Pitcher: $9,100 Sonny Gray- Gray’s name has been floated around in trade rumors, but that shouldn’t deter him from having a strong outing. He draws an excellent matchup with the Toronto Blue Jays who fare much better against lefties. Gray has a relatively high floor with a lofty ceiling thanks to his strikeout potential.
Catcher: $2,600 Brian McCann- McCann is a stalwart in these articles anytime he is facing a right handed pitcher. Add in the fact that he will face a subpar one in Nick Pivetta, and McCann could be in for a big game. The dearth of options at the catcher position only makes starting McCann an easier decision.
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 Drew Pomeranz. He 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, which is something that Valencia gives you.
Second Base: $3,900 Daniel Murphy- Murphy and the Nationals face Zach Davies which means Murphy should have a chance at a big night. He has plenty of home run potential, and is a good play considering there is a paucity of strong options at second base.
Third Base: $3,000 Jedd Gyorko- Albeit that he is a righty himself, Gyorko performs much better against right handed pitchers. He has enjoyed a good deal of success this year, and that should continue against Jonathan Gray. Gyorko carries some risk, but his massive upside makes up for nearly all of that risk.
Shortstop: $3,500 Didi Gregorius- Gregorius has enjoyed a breakout season this year, and his success should continue against Tim Adleman. There aren’t that many strong options at the shortstop position, which only makes starting him an easier decision. Putting him in my lineup tends to pay off in big ways, and hopefully that will happen tonight.
Outfield: $3,400 David Peralta- Peralta should benefit from the Diamondbacks’ matchup with Mike Foltynewicz. Foltynewicz has had a tumultuous start to the season, meaning the D-Backs shouldn’t have that many issues putting runs on the board. Peralta has a high floor due to his contact, and his home run potential means he could be in for a big game.
Outfield: $2,300 Guillermo Heredia- The matchup here is too good to pass up on, making Heredia an enticing play. 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 pick seeing as how he comes at a very cheap price.
Outfield: $3,900 Michael Conforto- Finally getting a chance to show his talent, Conforto has been one of the biggest surprises in the MLB. He has been obliterating righties to the tune of sixteen home runs as well as a .309 batting average and should continue that against Jhoulys Chacin.
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