This article will give you players you should target for today’s slate of games. Good luck on Thursday, and feel free to Tweet me at: @TheRolyPolyBoy
Jake Arrieta @ Philadelphia Phillies ($13,700) – The price is sort of steep but if there’s anyone in baseball that’s worth it right now, it’s Arrieta. Dude has been on fire, racking up a 29.7 FPPG total over his last 10 starts. And, let’s not forget the no-hitter he threw just a couple of starts ago. Finding a value pitcher to start next to Arrieta will be key, although it’s possible without ruining your hitter options.
Other recommendations: David Price ($11,800) and Tyson Ross ($10,400)
Shelby Miller vs. New York Mets ($8,600) – The price tag doesn’t scream value, although I do see a slight value here in Miller considering the other options that you have to choose from. Miller will keep you in this game and brings enough with strikeouts and his ability to get fairly deep into games.
Other recommendations: Bartolo Colon ($7,900) and John Lamb ($6,500)
Brian McCann vs. David Price – TOR ($3,900) – I considered Kyle Schwarber and Travis d’Arnaud here in this slot but I really don’t like paying $4.5 K- plus to land either. I love their skill set and enjoy what they both have been doing, I’m just not convinced I want to spend that kind of dough on the catcher slot. What about the matchup McCann has facing Price? Yeah, you’d think that would be a no-go for most DFS owners, but McCann shreds Price: .435/.458/.826, 3 HR, 7 RBI in 23 at-bats. Okay, the sample size isn’t too significant; however, it’s good enough for me considering McCann’s sub-$4 K salary.
Other recommendations: None
Francisco Cervelli vs. Wily Peralta – MIL ($3,200) – I love the price tag for a catcher that’s almost hitting .300 on the season. I know Cervelli doesn’t provide a lot of pop, but I’m okay with that if he can get me 7-8 fantasy points for $3.2 K. I think McCann, above, is worth rostering over Cervelli, although if you have to save some bucks this is the route I’m going.
Other recommendations: Derek Norris ($2,900)
Anthony Rizzo @ Adam Morgan – PHI ($5,200) – Rizzo gets me excited on Thursday. I mean, like, really excited. He’s not hitting for good average of late, but the power is still shining through for him with 3 HR and 9 RBI over his last 10 games. What I love about Rizzo is his ability to take a walk, and that vaults him up the DFS ladder. I really think the $5.2 K price here on Rizzo is WAY worth it. Yes, Rizzo is a value.
Other recommendations: Edwin Encarnacion ($4,800) and Todd Frazier ($4,100)
Adam Lind @ A.J. Burnett – PIT ($3,900) – Lind has cooled off a bit over the last week but he still provides a reasonable value facing Burnett. The personal one-on-one numbers aren’t anything to write home about, although I do like power-hitting batters like Lind facing pitchers just coming off the DL after suffering elbow issues. There may be some hesitancy from Burnett, which is something Lind will take advantage of if a pitch is floated in front of his bat.
Other recommendations: Pedro Alvarez ($3,400)
Brandon Phillips vs. Jaime Garcia – STL ($3,900) – There aren’t a lot of top-tier second base options on Thursday with the limited slate of games on tap, and Phillips is the best I can come up with as far as “trust” in a player around the $4 K price. He’s been hot of late, which bodes well for DFS play at times. Phillips is 16-for-41 (.388) over his last 10 contests, while providing only two XBH. Something to keep in mind, although I find it difficult to go with another player than Phillips. Seems like a perfect time to save at the 2B slot if you don’t go with Phillips.
Other recommendations: Robinson Cano ($3,900)
Jedd Gyorko vs. Jorge De La Rosa – COL ($2,800) – The price tag is outstanding for the double-digit power that Gyorko can bring to the party. He’s been hitting the ball well of late and if I’m saving at 2B, like I suggest above under Phillips, then Gyorko is a perfect example. If you’re going to save, why not go with a player that has pop and is hitting well?
Other recommendations: Rougned Odor ($3,000)
Josh Donaldson @ Luis Severino – NYY ($6,000) – I’m sorry, but this is too easy. With the way I’m struggling to field good options at 2B, why not spend the money on Donaldson? He’s worth every dollar and has been mashing the ball with 13 RBI in his last 10 games? Wow-zers. Donaldson is having an MVP season in 2015 and I believe he still has plenty left in the tank.
Other recommendations: Kris Bryant ($4,900), Matt Carpenter ($4,400) and Miguel Cabrera ($4,400)
Jung Ho Kang vs. Wily Peralta – MIL ($3,600) – I’ve got Pirates hitters feasting on Wily Peralta on Thursday. Kang is one I like to take advantage of Peralta leaving his pitches up in the strike zone. Kang does a bit of everything with the bat, but he’s got some underrated power that I dig a ton.
Other recommendations: Jedd Gyorko ($2,800)
Francisco Lindor vs. Alfredo Simon – DET ($4,000) – Hmm. Yeah, shortstop is another position I struggle with on Thursday. There’s Troy Tulowitzki or Lindor here, and to be perfectly honest I hate paying the extra $500 for Tulowitzki when Lindor is hitting just as good of late. Save the money here, although Lindor isn’t a bad play even considering his lack of success with the bat of late. I like the matchup for Lindor facing Simon.
Other recommendations: None
Addison Russell @ Adam Morgan – PHI ($3,500) – Inconsistency drives the price down with Russell, although this is a pretty attractive matchup for the young shortstop. I’ve got some gut feeling ties into Russell as well, as I like him to have one of his boom 15-20 point games. That means I’m expecting a home run out of him.
Other recommendations: Jung Ho Kang ($3,600)
Yoenis Cespedes @ Shelby Miller – ATL ($5,100) – This is almost an automatic suggestion as far as I’m concerned with how sizzlin’ hot Cespedes has been with the bat. I don’t mind spending this kind of salary on him, not with 5 HR, 11 RBI and 8 XBH in total over his last 10 games played. Miller won’t be a pushover arm for Cespedes to face, and I actually like Miller for the most part facing the Mets… just not so much against Cespedes. Don’t be surprised to see another massive big-point day out of Cespedes.
Other recommendations: Michael Brantley ($4,900), Matt Kemp ($4,200) and Justin Upton ($4,100)
Jay Bruce vs. Jaime Garcia – STL ($3,700) – You don’t find Bruce in these kind of hitting streaks often, not with a .236 seasonal average at hand, so take advantage of his bat while it’s on a roll. Bruce has netted a 9.6 FPPG average over his last 10 games and is driving the ball well.
Other recommendations: Carlos Gonzalez ($3,900)
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