We have a nice slate of games today! Here are some guys I think you should at least consider, at every position and price range. Good luck!

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Catcher

Stud

Derek Norris ($4300) – I am starting off my catcher picks by apologizing. It is very ugly and anyone who wanted to punt the position would have my blessing. The best option on paper actually might be Derek Norris. He has not been great this year, but hits lefties well historically and plays in Coors Field today. He faces a weak lefty in Yohan Flande for the Rockies, so he is in a good spot at least. I do not like paying up, but the Coors field premium will do that to you every time. He’s the best house on a bad block in a tough to fill position for Saturday evening.

Value

Sal Perez ($3600) – I told you it was weak today when Sal Perez is a top option. He actually has hits in 7 straight games though and is averaging 9 points per start over this stretch. H does hit left-handing pitching well and Matt Boyd has been horrible for the Tigers. It’s a great spot to roll him out there today and I think he is going to find his way onto my roster as the best combo of price and matchup.

First Base

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Joey Votto ($5400)vottoTaylor Jungmann is not pitching as well as he did earlier in the year and Votto has been a great cash game play lately. He has averaged 10 points per game ver his last seven games and on top of that, he is always on base. Teams are not pitching to him with no help in that lineup, so despite not having a ton of hits, he has racked up the walks and runs to make value lately. He has a good combo of ISO/wOBA against right-handed pitching and makes for a very safe cash game play based on his recent performances and the match up he has here.

Value

Mike Napoli ($3500) – The Rangers do not hit left-handed pitching well, which was a main reason they brought Napoli over. The one thing he has always done well is hit lefties. Napoli is very cheap and swinging a hot bat. He has hits in four of his last five games, which includes two home runs and three double digit fantasy scores. He faces Vidal Nuno has who has been bad against right-handed batters and horrendous in all of his recent starts against everyone but this Ranger lineup. While all the lefties on his team may struggle, I like Napoli as a right-handed bat to do some damage.

Second Base

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Ben Zobrist ($4400) – The safest cash game play I have been overusing lately is Ben Zobrist. His price has come up, but this guy cranks out 7-12 points on a daily basis. He has averaged about 8.5 over the last 9 games and has at least 7 in 6 of those 9 as well. His upside is not great, so I would only use him in cash, but his consistency makes me fine with that. He also faces Matt Boyd who may be one of the worst pitchers on the mound today, so he should be able to reach base a few times and score some runs to pay his salary off.

Value

Justin Turner ($3500) – It still shocks me that Turner is as cheap as he is. He has 7 hits in his last 18 at-bats, so he is catching fire again. He has scored two runs and driven in three over this four game stretch and faces a guy in Liriano who seems to be struggling lately. Liriano left every pitch out over the plate in his last start and was shelled before exiting after 59 pitches. If he is still off today, Turner is one of the right-handed bats in that lineup that can make him pay for it. At the price tag, he is tough not to start at either 2B/3B, especially if you want upside and Kershaw.

Third Base

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Adrian Beltre ($4400) – Beltre is finally waking up with a few weeks left in the season. He has hits in seven straight games, with five of those being multi-hit games. He has a good splits match up against a weak lefty in Nuno in his hitter friendly home park at Arlington. He has double digit fantasy scores in five of his last six and is averaging over 14 points per game during this hit streak. As one of the few right-handed bats the Rangers have to attack Nuno, I would expect any big hits to come off his hot bat. He also hits right-handers well, so if Nuno is chased early, he still is not at a disadvantage or in any fear of being pinch hit for.

Value

Danny Valencia ($3500) – Valencia has a reputation as a lefty killer, so this is a good spot for him here against Kazmir. Kaz has not been great lately and this game is a bump up for the As in Houston’s hitter friendly park. Valencia has been hot lately, with 39 fantasy points in his last four games, which breaks down to about 10 per start over that time frame. HE has 3 double digit scores in hs last 8 games, so there is tournament upside to him in his preferred splits match up, in a good hitter’s park, while being cheap for a guy swinging a hot stick.

Shortstop

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Francisco Lindor ($4600) – The young shortstop has been very good lately with the bat and quickly has become a staple in many cash game lineups. He has hits in eight of his last nine starts and has scored double digit fantasy points in four of those as well. He is averaging over 12 points per game during this run, which is huge production from a weak shortstop position. He has the right splits to take advantage of Rodon’s struggles with right-handed batters and he can also steal a base or two, which only gives him another tool to help him reach value.

Value

Ketel Marte ($3200) – Marte has a five game hit streak where he is averaging over 7 fantasy points per game. Not great numbers, but useful at only $3200. He will be low owned in a match up with Cole Hamels, but he has hit left-handed pitching pretty well in his young career, so it’s not a horrible spot for him. SS is not a high scoring position on most nights, so I’d be ok punting with a guy like Marte for a few points if it helps me get a Kershaw into my line up.

Outfield

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Justin Upton ($5900) – Holy cow Coors Premium galore here, but Upton is too hot to ignore. He has three double digit scores in his last five which includes two homers, and a 12 fantasy point per game average. While I am not thrilled with the price, he faces a weak pitcher in Yohan Flande, in a great hitter’s park at Coors, and is in a perfect lineup spot to drive in or score some runs if his hot bat keeps making good contact. You likely can not fit him in with Kershaw, but that will only go to keep his ownership low here.

Nelson Cruz ($4900)NELSON CRUZThe boomstick has been busy lately with hits in 7 of the last 8 games. That includes three homeruns during this stretch and an average of over 9 fantasy points per game. He gets a park bump as they play this one in Texas and he faces a lefty, which is something he has feasted on all year. Hamels is not a pushover, but he has been worse to Right-handed batters and Cruz is an elite right-handed bat who is one of the best in the league against left-handed pitching. The fact it is Hamels will keep the ownership low, but his bat plays  against any lefty, especially in a good homerun hitter’s park.

Franklin Gutierrez ($4200) – Ok, so I am definitely going to be picking on Hamels here if you haven’t noticed yet, but the right-handed bats on the Mariner’s have been low owned and producing lately. Gutierrez has homered in his last two games and in five of his last 8 starts. He has a wOBA over .400 with an ISO score nearing .300 against left-handed pitching since the all-star break and has that same park bump as Cruz. Few hitter’s in the league are as hot as he is right now and $4200 is a square price for a guy on a homerun binge who has a good match up.

Value

Ryan Raburn ($2500) – The one thing Ryan Raburn does very well is hit left-handed pitching. Carlos Rodon has struggled most with right-handed bats, so the matchup is perfect. Raburn over his last ten games is 9 for 22 which includes a pair of solo homers off a lefty two starts ago. For $2500, you usually find some lead off types or speedsters, but a homerun hitter who gets good line up placement against his preferred splits is very rare to find, especially for this cheap.