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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Tyler Skaggs, SP: $8,000 – I like his strikeout numbers and I like his matchup against the Athletics. If he can keep the free passes in check he lines up nicely to give you a great day without paying top dollar.
Jose Quintana, SP: $7,400 – The numbers are solid: 3.78 ERA, 62:20 K:BB. The game is also in Chicago rather than hitter friendly Coors, so that’s another plus.
Shaun Anderson, SP: $6,600 – Hunting for value at pitcher? Enter the rookie Anderson as he faces a solid match up. I’d be surprised to see a win because the Giants likely won’t get much going on offense and he has only pitched past the fifth inning once. However, he’s showed promise in his limited action. Don’t expect the world but he could free up salary to spend big on bats.
Trey Mancini, 1B: $3,900 – He’s rolling right now batting almost .300 with 12 bombs. Additionally, he’ll be in Arlington, a nice hitters park. Nice. Seriously, he’s a great option today.
Michael Chavis, 1B: $3,200 – Fresh off being named AL Rookie of the Month for May, he’s promptly slumped to the tune of a .105 average over the past week. But he has a clear path to playing time since he’s filling in at first due to injuries. Pitchers adjusted and now it’s time for him to adjust back.
Rougned Odor, 2B: $2,800 – What’s that smell? You know what it is. Ignore that. The bot projects him favorably today and he only needs one swing to make your day. With the desert that is second base it’s best to keep your budget low and spend elsewhere.
Garrett Hampson, 2B: $2,000 – Let’s really dig deep here. Hampson is back in the majors but it would be very Rockies to have him ride the bench. Should they decide to actually play a prospect he has a chance to continue his resurgence in the minors. And at this price, if he does end up riding the pine he won’t kill your salary.
Jose Ramirez, 3B: $2,800 – The stats haven’t been pretty other than the steals but his price keeps falling. You really have no reason to be confident in him but you can spend up somewhere else and the robot likes him today. There’s always hope that he rediscovers his MVP form.
Yandy Diaz, 3B: $3,500 – He’s back from the IL and he’s looking back to normal. The robot says he’s a good bet today. Flex and add him.
Dansby Swanson, SS: $3,900 – He’s really coming into his own this season and has already almost tied his home run total from last season. The surge extends to his other counting stats as well and he’s contributing across the board.
David Fletcher, SS: $3,100 – He’s just so Fletch, maybe Grey can will it into existence. He’s scorching hot although he’s one of the few players who hasn’t enjoyed a major power boost. No matter, he’s raking and finds himself in a prime spot often enough to be dangerous.
Avisail Garcia, OF: $3,800 – One of the days better outfield options, he’s putting together a fine season. He gives average and power with some speed mixed in. Throw in an unimposing match up and you’re all set.
Clint Frazier, OF: $3,700 – When it comes to fantasy, we’re really only interested in what a player can do at the dish. That’s a good thing because Clint just had himself a defensive performance for the ages, and not in a good way. He’s been too good with the bat to lose his starting spot so fire him up.
Whit Merrifield, OF: $3,400 – Whit just keeps on chugging and slugging. He’s got a strong slash line and lovely counting stats. Check and check. Plus the price isn’t half bad, get him in your lineups.
Danny Santana, OF: $3,000 – Joey Gallo’s injury opens up a path to consistent playing time. Speed is his main asset but there’s a sprinkling of power (I feel like that could be said of almost any hitter in today’s MLB). It’s the steals that make him intriguing and there’s definite value here. The one concern is that Delinio DeShields ($2,500) will fill in at center but I think Santana deserves a chance to show what he can do. DeShields is a viable option at the back end of your roster if he gets the start.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
We’re looking a some chances of rain although fortunately it should be light. The highest chance is in KC which could impact the game. There could also be some weather in Arlington but its projected to be lighter and not pick up until later in the night.
Doing Lines In Vegas
Show me the money! The highs are between NY and Toronto as well as Baltimore and Texas. Do yourself a favor and grab those hitters.