Pitcher: $8,600 Joe Ross- Ross has seen a tumultuous start to the season and will look to straighten things out against the Braves. Atlanta’s offense has been stifled by many a pitcher this year, and Ross could add his name to that list. Ross has put together a couple of excellent performances on the bump this year, so if that version of Ross is present, he should be able to provide you with plenty of value at a low price.
Catcher: $2,800 Evan Gattis- I tend to feature his fellow teammate Brian McCann in these articles, but seeing as the Astros are facing a lefty, Gattis is the better play. He carries some risk given his propensity to strike out, but his power gives him plenty of upside. Given the dearth of strong options at the catcher position, Gattis’ upside makes him a very enticing play.
First Base: $3,400 Ryan Zimmerman- Zimmerman has shown no signs of slowing down after an other-worldly month of April. He is set to face the lefty Sean Newcomb in prime matchup for Zimmerman. He has a very high floor for tonights game, but his home run potential always presents him with the opportunity to have a big game.
Second Base: $3,400 D.J. LeMahieu- LeMahieu experienced a shaky start to the season as he started out sluggish, but has since been able to turn that around. The draws an excellent matchup with the lefty Carlos Rodon in one that he should be able to do some damage in. Him playing in Coors Field only adds to his value.
Third Base: $3,700 Anthony Rendon- As I said earlier, the Nationals will stand to benefit in their matchup with Sean Newcomb. Rendon fares much better against lefties such as Ryu, meaning a big game could be in the works. There isn’t that much stability with this pick, but there is plenty of potential.
Shortstop: $3,200 Elvis Andrus- Seeing as how they draw an excellent matchup with J.C. Ramirez, the Texas Rangers are a strong stack candidate. Andrus always has the potential for a big game seeing as how he can garner both steals and home runs. There aren’t that many options at the shortstop position, which only makes Andrus a more enticing play.
Outfield: $3,200 Michael Conforto- Conforto has proved this year that he is far more than just a platoon player. He has made the most of his extended role, and his success should carry over for tonight. He absolutely obliterates righties, making his matchup with Lance Lynn one that Conforto should be able to prevail in.
Outfield: $3,400 Jay Bruce- Bruce is another Mets player who should be able to take advantage of the matchup with Lance Lynn. There is a perpetual risk that comes with Bruce due to his tendency to whiff, but not enough to stop you from starting him. He doesn’t have that high of a ceiling, but he has plenty of big game potential thanks to his power.
Outfield: $3,200 Nomar Mazara- Mazara does nearly all of his damage against righties, making it a good thing that he will face one in J.C. Ramirez. He doesn’t have that sturdy of a floor, but his ceiling is as high as any.
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