Welcome back to DraftKings Playbook MLB Targets for this full slate Monday. Labor Day brings us lots of baseball today, one of the few full slate Monday’s all year, so let’s jump in and see which bats we want to build build lineups around today. If you’re new or if you have any last-minute questions, please find me on Twitter, @RyNoonan.

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Catcher

Stud

Buster Posey ($4,300)– The game’s best catcher is an easy pick as the day’s ‘stud’ nearly every time he plays, and today is no different. The Giants continue their road trip, moving from Coors to a slightly less favorable hitting environment in Arizona. The key word is slightly. There’s nothing quite like Coors, but Chase Field is comfortably in the next tier of hitters parks, a welcomed sight for any hitter. Posey and the Giants face off against Patrick Corbin here today, and Corbin has struggled a bit against right-handed bats this season (.357 wOBA).

Value

Wilin Rosario ($2,200)– With the majority of today’s viable starters costing in excess of $10,000, going cheaper at catcher might be a wise play. You’ll want to verify that he’s in the lineup (which goes without saying) but if he is, he’s worth a look at this price. The Rockies are on the road in San Diego, not quite the hitter’s park that Coors is, but it’s also not the hitting abyss that it’s been in year’s past. There’s value to be had in Rosario’s nearly $1,500 price dip over the past month, and Padres’ starter Ian Kennedy has allowed a .341 wOBA to right-handed bats this season.

First Base

Stud

Miguel Cabrera ($4,600)– It’s an unenviable task to pick the top option at first base because there are so many viable candidates. I’m going with Miguel Cabrera, who always feels like a steal when he’s priced under $5,000. Today he takes on Rays’ left-hander Drew Smyly. Cabrera enters play with a .480 wOBA and .280 ISO against left-handed pitching this season, clearly well above league average. Vegas likes the Tigers to be one of the highest scoring clubs today with an implied-run total of 4.6 runs.

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Ryan Howard ($3,700) – It’s no secret that Ryan Howard is a much better hitter when facing a right-handed pitcher, and today he’s facing one of the league’s worst starters in terms of retiring left-handed bats, Williams Perez. The Braves right-hander has allowed a .390 wOBA against lefties this season, and he’s been quite generous with the long ball in his limit work as well. Howard’s Phillies have an implied-run total of 4.7 runs today, setting him and his teammates up well to have some offensive success today.

Second Base

Stud

Logan Forsythe ($4,400)– For most of the season you’ve seen Logan Forsythe listed here as a value, but his price and performance deem him worth of a promotion to Stud-ville. He’s been THAT good against left-handed pitching. Against lefties his ISO jumps .214 points (.305), which is a huge split that’s worth our attention. Today’s left-hander is the artist formerly known as Randy Wolf, who’s actually the same Randy Wolf that pitched in Game 3 of the 1968 World Series. Ok, that’s a lie, but Wolf is old and not very good. I like Ben Zobrist quite a bit as well for the same price, but Forsythe’s wOBA and ISO splits break the tie.

Value

Chris Coghlan ($3,000)– It surprises me how consistently cheap Chris Coghlan is. He’s useless against left-handed pitching, but the Cubs know this and barely play him in that scenario. Against right-handed pitching though, he’s outstanding. He typically hits second or third and both his wOBA and ISO jump by 200+ points. I’ve seen both Lance Lynn and Michael Wacha listed as the probable starter for the Cardinals, both above average, but Coghlan is in play regardless.

Third Base

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Ryan Zimmerman ($4,500)– Whether or not you buy in to hot steaks or not, you have to acknowledge what Ryan Zimmerman has been doing lately. He’s been destroying the baseball for a solid month, leading the league in hard-hit contact and exit velocity over that time frame (by a solid margin). He’s exceeded his expected point totals 56% of the time over the past month, and 60% of the time over his last 10 outings, both being exceptional totals. Today’s matchup against Mets left-hander Jonathan Niese is quite favorable as well. Zimmerman ISO (+0.082) and wOBA (+0.107) take a strong leap foward against left-handed pitching. I love Alex Rodriguez today as well, but Zimmerman is hard to fade right now.

Value

Travis Shaw ($2,700) – You’ll need to find some cheap value plays to afford the top pitching options today, and both Derek Dietrich and Travis Shaw fit the bill. I like Shaw because he’s $400 cheaper and his favorable lefty vs. lefty splits make him a sneaky play. Most fantasy won’t consider a left-handed hitter who’s facing a lefty since they historically perform much worse in these situations, but we have a decent sample size from Travis Shaw this season that states otherwise. His wOBA and ISO are both higher against lefties by a significant margin.

Shortstop

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Stud

Carlos Correa ($4,800) – Whatever you do for a living, you don’t do it as well as Carlos Correa does his job. I’m sorry, that’s no knock on you. I’m sure you’re fantastic at what you do, but Correa is unreal. He’s particularly strong against left-handed pitching, and today he’s facing A’s southpaw Felix Doubront. At $4,800 he’s no doubt pricey, but there are far worse ways to spend your budget today.

Value

Xander Bogaerts ($3,800) – There are a few cheaper options that make sense here, like whomever gets the start for the Phillies for instance, but I love Xander Bogaerts at this price in cash games. He hasn’t shown a ton of power potential this year (I believe it will develop down the road), but he’s a hit machine against left-handed pitching. He’s second in the AL in hits and his wOBA is 105 points higher against lefties than righties.

Outfield

Stud 

Lorenzo Cain ($5,200) – Lorenzo Cain against a left-handed pitcher (not named John Danks) is a plug-and-play for me. His wOBA and ISO jump up about 80 points against southpaws, and he has the stolen base upside that most $5,000+ outfielders don’t possess. It’s difficult to predict stolen bases, but knowing that Cain has the ability to do so when he’s on gives him an edge over someone like Jose Bautista, for example. As noted earlier, the Royals have a 4.7 implied-run total today and face left-hander Tommy Milone.

Justin Upton ($4,300) – I like rostering Justin Upton at home against right-handed pitching. He’s always extremely under-owned, due in part to facing a right-handed pitcher and playing in San Diego which is precieved to be an extreme pitcher’s park. Well, Upton hits both left-handed and right-handed pitching well, with a slight edge when facing a righty, and today he’s facing Kyle Kendrick who’s struggled against right-handed bats all season (.363 wOBA). Also, Petco Park is 14th in runs and 8th (!) in home runs this season according to ESPN’s park factor scores. So, yeah.

Value

Chris Young ($2,700) – I don’t even think twice about it. When I see the Yankees are facing a left-handed pitcher I just roster Chris Young and then build the rest of my lineup. He’s almost always under $3,000, and that’s incredible value for someone who hits second (as he typically does versus lefties) in one of the better lineups in the league. Today is no different as Young faces fly-ball and home run prone Wei-Yin Chen in New York. Young’s struggles against right-handed pitching keeps his price suppressed, but his wOBA and ISO are about 100 points higher against left-handed arms.

Good luck!