There’s no Coors Field game to target heavily for the evening slate. However, there’s still a very high team total, as the New York Yankees check in with a 5 run over/under, which replicates that of a viable offense in Colorado’s hitter-friendly park. The Yanks will square off against subpar pitchers Steven Wright, whose knuckleballs can sometimes turn into meatballs.
That sparks enough upside to strongly consider an NYY stack, looking at Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner, Mark Teixeira, and Brian McCann as primary plays. You can also consider Chase Headley, Alex Rodriguez, and Carlos Beltran as secondary picks.
DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH
Adrian Gonzalez – 1B – LAD (FanDuel Price: $3,300)
There are a lot of viable first baseman in action today, but A-Gonz is the most affordable option among the upper tier. He has a decent matchup against Aaron Harang, who is a flyball pitcher squeezed into a hitter-friendly park. Even though Gonzalez was “just okay” as a popular play last night, it’s worth going back to the well once again.
Neil Walker – 2B – PIT (FanDuel Price: $3,000)
Walker has a favorable draw against newly acquired Chicago pitcher, Dan Haren. Haren has allowed a .361 wOBA mark against left-handed bats this season, and Walker is a switch-hitter who profiles much better from the left side of the plate. Keep an eye on the other Pittsburgh lefties as well: Gregory Polanco and Pedro Alvarez.
Jhonny Peralta – SS – STL (FanDuel Price: $3,000)
Peralta is a great solution to the ongoing shortstop dilemma, as the position continues to be lackluster on a nightly basis. The Cardinals will face left-hander David Holmberg, who only remains in the starting rotation due to Mike Leake and Johnny Cueto leaving town. He has a .359 wOBA over the past three seasons, and Peralta is a lefty-masher seeing a slight park upgrade in Cincinnati.
Also Consider: Cesar Hernandez – 2B – PHI
Salvador Perez – C – KC (FanDuel Price: $2,200)
Brian McCann is the top overall catcher, but if you need some salary cap relief, Salvador Perez is your guy. He’s suffering from a prolonged cold streak that was someone negated by a nice 3-4, HR, 3 RBI performance last night. He’ll face homerun prone left-hander, Matt Boyd, tonight…leaving an outside shot of another round-tripper.
Gregor Blanco – OF – SF (FanDuel Price: $2,400)
Blanco has filled in admirably for the injured Angel Pagan. If Pagan is out once again, Blanco will likely hit 1st or 2nd for the Giants, enjoying an attractive matchup against Atlanta pitcher Williams Perez (.346 wOBA). Blanco is very good at getting on base, and he has good enough lineup security to translate that into runs, ultimately scoring more fantasy points.
Scooter Gennett – 2B – MIL (FanDuel Price: $2,300)
I already outlined Neil Walker in the write-up above, and Cesar Hernandez makes for an adequate second baseman at a similar mid-range salary. However, if you need a filler on the cheaper side of things, Scooter Gennett batting leadoff against Ian Kennedy is your best bet of the position. Kennedy holds a .353 wOBA against left-handed hitters this season, and Gennett has some power to cash in on his fly-ball tendencies.
Also Consider: Stephen Piscotty – OF – STL
Carlos Beltran – OF – NYY (FanDuel Price: $2,800)
It may be difficult to squeeze Beltran into your FanDuel lineup, as you can only select a maximum of four Yankees. Still, that’s where the tournament upside comes into play, as I’m expecting Beltran to fly under the radar for the highest projected scoring team of the day.
Miguel Sano – 3B – MIN (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
It’s a battle of reverse-splits that sets up Sano’s favor, as Toronto pitcher Drew Hutchison has allowed a .387 wOBA mark against righties, and Sano actually has hit right-handed pitching at a higher clip than lefties. The park shift in Toronto helps Sano’s cause in the power department.
Colby Rasmus – OF – HOU (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
Rasmus is often an overlooked contributor for this strong Houston offense, which presents a low ownership tournament opportunity. He has a nice matchup against Nick Martinez (.336 wOBA vs LHB) in Texas’ hitter-friendly park. The ball has been jumping in the Texas heat lately, which presents a little more upside in the equation.
Also Consider: Mark Reynolds – 1B – STL