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Pitcher: $7,100 Taijuan Walker- He draws an excellent matchup with the San Francisco Giants, meaning a big game could be in the works for him. In an outing earlier this year against the Giants, Walker was able to garner a quality start and six strikeouts. He doesn’t have that high of a floor, but he does have a fairly lofty ceiling.
Catcher: $3,600 Yasmani Grandal- Grandal has been one of the top hitting catchers in the MLB this year. Seeing as there is a paucity of solid options at the catcher position, anytime that Grandal is facing a righty he is worth a look. There isn’t much risk involved and there is plenty of home run potential; making Grandal an excellent pick. His matchup with Zach Davies only makes him a more enticing play.
First Base: $2,600 Logan Morrison- Morrison is worth consideration anytime he is facing a righty thanks to his immense power. His matchup with Mike Leake only makes him a stronger play. He does carry some risk due to his propensity to whiff, but his home run potential gives him plenty of upside.
Second Base: $2,900 Jose Ramirez- Ramirez should be able to reap the rewards in a tremendous matchup with Jason Hammel. He has home run potential, but since he is a contact hitter there is always a nice floor.
Third Base: $3,200 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 will face a subpar one in Dinelson Lamet. It also doesn’t hurt that Dietrich comes with a $3,200 price tag.
Shortstop: $3,900 Francisco Lindor- Lindor didn’t have the best first half of the season, but he has turned things around in the second half. He has showcased his power so far this year, but at a detriment to his contact as his batting average is subpar. A big game could be in the works for Lindor as he draws an excellent matchup with Jason Hammel.
Outfield: $3,900 J.D. Martinez- Martinez has been stroking the ball this year against lefties. His matchup with Madison Bumgarner shouldn’t cause you to worry since Bumgarner isn’t the player he once was. He has plenty of home run potential, but comes with a high floor as well.
Outfield: $3,500 Kyle Schwarber- The Cubs draw an excellent matchup with the inexperienced Nick Pivetta. 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: $4,000 Jay Bruce- Bruce should be able to take advantage of his matchup with Jason Hammel. There is always risk that comes with Bruce due to his tendency to whiff, but not enough to stop you from starting him. He doesn’t have that high of a ceiling, but he has plenty of big game potential thanks to his power.
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