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These players have a great chance to outperform their DRAFT projection.
David Price – P – Boston (DRAFT Projection: 9.5)
It’s not like Price deserves to be mentioned among the elite pitchers today, but he surely deserves better than being ranked 15th among hurlers. As you can see in the pitcher rankings below, I have upgraded him to sixth in that category. Price checks in as a healthy -160 moneyline favorite who should see plenty of run support from his offense. There are plenty of pitching options to consider tonight, but Price deserves to be mentioned firmly in the second tier behind Kluber, Severino, Paxton, and Morton.
Jose Altuve – IF – Houston (DRAFT Projection: 9.0)
George Springer – OF – Houston (DRAFT Projection: 9.2)
Houston holds a top three run-scoring projection tonight, and there’s a good chance they could pick apart Toronto LHP Ryan Borucki. The rookie is making his MLB debut, and there’s a chance it will get ugly. Altuve, Springer, and the rest of Houston’s lineup is very good against left-handed pitching, and Borucki holds a heavy contact rate in Triple-A. I’m boosting Altuve and Springer closer to a 10.0 FP projection.
Paul Goldschmidt – IF – Arizona (DRAFT Projection: 8.5)
I understand the park shift to Miami isn’t ideal, but Goldschmidt doesn’t deserve to be buried among the pre-draft rankings because of it. This is a promising matchup against mediocre RHP Elieser Hernandez, who carries a 5.12 ERA with only 14 strikeouts through 31.2 innings this season. There’s a good chance Goldschmidt could get to him and the underwhelming Miami bullpen (fourth highest ERA as a collective unit).
These players may not live up to their DRAFT projection.
Andrew Benintendi – OF – Boston (DRAFT Projection: 10.3)
Boston has the highest run-scoring projection of the night, but I’m not sure Benintendi is a premium option within that. He’s locked into a lefty/lefty matchup against LAA southpaw John Lamb, which is enough to dissuade the notion that he deserves to be listed as a top five outfielder. I’ll be looking towards George Springer, Christian Yelich, Eddie Rosario, David Peralta, or Mitch Haniger before selecting Benintendi.
Eric Thames – IF – Milwaukee (DRAFT Projection: 10.7)
Thames isn’t exactly a bad option at home vs Kansas City RHP Jake Junis, but he probably shouldn’t have one of the highest projections among all hitters tonight. Junis has been struggling as of late, but he’s really not a bad pitcher when considering his full body of work. Meanwhile, Thames remains a boom or bust fantasy option who is only hitting .230 on the season. You can do better when looking for a premium infielder, as Freeman, Albies, K.Davis, Votto, Cruz, and Altuve make for better options despite a lower projection.
Scott Schebler – OF – Cincinnati (DRAFT Projection: 9.7)
Schebler has been pretty good as of late, but his projection may be somewhat inflated due to that. He’s playing away from his hitter-friendly home ballpark tonight, facing a resurgent version of Anibal Sanchez, who currently holds an impressive 2.55 ERA with 39 strikeouts through 42 innings this season. Sanchez’s prior struggles came against right-handed bats as well, so the lefty swing of Schebler doesn’t have that angle to fall back on.
Pitcher rankings. The pitcher position runs deep tonight, as we have four top tier options followed by a strong second tier of Stripling, Price, and Godley. Locking down a premium option is very easy even in larger leagues, but that is not an absolute must when considering the depth. I’m perfectly fine with waiting for Price or Godley in drafts of six or more people.