Pitcher: $10,600 Jacob DeGrom- DeGrom draws a dream matchup with the Philadelphia Phillies, which makes starting him a no-brainer. The Phillies 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: $2,600 Jason Castro- While he isn’t always a solid play, he is when the matchup presents itself. Castro will face Zach Davies in what will be an excellent matchup for the entire Twins lineup; making them a strong stack candidate. Given the paucity of options at the catcher position, Castro stands out as one with both stability and upside.
First Base: $3,100 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 Tyler Skaggs. 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: $2,100 Eric Sogard- I was wary of Sogard’s start to the season, but it looks as if it is for real. Luckily the matchup presents itself for Sogard to have a strong day at the plate. He is a very safe play with limited upside.
Third Base: $3,300 Derek Dietrich- This is a bit risky of a play, but the potential is there for Dietrich to have a big game. He is a completely different ballplayer when he faces a right handed pitcher, and he will face one in Tanner Roark. It also doesn’t hurt that Dietrich comes with a relatively cheap $3,300 price tag.
Shortstop: $3,100 Didi Gregorius- Gregorius has enjoyed a breakout season this year, and his success should continue against Marco Estrada. 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: $2,700 Guillermo Heredia- This is 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: $3,100 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 his excellent play should continue against Danny Salazar. 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: $4,400 Nelson Cruz- Cruz enjoyed a good deal of success so far this year and should be able to find some more against the left handed Derek Holland. I don’t usually like to sacrifice most of my budget on a single hitter, but Cruz looks like he is worth it. He has a very high chance at being the days best player thanks to his immense power.
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