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 ($5300) – This is a very easy call to make despite the price. I am not 100% sure he will be in the line up as Sunday is a tough day to pick a catcher since most are given a day of rest. He does play first base sometimes with Belt sitting against a lefty and they do face a weak one in Yohan Flande today. Flande has been bad at home and worse to right-handed bats, so the matchup is ideal for Posey. My biggest concern here is not if he will perform, but whether or not he is in the lineup. If Posey plays, you almost have to consider him the top option at a thin position.
Miguel Montero ($3400) – Montero is a good cheap option with some tournament upside on Sunday. He has multiple hits in two of his last three games and is now the everyday catcher with Schwarber sidelined. David Ross caught Saturday so I am confident we see Montero Sunday behind the dish. He has hit right-handed pitching for more power and a higher average this year and he faces a righty in Ruby De La Rosa. De La Rosa has struggled all yeah with left-handed bats who are hitting around .300 against him. At $3400, Montero is in a good spot to reach value in a good matchup.
Edwin Encarnacion ($4800) – he is 10 for his last 34 with 5 homeruns and 6 walks during that run. He faces Chris Tillman who has struggled to make it through 5 innings lately without blowing up. The game is at home in the hitter friendly Rogers Centre and the Bluejays have one of the higher team totals on the day. Tillman has allowed a good number of homeruns this year as well and I would bet that Vegas has Encarnacion as one of the biggest favorites for a homerun prop today in a matchup that screams for it here.
Adrian Gonzalez ($3500) – A Gonz faces Andrew Cashner who has been horrible to left-handed bats this year with a batting average allowed that is right around .300. Cashner has bad numbers to lefties which has prevented him from reaching his upside in a year many were expecting him to do so. Adrian Gonzalez has good numbers lifetime against Cashner and has always hit right-handed pitching well. For $3500, he is much cheaper than other big bats on the day at the position. He did pick up a knee injury on Thursday which is a little concerning, but he has the right splits and has played though it, so I am still comfortable rolling him out there.
Ben Zobrist ($4600) – Zobrist has been an awesome pick up for an already solid Royals team. Hehas slotted nicely into the two hole of that lineup and produced from both sides of the plate since the trade. He matches up against the rookie Erik Johnson who picked a few big league innings last season as well. He was horrible in that stint and all last year in the minors, although he had a solid minor league season this year. Jhnson struggles with left-handed bats, so Zobrist profiles well against him. Zobrist has scored at least 7 fantasy points in eight of his last ten starts, so he is safe and has flashed double digit upside as well, so you can even use him tournaments.
Jedd Gyorko ($2800) – Jedd Gyorko has some of the best numbers on the Padres against left-handed pitching. Brett Anderson has worse numbers against right-handed hitters, so it is a good splits matchup. Gyorko snapped a seven game hit streak as the Padres were blanked on Saturday. He is hitting in the two hole now though, so has been in a better lineup spot to score or drive in some runs. $2800 is cheap for a guy who has been hot and has a little bit of homerun pop from tough position to find that at.
Matt Carpenter ($4200) – Taking Matt Carpenter against Gerrit Cole may seem like a bold call, but it really is not. Cole has been less than stellar lately and has given up quite a few hits to left-handed bats. Carpenter has also hit well off of Cole in his career with 5 hits in 16 at-bats including two homeruns. Cole does not pitch well in St. Louis as he is 0-3 lifetime there. Add up all those things and it becomes clear that not only is this a good spot for Carpenter, but the ownership should be low on him as well.
Adrian Beltre ($3700) – After a slow start to his season, Beltre is back to being the guy who mashed both handedness of pitchers in 2014. He faces the lefty Hector Santiago here who has struggled badly in his recent starts. Beltre has hits in 8 of his last 10 games. Beltre is currently 11 for his last 37 and averaging over 8 points per contest in his last ten games. $3700 is a fair price for a clean up hitter in a good splits situation and he makes a lot of sense as a salary saver without sacrificing upside.
Carlos Correa ($4900) – Value does not have to mean a cheap option. If a guy is expensive, but head and shoulders above everyone else, then he is still the best guy to use. That is the case with Correa vs. Everyone else on Sunday, even at $4900. He is better against left-handed pitching, but Tyler Duffey has not been good against either side of the plate this season. As you search lower on the list for another option, the price break that you are given to use the other guys falls way short of the potential production you lose in the process. Sometimes you have to pay up to be contrarian and while everyone is looking for the minimum priced option, I think Correa goes lower owned with the most upside at the position.
Chris Davis ($5100) – This is a great spot for Davis to be in right now. He gets to hit in the Roger’s Centre, which is the Coors Field of the American League. He faces Marco Estrada who has pitched well this year, but has a history of struggling with left-handed bats and giving up homeruns. Davis is a left-handed homerun machine. He is 7 for his last 16 with 6 runs scored, 8 RBI, and five homeruns that includes two multi-homer games. There are too many factors in his favor not to consider him a top option today ad I would role him out whether at the OF or 1B spot on cash or tournament rosters.
Dexter Fowler ($4200) – Dexter Fowler is averaging 9.5 fantasy points over his last seven starts. He tends to be incredibly low owned, despite the production. Fowler has a good match up against Rubby De La Rosa who struggles against guys who can hit from the left side. Fowler’s speed is an asset for him, whether that is stealing bases or taking an extra base to score a run. He does not have huge power upside, but he can and should get n base a few times here and he causes havoc when he does. The Cubs should get to De La Rosa and Fowler is likely to be in the thick of it.
David Peralta ($3900) – After a little slump that coincided with a minor injury, David Peralta has started to heat back up again. He has hits in six straight games and is 10 for 24 over that stretch. Peralta has been great this year out of the 4 hole against right-handed pitching. He has a wOBA over .380 and an ISO score over .200. He faces Kyle Hendricks on Sunday who does struggle more with left-handed batters. The Arizona team is expected to put up some runs and Peralta tends to get a lot of RBI opportunities as people pitch carefully to guys like Pollock and Goldy in front of him.
Kole Calhoun ($3300) – Kole Calhoun is starting to heat up. He has gone 13 for his last 31 with a pair of homeruns in his last 7 games. He is also facing an old foe in right-hander Colby Lewis who he has hit .435 against over his career in 23 plate appearances. Calhoun has the right splits to give Lewis trouble as he hits better against right-handed pitching and Lewis struggles more with left-handed batters. Add in that Calhoun has been leading off or batting fourth in the order, and one way or another he is in a position to either score runs or be a run producer. Either way he offers great value at only $3700 for a hot hitter, in a good matchup with solid upside potential.