Pitcher: $7,700 Sean Newcomb- Keep in mind: starting Newcomb is a very risky decision. He is very inexperienced, meaning there is a chance he could end up having a short outing. Nevertheless, Newcomb has been impressive so far this year, and he should continue to dominate against the abysmal San Diego Padres. At this price point, Newcomb’s upside makes the risk well worth it.
Catcher: $2,900 Yasmani Grandal- Grandal fares much better against righties, making it a good thing that he will face one in Jesse Chavez. There aren’t that many great options at the catcher position, which only makes starting Grandal an easier decision. He is an excellent value play that offers some upside as well.
First Base: $3,500 Logan Morrison- Morrison is worth consideration anytime he is facing a righty thanks to his immense power. His matchup with the inexperienced Trevor Williams only makes him a more enticing play. He does carry some risk due to his tendency to strike out, but his home run potential gives him plenty of upside.
Second Base: $3,400 Scooter Gennett- Gennett was able to achieve a historic four home run game a few weeks ago, showing his massive potential for a big game on any given night. He absolutely obliterates righties and will face a subpar one in Guerra. While it would be difficult for Gennett to replicate that four homer performance, something close to that is entirely possible.
Third Base: $4,000 Jose Ramirez- Ramirez has enjoyed an excellent start to what has been an breakout campaign. His matchup with Tyson Ross is one that he will look to take advantage of, seeing as Ross recently cam back from a major injury. Ramirez is a very safe pick, but he offer some upside as well.
Shortstop: $3,300 Jean Segura- Albeit the fact that he himself is a righty, Segura fares much better against right handed pitchers. Segura has enjoyed plenty of success so far this season, and he should find more of that success against Aaron Nola and the Phillies. You will be hard-pressed to find an option this strong at the shortstop position for such a cheap price.
Outfield: $3,300 Nomar Mazara- Mazara is only capable of producing against right handed pitchers, making it a good thing that he is set to face a subpar one in Mike Clevinger. Clevinger has been prone to struggle throughout this year, and the Texas Rangers should be able to take advantage of that. A big game could be in the works for Mazara thanks to his home run potetnial.
Outfield: $3,300 Ender Inciarte- Inciarte and the Braves draw a dream matchup with Jhoulys Chacin. While he doesn’t have the most upside, Inciarte’s stable floor allows you to offset some of the risk that players such as Scooter Gennett, Logan Morrison, and Jay Bruce carry.
Outfield: $3,600 Jay Bruce- As I stated in the aforementioned paragraph, Bruce carries a good deal of risk. Nevertheless, Bruce’s home run potential more that makes up for it. While there is a chance that Bruce puts a goose egg in the scoring column, there is an equally high chance that he is able to hit one out of the park in a very good matchup with Dan Straily.
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