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Pitcher: $11,800 Corey Kluber- Kluber has had a dominant season so far, and his success should continue against the Detroit Tigers. He comes at a very steep price, but I believe he is worth every penny because of the game he could be in for. Kluber has plenty of strikeout potential and has an ability to go deep into ballgames. He has a relatively high floor as well as a lofty ceiling.
Catcher: $2,900 Brian McCann- McCann will face Garrett Richards in a matchup that he should be able to take advantage of. The Houston Astros should put up a good amount of runs, meaning you will want at least some exposure to their lineup. Given the dearth of options at the catcher position, McCann is a strong play given his excellent upside.
First Base: $3,000 Hanley Ramirez- Albeit the fact that Ramirez is a shell of his former self, he should still be able to turn in a solid game against Sean Manaea and the Athletics. He fares much better against lefties, meaning a big game could be in the works against a subpar left hander in Sabathia.
Second Base: $3,000 Ian Happ- It has been difficult to ignore his production as the rookie has slugged a total of twenty one home runs. Albeit the fact that he is a switch hitter, Happ has performed better against righties. There is some risk to starting him, but the upside is too immense to pass up on.
Third Base: $3,100 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 Nick Pivetta. It also doesn’t hurt that Dietrich comes with a $3,100 price tag.
Shortstop: $2,600 Corey Seager- Seager has had a very strong season, and that should continue tonight. He absolutely obliterates righties, making it a good thing that he will face one in Johnny Cueto. He has a fairly high floor as well as a very high ceiling.
Outfield: $3,600 Kyle Schwarber- The Cubs draw an excellent matchup with the inexperienced Robert Gsellman. 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: $2,200 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. His very cheap price tag gives you plenty of flexibility with the rest of your lineup.
Outfield: $2,800 Adam Duvall- Duvall should be able to make the most of his excellent matchup and have a big game. There is a perpetual risk that comes with Duvall thanks to his tendency to strike out, but not enough to deter you from starting him.
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