Pitcher: $10,200 Alex Wood- Wood will look to make his record 12-0 when he faces the Atlanta Braves tonight. The Braves perform far worse against left handed pitchers, and Wood is one of the best. He has a very high floor for tonight as well as a lofty ceiling. Chris Sale is another strong option for tonight, and while he arguably has a higher ceiling, Wood is a much safer play for a cheaper price.
Catcher: $2,700 Brian McCann- McCann will face Ubaldo Jimenez in a matchup that he should be able to take advantage of. Jimenez is far from his former ace-level self, meaning the Houston Astros should be able to put a good amount of runs on the board. Given the dearth of options at the catcher position, McCann is a strong play given his excellent upside.
First Base: $3,200 Danny Valencia- Valencia does most of his damage against left handed pitchers; making it a good thing that he is set to face one in C.C. Sabathia. Sabathia has been a far from dominant pitcher this year, meaning the Mariners should be able to put up a good amount of runs on him. Because of the aforementioned reason, you will want some exposure to the Mariners: something that Valencia gives you.
Second Base: $3,100 Scooter Gennett- While expecting a performance similar to his four home run game is wishful thinking, Gennett should still be able to turn in a solid game. He obliterates righties and should be able to do just that against Jose Urena. Gennett also should be fairly low owned.
Third Base: $3,200 Mike Moustakas- Moustakas tends to fare much better against right handed pitchers and he is set to face one tonight in James Shields. Shields has struggled mightily this year, meaning Moustakas should be able to carve together a strong game at the plate.
Shortstop: $2,700 Troy Tulowitzki- It is hard to match the type of production that Tulowitzki can offer at this low of a price. He draws an excellent matchup with Mike Fiers, making him a solid pick. Fiers has had a tendency to struggle throughout his career, and Tulowitzki will look to take advantage of that.
Outfield: $2,300 Guillermo Heredia- This is a pick that carries a good deal of risk. Nevertheless, the matchup here is too good to pass up on. Heredia hasn’t been the most consistent of players, but he has shown the ability to put together big games: something that is very important in daily fantasy baseball. This is a very strong value play seeing as how he comes at a very cheap price.
Outfield: $4,000 Nelson Cruz- Cruz enjoyed a good deal of success in the first half of the season and should be able to find some more against the left handed Derek Holland. I don’t usually like to sacrifice most of my budget on a single hitter, but Cruz looks like he is for it. He has a very high chance at being the days best player thanks to his immense power.
Outfield: $3,600 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. Conforto absolutely obliterates righties, making his matchup with Paul Blackburn one that Conforto should be able to take advantage of.
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