Pitcher: $9,800 Luis Severino- I don’t usually tend to splurge on the pitcher position, but Severino’s matchup with the Los Angeles Angels is too strong to pass up on. Severino has enjoyed an excellent start to the season, and has put together dominant performances as well. One of those dominant performances could be in the works for tonights game as he will face a far from formidable Angels lineup that is missing its best player. He is a relatively safe pick with a very high ceiling as well.
Catcher: $2,600 Yan Gomes- In order to afford Severino, sacrifices elsewhere are needed. Gomes isn’t quite the player he was a couple of years ago, but he is worth consideration anytime he is facing a righty. Given the paucity of strong options at the catcher position, Gomes’ value makes him an enticing play.
First Base: $3,400 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 Brandon Phillips- This is a cheaper option that will come with less ownership and will let you save up for more expensive players. Even though Phillips is only a shell of his former self, he can still offer you some production.
Third Base: $2,700 Derek Dietrich- This is a bit risky of a play, but the potential is there for Dietrich to have a big game. He is a completely different ballplayer when he faces a right handed pitcher, and he will face one in Jake Arrieta. It also doesn’t hurt that Dietrich comes with a $2,700 price tag.
Shortstop: $2,400 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: $3,100 Seth Smith- This pick is mainly because of lack of other options at this price. Nevertheless, Smith is worth consideration anytime he is facing a righty, which he is today. There is some risk involved, but not enough to deter you from starting Smith.
Outfield: $3,600 Ender Inciarte- Inciarte is mainly here to offset some of the risk that comes with starting players such as Dietrich, Gomes, and Smith. Nevertheless, Inciarte has enjoyed an excellent start to what has been a breakout campaign. He should continue to roll against the struggling Matt Cain.
Outfield: $4,000 Nelson Cruz- Cruz has enjoyed success to start out the season and should be able to find some more against the inexperienced lefty Daniel Norris. Cruz has a very high chance at being the days best player.
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