Pitcher: $11,000 Jacob DeGrom- DeGrom draws a dream matchup with the San Diego Padres, which makes starting him a no-brainer. The Padres have gotten slightly better in recent weeks, but still not to the point where I would shy away from targeting them in pitching matchup. DeGrom has as much potential as any other pitcher thanks to his tendency to accrue strikeouts. His price tag is a bit steep, but I’m willing to pay the price for the type of production he offers.
Catcher: $2,700 Brian McCann- McCann does most of his damage against right handed pitchers, meaning it is a good thing that he is set to face a subpar one in Vince Velasquez. You need to make sure that you check who the Astros starting catcher is prior to game time since McCann tends to split starts with Evan Gattis.
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 Eduardo Rodriguez. He has struggled at times this year, meaning the Mariners will have the opportunity 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. He comes with some risk, but not enough to deter you from starting him.
Second Base: $2,500 Chase Utley- If Utley is in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ starting lineup, he will be a quality DFS play. His price point is very low, meaning he could end up being a great value play. The veteran Utley fares much better versus right handed pitchers, making it a good thing that he will face a washed up one in Bartolo Colon.
Third Base: $3,600 Mike Moustakas- Moustakas tends to fare much better against right handed pitchers and he is set to face one tonight in Justin Verlander. Verlander has had a tumultuous season, and the Kansas City Royals will hope they get the worse version of him.
Shortstop: $3,000 Elvis Andrus- Andrus will face the lefty Adam Conley in what will be a positive matchup for him. Since he is an excellent contact hitter, Andrus always has a solid floor and his home run potential gives him a relatively high ceiling. This price tag seems way too low to justify the type of production Andrus can offer.
Outfield: $2,300 Guillermo Heredia- This is yet another 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: $3,000 Corey Dickerson- Dickerson is a stalwart in these articles anytime he is facing a right handed pitcher. This is looking like a breakout year for him, and is excellent play should continue against Kevin Gausman. He is a very safe play, but he also has a good deal of potential. It is also a good thing that he is about $1,000 underpriced.
Outfield: $3,600 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 matchup with an inferior righty gives him some potential.
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