The player pools may be somewhat limited with only 6 games tonight, but there's still a plethora of fantasy potential waiting to be clicked into your lineup.
The main source of fantasy goodness comes from the Rangers-White Sox game, where Hector Noesi (ranked 13/14 in Rotoworld's Daily SP) will square off vs Nick Martinez (ranked 14/14 in Daily SP). Targeting batters from either team isn't a bad strategy, but I'll be leaning more towards the "white hot" Sox in this one.
Nick Martinez has allowed a monstrous .403 wOBA to LHB this season (granted only 36 IP), and he has blown-up for 6+ ER in six of his last nine starts. Jose Abreu (1B) and Alexei Ramirez (SS) are the top Sox to work into a lineup, with hit-machine Adam Eaton (OF) not far behind. From here, the Chicago order offers plenty of value with Alejandro De Aza (OF), Dayan Viciedo (OF), and Conor Gillaspie (3B). Lefty slugger Adam Dunn (1B) has nice potential as well, if Abreu's price tag forces your hand to a cheaper 1B option.
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Today's "Daily Forecast" takes into account games starting at 7:05 ET and later.
Jose Abreu (1B) – CWS: He's the top play of the day in the previously outlined draw vs Texas' struggling starter. Martinez has allowed a somewhat hefty 1.51 HR/9 IP rate to righties, so a deep ball from the AL leader in homeruns isn't out of the question.
Adrian Beltre (3B) – TEX: Standing in vs Noesi's 362 wOBA vs RHB vaults Beltre to the Top Shelf despite his reasonable $3,700 price tag on FanDuel. On top of the price/matchup, US Cellular Field is a great hitting environment for prototypical right-handed sluggers such as Beltre.
Michael Brantley (OF) – CLE: Cincinnati pitcher Alfredo Simon made the All-Star team, but he hasn't really done a whole lot since the Midsummer Classic. It appears that he's running out of gas, and I think the Cleveland lefties will get to him this evening, led by the red-hot stick of Brantley.
Alexei Ramirez (SS) – CWS: Alexei has returned to early season form, collecting multiple hits in four straight games. He's accounted for 11 runs and 14 RBI's in the past ten, and it should be "all systems go" against the shaky pitching of Nick Martinez.
Ian Kinsler (2B) – DET: Brandon McCarthy isn't a bad pitcher by any means, but I'll still be looking to snag a few Detroit bats in my lineup this evening. Kinsler helps fill the void at a desolate 2B position, and he's been on a roll batting 2nd for this explosive lineup.
Adam Eaton (OF) – CWS: Current owner of a 10-game hitting streak (7 multi-hit), Eaton is the prime beneficiary of Martinez's bloated .403 wOBA vs left-handers. Expect the hit-parade to continue for Chicago's leadoff man.
Also Consider: Adam LaRoche (1B) – WAS, Rajai Davis (OF) – DET, John Jaso (C) - OAK
Bryce Harper (OF) – WAS: For daily fantasy purposes, Harper will most likely be donned a "risk/reward" pick for the rest of the season. However, I like him tonight with the platoon advantage over young Kevin Gausman. Harper got the day off yesterday, and it may be worth taking a chance on him in this limited slate.
Brian McCann (C) – NYY: The matchup against Max Scherzer is far from ideal, but McCann still retains value in this home matchup. He only costs $2,700 on FanDuel, so if you aren't plugging in top dog Victor Martinez, I'd turn to McCann for some salary cap relief.
Elvis Andrus (SS) – TEX: I mentioned Hector Noesi's deficiencies in the Beltre write-up, and that certainly applies to Andrus as well. Elvis is currently riding a 10 game hit-streak, and he provides plenty of on-base/run scoring potential for a cheap $2,600 tag.
Also Consider: Alejandro De Aza (OF) – CWS, Rougned Odor (2B) – TEX, Alex Rios (OF) - TEX
Corey Kluber - CLE: What can be said about this guy? He's a strikeout machine! His last three game totals: 26.2 IP, 2 ER, 28 K's...not too shabby. Other than Billy Hamilton and Todd Frazier, I don't see too many bats in the watered-down Cincinnati lineup to give Kluber fits. I'm expecting his string of dominance to carry into tonight.
Jeff Samardzija - OAK: "The shark" comes in as the second highest favorite of the day (behind Kluber), taking on a mediocre Rays team within the pitching-friendly confines of O.co Coliseum. Even though Tampa's offense has been heating up a bit, I'd still consider Samardzija one of the safest mid-range options of the day.
Also Consider: Zack Greinke - LAD, Tanner Roark - WAS