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
Buster Posey ($4600) – Posey has seen his price come down as he leaves Coors field, but Arizona is a great hitter’s park too. He faces Chase Andreson who has allowed right-handed bats to hit .282 against him with 10 homeruns in 78 innings of work.Posey owns a .372 wOBA in righty on righty situations this season. He has also been hot lately with 19 hits in his last 35 at-bats. He is the best hitting catcher in the game and he is locked in against a weak pitcher in a good hitter’s park. Most people do not pay up for him, but it has been profitable to do so recently.
Jonathon Lucroy ($4100) – After a horrendous start to his year, which included some injuries, Lucroy is finally back to hitting the ball again. The catcher usually sits in the two hole for Milaukee and has 5 double digit fantasy scores in his last 9 games. He gets his preferred split against rookie left-hander Adam Conley who has some decent strikeout stuff, but has given up a ton of runs.
Edwin Encarnacion ($5000) – E-squared is one of the most feared hitters in the game when he is hot. Lately he has been hot. He has four multi-hit games in his last nine He has averaged about 12 points over this stretch as well, so it’s no surprise that his price has gone up. He gets his preferred split today against the Red Sox rookie Henry Owens, who is a left-hander. This Blue Jays team dominates lefties and Encarnacion should be dead center in the middle of that from his clean up spot. In a game that is expected to see a lot of scoring, he makes for a great play.
David Ortiz ($4300) – David Ortiz faces RA Dickey today and against a Knuckleballer you really have limited predictive stats to use. The one I have found works best is BvP, because no other pitcher throws the Knuckler quite like Dickey does. If that is the yardstick, then Ortiz is a top option. He is 3 for 10 this year with a homer off dickey. He is 9 for 28 lifetime with 3 homers. That’s a .321 batting average a .403 wOBA and a homerun every 9 at-bats. Those numbers are definitely worth $4300.
Logan Forsythe ($4000) – This is a great matchup to go after at second base. Matt Boyd has allowed right-handed batters to hit .330 against him with a WHIP of 1.65 and 5 homers in 23 innings of work. Logan Forsythe has mashed left-handed pitching all season. He has a .430 wOBA with a .321 ISO and 9 homers in 134 at-bats. The whole Rays team is much better against left-handed pitching, so this is a good spot to roll out their clean up hitter who has second base eligibility.
Justin Turner ($3200) – It is a little bit of a risky play, but I think Turner is just too cheap to ignore at $3200 if you need a salary saver. Turner actually hits right-hander a little better then left-handers which may account for the lower price, but he has not been horrible against the lefties either. Very few second baseman have hit .290 with 15 homeruns this season from the 345 spot in their order. Not only has Turner done that, but he is available to you at only $3200. Martin Prado has a lower average and half the homeruns at $4000 price tag, so this is good value for what Turner is able to do for you.
Josh Donaldson ($5400) – Josh Donaldson faces a lefty today. Throughout his career those words have proven to be enough of a reason to roster him. This year has been more of the same. He has a .476 wOBA with a .386 ISO score against left-handers. That is one of the most elite lines against any handedness of pitcher in the majors this season. He faces the rookie Owens for the Red Sox and he makes as good a play as anyone else on the slate here today, regardless of price.
Evan Longoria ($4000) – Longoria has always hit left-handed pitching well. He has 7 homers this year in 115 at-bats against them. He has a .426 wOBA and a .226 ISO score to go along with hits in 7 of his last 8 which includes four double digit fantasy scores. He has the same matchup against the struggling youngster Boyd.
Troy Tulowitzki ($3900) – Tulo against a lefty is always something I like to see. He hit a slump, but now has hits in 8 of his last 10 games. The price is the real reason I love him today. Under $4000 for a guy who has been the best at his position for a few years now. He has a good matchup, the right splits, and is in an offense expected to put up big numbers. For the price, he offers a lot of upside.
Ryan Braun ($5300) – Adam Conley has an ERA over 5.50 to right-handed bats. Guys who can produce runs tend to do very well against him from the right side and that is exactly what Ryan Braun is. Braun has a .426 wOBA and a .269 ISO score against left-handed pitching this season. He is hitting .327 with 6 homers in 104 at-bats. While I do not love him to go yard down in Miami, I do thing he can get you a few hits and RBI here. He may also go low owned in a bad hitter’s park, so there is upside for tournament use too.
Carlos Gonzalez ($4800) – Car Go has a .300 batting average and 32 homeruns against right-handed pitching. His wOBA is .420 and his ISO score is .327, so everything is looking good for him. San Diego is not a great park to hit in, but Colin Rea is not a great pitcher to really concern me here. Car Go has been blazing hot recently, so I am still OK rolling him out there against any weak righty he faces.
Justin Upton ($4300) – Upton faces Jon Gray and has been hitting the ball better in recent games. He likes batting up in righty on righty situations and has been more successful that way this year. He faces rookie Jon Gray today who has been a little bit shaky. Upton is my favorite bat on the Padres team and if you are going to target Gray, he is the way to do it.
Danny Valencia ($3600) – since getting regular at-bats after the trade, Danny Valencia has been raking. He faces a tough pitcher today in Scott Kazmir, but he has owned left-handed pitching for awhile now. Since coming over, he has a .349 wOBA and a .206 ISO score in only 34 at-bats so far. His track record goes back multiple years though, so it is a great spot for him. He has also been putting up some really big numbers in his last ten games and doing so for a bargain price at low ownership. Kazmir is a solid pitcher, but Valencia is playing like an elite bat. With the discount being offered on him, it makes a lot of sense if you need upside and salary savings.