Pitcher: $10,000 Robbie Ray- Ray has put together three consecutive dominant outings, with one being his first career complete game shutout. More of the same should be present as Ray draws an excellent matchup with the abysmal San Diego Padres. His price has escalated due to his sudden success, but not enough to deter you from starting him. He is a very safe play with plenty of upside due to his tendency to accrue strikeouts.
Catcher: $3,000 Alex Avila- Avila has been a stalwart in my daily fantasy articles anytime that he is facing a righty pitcher. Luckily he draws a matchup with a subpar one in Jesse Chavez. Avila is always a strong play given the paucity of other options at the catcher position. He has a relatively high floor as well as a high ceiling due to his home run potential.
First Base: $3,200 Danny Valencia- Valencia does most of his damage against left handed pitchers; making it a good thing that he is set to face one in Hector Santiago. Santiago currently owns a 4.76 ERA, meaning the Mariners should be able to put up a good amount of runs. Because of the aforementioned reason, you will want some exposure to the Mariners: something that Valencia gives you.
Second Base: $2,800 Joe Panik- Since Panik is a rather consistent player, but lacks some upside, the reason why I have him here is to offset some of the risk that other players carry. Nevertheless, having some stability in your lineup is never a bad thing, even if it means that you are sacrificing some upside.
Third Base: $2,300 Derek Dietrich- Dietrich carries a bit of risk due to his .207 ERA, but you can’t find better value at this price point. He has put together a handful of big games his year, and is worth a look anytime that he is facing a righty. His cheap price allows for you to splurge on some other positions.
Shortstop: $2,900 Didi Gregorius- Gregorius is an anomaly seeing as he performs better against left handed pitchers, albeit the fact that he himself is a left handed hitter. He has put together a strong start to the season, and in doing so, has flashed big game potential. He will have a chance to realize some of that potential against Drew Pomeranz.
Outfield: $3,200 David Peralta- Peralta, who obliterates righties, draws a matchup with the righty Dinelson Lamet. Lamet has seen success in his first two major league starts, but it looks like his luck will run out. Peralta has had a bit of a tumultuous season to date and will look to straighten things out tonight. The big game potential is always there for Peralta, making him one of my favorite plays of the night.
Outfield: $4,000 Michael Conforto- Conforto is another regular in my daily fantasy articles. He is always worth a look anytime he is facing a righty, despite the fact that his price has risen since the start of the year. Conforto will face Dillon Gee in a matchup that he should be able to take advantage of. All the signs are pointing towards a big game being in the works for Conforto.
Outfield: $3,600 Jay Bruce- Bruce is another Mets player who should be able to take advantage of the matchup with Dillon Gee. There is a perpetual risk that comes with Bruce due to his tendency to whiff, but not enough to stop you from starting him. He doesn’t have that high of a ceiling, but he has plenty of big game potential thanks to his power.
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