We have a robust 10 game slate tonight with some top end pitching, some really shaky pitching, and a few games in some of the best hitter’s parks in the majors. Let’s take a look at the top 5 projected options at each position for tonight’s games.

Catchers

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Buster PoseyGiantsRockies$4,800
2Brian McCannYankeesBlue Jays$3,700
3Cameron Rupp or Carlos RuizPhilliesPadres$3,100/$3,200
4Josh PhegleyAthleticsAngels$3,000
5Matt WietersOriolesRed Sox$3,200

  • Buster Posey is playing in Coors Field today. That should be enough of a reason to roster him. He faces a weak right-handed pitcher in Tyler Chatwood and had a .362 wOBA against righties in 2015.
  • Brian McCann hits in the heart of the Yankees order and gets a park bump as they move to the hitter friendly Rogers Centre in Toronto. He faces Aaron Sanchez who allowed left-handed bats to hit .282 with a 1.71 WHIP and 9 homeruns in 45 innings pitched in 2015.
  • Both Cameron Rupp and Carlos Ruiz had good numbers against left-handed pitching in 2015. They face Robbie Erlin of the Padres who allowed a .299 batting average with a 1.40 WHIP and 6 homers in 43 innings to right-handed bats. I am not sure which of the two will start today, but we definitely want to pick on Erlin with any righties in that Phillies order.


1st Base

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Chris DavisOriolesRed Sox$4,500
2Mark TeixeiraYankeesBlue Jays$4,400
3David OrtizRed SoxOrioles$4,800
4Brandon BeltGiantsRockies$4,700
5Mike NapoliIndiansRays$3,500

  • Chris Davis had a .410 wOBA and a .350 ISO score against right-handed pitching in 2015. Lifetime he is also 8 for 24 with 2 homeruns off Buchholz for those of you looking for solid Batter v. Pitcher (BvP) matchups.
  • Aaron Sanchez allowed left-handed hitters a .282 batting average with 9 homeruns in 45 innings of work. Mark Teixeira had a wOBA of .399 and an ISO score of .339 against right-handed pitching last year. The ballpark in Toronto is conducive to homeruns as well, so he is in an excellent spot.
  • David Ortiz is the most expensive option on the board, but he faces a guy in Mike Wright who allowed left-handed bats to hit .322 against him with a 1.73 WHIP and 4 homers in 21 innings of work last year. Ortiz had a .413 wOBA and a .320 ISO score v. right-handed pitching, so this is a dream matchup for him.


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2nd Base

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Joe PanikGiantsRockies$4,300
2Cesar HernandezPhilliesPadres$3,000
3Daniel MurphyNationalsBraves$4,200
4Dee GordonMarlinsMets$4,400
5Neil WalkerMetsMarlins$3,400

  • Panik gets the weak righty Chatwood in Coors Field today. He had a .369 wOBA against right-handed pitching and his team gets a full 9 innings worth of at-bats in the best hitter’s park. Batting second in the order is a huge boost to his fantasy value.
  • Cesar Hernandez is always in play at his price, because he is very good at stealing bases. If he gets a walk or hit, steals second, and scores a run, then he returns at least 9 fantasy points for 3X value. He always runs when he gets on, so he has been a solid source of cheap points.
  • Daniel Murphy is the second biggest left-handed bat on the Nationals behind Harper. He faces Chacin for Atlanta who was one of the worst pitchers in the league against left-handed hitters during his time in Colorado.


3rd Base

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Nolan ArenadoRockiesGiants$4,900
2Maikel FrancoPhilliesPadres$4,100
3Manny MachadoOriolesRed Sox$4,500
4Adonis GarciaBravesNationals$3,100
5Adrian BeltreRangersMariners$4,400

  • Franco has the same soft matchup against Robbie Erlin who struggles with right-handed bats. Philly is a great place to hit, Franco is in the clean-up spot, and he had a .360 wOBA with a .232 ISO score against lefties in 2015.
  • Manny Machado is a very sneaky play today. He smashes in righty/righty matchups and Buchholz allowed right-handed hitters to hit .284 with a 1.43 WHIP against him last year.
  • Adonis Garcia is way too cheap here. He homered off Scherzer yesterday and had a .412 wOBA with a .310 ISO in limited at-bats last year against left-handed pitching. He bats clean up and faces a pitcher who allowed right-handed bats to hit .272 with a 1.49 WHIP in 2015.


Shortstop

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Trevor StoryRockiesPadres$4,900
2Carlos CorreaAstrosRoyals$4,800
3Jedd LowrieAthleticsMariners$3,500
4Fransisco LindorIndiansRays$3,700
5Brandon CrawfordGiantsRockies$4,200

  • Trevor Story is at home in Colorado. He is batting second, facing a guy in Samardijza who is struggling and has already put up 7 homeruns through the first week of the season.
  • Carlos Correa is one of the best young hitters in the game. Even in a righty/righty matchup, he was still able to have a .360 wOBA and a .209 ISO score in 2015.
  • Jedd Lowrie is a sneaky play today. He had a .388 wOBA and a .267 ISO score against left-handed pitching last year and faces a guy in Santiago who allowed 26 homers in 135 innings of work last season to right-handed hitters.


Outfield

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Bryce HarperNationalsBraves$5,200
2Carlos GonzalezRockiesGiants$4,600
3Nelson CruzMarinersRangers$4,700
4Mike TroutAngelsAthletics$5,300
5Denard SpanGiantsRockies$4,700
6Hunter PenceGiantsRockies$5,100
7Darin RufPhilliesPadres$3,500
8Franklin GutierrezMarinersRangers$3,000

  • Bryce Harper is likely to be the highest owned player again today. He was 52% in the big $300 contest on Monday and gets another matchup with a weak right-handed pitcher. His .478 wOBA and .354 ISO scores against righties last year are eye popping numbers.
  • Nelson Cruz also had some eye popping numbers last year when he faced a left-handed pitcher. Derek Holland struggles against good righty power bats and Cruz’s numbers of .459 wOBA and a .315 ISO score definitely qualify him as one of those.
  • Darin Ruf is the right-handed hitter in the Phillies first base platoon. He is also outfield eligible. His .466 wOBA and .289 ISO score are in line with the very best in the league at only a fraction of the cost.