There are three days games on Wednesday, and another twelve at night, and fantasy contests for all of them. You have to deal with weather in three cities, and a whole range of different pitching matchups, so this article tries to factor that all in and give you a few players to consider at every position and every price range. The players listed are all active for the late contests, unless otherwise noted. Good luck.
Max Scherzer vs. MIA ($12,000) – EARLY – Maybe one of the primary reasons you want in on the early game action, Scherzer is a beast. 35+ innings in five starts, with four runs allowed and 39 K’s. He has a good matchup too, as if that mattered.
Jon Lester @ STL ($9,700) – Lester is coming off his best outing of the year by far, throwing seven innings of three-hit, shutout ball (following a 10 K performance in the start before that), and he is facing a Cardinals lineup that has seen their overall numbers dip drastically against lefties so far this season.
Ubaldo Jiminez @ NYM ($7,300) – Jiminez has 22 K’s in four starts, and he should be able to keep up that pace against the Mets. The Orioles have been playing solid ball, but the Mets have been hot, and this matchup is as good a chance as Baltimore will get to earn a win in this series.
Justin Masterson vs. TB ($6,300) – Not a big strikeout guy, but he has gone at least six innings in each of his last two starts, and his approach which can lead to a lot of contact could prove successful against this lineup. He’s a solid candidate for a win, which always helps with your less expensive options.
Carlos Santana @ Danny Duffy ($4,300) – Santana has been getting on base a lot lately, at a rate of over .450 over the past couple of weeks, which has allowed him to score six runs over that same time frame, a nice boost to his fantasy value.
Stephen Vogt @ Kyle Gibson ($4,100) – With so many injuries to otherwise useful options lower in the price range for catchers, this might be a position you need to spend a little on for the forseeable future, in order to avoid a potential black hole in your lineup. And Vogt is a good place to spend it, slugging almost .700 on the season, and keeping up the pace lately, with two multi-hit games in his last three.
Buster Posey vs. Ian Kennedy ($4,000) – EARLY – The matchup against Kennedy and the depressed prices of all the Giants hitters makes you wish this was a late game.
Robinson Chirinos @ Samuel Deduno ($3,300) – You have to like the chances of the Texans finding a few opportunities against the converted reliever, and while Chirinos hasn’t done much, if you are looking for a cheap option, he has displayed some power. He has been splitting time some lately, however, so be such to check the lineups before you stick with him as your starter.
Adrian Gonzalez @ Wily Peralta ($4,900) – Gonzalez is still hitting over .360 and slugging almost .750, in case you were wondering. He hasn’t slowed down. And Peralta doesn’t seem like the man to slow him down.
David Ortiz vs. Alex Colome ($4,700) – Papi has hit safely in eight straight to raise his average to .250, and while Colome is a name to watch going forward and might even have success in this matchup, a young hard-throwing righty is just the kind of guy of whom Ortiz might be able to take advantage.
Kyle Blanks @ Samuel Deduno ($3,700) – Super small sample size, and these numbers are going to drop off eventually, but he has been hitting .391 through his first six starts, with three HRs and a stolen base. I’ll take some, thank you.
Adam LaRoche vs. Alfredo Simon ($3,600) – LaRoche is what you get for $3,600 – a guy with a limited skill set to some degree. But he, at least, is in a good situation, batting cleanup in a decent lineup, with a good matchup. And LaRoche hits right-handed pitchers much more consistently than lefties, slugging almost .100 points better.
Jason Kipnis @ Danny Duffy ($5,000) – Kipnis has been on fire, and finds himself with the right matchup to keep it going. He’s got nine hits in his last four games, including two doubles and a HR.
Dustin Pedroia @ Alex Colome ($4,200) – Pedroia is healthy and looking like he did pre-surgery, which is good news for the Red Sox and for fantasy owners. And, like Ortiz, he is the kind of veteran hitter than might be able to take advantage of a young pitcher on the mound, no matter how good the stuff he’s seeing is, even the first time he’s seeing it.
Howie Kendrick @ Wily Peralta ($3,900) – It’s not often you find a second baseman hitting cleanup, but that’s exactly what you’ve got going on in LA. And this is a top-ten offense, meaning Kendrick has plenty of threats both in front of and behind him, making him a threat to score and drive in runs every night.
Addison Russell @ Lance Lynn ($3,400) – So, plate discipline isn’t his thing. But hue keeps making contact, and maybe, at this point in his career, is actually a better fantasy player than he is actual player for the Cubs, which is something you see much more of in other sports. It’s a rare feat to pull off in baseball, but I think we’re watching it happen right now, as his 31 fantasy points in the last two games demonstrates.
Chris Davis @ Jacob deGrom ($4,300) – Davis is hearting up, with six home runs on the year, and three in his last six outings. He is slugging almost .550 on the season, and almost .650 over the past couple of weeks, and, to top it all off, he has been killing lefties.
Aramis Ramirez vs. Joe Wieland ($4,300) – Ramirez and Davis are enticing choices because of injuries and bad matchups affecting all the guys higher up on the list, making you feel like you are getting all the upside without spending all the money. He had two hits last night, including a double, bringing his stats over the past nine games to a .423 average, with three home runs, five runs scored, and eight RBI.
Juan Uribe @ Wily Peralta ($3,700) – He sat last night, so you can be reasonably sure he’ll be in the lineup tonight, where he has now hit safely in thirteen straight games, slugging well over .500 over that stretch.
Mike Moustakas vs. Carlos Carrasco ($3,300) – No one expected this, necessarily, but he is still maintaining that average over .300, and connecting with a little bit of power on top of it. He might drop off eventually, and it could even be happening right now (only one hit in his last four games), but if you’re getting the player he was last week, this is a steal.
Troy Tulowitzki vs. Josh Collmenter ($5,100) – EARLY – I haven’t mentioned too many Rockies because they are in the early slate of games, and it is too bad. A home game against a pitcher who has struggled mightily in the early going, I would love to trust some Rockies despite the sollid outing Collmenter had against them last time out (in Arizona).
Jean Segura vs. Joe Wieland ($4,200) – He is getting on base, hitting for extra bases, scoring and driving in runs, and stealing bases. In other words, he’ doing exactly what you hoped he might do. He’s not overachieving, but for this price, his production has been more than adequate. Consistent, with upside – the golden goose.
Andrelton Simmons vs. Jerome Williams ($3,800) – Now hitting second in the order, it’s no wonder the Braves made the change. So far on the season he is getting on base at a rate of almost .350, more than .50 points better than his career average up until this year. That is the kind of jump in production that will earn him an everyday starting role, especially when you can play defense the way he does.
Starlin Castro @ Lance Lynn ($3,400) – These youngsters are exciting. So exciting that they are maybe a little overhyped. But that is not reflected in this price. So even if you don’t think they’re quite as good as everyone else seems to, that doesn’t make them useless as fantasy options. For $3,400, you are getting someone with two HRs and two steals to go along with his .298 average through 100 at-bats.
Jacoby Ellsbury @ Mark Buehrle ($5,300) – Don’t be scared off by the lefty-lefty matchup – Ellsbury has always been solid against lefties, and so far this year he is hitting well over .400 against them. I’d expect to see him on base at least a couple of times tonight.
Mike Trout vs. Roenis Elias ($5,200) – On a night with lots of good options at the position, it is hard to ignore Trout against a guy with a WHIP over 1.5 – I can’t imagine a scenario where Trout doesn’t do something useful in this one.
Justin Upton @ Chris Heston ($4,700) – EARLY – It’s just fun to write about a guy who has been around for so long, and who is finally healthy and stepping up in a big way. With seven home runs and four steals, plus an average hovering around .300, you are seeing the complete offensive baseball player we always knew he could be, and it’s, like I said, fun.
Alex Gordon vs. Carlos Carrasco ($4,400) – Hitting leadoff, and taking advantage of it, he is getting on base almost 40% of the time. He is setting the table for everyone else in this lineup right now, and as for fantasy purposes, twelve runs scored at this point in the season is a very useful bonus.
Adam Eaton vs. Alfredo Simon ($3,900) – You will notice a trend in this section, because when you get down to the lower prices, the players are – surprise, surprise – not quite as alluring as those a little further up. So you look for the chance of success, which often means targeting those players who, at the very least, should see chances at the plate. And this includes Eaton, now hitting first for the White Sox. This is only possible because the Sox are struggling so badly right now, but the matchup with Simon could be a chance for some of their hitters to get themselves back on track.
Nick Markakis vs. Jerome Williams ($3,600) – He is batting at the top of the order because he’s a veteran, who knows how to work a count and make the most of his opportunities. And making the most of opportunities is all that matters in DFS, so he seems like an easy fit in your lineup as long as he’s healthy and productive (for this price, anyway).
Delino DeShields @ Samuel Deduno ($3,600) – Another one hitting leadoff (if you can call it “hitting”) and he should get at least a couple of chances to be on base against Deduno, and opportunities are sometimes the most you’re hoping for in this price range for an outfielder.
Logan Morrison @ C.J. Wilson ($3,500) – I don’t love the matchup with Wilson, obviously, but Morrison should be on your radar as an inexpensive option, as he has started hitting well over the past couple weeks after a slow start. He’s hit safely in seven straight, with 13 total hits in that span, including six for extra bases.