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!
St. Louis SP Carlos Martinez has been scratched from tonight’s game. LHP Marco Gonzales ($6,400) is starting in his place.
Wellington Castillo ($4100) – The man they call BEEF is one of the best catching options on the day. He plays in Coors field, which is the best hitter’s park. He faces Kyle Kendrick who is one of the worst pitchers in the majors. He has a .295 average against and has allowed 14 homeruns in 63 innings of work. He also has one of the better advanced lines for a catcher eligible player with a .388 wOBA and a .289 ISO score. Castillo has hits in 5 straight games and 8 of his last 9. Half of those have been multi-hit games as well, so he is hot. $4100 is not cheap, but it’s also not expensive for the production he has provided.
John Jaso ($2500) – This is way too cheap a price for Jaso here. He faces Chris Tillman, the right-hander. Jaso tends to bat either towards the top of the order or in a power spot in the middle of it against right-handed pitching. His wOBA hovers around .360 which is a solid score for a catcher. He gets a park bump as they move to Baltimore and at $2500, you will not find a better cheap option to include in your lineups.
Paul Goldschmidt ($6400) – Man this is a huge price tag, but he gets it because the matchup is as good as it gets. He faces Kendrick who has allowed a .295 average with 14 homeruns in 63 innings of work. That means Goldy’s power and his ability to hit for average come into play here. They play in Coors which is the park that yields the most hits and runs in the majors, so he should have ample opportunities to score runs, knock them in, or move guys around the bases. He is also one of the best hitters in the league on one of the hottest offenses, so all the signs are pointing to a solid game. The Spread here is huge too, so Vegas expects a ton of scoring. There is really no knock on him other than price, which makes perfect sense since they had to do something to keep his ownership under 100%.
Prince Fielder ($3600) – This is just too low a price for Prince in my opinion. I know the game is in San Diego, but Andrew Cashner has struggled this year and struggled really badly to left-handed bats. He has allowed them to hit around .290 this season with power and has struggled to get them out with the high WHIP. Fielder has not had a great season by his standards, but he still owns a .384 wOBA which is very solid. He has hit safely in eight of his last nine games and makes for a decent cash game option here based off that consistency and his matchup.
Jason Kipnis ($5000) – Kipnis has been heating up. He has hits in five of his last six with a total of 69 points over those games. That’s an 11.5 average per game which is huge for a second base eligible player. He faces Marco Estrada, who has kept his homerun problem in check this year, but still struggles more with lefties. Kipnis hits well in the Roger’s Centre and has a good splits profile here today. It’s a lot to pay up for him, but it makes sense where you can afford it.
Robinson Cano ($3700) – Robby is 16 for his last 38. After a horrid start to the year, he seems to be rounding back into the stud second baseman with the bat that we knew and loved. He is batting clean up for the Mariners and is sandwiched between guys like Nelson Cruz and the Platoon of Seth Smith and Franklin Gutierrez who each smash against their preferred side. Cano is still too cheap for his talents and has been a great play in recent weeks. In a good hitter’s park like Houston against a weak pitcher like Feldman, he makes perfect sense to roll out there.
Carlos Correa ($4600) – I may be a little bit higher on Correa than a lot of others are, but can u blame me? The kid hits in the three hole for his tea and has tremendous power at a position that power is tough to find. He also plays at home in a great hitter’s park and gets his preferred splits matchup here. He faces lefty Roenis Elias who has been up and down for the Mariners. Correa owns a .410 wOBA with an ISo score of .299 against left-handed pitching, so he is in line for a solid game here today. $4600 is actual a discount from where he had been before his injury and his homerun last night answered the question of whether he feels good.
Jed Lowrie ($3200) – Sticking with the Astros seems like a smart move today at SS. If you can not afford Correa, his teammate Jed Lowrie has been even better recently against lefties. Lowrie owns a .486 wOBA and a .421 ISO score. While those are not sustainable, it does point to him being hot and liking left-handed pitching. He is very feast or famine, so it makes more sense in a tournament, but you can’t argue with his production so far against left-handers.
Matt Carpenter ($4500) – Carpenter has hits in seven of his last eight games and 89 fantasy points over that stretch. He is averaging over 11 points per game and consistently scores a few points every time you roster him. He is always a great cash game play, and has even flashed some tournament upside recently. He faces Joe Ross who has been very good, but struggles with left-handed bats. The ballpark is not ideal, but the matchups for other top end options are not either, so Carpenter seems like one of the top plays for me at the position today.
Danny Valencia ($3400) – Valencia has been on fire recently with hits in seven straight games. He has done very well as the clean up hitter for the Athletics since coming over. He has multiple hits in four of those last seven and has been a safe cash game play with tournament upside based on his production and price. He faces Matt Shoemaker, who has been good but is also prone to the long ball. Valencia has been able to get some timely hits and drive in some runs which makes him a great option at only $3400.
David Peralta ($4700) – Peralta is 12 for his last 29, which is good. He plays in Coors field today which is a bump up and is facing a guy in Kendricks who allows left-handed hitters to hit over .300 against him with a homerun about every 4-5 innings of work. Peralta has been smashing righties all year and has a good combination of wOBA and ISO against them. He will likely be hitting 4th in the order again today and makes for a great play in a great park against a very weak pitcher.
Carlos Gonzalez ($5300) – Car Go has really turned around his season in the last two months. He faces Rubby De La Rosa in this one who has struggled bad against left-handed bats this season. CarGo has great numbers against righties this year as he pretty much has throughout his career. He has 17 homeruns and a .291 average at home, which are much better than his numbers on the road. Coors is a great hitter’s park and the spread here is huge. It does not take a rocket scientist to realize all the arrows are pointing to him in this game, but the fact that it is obvious also does not mean it is wrong.
Dexter Fowler ($4200) – Fowler is 11 for his last 34 with 89 fantasy points over the last 9 games. That puts him just shy of 10 points per start. With big bats like Schwarber and Rizzo hitting behind him, he is seeing a lot of good pitches to hit. He has a few homers and a few stolen bases over this run as well, so he has a lot of ways to get you fantasy points. He has a soft matchup against Anthony Desclafani here too, so it’s a good spot to fire him up.
Shin-soo Choo ($3700) – Choo has hits in 6 of his last 7 starts with 5 runs scored and 5 RBI to go with them. He has been a consistent performer that has been a decent cash game option lately at a low price. He faces Andrew Cashner who has been unable to gt left-handed bats out all year. Choo has some power, some speed, and a good eye at the plate. Whether it is a walk or a hit, he always seems to be able to get on base. He is back in the two hole of that order now that he is producing again and for $3700 in his preferred matchup, he makes for a great salary saving option with upside here today.