Mike Moustakas is one of DFSBot’s top five hitters for Draft contests on this Wednesday for his matchup at Baltimore. Moose has been unstoppable against right-handed pitching this season, putting up a .326/.376/.709 line with just a 9.7% K-rate. He’ll be batting third in the Royals lineup in Camden Yards, one of the best hitter’s parks in all of baseball. Orioles starter Andrew Cashner has a 5.82 FIP with a 2.09 HR/9 this year, making him one of the top pitching targets on the day. Moose is a play you don’t want to miss out on. Here are a few more of my favorites…
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Carlos Carrasco, SP: Carrasco only has the third-highest projection for starting pitchers on Draft today, but he’s the top pitcher according to DFSBot. Gerrit Cole and Patrick Corbin have been God-like, but Cole actually gets a very tough matchup against the A’s, and Corbin doesn’t have the same strikeout upside that Carrasco gets against the Brewers. The Brew Crew strike out 23.8% of the time against righties and aren’t quite the tough lineup you might imagine, with just a .305 wOBA. He’s a high upside SP option.
Jose Quintana, SP: If you’re feeling ballsy, you should be able to grab Quintana late in your drafts and load up on hitters. Quintana has looked much better in his last two starts with 11 strikeouts in 11 innings and he’s facing the Marlins. The Cubs will have no trouble providing a win against Wei-Yin Chen, and Q should rack up some strikeouts if nothing else.
Manny Machado, IF: Manny Man is at home against a garbage pitcher today. He’s been one of the best fantasy assets to own this season, with a redonk .346 average and nine bombs. Royals starter Eric Skoglund has a 6.84 ERA.
Albert Pujols, IF: Coors Field play – not much more to see here. Pujols can sit back and enjoy the RBI opportunities in the best hitter’s ballpark the universe has to offer.
David Dahl, OF: Oh, speaking of Coors. Dahl is only projected for 0.9 points today on Draft. This will likely leave him off the radar of unsuspecting players, leaving you to snag him at the end of your drafts. Just make sure he’s in the starting lineup.
George Springer, OF: Is anybody hotter than Springer right now? He’s batting .371 with a .962 OPS and four homers in the last 15 days. Leadoff hitters are arguably the best type of player to chase in DFS simply because they will rack up the most plate appearances, which gives them more opportunities for production.
Rhys Hoskins, OF: Hoskins has lived up to the hype this season with a 153 wRC+ and a 19.5% walk-rate that’s even higher than last year. He’s always worth playing at home in the bandbox that is Citizens Bank Park.
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Both of the early starts in Chicago look sketchy, so I would consider avoiding players in the PIT-CWS and MIA-CHC if you’re trying to be completely risk averse.
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