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: @TheRolyPolyBoyThere are plenty of MLB contests available — Get in the action!
Jordan Zimmermann vs. Atlanta Braves ($10,400) – Zimmermann hasn’t had a poor fantasy day since his Aug. 2nd start a month ago, and while he’s not dominating games of late he’ll provide you a good shot at a 20-point fantasy day. You have to love Zimmermann’s groundball rate of late, which we all dig. There aren’t a ton of attractive pitching options on Thursday considering the limited slate of games, but I see the value here in Zimmermann over Francisco Liriano.
Other recommendations: Taylor Jungmann ($10,200)
Mat Latos @ San Diego Padres ($7,300) – Latos is a bit of a gut play for me although I’m a sucker for the venue at Petco Park. At this price range, I’m stoked if I can get 15 points here. I’ve got Latos giving me 6 IP and 6 K with a nice shot at a win.
Other recommendations: Kyle Gibson ($7,900)
Buster Posey @ Chris Rusin – COL ($5,000) – This is a perfect situation for Posey to get his power game back on track, facing Rusin at Coors Field. Posey has been hitting the ball well over his last 10 games, but he’s only given us two XBH over those same games. Look for his power to shine through on Thursday.
Other recommendations: None
Salvador Perez vs. Matt Boyd – DET ($3,600) – Matt Boyd has been quite putrid for the Tigers in his appearances this season and Perez is a highly attractive matchup bat. Keep this in mind: Perez does not hit lefties well. Say what? Yep, only .207 against lefties this season as a right-handed bat. Still, I think that’s a bit of an anomaly. Of course, with any catcher you want to make sure Perez is actually in the lineup. I’ll be shocked if he’s not, so lock him in and expect around 8-10 fantasy points.Perez has six hits over his last four games and is seeing the ball well.
Other recommendations: Wilson Ramos ($3,100)
Brandon Belt @ Chris Rusin – COL ($5,200) – I really hate to pile on Chris Rusin this early in these writings, but, I mean, come on. Again, we’ve got limited games on tap and Rusin is not a reliable option. Once more, I love the venue and that Belt is hitting .335 over his last 10 games. We’re also looking at a lack of power over those same games from Belt, even though I’ve got a good feeling dude comes through. I love Belt on Thursday even with the lefty vs. lefty matchup. Note: Belt is hitting .280 against lefties, with 4 HR and 17 RBI.
Other recommendations: Buster Posey ($5,000), Jose Abreu ($4,600) and Ryan Zimmerman ($4,200)
Ben Paulsen vs. Ryan Vogelsong – SF ($3,500) – Wow, Paulsen is a sneaky play for sure, especially if you’re looking for a value at first base and want massive potential with the bat. Expect Paulsen in the lineup facing the right handed Ryan Vogelsong. Look for some fireworks, eh?
Other recommendations: Victor Martinez ($3,300)
Ian Kinsler @ Edinson Volquez – KC ($4,600) – It’s nice to see Kinsler’s bat really pick up at this point in the season, especially when it comes to power. This is a fantastic time to hop aboard Kinsler, with 3 HR and 8 RBI over his last 10 contests. Look for a double-digit night out of Kinsler yet again, with the possibility of more with the way he’s been hitting of late. Kinsler has only had ONE strikeout over his last 40 at-bats. Can you say, “Wow-zers!”?
Other recommendations: Matt Duffy ($4,800) and Ben Zobrist ($4,300)
Anthony Rendon vs. Matt Wisler – ATL ($3,700) – It’s taken Rendon a bit of time to get the bat going but he’s slashing .407/.465/.727 over his last 10 games, with 2 HR, 10 R, 9 RBI and 6 BB in the process. Rendon has a very nice 11-game hit streak on tap.
Other recommendations: Neil Walker ($3,700) and Kelby Tomlinson ($3,300)
Nolan Arenado vs. Ryan Vogelsong – SF ($5,700) – This is just too easy. You can afford Arenado, so don’t be pushed away by his $5.7 K salary. There are PLENTY of values out there that you can afford to work Arenado into your lineup. No excuses. And, I will NOT apologize for suggesting Arenado… even if he goes 0-for-5 with 5 K! Just do it.
Other recommendations: Miguel Sano ($5,200), Matt Duffy ($4,800) and Ryan Zimmerman ($4,200)
Trevor Plouffe vs. Jeff Samardzija – CHW ($3,500) – Don’t be surprised if the Twins sit Plouffe on Thursday, although I think he finds his way into the lineup and busts out of the ridiculous slump that he’s in. Plouffe is 0-for-his-last-five-games – ouch – but that doesn’t mean I’m shying away. Baseball players break slumps and Samardzija isn’t exactly a pitcher that’s grabbing your DFS attention, right?
Other recommendations: Anthony Rendon ($3,700)
Jose Reyes vs. Ryan Vogelsong – SF ($4,500) – To be totally blunt: shortstop sucks on Thursday. Man, I hate this position and if I’m building my lineups I’m really considering value-plays at SS only. But, if you insist on an upper-echelon type guy then Reyes is it. Yeah, yeah, another Rockies/Giants player, but, dude, there just aren’t a ton of choices. At least Reyes is hitting well enough and he’s always a stolen base threat.
Other recommendations: Jung Ho Kang ($4,100)
Ian Desmond vs. Matt Wisler – ATL ($3,600) – There’s only one reason to roster Desmond, and that’s for his excellent power potential at a middle infield position. That is all.
Other recommendations: Kelby Tomlinson ($3,300)
J.D. Martinez @ Edinson Volquez – KC ($5,000) – I sorta like this play. Okay, actually, I love this play. Volquez has pitched very well for the Royals this season, but he has been serving up high heat of late, giving up 3 of his 11 HR over his last 10 games. Plus, he’s walked 23 hitters over his last 10 pitched – BOOM! I LOVE Martinez vs. Volquez. So, aside from Nolan Arenado at 3B, get Martinez in your lineup too. I promise, you won’t regret it.
Other recommendations: Charlie Blackmon ($4,800), Ryan Braun ($4,600), Carlos Gonzalez ($4,300) and Ben Zobrist ($4,300)
Khris Davis vs. Francisco Liriano – PIT ($3,600) – I don’t trust Francisco Liriano to have a good day. Davis is hot-and-cold over his last 10 games, but he always brings power. I like the matchup here and while Davis may not bring a 20-point fantasy night a 15-point night is a solid expectation.
Other recommendations: Cameron Maybin ($3,600), Ben Paulsen ($3,500) and Eddie Rosario ($3,300)
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