The last time Miles Mikolas took the mound for Texas, he hemorrhaged 9 ER in just three innings against the Astros. Today, he will try to cool off the sizzling hot Angels bats, who recently took the lead as the best offense in MLB (runs scored). The top half of Los Angeles' lineup has been hitting at an unreal clip, and there is an excellent chance Mikolas provides fuel to that fire. Definitely target all the Angels in the outfield (Mike Trout, Josh Hamilton, and Kole Calhoun), as well as Erick Aybar and the always present homerun upside of Albert Pujols.
Troy Tulowitzki (SS) - COL: Certain projections have Tulowitzki as the highest rated hitter of the day (neck-to-neck with Mike Trout). The problem is fitting in his enormous salary, but I would be much more inclined to pay for Tulo vs the hapless pitching of Correia, due to the lack of other viable shortstop options.
Josh Hamilton (OF) - LAA: Mike Trout and Kole Calhoun are the top Angel bats to target, but Hamilton comes at a discount ($3,300 on FanDuel), so he earns the write-up spot. As mentioned, I really like the Angels' bats to stay hot vs Miles Mikolas, and Hamilton is a top-tier play for a "bulk purchase" price.
Carlos Gonzalez (OF) - COL: Gonzalez is back in the Rockies lineup, following a DL stint that forced him to miss the past month. He has a prime home matchup against Kevin Correia (6-17, 3HR lifetime), so now is the time to pounce on CarGo's affordable DFS salary.
Brain Dozier (2B) - MIN: Dozier is poised for fantasy success today against the subpar lefty, Tyler Matzek, in Colorado. Recently nominated to the HR Derby team, Dozier does have some pop in his bat to fully take advantage of the "Coors Effect".
Lonnie Chisenhall (3B) - CLE: The Cleveland lefties (Brantley, Kipnis, Chisenhall, Cabrera) are all in a great spot today against Scott Carroll. The young White Sox righty had a quality outing against Boston earlier this week, but the Indians should bring him back down to Earth in this home matchup, led by Chisenhall and company.
Erick Aybar (SS) - LAA: Another affordable Angel bat that should be right in the thick of things vs the subpar pitching of Miles Mikolas today. The switch hitter has recorded a hit in 15 of 17 games, and there is a ton of security/potential in this LAA batting order.
Kurt Suzuki (C) - MIN: The real-life All-Star may not be a fantasy All-Star by any means, but he consistently gets the job done for a near-minimum salary. Hitting in the two-hole for the Twins, in Coors Field, with the platoon advantage over the unintimidating pitching of Tyler Matzek is reason enough to consider Suzuki for today's matinee.
Jason Heyward (OF) - ATL: This is more of a "price play" than anything, as Heyward's salary has plummeted to a bargain $3,000 on FanDuel. Edwin Jackson's deficiency against left-handed bats (.392 wOBA this season) paired with Heyward's hotstreak of 7 hits in the past four games doesn't hurt his cause either.
Jonny Gomes (OF) - BOS: If you want to reach all the way towards the bottom of the bargain bin, Jonny Gomes has a near-minimum salary of $2,300 on FanDuel. He hasn't done a whole lot the past two months of the season, but he does have a good history against left-handed pitching. Brett Oberholtzer is a subpar southpaw, and Houston provides a relative hitter-friendly environment for Gomes to break out of his slump.
Also Consider: Pedro Alvarez (3B) - PIT, Kendrys Morales (1B) - MIN, Trevor Plouffe (3B) - MIN
Stephen Strasburg - WAS: With David Price scratched, and Adam Wainwright in a tricky road matchup at Milwaukee, Strasburg emerges as one of the safer top-tier pitchers on the day. Strasburg can be shaky from time to time on the road, but he has an excellent matchup against a Philadelphia team that ranks last vs right-handed pitching (.288 wOBA).
Ryan Vogelsong - SF: If you told me at the beginning of the season that I would be recommend Vogelsong as a DFS play, I would've asked which Little League team he was facing. Putting my preseason bias aside, the Giants pitcher looks like a solid play today at home against the slumping Diamondbacks.
Jesse Chavez - OAK: Chavez is somewhat of a risk/reward play this evening. Yes, he has been pitching well, Safeco field is a pitcher-friendly park, and the Seattle bats have been ice cold lately. That all sets up nicely, but it remains to be seen how Chavez navigates this lineup chalked full of left-handers and switch-hitters.