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!
Buster Posey ($5000) – Catcher is pretty ugly today for the late slate and I can’t pay up for a hotter Travis D/Arbaud playing in a tough park in Miami when I can have a former MVP playing in Coors. Posey faces Chad Bettis who has been up and down this season with his performances. Posey should be in his normal 3 hole and this game has a large spread, so Vegas is expecting to see some runs scored. Posey is currently on a 6 game hitting streak where he is 13 for his last 25. A guy this hot playing in Coors is almost an automatic start in my eyes.
Derek Norris ($3000) – If I have to go cheap, the guy I really like is Derek Norris. We al know he has not had the greatest year, but he has flashed some upside lately against left-handed pitching. In fact he has killed left-handed pitching his entire career which is why I like him in this spot here. He faces Alex Wood who struggles with right-handed batters and is not as good as many want him to be. Norris is incredibly cheap here at only $3000 and is currently my favorite cheap option.
Khendry Morales ($4500) – This is a very under the radar play, because most peope do not know his name, nor would they pay up for him as a top 5 most expensive option at the position, but everything comes up in his favor today. He faces Jose Quintana who has been lights out to left-handed bats, but struggled with righties. Morales has gone 8 for his last 17 with 9 RBI and 70 fantasy points. That is an average on over 17 per game. He has also had double digit fantasy points in 6 of his last 10, so he has been producing for a little while here. He will go lower owned despite having the recency and splits in his corner.
Justin Morneau ($3600) – Anyone remember this guy? He had a solid start to the year before missing a few months with a neck injury. He came back Friday night and is likely to play again here Saturday. Morneau has always been a good hitter and he faces Jake Peavy who has really struggled on the road. Throw in the fact that he is on the road in Coors Field and it makes a lot of sense to get as many bats as you can against him. Morneau should be in the middle of the order and is only $3600. Most guys in that part of the order in Colorado are jacked up near $5000, so this is a great spot to roll him out at a discount.
Jason Kipnis ($5100) – Kipnis has been a beast this year against weak right-handed pitching. Alfredo Simon has scored 1.5 fantasy points or less in four of his last five starts, so he is ripe to take some bats against. Kipnis has mashed right-handed pitching this season with a batting average over .350 and a wOBA over .400. He leads off for the Indians, so he gets the max number of at-bats every game as well. I expect the indians to pound Simon here and Kipnis to be on base and scorig runs often.
Jedd Gyorko ($2700) – I ove this play as a salary saver if you need one. Gyorko has always hit left-handed pitching well and Alex Wood is overrated. Gyorko has hit safely in seven straight games and has 66 fantasy point over that stretch. That equates to over 9 points per game which is awesome value for a guy under $3K. Gyorko has some power so he has some upside and he also has safety with all the hits he has been racking up. Having to pay only $2700 means you have plenty of upside and do not need much for him to reach his floor.
Elvis Andrus ($3400) – Andrus has started to hit again. He had hits in six straight games and is 10 fr his last 27 with five double digit fantasy scores. He faces Jered Weaver here today who is a guy everyone can hit. I really am not in love with anyone near the top end today at the position, so paying $3400 for Andrus or even going cheaper if some punt play has a good lineup spot seems to be the way to play it today.
Nolan Arenado ($5000) – Arenado has been absolutely on fire. In fact his bat is so hot it is engulfed in flames. He has five straight muli-hit games with at least 17 fantasy points in each. He is 13 of his last 22 with a homerun in each of the last five and he has a soft matchup today against Jake Peavy. Peavy has been worse away from home too and in Coors field I expect him to get lit up. Arenado has upside and safety with this current hot streak, plus he has done most of his damage in R/R matchups so he should be one of the top owned and best plays here.
Justin Turner ($3200) – Justin turner has smashed right-handed pitching all season, so I’ not worried about this matchup with Tyson Ross. He hits in the middle of the order, so that is positive and even though he is not on fire, he still averages over 9 fantasy points per game during the last 4, which is great value for him at $3200. He has reached base safely in four straight and is drawing a lot of walks too. As a cheap option with those skills, he makes a great cash game play and even has GPP upside because of price.
Michael Brantley ($5400) – He is the highest priced option not on the DL today, but he is also in the best spot. Alfredo simon is horrible to left-handed bats and has scored negative points in 3 of 5 starts with a 35 fantasy point game and a 1.3 point game. I’m expecting more of the usual bad perofmance out of him than the big game outlier. Brantley has been mashing since the all-star break and now is helthy. A Healthy Brantley is easily a top 25 hitter in the league and someone to target in a great matchup. Simon has been horrible to lefties, so much like Kipnis, I am going to look to get Brantley in a lot of rosters as well.
Ben Zobrist ($4400) – Zobrist has been providing some nice pop from the right-side for that Royals lineup. He gets a matchup today with Jose Quintana who has struggled against righty bats to a average right around .300 allowed. Zobrist can also be used at 2B today, but a guy who is 6 for his last 11 with 43 fantasy points in his last three games is worthy of an outfield spot at his price. Zobrist has hit well since coming over and has a solid matchup here. He is consistent and has upside, so I am ok using him for cash or a tournament.
Carlos Gonzalez ($5000) – Maybe it is chasing points, but when a guy has five homers in his last three games, I just call it riding a hot streak. CarGo is 7 for his last 13 with five homeruns and 12 RBIs. While that is a pace no one can sustain, he’s obviously feeling good right now. He gets a matchup with the struggling Jake Peavy in Coors field. Cargo has a .400+ wOBA, .300+ ISO line against right-handed pitching and hits better at home. A guy this hot in a matchup this good is someone we should be willing to pay up for. He may be insanely high owned for a tournament, but I have a hard time not using him in cash.
Derek Dietrich ($2900) – This is the salary saver with upside I have been rolling with in tournament lineups. He faces Bartolo Colon who has alternated good and bad games recently. Dietrich has the highest wOBA and ISO combination of all the Marlins against right-handed pitching. He is a lefty masher that is way too cheap for the production he has had this season. I do not love the Marlins team today, but I do think Dietrich is way too cheap for a guy who is in this good of a spot against a pitcher who has looked good and horrible at various times. He will be low owned with huge upside, so it’s as good as it gets.