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!

Catcher

Stud

Travis D’Arnaud ($4400) – The Mets catcher has been a really nice play for much of the season, especially against left-handed pitching. He faces John Lamb, the young Lefty today and should be in a good spot for upside. He gets a huge park bump as they leave Citi Field for the friendlier confines of The Great American Ballpark, which is a much easier place to hit home runs. D’Arnaud has some nice power and one of the better match ups at the position today with most of the other high priced options having bad splits match ups. If I was paying up at catcher for anyone today, He seems to be the guy that makes the most sense.

Value

Yasmani Grandal ($3500) – Picking on Kyle Kendrick in Coors field has been a very profitable thing to do all season, so there is no reason to stop doing it now. I am a little worried about whether Grandal is in the lineup after catching last night. If you can get the lefty, facing a right-hander who has struggled with left-handed bats though, then you should do it. Grandal has good numbers against right-handed pitching this year, he has some power, and he is getting a huge park bump with the game being in Coors. For $3500, you really can not go wrong.

First Base

Stud

Paul Goldschmidt ($5200) – Goldschmidt faces a very weak pitcher today in Erlin who was rocked in his only start in the majors so far. He also had an ERA over 5 in the minors this year, so he has not proven to be able to get batters out at any level. Goldy has 8 hits in his last 20 at-bats and racked up 71 fantasy points in the process over the last five games. Erlin is one of the worst pitchers on the mound today and Goldy is one of the best hitter’s in the game. The park switch to San Diego may scare some people away, but the match up here is too good to ignore. Gold has averaged over 14 points per contest and I would not be shocked if he even exceeded that average here today.

Value

Justin Morneau ($3800) – This is way too cheap for a guy batting in the heart of a Rockies order and playing at home in Coors field. Brett Anderson has alternated god and bad games lately, but he also has not been pitching deep into them. Morneau has been hot since coming off the DL and loves hitting in Coors field. Even if his first two at-bats are against the lefty, he should also see at least two at-bats against relief pitching after Anderson leaves the game. He is serviceable against lefties, but cheap enough that he could pay it off with one swing late in the game against a right-handed reliever which Los Angeles has a lot of. I do not like him as much for cash, but this is too cheap at $3800, in Coors field, in the middle of the order, and swinging a hot bat to not consider him in a GPP.

Second Base

Stud

Jason Kipnis ($4600)kipnis Kipnis has been dominating right-handed pitching all season long and gets a mediocre righty in Kris Medlin to deal with today. Kipnis is the lead off batter on the road, so he should see a max number of at-bats, which is good for a guy who has a .400+ wOBA against right-handed pitching this season. Medlin struggles more with left-handed batters, so the matchup is in Kipnis favor. The Royals have also been resting a lot of the regulars since they clinched the division already, so that vaunted defense may be weaker with some back ups in the game and he may also see the back end of the bullpen regardless of the score as KC tries to rest up and keep the top arms fresh.

Value

Chase Utley ($3600) – Utley has been leading off lately for the Dodgers and faces Kyle Kendrick who we are going to be picking on all day today. Utley has been hitting much better since coming over from Philly and he gets to rake in Coors field today, which is a dream for any hitter. He has the right splits to take on Kendrick who has been one of the worst pitchers statistically in all of major league baseball this year. At only $3600, it makes too much sense not to use him and take the cost savings on it.

Third Base

Stud

Matt Carpenter ($4900)carpenter molina Carpenter gets to face Tyler Wagner who was rocked for 5 runs on nine hits and a walk in three innings of work in his debut. While he did have solid numbers in AAA this year, he did not show it first time out in the big leagues. Carpenter has had an amazing year, with his power stroke finally showing through. He is leading off for the Cards and averaging over 15 points a game over his last four. That has included three multi-hit games a few runs scored and that is typical for Carpenter. I would expect him to perform well against the rookie here and think he has the best match up of the options near the top end of the price spectrum.

Value

Adonis Garcia ($3000) – Garcia is now 10 for his last 24, which are sick numbers for a guy priced at only $3K. He faces Justin Nicolino who is one of the worst pitchers on the mound today. Nicolino has struggled with right-handed hitters and Garcia has been good against left-handed pitching since his call up. The Braves do not have a lot of good right-handed power bats, so we could see Garcia in a good lineup spot against a weak pitcher and at a cheap price. All of those are positive things in a salary saver that offers some upside.

Shortstop

Stud

Carlos Correa ($4600) – Corey Seager being almost $2000 more expensive than Correa is an insult to Correa and our intelligence as DFS players. This is especially true when Correa is facing a lefty as he will today. Correa has been the best hitting shortstop in baseball this season by almost any metric. He bats in the three hole, hits for average and power and drives in a bunch of runs. Derek Holland has been solid, but he struggles more with right-handed power bats. Correa has great numbers against lefties and is in a good hitter’s park. It’s tough to find elite upside out of a shortstop, and Correa offers that today with a good match up and a slight discount to where we have seen him lately.

Value

Ketel Marte ($3700) – Marte has really good numbers against left-handed pitching and gets to face one who has struggled lately in Heaney. He is the lead off man and on the road, so he should see a maximum number of at-bats. Marte is a guy who can hit for a good average and has a high wOBA against left-handers this year and Heaney’s recent struggles have been with his inability to get out right-handed batters. All the pieces fit together here today for a good game out of Marte. I do not see huge upside as he does not have a lot of power, but he is cheap enough to offer good value and should be able to get on base a few times.

Outfield

Stud

Yeonis Cespedes ($5000) – Although Cespedes has not been great against left-handed pitching this season, he usually hits them well. Lamb is an ok pitcher, but I think he will struggle today against what has become a really solid Mets Line up. Mets fans believe Cespedes to be a god at this point as he has been awesome since coming over in the trade. The ballpark bump here is what really seals the deal for me and despite the high price, I am trying to figure out ways to get him in a lot of my lineups today.

Nelson Cruz ($4500)Nelson Cruz BOOMSTICKNelson Cruz and his boomstick have kept left-handed pitchers up at night. He has a wOBA over .400 and an ISO score over .300 in those matchups this season. It is not a new trend as he has smashed lefties throughout his career and it’s a testament to his ability that he has kept that power going even though he now plays in a pitcher friendly ballpark. Andrew Heaney has fallen off since his dominant start to the season and Cruz is coming in at one of the lower prices we have seen him at in awhile. Cruz has been a plug and play against left-handed pitching all season and he should be able to return value with upside in this spot today as well.

Franklin Gutierrez ($4100) – Gutierrez is a guy who always goes low owned, but has absolutely owned left-handed pitching the second half of the year. He has a ton of talent, hits left-handers at an elite level, and would be a household name if he was ever able to stay healthy. He usually is slotted in the middle of that order behind the biggest bats on the Mariners like Seager, Cruz, and Cano. this gives him a ton of chances to drive in runs with those guys all getting on base in front of him. I love using him and Cruz together when they face a left-handed starter and the ROI on doing so in the second half of the season justifies it.

Value

Chris Young ($2600) – Young is strictly a platoon guy as he struggles to hit right-handed pitching. He does however sport a .331 batting average with good power and a high wOBA/ISO against left-handers on the season. He faces John Danks who is one of the worst pitchers against right-handed batters, so the splits are strongly favoring a good showing out of him. He also tends to hit near the top half of the order when the Yankees face a lefty and given the productivity he has had in those situations, it is definitely warranted. At $2600, it is tough not to include a guy whose numbers rival those of an elite option who would be more expensive whenever he sees a southpaw. On top of the upside, the salary savings allow you to pay up elsewhere which makes him a guy I almost must use on my tournament or cash game rosters.


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