Pitcher: $9,200 James Paxton- Paxton draws an excellent matchup with the Oakland Athletics. The A’s have struggled to put runs together at times, and he will look to take advantage of that. Paxton has enjoyed a good deal of success this year, and he should find more tonight. He has a relatively high floor as well as a high ceiling to due to his ability to accrue strikeouts.
Catcher: $3,100 Yasmani Grandal- Grandal is a strong play anytime that he is facing a right handed pitcher. Thankfully he will face a subpar one in Jason Hammel. That is a matchup that Grandal should be able to do some damage in. The lack of strong options at the catcher position only makes starting Grandal an easier decision.
First Base: $3,700 Cody Bellinger- Bellinger has accomplished more in under half a season than most players can accomplish in a full 162 game season. There is always some risk that comes with inserting rookies into your lineup, but Bellinger has looked like a seasoned veteran throughout his short stint in the majors. As I said in the aforementioned paragraph, the Los Angeles Dodgers draw an excellent matchup with Jason Hammel, making them a potential stack candidate. That means you will want to have as much exposure to the Dodgers as possible.
Second Base: $3,300 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 one in Zach Greinke. While it would be difficult for Gennett to replicate that four homer performance, something close to that is entirely possible.
Third Base: $3,600 Jake Lamb- Lamb has enjoyed an excellent start to the season, and his success hasn’t waned in the past few weeks. While he does carry some risk due to his tendency to strike out, Lamb’s immense power more than makes up for it. There is a very high chance that he ends up giving you a zero in the scoring column, but there is a chance that he realizes some of his home run potential and turns in a big game.
Shortstop: $2,800 Troy Tulowitzki- It is hard to match the type of production that Tulowitzki can offer at this low of a price. He draws an above-average matchup with Charlie Morton, meaning he Tulowitzki should be able to carve together a strong day at the plate. Morton has had a tendency to struggle throughout his career, and Tulowitzki should prevail in the matchup.
Outfield: $3,400 Andrew Benintendi- Benintendi draws a prime matchup with Jake Odorizzi, a pitcher with a tendency to struggle. He does most of his damage against righties, meaning he will at least have an opportunity to go yard against the right handed Odorizzi. Benintendi doesn’t have that much of a floor, but he does have a good deal of upside thanks to his home run potential.
Outfield: $3,200 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 Ricky Noclaso. Noclaso 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 potential.
Outfield: $2,600 Max Kepler- Kepler is arguably the best German player in the MLB, and has shown that he has the talent to succeed. He is a fairly risky play, but he does have a good deal of upside.
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