Catchers

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Buster PoseyGiantsReds$3,900
2Jonathon LucroyBrewersDiamondbacks$4,500
3Willson ContrerasCubsWhite Sox$3,600
4Brian McCannYankeesAstros$3,400
5Evan GattisAstrosYankees$4,600

  • Posey is my top play on the day and for good reason. He faces Cody Reed, who has allowed right-handed bats to hit .327 this year with eight home runs in only twenty-four innings of work. Posey owns a .378 wOBA and a .203 ISO since the start of 2015 and is very reasonably priced.
  • Jonathon Lucroy and his teammates have one of the best spots on the day. They are at home in a good hitter’s park and face Patrick Corbin who allows right-handed bats a .288 average with 15 home runs in 90 innings of work. Lucroy will be in his normal clean up role, which makes him one of the few catchers with prime real estate in the line up and a good matchup.
  • Willson Contreras is still too cheap for a guy hitting in the middle of one of the best line ups in baseball. James Shields has been better lately and better against right-handed bats, but he still allows a huge FB% and that’s not good in his home run friendly home park. Contreras is good in righty/righty matchups with a .374 wOBA and a .224 ISO since his call up.


1st Base

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Paul GoldschmidtDiamondbacksBrewers$4,600
2Anthony RizzoCubsWhite Sox$5,500
3Joey VottoRedsGiants$5,100
4Chris DavisOriolesRockies$3,600
5Freddie FreemanBravesTwins$3,600

  • Goldschmidt gets a good matchup in a solid home run park in Milwaukee. He faces Matt Garza who has allowed 4+ runs each of his last 5 games and over a .300 average to right-handed bats in the last two seasons. Goldy owns a .392 wOBA and a .230 ISO against right-handed pitching, so he profiles very well in this spot.
  • Anthony Rizzo is my top play on the day as far as points, but he is really pricey. He faces James Shields who struggles with lefties and gives up a ton of fly balls and home runs. Rizzo owns a .400 wOBA and a .277 ISO score against right-handed pitching since 2015 and is already 2-for-5 lifetime off Shields with a pair of doubles.
  • Joey Votto might be the hottest hitter in baseball right now with 9 or more fantasy points in each of his last 7 games. He owns a .414 wOBA and a .230 ISO score since the start of 2015 and faces Cain who is allowing a .352 batting average to left-handed bats this year.


2nd Base

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Jose AltuveAstrosYankees$5,400
2Jonathon SchoopOriolesRockies$4,100
3Dustin PedroiaRed SoxTigers$4,900
4Daniel MurphyNationalsIndians$5,300
5Yangervis SolartePadresBlue Jays$3,500

  • Altuve is the top 2B option by a mile today. This is a guy with a .418 wOBA over the last two years against left-handed pitching. He had a .400 batting average against lefties in 2014 on the year, so you could not ask for a better spot. He faces CC Sabathia who struggles with right-handed bats.
  • The drop off from Altuve is pretty steep today and the rest of the field is much riskier. Schoop is one of the guys I still like though due to the discount. Chad Bettis has allowed a .306 average with 10 home runs in 60 innings of work to right-handed bats, and Schoop hits righties well with over a .370 wOBA and a .200+ ISO and will likely go lower owned outside of Baltimore stacks.
  • I throw Pedroia in because Mike Pelfrey gives up a ton of hits and the laser show gets a ton of hits. Pelfrey allows a .300 average to both sides of the plate and Pedroia is already 3-for-9 against him with a few runs scored.


3rd Base

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Nolan ArenadoRockiesOrioles$4,100
2Josh DonaldsonBlue JaysPadres$5,200
3Miguel SanoTwinsBraves$4,200
4Jake LambDiamondbacksBrewers$4,800
5Kris BryantCubsWhite Sox$4,600

  • Tillman has been about even to both right and left-handed bats. He does have a high fly ball rate and can give up a few home runs. Arenado is way too cheap for a guy who actually has better numbers against righties. His .387 wOBA is nice and his .308 ISO underscores the power in that bat.
  • Josh Donaldson is just a monster, especially at home. Even in his worst split against right-handed pitching, he still owns a .399 wOBA and a .269 ISO score. He faces Cashner who really is not good. Not only does he allow a high fly ball rate, but right-handed bats have murdered him in 2016.
  • I may be higher on Sano than a lot of others, but I love him at this price. Lucas Harrell has always struggled more with right-handed bats who have a higher average and home run rate against him. Sano is great in same handed matchups. He owns a solid .364 wOBA and .238 ISO since his call up in that matchup.


Shortstop

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Manny MachadoOriolesRockies$3,900
2Corey SeagerDodgersRays$4,400
3Jonathon VillarBrewersDiamondbacks$5,200
4Francisco LindorIndiansNationals$4,200
5Alcides EscobarRoyalsAngels$2,400

  • It is so hard for me to lay off of Machado at this price, $1000+ cheaper than many of the other highly projected players today. We mentioned the .306 average with 10 home runs in 60 innings that Bettis has allowed to right-handed bats and his numbers skewed that way last season too. Machado owns a .385 wOBA and a .234 ISO score in same handed matchups, so he profiles as a top option with a discounted price tag.
  • Corey Seager crushes right-handed pitching. He owns a .404 wOBA and a .232 ISO since being called up to the show. Chris Archer allows a .250 average to left-handed bats and does give up a bunch of walks and runs in most of his starts.
  • Jonathon Villar is another Brewer to use against Patrick Corbin. Corbin allows a .288 average to right-handed bats with a home run every 6 innings of work. Villar and his .374 wOBA will be leading off in a game the Brewers are expected to put up a bunch of runs. He could see 4 or 5 at-bats in a good hitter’s park with solid matchups even when the bullpen comes in.


Outfield

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Nelson CruzMarinersPirates$4,900
2George SpringerAstrosYankees$5,200
3Ryan BraunBrewersDiamondbacks$5,300
4Mike TroutAngelsRoyals$4,900
5Giancarlo StantonMarlinsPhillies$4,300
6Carlos BeltranYankeesAstros$3,600
7Mookie BettsRed SoxTigers$5,600
8Matt HollidayCardinalsMets$3,600

  • Nelson Cruz has been a nightmare for left-handed pitchers and Liriano has allowed a higher average and big home run numbers to right-handed bats. Cruz owns an eye popping .448 wOBA and a .337 ISO score since the start of 2015 against left-handed pitching.
  • George Springer is another guy who crushes left-handed pitching and gets a matchup with CC Sabathia who struggles with a high average and home run rate to right-handed bats. Springer should get the max number of at-bats from his lead off spot and owns a .408 wOBA and .265 ISO score against left-handed pitchers since last year.
  • Braun is the biggest and best bat for the Brewers in their matchup gainst Corbin. Corbin allows a .288 average with a home run every six innings to right-handed bats and Braun owns a .414 wOBA and a .229 ISO score against lefties since last year.
  • Mike Trout is the best player in baseball and I really do not think the argument is that close. Even in same handed matchups, he owns a .413 wOBA and a .279 ISO score. Dillon Gee allows right-handed bats a .270 average and has a high fly ball rate to go along with it, so a home run from Trout would really not surprise me.
  • I am much higher on Stanton than other people are today and I think the discounted price has a lot to do with it. I am not a huge fan of Eickhoff and despite being better against righties, he still allows them to hit .254 against him this year. Stanton has power in any matchup and Eickhoff tends to fall behind in counts. If he is forced to throw Stanton fastballs, I can see him taking one deep. Stanton is much better against lefties too, but his .353 wOBA and .256 ISO score against righties is not horrible by any stretch.


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