Pitcher: $9,300 Masahiro Tanaka- Tanaka recently turned in one of the best performances by any pitcher this year. He will look to replicate that dominant outing as much as possible tonight against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Blue Jays struggle to score runs against right handed pitchers, meaning Tanaka will have an opportunity to dominate. This pick is not without risk, however, as Tanaka has posted plenty of duds. Nevertheless, he is easily the top pitching option for tonight’s slate.
Catcher: $3,000 Brian McCann- McCann will face Miguel Gonzalez in a matchup that he should be able to take advantage of. Gonzalez is far from an ace-level talent, 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: $4,000 Freddie Freeman- The Atlanta Braves are another stack candidate given their matchup with the inexperienced Jerad Eickhoff. Freeman should continue to stay hot and lead the offense. There is almost no ceiling on what Freeman can do on any night given all that he has accomplished this season.
Second Base: $2,600 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 one in Zach Greinke.
Third Base: $3,400 Anthony Rendon- Rendon has been killing lefties this year and that should continue in a positive matchup with Adam Conley. Conley, who owns a 5.10 ERA on the year, is anything but overpowering, meaning Rendon will have the chance at a big game.
Shortstop: $3,300 Zach Cozart- He sports one of the best batting averages in the MLB, which him a low-risk option. Nevertheless, Cozart can have big games with his extra base hit and home run potential.
Outfield: $3,700 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: $3,200 Max Kepler- Arguably the best German player in the MLB, Kepler has proved that he has the talent to be successful in the MLB. He draws an excellent matchup with Brandon Woodruff, meaning he could be in for a big game. He has a relatively high floor, but he has a very high ceiling because of his home run potential.
Outfield: $2,800 Ender Inciarte- Inciarte is mainly here to offset some of the risk that comes with starting players such as McCann, Kepler, and Tanaka. Nevertheless, Inciarte has enjoyed an excellent start to what has been a breakout campaign. He should continue to roll against the wildly inexperienced Jerad Eickhoff.
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