Pitcher: $9,300 Jimmy Nelson- Anytime a pitcher is facing the San Diego Padres, they have an elevated chance at a strong performance. Jimmy Nelson has had a tumultuous start to the year, but he could straighten things out against the Padres. His tendency to strike batters out gives him a high ceiling, but his struggles this year gives him a fairly low floor.
Catcher: $3,100 Yasmani Grandal- Seeing as how Grandal fares much better against righties, he could be in for a big game against Bronson Arroyo. Arroyo is a shell of his former self, and his 7.01 ERA is evident of that. Given the paucity of options at the catcher position, Grandal stands out as one with plenty of upside.
First Base: $3,200 Matt Adams- Adams’ season has been rejuvenated ever since he was traded to the Braves. Filling in for the injured Freddie Freeman, Adams has given the Braves a solid lefty bat in the middle of the order. It won’t be hard for him to hit value at this price given the fact that he is facing a righty. His price is starting to climb, but isn’t at a point where it should deter you from starting him.
Second Base: $3,300 Ian Happ- The first of two Chicago Cubs players that will be featured in this article, Happ draws a fairly good matchup with Jameson Taillon in one that he should be able to prevail in. There is some risk involved due to his lack of experience, but not enough to deter you from starting him.
Third Base: $4,100 Jake Lamb- Lamb carries perpetual risk, but he is still a strong pick anytime he is facing a right handed pitcher. He has had a great start to the season, and his success should be able to continue against the very inexperienced Alec Asher. Asher is the current owner of a 5.24 ERA. Lamb doesn’t have that much of a floor, but he has plenty of upside.
Shortstop: $2,300 Jose Reyes- In order to stomach the price of some other players in this article, starting Reyes is a necessity. Reyes pales in comparison to his former self, but he should still be able to carve together a solid day at the plate. He is a very risky play, but his cheap price makes up for most of that.
Outfield: $3,900 Cody Bellinger- The second Los Angeles Dodger featured in this article, Bellinger will look to benefit in their excellent matchup with Bronson Arroyo. Bellinger has proved that his start to the year is no joke, and he will have a chance at a big game today.
Outfield: $2,600 Kyle Schwarber- As I said in an aforementioned paragraph, the Cubs draw an excellent matchup with the inexperienced Jameson Taillon. Schwarber destroys righties, meaning a big game could be in the works for him. He is always a risky play due to his inability to accrue base hits, but his immense power at this price is difficult to pass up on.
Outfield: $3,200 Max Kepler- Arguably the best German player in the MLB, Kepler has proved that he has the talent to be successful in the MLB. He draws an excellent matchup with Trevor Bauer, meaning he could be in for a big game. He has a relatively high floor, but he has a very high ceiling because of his home run potential.
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