Pitcher: $7,700 Sean Manaea- Manaea has put together back-to-back impressive outings, and his success will look to carry over against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Jays feature a few difference makers in their lineup, but not enough to deter you from starting Manaea. He will have a chance to be the slate’s best pitcher as he has an aptitude to go deep in ballgames. The aforementioned reason makes him a nice cash play, but his tendency to accrue strikeouts makes him a solid GPP play as well. Given the paucity of pitching talent for tonights slate, Manaea stands out as an excellent play for a fairly low price.
Catcher: $2,800 Tyler Flowers- Flowers has been on a torrid hot streak recently, and luckily his price hasn’t snowballed because of it. His success should continue as the Atlanta Braves are set to host Nick Pivetta and the Phillies. Pivetta lacks dominant stuff, making the Braves a potential stack candidate. Because of that, I want to have as much exposure to Atlanta as I can.
First Base: $4,200 Ryan Zimmerman- Zimmerman has shown no signs of slowing down after an other-worldly month of April. He is set to face the lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu in a matchup primed for Zimmerman. He has a very high floor for tonights game, but his home run potential always presents him with the opportunity to have a big game.
Second Base: $2,900 Brandon Phillips- Phillips is well past his prime, but that doesn’t mean that he can’t offer you solid production. He is another player that should benefit in the Braves’ matchup with Nick Pivetta. At this price point the potential risk that comes with Phillips is negated.
Third Base: $3,800 Anthony Rendon- As I said earlier, the Nationals will stand to benefit in their matchup with Hyun-Jin Ryu. Rendon fares much better against lefties such as Ryu, meaning a big game could be in the works. There isn’t that much stability with this pick, but there is plenty of potential.
Shortstop: $3,000 Eric Sogard- Sogard currently owns a .390 batting average on the season. However, there is a caveat that comes with that number: he has only played in 19 games this year. Nevertheless, Sogard should be able to put together a solid game in a strong matchup. The dearth of quality options at the shortstop position for tonight only makes Sogard a more enticing pick.
Outfield: $2,900 Kyle Schwarber- There is a perpetual risk that comes with starting Schwarber, but he is worth a look anytime he is facing a right handed pitcher. Luckily he is facing a subpar one in Junior Guerra. The potential for a Schwar-bomb here makes him an excellent pick.
Outfield: $3,900 Matt Kemp- Kemp is the third and final player from the Braves that is featured in this article. Because of the amount of exposure I have to the Braves, this decision will either end up netting me a solid return, or cause me to wonder why I even started them in the first place. With the way Kemp has been hitting the ball recently, the potential for a big game is there in an excellent matchup.
Outfield: $3,800 Adam Duvall- Albeit the fact that he draws a matchup with Carlos Martinez, Duvall should be able to carve together a nice day at the plate for himself. His tendency to strikeout means there is a bit of risk present, yet Duvall is still an excellent pick.
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