The regular season is winding down, but there are still plenty of players scoring plenty of fantasy points, and you want them on your roster. Here are some names for you to consider from Wednesday’s slate of games, at every position and price range. Remember, TOR @ BAL, STL @ PIT and MIN @ CLE were all postponed last night, so be careful about your weather before setting your lineup. Good luck.
Jon Lester vs. CIN ($9,600) – With Cole moved up to the afternoon game, Lester is one of the most expensive options in the evening slate, but he could be worth it, having given up two runs or fewer in all but one start since the beginning of September. The Cubs will be looking to maintain some momentum heading into the postseason and their all-important wild card matchup.
Garrett Richards vs. OAK ($9,200) – With the Angels just a half game back in the wildcard race, he is another pitcher who will have all the motivation he needs to build on his recent success. He is coming off of two straight quality starts, going over 24 fantasy points in each.
Cody Anderson vs. MIN ($7,100) – Anderson has picked up the win in four straight starts, and hasn’t given up more than two runs in six straight. He doesn’t have the strikeout potential for real huge upside, but he is a good choice in a 50/50 or something similar, because he also shouldn’t have a lot of downside in this matchup.
Logan Verrett @ PHI ($4,000) – Man, is $4,000 cheap. He’s had four double-digit fantasy performances in his last ten starts, and if there was ever a chance for him to shine, why not against the Phillies?
Buster Posey vs. Bolsinger ($4,000) – It is a good night to go with a cheap catcher (and really, aren’t they all?). Posey has got a solid matchup, and he is really a very good hitter, but it feels like a few hundred dollars wasted when you look at some of the cheaper options you have available to you.
Yan Gomes vs. Gibson ($3,400) – He has hit safely in seven straight, and now he is drawing a nice matchup based on how he’s done against Gibson previously. He is 6-for-11 against him with a walk, a double, and two home runs.
Salvador Perez @ Quintana ($3,300) – Perez isn’t exactly consistent, but the man can hit. He is now up to 24 doubles and 20 home runs on the year, not bad figures for someone playing behind the plate. And, against Quintana, he is 15-for-41 all time (.366) with four doubles, a triple, and a pair of long balls – good enough for me to trust him at this price.
Miguel Montero @ DeSclafani ($3,000) – Amid all the hype about Schwarber, and most of it is well-deserved, Montero has quietly been performing very well for the Cubs as well, allowing them to move Schwarber around as they see fit, which has helped their day-to-day lineup construction. Montero is hitting .279 since the All-Star break, and he has a home run, a single and a walk in his seven tries against DeSclafani.
Edwin Encarnacion @ Gausman ($4,900) – Encarnacion seemed to be coming down off a ridiculous hot streak, where he averaged 12+ fantasy points a game for a few weeks, and now his average over the past two weeks is down to a much more human 9.5. But then he had a hit in each of the last two and a home run in the first game of this series at Camden Yards, and he feels once again like one of the most consistent AND the highest-upside hitters on the board.
Greg Bird vs. Miley ($4,400) – The Yankees probably never expected a rookie to be playing such a prominent role down the stretch, but he has certainly embraced the opportunity. Now up to 10 home runs in just 144 at-bats, he has also hit safely in three straight. He strikes out more than his fair share right now, if you want a downside, but a slightly diminished capacity for RBI is not going to ruin his fantasy value completely.
Albert Pujols vs. Zito ($3,800) – Playing at home, rolling into the postseason, there is a lot to like about the Angels’ offense tonight. Pujols is the first of many of their hitters with a good track record against Zito, and if the whole team can get rolling for a big inning or two, that helps everyone’s value. Pujols has more experience against Zito than most of his teammates, having spent so much time in the NL together, and he has a track record that speaks for itself: 8-for-20 with a double and three home runs.
Chris Carter @ SEA ($3,300) – I mean, just on fire. Nine for his last 23 with a double and FIVE home runs, giving him six RBI and six runs scored. Hard to ignore.
Jose Altuve @ SEA ($4,900) – The Mariners have not announced their starting pitcher for tonight (which also means “don’t start James Paxton,” even though you see him on the player list), but not knowing who your starter is going to be a handful of hours before the game is usually not a good thing. And Altuve is just the guy to take advantage, averaging double-digit fantasy points over the past two weeks, hitting consistently and with power.
Jason Kipnis vs. Gibson ($4,700) – One of the best pure hitting middle infielders in the game, he has hit safely in ten of eleven games. He is one of the players the Indians will rely on to pile up the wins the would need down the stretch, and this matchup should allow him do just that. He has reached base eight times in thirteen plate appearances against Gibson, good for an OBP of .615, to go along with a .875 slugging %.
Rougned Odor vs. Boyd ($4,200) – I put him here at this price in order to show that I feel like second base is a good place to spend your money tonight, so which guy you choose could go a long way in determining your fate. Odor faced Boyd once earlier this year and went 2-for-5 with a double and a home run, just the kind of performance that he’s had ever since he joined the lineup. He is now up to 15 home runs on the year, giving you as much upside as you can typically find at the position. If the matchup offsets the slightly lower average than the top guys for you, then this could be a steal in the making.
Chris Coghlan @ DeSclafani ($3,300) – With three hits (including two doubles) in nine at-bats against DeSclafani, as well as a .473 slugging average since the break, he is a good candidate to outperform his price tag in this one.
Kris Bryant @ DeSclafani ($4,900) – Bryant is 4-for-9 against DeSclafani (.444) with a double and three singles, so there is a good chance he gives you something in this one. And when you factor in the fact that he is hitting closer to .400 than .300 over the past couple of weeks, he’s more likely to give you a lot than a little.
Miguel Cabrera @ Gallardo ($4,800) – He got himself back into the lineup, picked up where he left off, and didn’t look back. He’s now hitting well over .350 over his last ten games, and will look to maybe even jack that up some facing Gallarado tonight, against whom he is 4-for-6 with a double, all-time.
Justin Turner @ Leake ($3,200) – Six hits in twelve career at-bats against Leake should mean he is up at the plate with confidence, and at least you shouldn’t have to worry about weather out on the West Coast like you do with so many East Coast cities tonight.
David Freese vs. Zito ($3,100) – The fact that he is 3-for-8 with a double against Zito lifetime helps, but I would recommend him anyway for tonight’s action, based on his performance at the plate in all matchups recently. He has hit safely in five out of six games, with nine or more fantasy points in all five of those games (and he drew two walks in the sixth).
Carlos Correa @ SEA ($4,600) – Another one with a perfect opportunity to take advantage of what should be a good pitching matchup, he has unnatural power for his position. We all just hope that stays with him for the long term.
Xander Bogaerts @ Tanaka ($4,200) – If you have kept expecting his production to drop off, well, it hasn’t. .392 over the past ten days, just like the ten days before that and the ten days before that. Basically, anyway. He’s been a rock-solid cash game pick for three months now.
Brandon Crawford vs. Bolsinger ($3,700) – Hitting almost .300 since the beginning of the month, and averaging over 7 fantasy points per game, with 15 point upside – all of that points to good value at this cost. .429/.600/.857 – that is his slash line in 10 career at bats against Bolsinger. And you know, if you could do math well enough, you could figure out exactly what the result of each at-bat must have been, but instead I’ll just tell you (3-for-7, three walks, a double and a triple – not bad).
Erick Aybar vs. Zito ($2,900) – Aybar is coming off a nice game last night, where he recorded a double and a triple, and now he is getting into a matchup where his teams could put up a lot of runs, which always helps everyone’s value. He has also seen Zito seven times and been on base after five of those plate appearances (.714 OBP), with one walk and a home run mixed in.
Bryce Harper vs. Perez ($5,800) – He hasn’t had a hit in a couple of days, but with a guy as talented as Harper, that just means he’s due. That’s especially true when he is facing a pitcher like Perez, who hasn’t gone more than six innings in a month.
Mike Trout vs. Zito ($4,900) – Obviously you always like having Trout in your lineup, but I would just like to point out that he has a hit every time he has ever faced Zito. Granted, that’s only in three at-bats, but hey, two of them were doubles.
Starling Marte vs. Lyons ($4,600) – Marte is always a solid upside choice, and in this particular matchup, he has gone 3-for-8 (.375) with a pair of extra base hits, so he should be feeling comfortable at the plate for this one tonight.
Carlos Beltran vs. Miley ($3,900) – The last time he faced the Yankees, he went five innings and gave up six runs. He has been better lately, but not so much so that the Yankees’ lineup stops scaring you.
Michael Cuddyer @ Asher ($3,600) – I don’t know – these pitchers are both bad and so are the lineups – is it going to be high scoring or low scoring? I say low-scoring, which limits Cuddyer’s upside, but a couple of hits against a bad pitcher are not out of the question.
Andre Ethier @ Mike Leake ($2,900) – I will likely try to get Ethier into almost every lineup I play tonight – not only is he 7-for-18 against Leake (.389) for his career, with a double and a pair of home runs, but he is also hitting .398 over his last ten games (mostly limited to games against right-handed pitching, like tonight), with four extra base hits over that span.