It is the end of the MLB All-Star break and that means that daily fantasy baseball is back as well.
Pitcher: $9,500 Carlos Carrasco- Carrasco should be able to limit the damage in a strong matchup with the Oakland Athletics. The Athletics have struggled to put runs on the board at times this year, and Carrasco will look to take advantage of that. He has a relatively high floor for tonights game, as well as a high ceiling.
Catcher: $2,700 Alex Avila- Avila always gets a boost when he is facing a right handed pitcher and he will be facing one tonight. Aaron Sanchez struggled mightily in his last appearance so Avila shouldn’t be deterred from having a good game. This also makes the Detroit Tigers a potential stack candidate.
First Base: $3,600 Cody Bellinger- Bellinger has accomplished more in half a season than most players are able to 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. He draws an excellent matchup with the the right handed Dan Straily, meaning a big game could be in the works.
Second Base: $3,200 Robinson Cano- Cano hasn’t had the best first half of the season (by his standards), but he will look to turn things around starting tonight. He draws a prime matchup with James Shields, meaning he will have the opportunity to fill the box score. It also doesn’t hurt that Cano owns a .400 batting average against Shields in his last 15 at-bats.
Third Base: $4,200 Jose Ramirez- Ramirez has also been seeing the ball very well recently and should be able to reap the rewards in a tremendous matchup with Sonny Gray. He has home run potential, but since he is a contact hitter, there is always a nice floor. His price is starting to snowball, but he is still worth it given the dearth of other options.
Shortstop: $3,000 Didi Gregorius- Albeit the fact that he is a lefty himself, Gregorius fares much better against left handed pitchers. Luckily he will face a subpar one in Drew Pomeranz, which is a matchup that he should be able to take advantage of. He has a relatively high floor as well as a high ceiling. Gregorius is also hitting at a .545 clip against Pomeranz over the last five seasons.
Outfield: $2,300 Kyle Schwarber- The Chicago Cubs draw an excellent matchup with the inexperienced Kevin Gausman. 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: $3,400 Michael Brantley- This pick is mainly to offset some of the risk that other players in this article carry. Regardless of that, picking Brantley is a smart move in and of itself . The consistency is there, and his .429 batting average against Gray suggests that he could give you some production.
Outfield: $3,100 Michael Conforto- Conforto has become much more than a platoon player this year, something that has helped him see more playing time. That playing time has rewarded daily fantasy players who have started him as he currently owns a .285 batting average with 14 home runs as well. He has a relatively high floor for tonights game, as well as a very high ceiling.
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