Greetings gamers! Today we have a split slate featuring five games beginning at 12:10 PM ET and 10 games beginning at 7:05 PM ET. These recommendations will focus on the evening games, since that is where the bulk of the FanDuel contests reside.
With the pitching matchup in Coors Field (RHPs Allen Webster and David Hale are squaring off) tonight, literally any of the 16 position players that are in those two starting lineups are solid options. The detailed recommendations for this evening will focus on alternate routes to take.
Gerrit Cole – PIT vs CIN - $11,100 – With FanDuel being a single pitcher site, it is very important to focus on a pitcher who will be in a good position to get a win, which is worth four fantasy points. Innings and strikeout potential follow closely behind, as one FanDuel point is awarded for each one accumulated. Cole is the highest priced pitcher for good reason; he will have all three categories in play tonight. Over his last eight games he is averaging nearly 7 innings per outing with just over a strikeout per inning for a robust average of 16.5 FanDuel points over that stretch. The Cincinnati offense is just middle-of-the-pack, and over their last 11 games they have managed just 3.7 runs per contest.
Michael Bolsinger – LAD at CHC - $6,500 – If you are looking for a discounted pitching option, Bolsinger is your guy. In his last three starts, he has gone 17 innings with an impressive 21 strikeouts. The Cubs have the second-highest strikeout rate in the majors against right-handed pitching at 25.0%. Utilizing Bolsinger will allow you the flexibility to spend a little more on hitters.
Buster Posey – SF vs SD - $3,800 – Looking back to 2013, Posey has a .361 wOBA against right-handed pitchers. The beauty of this is that most gamers only look to him when he is against a southpaw, since his splits versus lefties are off the charts. Posey is an excellent differentiation play tonight if you want to move away from the Coors Field herd.
Brandon Belt – SF vs SD - $3,100 – Over his last 322 at-bats in lefty/righty matchups, Belt has posted a .366 wOBA and an excellent .239 ISO. Ian Kennedy can be exploited by left-handed hitters, against whom he has allowed a .252/.318/.460 slash line and 35 home runs over 213 innings.
Neil Walker – PIT vs CIN - $2,500 – Walker is back after missing a handful of games with an illness. He is an excellent option when he is hitting from the left-side of the plate, and since 2013 he has compiled a .351 wOBA and a .197 ISO against right-handed pitching. Mike Leake is definitely someone to target in this situation.
Jeff Baker – MIA vs STL - $2,400 – While this is not the easiest of matchups, Baker is an excellent option when facing southpaws, as he often garners a favorable spot in the batting order. He will be a very under-utilized option today and is a nice contrarian play.
Justin Turner – LAD at CHC - $3,400 – With the trade of Juan Uribe to Atlanta, the playing time has really opened up for late-bloomer Justin Tuner. In 477 plate appearances against same-handed pitching, Turner has compiled a .399 wOBA and a 160 wRC+. Most people still have not caught on to his emergence as a borderline elite play.
Kris Bryant – CHC vs LAD - $4,000 – Over his last 223 plate appearances against right-handed pitching, Bryant has a .365 wOBA and a .831 OPS. With so many gamers focusing on the Coors Field options, he will be an excellent against-the-grain choice in tonight’s contests.
Jhonny Peralta – STL at MIA - $4,200 – Peralta will be facing RHP Matt Latos, and with everyone looking to Coors Field, he will be another player that is going to be completely overlooked. In his last 1,000+ at-bats against righties, he has posted a very solid .340 wOBA, and at this price point he is the perfect contrarian play in tournaments if you are willing to fade Troy Tulowitzki.
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Andrew McCutchen – PIT vs CIN - $4,100 – This is an excellent price point when you compare McCutchen to Bryce Harper and Giancarlo Stanton. Dating back to 2013, McCutchen has excellent numbers against right-handed pitching, with a .388 wOBA, .199 ISO and 153 wRC+.
Joc Pederson – LAD at CHC - $3,900 – This price point is going to seem a little too high for most gamers who have become accustom to rolling with Young Joc at a discount. Still, he has been amazing in lefty/righty matchups and is one of my favorite options for a home run tonight.
Gregory Polanco – PIT vs CIN - $2,500 – One more Pirates option to look at. This is simply a pricing error and one that we certainly need to take advantage of.