Pitcher: $10,400 Chris Archer- I don’t normally like to spend this much on a pitcher, but with a bunch of cheap value guys on offense, I can afford Archer. He has an excellent matchup on paper and should be able to turn in an excellent outing on the mound. A lot of his value rests in his ability to generate swings and misses, so if he is able to get at least ten strikeouts he will hit value.
Catcher: $2,800 Brian McCann- McCann will face Marcus Stroman in a matchup that he should be able to take advantage of. Stroman has had a tumultuous season, meaning the Houston Astros should be able to put a good amount of runs on the board. Given the paucity of options at the catcher position, McCann is a strong play given his excellent upside.
First Base: $3,300 Mitch Moreland- He should be in for a solid game as he is set to face Mike Pelfrey. Moreland tends to perform well in matchup with below-average righties such as Palfrey. Because of Moreland’s propensity to hit doubles, there is always a solid floor as well as a relatively high ceiling.
Second Base: $2,600 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 Adam Wainwright. Gennett also should be fairly low owned.
Third Base: $2,700 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 Homer Bailey. Gyorko carries some risk, but his massive upside makes up for nearly all of that risk.
Shortstop: $3,300 Didi Gregorius- Gregorius has enjoyed a breakout season this year, and his success should continue against Carlos Carrasco. 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: $3,200 Nomar Mazara- Mazara does nearly all of his damage against righties, making it a good thing that he will face one in Jose Berrios. He doesn’t have that sturdy of a floor, but his ceiling is as high as any.
Outfield: $3,200 Seth Smith- This pick is mainly to offset some of the risk that other players in the lineup carry. Smith is worth consideration anytime he is facing a righty, which he is today.
Outfield: $3,000 Kyle Schwarber- The Chicago Cubs draw an excellent matchup with the right handed Erick Fedde. 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.
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