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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Blake Snell, SP: $11,200 – His record isn’t ideal, but the strikeouts have been pretty good. He should be in good shape today if his buddies can put up some offense (foreshadowing). He took a big step last season and he has a great chance to build on that success.
Matthew Boyd, SP: $9,500 – Come for the Ks. Stay for what looks to be a favorable matchup against the Marlins. His last two turns were a bit rocky but he can get back on track today. The W may be hard to come by given the lack of offensive firepower behind him but he can punch guys out and give you a quality start.
Kevin Gausman, SP: $8,000 – I hate to say it, but he could be in line for a big day against the Giants. They’ve been just awful, but they’ll turn it around any day now. (Just probably not today) It makes sense to keep picking on them.
Ji-Man Choi, 1B: $2,900 – We’ll be counting on him today, especially if you decide to go with Snell. Unfortunately he’s been platooning so far but the good news is the Rays are facing a righty today so there’s a better chance of a spot for him in the lineup. The value should be there as long as he’s slotted into the batting order.
Brandon Lowe, 2B: $3,800 – Here’s the low down. We could be looking at breakout and a mainstay in this space. Second base is bit shallow this season so more options are great. Enjoy those counting stats and sweet, sweet fantasy points.
Ozzie Albies, 2B: $3,100 – The robot really likes his value here today. As we saw last year, he can be streaky but the upside is that means he can catch fire at any moment. MadBum is not quite the dominant force he’s been in the past so don’t be scared.
Alex Bregman, 3B: $4,200 – He’s been putting up the numbers. The power is the most intriguing although I’m slightly disappointed in the lack of steals. The potential is still there, which is just icing on the cake. The stats are piling up and that’s just what we want.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B: $3,000 – Vladito rises! Turns out he likes belting home runs, it just took him a hot second to get his feet under him in the show. For those keeping score (aka all of us) he’s up to 5 now and 3 in the last week. If only the rest of the Jays bats can wake up so that RBI number can climb.
Trea Turner, SS: $4,300 – He’s expensive but worth it. He’s given us two bombs and six steals in only 41 ABs so far. That’s exactly what we want to see coming back from an injury. Fire him up with confidence.
Ronny Rodriguez, SS: $3,200 – Enjoy the fun while it lasts. He doesn’t have much MLB experience so it’s only a matter of time until pitchers adjust. As it stands he’s he’s got some power and speed. That works for today.
Austin Meadows, OF: $4,300 – He’s one of the top bets on the day according to the all knowing robot. He’s also batting over .300 and closing in on double digit dingers. He’s also got enough speed to make him dangerous on the basepaths. Despite the high price he can still return value.
Ronald Acuna Jr, OF: $4,200 – Tildaddy is rolling. Moving to the top of the order has done wonders for him as he’s absolutely on fire in May. He’s the total package folks. Get him in your lineups. Pay up for him and enjoy.
Victor Robles, OF: $3,200 – He’s got the power and speed that we’re chasing even if the average isn’t pretty. Fortunately the injury didn’t hold him out too long and he’s back in action. Maybe the time off helped him get refocused.
Kevin Pillar, OF: $2,700 – The ratios are downright ugly, but the counting stats keep piling up. Frankly, I’m shocked that he’s putting up the numbers that he is. But I guess we shouldn’t question it and just take advantage of his low price.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
Finally, we’re looking good weather wise with only a few light showers in the forecast. It’s raining here as I type this but fortunately there aren’t any games scheduled to be played in Reno, NV.
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