Pitcher: $7,500 Jordan Montgomery- This is a very risky play seeing as Montgomery is only a rookie. Nevertheless, he has flashed big game potential, and he should be able to realize that potential against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays have struggled to put together runs at times this year, giving Montgomery the opportunity to have a dominant outing. He has a somewhat high floor, but his upside makes him an enticing pick. His cheap price tag also gives you the ability to splurge on other positions in your lineup.
Catcher: $2,700 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 one that is past his prime in Justin Verlander, and McCann could be in for a big game. The dearth of options at the catcher position only makes starting McCann an easier decision. You will want to make sure that McCann will be behind the dish as he splits starts with Evan Gattis.
First Base: $2,800 Matt Adams- Him making the move to Atlanta has benefited him greatly. Adams absolutely obliterates righties, making it a good thing that he is set to face a subpar one in Vince Velasquez. This is a great value pick as Adams offers an abundance potential for a great price.
Second Base: $3,900 Jose Ramirez- Ramirez has been seeing the ball very well recently and should be able to reap the rewards in a tremendous matchup with Carlos Rodon. He has home run potential, but since he is a contact hitter there is always a nice floor.
Third Base: $3,800 Freddie Freeman- Freeman saw his fantasy value increase after moving to third base. He had an excellent start to the season and has been on a torrid hot streak ever since coming off of the disabled list. He absolutely obliterates righties, making a big game very feasible for him. His strong righty/lefty matchup with Vince Velasquez is one that he should do some damage in.
Shortstop: $3,900 Didi Gregorius- Gregorius has enjoyed a breakout season this year, and his success should continue against Jake Faria. 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: $3,000 Kyle Schwarber- The Chicago Cubs draw an excellent matchup with the inexperienced Zach Davies. 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 Josh Reddick- Reddick’s numbers are almost polar opposites for when he faces righties and for when he faces lefties. Luckily he is facing an inferior righty so Reddick should be in for a solid night.
Outfield: $3,900 Christian Yelich- Yelich has put together an excellent recent stretch of games, and his success should continue against Luis Castillo. He performs better against righties, and will have the opportunity to do some damage against a subpar one. He has a fairly high floor as well as a lofty ceiling.
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