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
Jose Quintana vs. Oakland Athletics ($10,600) – Quintana isn’t your typical stud-pitcher recommendation. Normally, I’d be more excited about starting Corey Kluber in my lineups, although I’m fighting the price tag on him and that he’s coming off a hamstring injury. Pitchers need their hamstrings to help push off on the mound. Me no like-y. Quintana is the next best thing, and he’s been doing a fine job of late for the White Sox, averaging 18.1 FPPG over his last 10 starts. I’ll take that, even with the $10.6 K salary. It’s a tad high, but the options are very limited on Thursday. Quintana is a bit hittable at times, although he makes up for it with his 3.95 K/BB rate and 7.76 K/9 rate. I also love the fact that Quintana doesn’t give up a ton of home runs.
Other recommendations: Lance McCullers @ Texas Rangers ($9,900)
Marco Estrada @ Atlanta Braves ($7,900) – Estrada is managing to pitch well enough even with the home runs he’s been allowing over his last bunch of starts. I like Estrada to cool the Braves lineup and pull out another win for the Blue Jays. Don’t expect miracles here, although a 15-point fantasy night is about my expectations. When Estrada does get into trouble, he manages to get himself out of jams with a decent 76 % LOB rate.
Other recommendations: Tommy Milone vs. Los Angeles Angels ($7,800)
Kyle Schwarber @ Charlie Morton – PIT ($4,600) – It’s been feast-or-famine for Schwarber over the last couple of weeks, which really puts a kink into lineup builds. Still, there is no better catcher to slot into your lineup on a shallow Thursday. Schwarber is known for his massive power, which has give him a 9.3 FPPG average to this point. Morton isn’t exactly a strong matchup for Schwarber, and you have to love the kid’s tremendous .299 ISO.
Other recommendations: J.P. Arencibia vs. Chris Tillman – BAL ($4,300)
Russell Martin @ Matt Wisler – ATL ($3,600) – If I’m not starting Kyle Schwarber on Thursday, I’m getting Martin in there. The power alone is the only reason why Martin breaks your lineup, with his .239 batting average. It just goes to show you that you don’t just look at batting average, you’ve got to dig in deeper and look at a players supporting numbers, like Martin’s .440 SLG and his 10.2 % BB rate.
Other recommendations: J.T. Realmuto @ Tanner Roark – WAS ($3,200)
Jose Abreu vs. Sean Nolin – OAK ($5,300) – Abreu’s bat has really come to life of late, with a massive slash line of .358/.393/.583 over his last 10 games played, while adding 3 HR, 7 R and 10 RBI. It’s hard to beat that kind of production, and the matchup facing Nolin? It’s quite lovely. Abreu’s plate discipline is lacking at times, but that’s what you usually get with big-time power hitters. Take comfort in Abreu’s .220 ISO and his .516 SLG.
Other recommendations: Chris Davis @ Matt Moore – TB ($4,600); Anthony Rizzo @ Charlie Morton – PIT ($4,800)
Kendrys Morales @ Corey Kluber – CLE ($3,500) – With 101 RBI and still over two weeks left in the season, Morales has sure pumped up his DFS value. He’s a reliable option and I like him, even facing a pitcher like Kluber. I’m not saying he’ll bring a home run, but Morales will have the opportunity to drive in some runners with Kluber coming off injury. I could be overreacting to Kluber’s hamstring issue. Maybe not. Either way, Morales is a “safe” play for $3.5 K.
Other recommendations: Pedro Alvarez vs. Kyle Hendricks – CHC ($3,400)
Dee Gordon @ Tanner Roark – WAS ($4,800) – I like Gordon to go on a stolen base tear over the next week or so, with his recent OBP and that he’s still attempting to swipe bases. With a 85 contact rate and a good 14.7 K rate, Gordon gives your lineup some steam. By now, you know that Gordon won’t take a walk, but we’re okay with that assuming he keeps slapping the bat for hits.
Other recommendations: Jose Altuve @ Colby Lewis – TEX ($4,700)
Anthony Rendon vs. Jarred Cosart – MIA ($3,900) – It’s hard not to gravitate towards a core group of players from the same clubs facing the same pitcher, especially when you don’t have a ton of confidence in so-said pitcher. It’s Thursday – player options are limited anyway. I dig Rendon and how he’s brought up his numbers going 17-for-43 (.385) over his last 10 games. The power isn’t quite where we want it, but I’m okay with that here considering Rendon is getting on base and scoring runs.
Other recommendations: Kolten Wong @ Jimmy Nelson – MIL ($3,800)
Josh Donaldson @ Matt Wisler – ATL ($6,000) – Yes, the price tag is high. Yes, Donaldson is worth it. Yes, he’s the beastliest power-hitting stud muffin that we’ve witnessed at third base this season. Now, is it going to be difficult to roster him on Thursday? You may have to cut back on your pitchers some to slide Donaldson in there, but with these elite numbers isn’t he worth it? .581 SLG, .279 ISO and .950 OPS.
Other recommendations: Manny Machado @ Matt Moore – TB ($4,500)
Jonathan Schoop @ Matt Moore – TB ($3,700) – I’m officially picking on Matt Moore. He deserves it with his slow, slow recovery off Tommy John surgery. If you don’t want to spend the big bucks on Josh Donaldson, then Schoop is a good play with the cool 8-game hitting streak he’s put together. Be warned though that Schoop strikes out with the best of ’em, so an 0-for-night wouldn’t be too shocking. Still, the Moore matchup locks me in. Poor Matt Moore.
Other recommendations: Mike Moustakas @ Corey Kluber – CLE ($3,700)
Carlos Correa @ Colby Lewis – TEX ($5,000) – I don’t mind spending this kind of money on Correa for Thursday’s lineups, and I feel the same way at catcher in Kyle Schwarber. In fact, give me both as build around players. I love Correa at Arlington facing the Rangers, even though they’re in a major battle for first place in the AL West. Correa is is hitting the ball well with a slash line of .302/.385/.487 over his last 10 contests.
Other recommendations: Francisco Lindor vs. Yordano Ventura – KC ($4,100)
Jung Ho Kang vs. Kyle Hendricks – CHC ($3,700) – You have to love middle infielders that can bring batting average and pop in their bats, and this price tag is very reasonable for Kang. Way reasonable, actually. If I didn’t want to build around Correa so badly, I’d go with Kang; however, there’s nothing stopping you from putting together a few different lineups, right? Of course. That’s the idea for me. And, to put it bluntly, I really don’t like many of the shortstop options today, which is why I’m willing to forgive that Kang has been a bit lucky in some of his at-bats. I wish he drew more walks too, if I’m gonna get nit picky.
Other recommendations: Ian Desmond vs. Jarred Cosart – MIA ($3,400)
Bryce Harper vs. Jarred Cosart – MIA ($5,900) – With 58 total fantasy points racked up over his last TWO games, Harper is someone that just can’t be left off my Thursday MLB Targets write-up. Do you blame me? So, then, maybe a build-around lineup of Harper, Correa and Schwarber? Hmm. I shouldn’t have to sell you on Harper, so the only thing you need to worry your pretty little face about is managing your lineup around his $5.9 K price tag.
Other recommendations: Mike Trout @ Tommy Milone – MIN ($4,900); Chris Davis @ Matt Moore – TB ($4,600); George Springer @ Colby Lewis – TEX ($4,500)
Avisail Garcia vs. Sean Nolin – OAK ($4,100) – Sort of a gut call here in Garcia, but I like how he hits left handed pitching. I don’t see Nolin lasting long in this outing, with Garcia being part of the mix. I’m not expecting a home run, although a couple of extra-base hits are in order. Take a chance on Garcia if you’re going more the mid-range way with your hitters.
Other recommendations: Mark Canha @ Jose Quintana – CHW ($4,100); Adam Jones @ Matt Moore – TB ($3,900); Chris Colabello @ Matt Wisler – ATL ($3,700)
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