Pitcher: $11,000 Chris Archer- I don’t usually like to splurge on the pitcher position, but this matchup is too good to pass up on. Archer will have a chance to have a big game seeing as he should be able to dominate the abysmal Oakland A’s. Archer has had an excellent season to date, and he should be able to continue that today. He has a relatively high floor, and his ability to accrue strikeouts gives him an excellent ceiling.
Catcher: $3,400 Brian McCann- McCann has been a stalwart in these articles anytime that he is facing a righty. Given the paucity of options at the catcher position, McCann stands out as a rare strong option. His home run potential allows for him to have a big game on any given night.
First Base: $2,800 Matt Adams- Adams being traded to the Atlanta Braves did wonders for his fantasy value. He does most of his damage against righties, meaning it’s a good thing that he will face one in Seth Lugo.
Second Base: $2,800 Brandon Phillips- Given the fact that Seth Lugo is making his first start since coming off the 60-day DL, the Braves are a potential stack candidate. Phillips is only a shell of the player he once was, but that doesn’t mean he can’t have a solid game. He is a very safe play with a decent amount of upside.
Third Base: $3,100 Jedd Gyorko- Albeit the fact that he is a righty, Gyorko performs far better against right handed pitchers. He has enjoyed an excellent start to what has been a breakout campaign. There is a good amount of stability with this pick, with plenty of upside as well.
Shortstop: $2,900 Asdrubal Cabrera- Cabrera hasn’t had the best of seasons so far, but given his track record against lefties, you should start him with confidence. Jamie Garcia has had a tendency to struggle in games throughout his career, and the Mets should be able to make short work of him. While there isn’t that much upside with Cabrera, the stability he offers is well worth it.
Outfield: $4,000 Corey Dickerson- Dickerson has been one of the MLB’s best hitters this year and has become almost matchup proof against right handed pitchers. Seeing as he will face a subpar right hander in Jesse Chavez, a big game could be in the works for Dickerson. Despite the fact that his price has seen a major rise, he can still provide excellent value. Consistency hasn’t been an issue for him yet this year, meaning you shouldn’t have to worry about his production.
Outfield: $2,500 Kyle Schwarber- This is a very risky play given Schwarber’s abysmal .167 batting average. Nevertheless, the home run potential alone makes Schwarber an excellent play. At this cheap of a price, the reward is worth the risk.
Outfield: $2,500 Michael Saunders- Sacrifices in certain lineup positions is necessary in order to afford Archer and Dickerson. Saunders should still be able to carve together a solid day at the plate given the fact that he is set to face a righty.
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