Happy 4th everybody. I hope you all celebrate safely this Independence Day. And what better way to celebrate than by enjoying some fireworks. One guy with the ability to really light it up is Joc Pederson(OF: $3,400). The power is spectacular and he’s facing a pitcher returning from the 60 day IL which means there is some rust to be expected. That could lead to mistakes over the middle that Joc can punish and put in the seats. This could be a fun show to watch.

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It may have taken a while to get his feet under him but Scott Kingery, (OF: $3,500) has been a great fantasy option this year. Last season’s struggles are in the rear-view mirror. The stats really jump off the page, batting over .300 with double digit bombs and some speed. The results should continue to improve as he gets more ABs, especially Kepler keeps him in the leadoff spot. Sadly, that’s a real wild card and there’s no telling what he’ll do. Kingery has more than proven that he needs at bats and he should hopefully find himself in a prime slot while he’s raking. That makes him a solid choice.

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Guess it’s Twin Day. Don’t look now but Minnesota is actually putting together a very fine season, currently holding a 9 game lead in the AL Central.  Max Kepler (OF: $4,100) and CJ Cron (1B: $3,400) have been a big part of that. Kepler is rolling in June and already has 6 bombs. Let’s watch for him keep it going today. The hits just keep on coming for Cron and at this point I think we have to accept that it’s legit. As long as he keeps proving himself don’t let yourself forget about him. You need this power in your life. You could certainly do far worse that get these Twins in your lineups.

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If you’re looking to save some cash to use elsewhere and like to be bold, turn your attention to Rowdy Tellez (1B: $2,300). He doesn’t hit the ball often, but when he does it goes a long way. To wit, he has only 42 hits in 185 ABs on the season but 10 of them have left the yard. Boom goes the dynamite. Most importantly, he just looks like a slugger, which is to say…thicc. The price is right so take a gamble. You either bet big or you go home, you gotta risk it to get the biscuit.

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Trading prospects is a big part of baseball. Contenders give up you talent to try and win now. And why not? So many prospects fail to pan out that a sure thing is often better. Obviously hindsight is 20/20 but some trades hurt when you look back. Take Zack Wheeler (SP: $10,200) – Watching him blossom into an ace and dominate opposing hitters is great because he’s finally realizing his potential. Today it’s bittersweet as he gets the Giants (who traded him to the Mets for Carlos Beltran) and their inept offense. All of this makes me sad because the G-men could really use an ace right about now. He’s in line to dominate and should be well worth the high price tag. Yay.

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Let’s kick off the weekend shall we. I’d gotten so used to writing for short slate Thursdays that I was almost overwhelmed at all the choices. Without further ado let’s start this weekend off by taking a trip to LA.

First up, the curious case of our boy Joc Pederson, OF: $3,800. Lets phone a friend and see what Son thinks about him: “Even though Pederson sits against lefties, he absolutely mashes righties, to the tune of .280/.401/.704 with a .424 ISO!” Last time I checked Jake Arrieta is right handed. Joc has been rolling this week and should once again find himself batting leadoff. That makes him well worth his price tag.  Also in LA (kinda) we have, Shohei Ohtani, OF: $3,200.  Sadly we missed out on the Ohtani vs Yusei Kikuchi matchup yesterday because, well Brad Asmus. He claims it was because Kikuchi is a lefty. Talk about a missed opportunity. The chance to see two stars from Japan face off wasn’t that great anyways…. I guess. There’s hope that we’ll get to see them square off later this year, but with Asmus, who knows what could happen. Regardless, Ohtani should find himself penciled in today and will look to shake off some of the rust. Get him on your lineup.

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Welcome to a lovely short (and early!) slate today as we kick off Memorial Day Weekend. (Thursday counts as the weekend right?) Maybe it’s the excitement of the next big thing but I’m always drawn to rookies in fantasy. They can be streaky but they can also open with a bang because there’s not much tape on them. This brings us to Corbin Martin (SP: $8,300) His first start was great. Second start, not so much. (zero Ks, seriously?) I chalk that up to him being a young gun. I like his talent and his match up today against the White Sox. Look for him to get back on track and prove to the Astros that he belongs in the rotation. He’ll be back at home where he made is first start when he racked up 9 Ks. That should help him get back in the zone and win your match up. I really like him to ring up the Pale Hose.

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One of the season’s surprise breakouts Jorge Polanco (SS: $4,300) is not showing signs of stopping or even slowing down. On top of the power, he finally added his first steal. Because of the weather concerns, I’ll give you a bonus. You could certainly do worse than Adalberto Mondesi ($3,900) as he’s been lighting it up no matter how much you doubt him. Power and speed to spare, what more do you need? The only reason I wasn’t going to include him is that I’ve written about him before and figured it’s time for someone new. Mostly I’m just hoping that there aren’t any last minute IL announcements like Buster Posey last week.

Thanks for taking a break from watching playoff hockey to play a little fantasy baseball DFS. You won’t find any shorthanded goals here (because that’s not a thing in baseball)

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Just called up and already priced like an ace? That’s where we find Mike Soroka, (SP: $9,800) The price scares me a little bit, but I’m a big enough believer to Soroka and he’s been rolling since his promotion. What’s not to love? That pristine ERA? The 27 Ks in 23 innings? The fact that the Braves have a strong offense, giving him solid win potential? Or maybe you’re afraid of the D Backs offense that will be stepping into the box against him. They’re not a terrible offense but I don’t think I would describe them as elite. This isn’t his first taste of the show so he’s not completely green. Lock him in.

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With the promotion of first baseman Nate Lowe ($2,300) the Rays have made life difficult for fantasy players who are looking for Brandon Lowe ($3,700) and pick the wrong one. Fortunately, they both make good plays today. Jorge Lopez does not present a great challenge. Brandon has been doing quite well in April, rocking a solid average with lovely counting stats. As for Nate, he could be a monster as he has the tools to provide power and a high average. Either way, going “Lowe” could take you high.

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