WATCH: IMPACT PLAYER – MANNY MACHADO
Plenty to look forward to on this 15-game night slate Wednesday, so I’m not going to bore you with some kind of introduction. Though, I did squeeze only one movie reference into this bad boy, see if you can spot it. As always, further advice @BZweimanNHL on Twitter.
Gio Gonzalez — WAS vs. ARI — $8,800 – The Nationals are heavily favored at home vs. the D-Backs, who are striking out at an alarming rate (nine per game). Gonzalez hasn’t allowed more than two ER in each of his five starts this season and boasts a 1.33 ERA (19.8 DKFP per game) at home this season. He’s a prime cash-game option given how much cheaper he is than some of the top dollar options.
Other Options: Jacob deGrom ($10,400), Jameson Taillon ($8,200)
Charlie Morton — HOU vs. TEX — $6,900 – Yes, the price on Morton is very nice. I get it. But seriously, when is he going to start getting some respect? Morton has been very good at Minute Maid Park, going 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 9.5 K/9 in three starts. The Astros are heavy favorites vs. the Rangers, who have lost three in a row and six of their past eight.
Other Options: Antonio Senzatela ($6,200)
Salvador Perez — KC vs. CWS — $3,700 – Perez and the Royals get the luxury of hitting against veteran RHP Mike Pelfrey, who has failed to see past the fifth inning in each of his two starts this season. The Royals’ catcher is batting .333 with two HRs, nine RBI and four doubles (7.9 DKFP per game) at home. It’s hard to argue against Perez in cash games given the scarcity of quality catchers on the slate.
Other Options: Buster Posey ($3,600), Yadier Molina ($3,400)
Elias Diaz — PIT vs. CIN — $2,200 – Diaz was recalled from Triple-A to start Tuesday’s game vs. the Reds, where he went 1-for-4 with a run and BB for seven DKFP. Should Diaz be in the lineup again, there’s a lot of value waiting here. He hit .305 while he was down on the farm this season and gets a solid matchup vs. Rookie Davis (11.17 ERA, 2.59 WHIP).
Other Options: Jesus Sucre ($2,400), Kurt Suzuki ($2,400)
Anthony Rizzo — CHC vs. PHI — $4,800 – I’m going to pull a Lou Brown here and say Rizzo is due. But instead of playing him on a hunch, let’s look at some stats. Rizzo has no hits in his last eight ABs and his impressive splits at home (.342/.490/.488) haven’t translated into big DFS production. Phillies SP Jerad Eickhoff is lucky he’s only allowed three HRs considering his 32 flyballs and 4.91 ERA on the road. Gimme Rizzo to break out of his mini-slump.
Other Options: Ryan Zimmerman ($4,700), Jose Abreu ($4,300)
Jay Bruce — NYM vs. ATL — $3,200 – It’s funny because of course Bruce is raking while the Mets are struggling, right? The lefty slugger is coming off two HRs and six RBI (36 DKFP) in a 9-7 loss to the Braves on Tuesday. He ranks fifth among 1B in DKFP per game (10.5) despite being priced 37th. Bartolo Colon has faltered a bit lately, allowing at least 10 hits in back-to-back starts for Atlanta.
Other Options: Cody Bellinger ($3,100), Yonder Alonso ($3,000)
Daniel Murphy — WSH vs. ARI — $4,800 – You’ve gotta love left-handed batters who don’t care that the pitcher is left-handed. Murphy is one of those players, batting .294 with an HR and four RBI this season after hitting .329 vs. southpaws in 2016. Oh yeah, he’s also on the Nationals, who are hitting just about anything right now. Murphy in his past 10 games: three HRs, 18 RBI, .372 average, 13.8 DKFP per game.
Other Options: Robinson Cano ($4,200), DJ LeMahieu ($4,000)
Jed Lowrie — OAK vs. MIN — $2,900 – Lowrie is always a safe, low-cost play at 2B given his solid .290 average and splits. He has hits in eight of 10 games, including three multi-hit outings in his past six. Twins SP Hector Santiago skipped his last start for personal reasons and his head might not be in the game as much. Take advantage.
Other Options: – Joe Panik ($3,300), Neil Walker ($3,200)
Manny Machado — BAL vs. BOS — $4,900 – I’m not going to get into specifics, but if I were Drew Pomeranz I would want nothing of Machado tonight. The O’s All-Star has HRs in back-to-back games at Fenway and has destroyed LHP this season, batting .276 with four HRs and eight RBI for a 1.130 OPS. Machado is also averaging 10.3 DKFP per game vs. the Red Sox this season. Very high ceiling.
Other Options: Jose Ramirez ($4,100), Josh Harrison ($3,800)
Cory Spangenberg — SD vs. COL — $3,200 – Spangenberg has been reliable since being recalled from AAA, going 7-for-24 with four runs and two RBI (six DKFP per game) in seven contests. He has two multi-hit outings in his past four games, and Rockies SP Antonio Senzatela pitches to a ton of contact, including double-digit ground balls in four straight starts.
Other Options: Yunel Escobar ($2,900)
Trevor Story — COL vs. SD — $4,300 – Going to go off track here to talk about someone other than Francisco Lindor. With the Rockies going up against veteran SP Jered Weaver, I expect their lineup to produce. Story is prominently featured in that lineup in a spot to drive batters home. While he’s struggling this season, four of his six HRs have come on the road and Weaver has allowed the second-most HRs (10) in the MLB this season.
Other Options: Francisco Lindor ($4,500), Alex Bregman ($4,100)
Gift Ngoepe — PIT vs. CIN — $2,600 – Like I mentioned with Diaz above, monitor the Pirates lineup to make sure Ngoepe is playing. If he is, I’ll roll with him. Pittsburgh’s offense should go off vs. Davis and Ngoepe has done a nice job getting on base early in his MLB career. He’s 5-for-11 with three runs, three RBI and four BB in five games.
Other Options: Andrelton Simmons ($2,800)
Nelson Cruz — SEA vs. LAA — $4,300 – I like Cruz in the late-game slot as a contrarian play for GPPs. Chances are lineups will stack the Nationals, Red Sox, Orioles and Rockies, and Cruz has a great matchup vs. Ricky Nolasco, who has allowed two HRs in three of five starts this season. Cruz has five HRs in his past eight games. Yep.
Other Options: Charlie Blackmon ($4,900), Adam Jones ($4,400)
Lonnie Chisenhall — CLE vs. DET — $2,900 – Chisenhall isn’t exactly a lefty killer, but isn’t awful either. Plus Matthew Boyd isn’t exactly the most imposing LHP in baseball. Chisenhall has a nice three-game hitting streak going in which he has four RBI, posting at least seven DKFP in each contest.
Other Options: Aaron Hicks ($2,900), Ben Gamel ($2,800)
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