3,800
Daniel Murphy – WAS vs. SD – $4,900 – RHP Luis Perdomo takes his 5.79 ERA to D.C. tonight, leaving Murphy in a great spot. Perdomo is getting smashed by LHB for a .471 on-base percentage, while Murphy hits .324 against RHP and has hit seven of his nine home runs against them.
Other Options – Jonathan Villar $4,800, Jose Altuve $4,700, Brian Dozier $4,500
Cesar Hernandez – PHI vs. CIN – $3,600 – RHP Tim Adleman has been terrible this season, sporting a 6.19 ERA that jumps to 11.37 on the road. The switch-hitting Hernandez should give Adleman, and whoever may come in for early relief, a tough time at the dish. Hernandez is 2-for-2 against Adleman in his career, just as a little cherry on top.
Other Options – Jose Ramirez $3,700, Danny Espinosa $2,900
Jake Lamb – ARI vs. MIL – $5,400 – As long as you can afford Lamb, there really isn’t a reason not to roster him tonight. He’s averaging 15.2 DKFP over his past 10 games (even after a goose egg last night) and will face RHP Junior Guerra in hitter-friendly Miller Park. Lamb is hitting .325 against RHP this season, with 11 of his 13 homers coming against them, along with five doubles and two triples.
Other Options – Kris Bryant $4,900, Travis Shaw $4,600, Joey Gallo $4,300
Rio Ruiz – ATL vs. SF – $2,600 – Sometimes you need some extreme value in your lineup, and Ruiz could provide that on Friday at just $2.6K. The LHB is hitting .320 with a home run and has three games with 13+ DKFP in his last six, including his last two games. Tonight he’ll face RHP Matt Cain, who’s allowed a .418 on-base percentage to LHB.
Other Options – Evan Longoria $3,700
Xander Bogaerts – BOS vs. SEA – $4,900 – Bogaerts finally left the ballpark last night, knocking out his first homer of the season. He’s been a solid fantasy option nonetheless, hitting .335 with 17 RBI so far this season. X has scored double-digit DKFP in four consecutive games, and tonight faces RHP Yovani Gallardo, who allowed nine runs in his last start. Bogaerts is 4-for-12 against him in his career.
Other Options – Trea Turner $5,000, Francisco Lindor $4,400, Jean Segura $4,200
Tim Beckham – TB vs. MIN – $2,800 – Beckham could find himself in the leadoff role tonight against LHP Hector Santiago. He’s just way too cheap for a guy in an opposite hand matchup that’s hitting .263 with seven bombs and 23 RBI this season. Beckham’s actually been even better on the road this season, hitting .303 with four of those seven dingers (in 66 at-bats vs. just three HRs in 105 at-bats at home).
Other Options – Freddie Galvis $3,000, JT Riddle $2,600
Mike Trout – LAA vs. MIA – $5,500 – You have to pay up for Trout, but he’s been well worth it lately. He’s averaging 13.8 DKFP over his last 10 games, and frankly, he hasn’t even been playing his best. Hitting .338 with 15 homers, Trout’s ceiling is as high as anyone’s on this slate. He’s also in a matchup where he’s seen a ton of success against RHP Dan Straily, who Trout is 9-for-19 against with a pair of doubles and a homer.
Other Options – Charlie Blackmon $5,500, Bryce Haper $5,300, Michael Conforto $5,000, Jose Bautista $4,800, Matt Kemp $4,200
Nick Markakis – ATL vs. SF – $3,300 – The Braves overall just seem too cheap tonight against RHP Matt Cain. Just like Ruiz is one of the better values on the slate, Markakis is far too underpriced at $3,300 in an opposite hand matchup against a struggling pitcher.
Other Options – Cody Bellinger $3,900, Robbie Grossman $3,700, Jason Werth $3,700, Seth Smith $3,500
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