Even though his little brother has stolen all of the family’s fantasy hype, C.J. Cron ($3,900) has continued to mash at the plate for the Twins. Cron has a 1.005 OPS with four homers in the last two weeks, and has been an underrated part of the absolute bomb squad that Minnesota’s lineup has become. Cron already has 13 homers on the year, and is an outstanding source of runs and RBI batting third for the Twins. He should have another productive game tonight against Brewers starter Zach Davies, who clearly has some regression on the way. Davies has just a 16.7% K-rate with a 4.17 FIP, 5.00 SIERA, and a 4.61 Deserved Run Average. Cron will likely continue to fly under the radar despite being arguably the best option at first base on the slate with this matchup. He’s worth grabbing in all contests as a power upside play.
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Rich Hill, SP: $8,800– I was surprised to see Hill at such a reasonable price with the way he’s pitched this year. Hill has a 28.2% K-rate with just a 4.6% walk-rate and a 2.67 ERA. He has a ton of strikeout potential against a Mets lineup that has a 26.8% strikeout-rate against left-handers.
Dylan Bundy, SP: $7,200 – If you’re looking to go cheap at starting pitcher, Bundy is a guy that probably won’t have much ownership. He could succeed against the Tigers, who have just a .278 wOBA versus righties this year, which is second-lowest in all of baseball. Even as bad as Bundy has been, he’s still striking out a batter per inning, and makes for a viable GPP tournament play.
Keston Hiura, 2B: $2,600 – Second base is such a weak position that it’s often worth looking for one of the cheapest bats you can get. Hiura hardly costs you anything, but brings you some power/speed upside, as he already has two homers and a steal in 12 games.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B: $2,800 – It looks like FanDuel has no respect for rookie hitters with these prices. Vladito has five bombs with a .928 OPS in the last 15 days and somehow comes in at under $3,000. He should continue to do damage out of Toronto’s two-hole.
Francisco Lindor, SS: $3,400 – Lindor is in a beautiful spot, batting leadoff for the Indians in Fenway Park, an extremely hitter-friendly park. While season-long leagues and DFS contests aren’t a perfect comparison, Lindor has an ADP of 7 in the NFBC’s second chance drafts that have taken place this month. And yet, there are 11 shortstops priced higher than him on tonight’s slate. *thinking face emoji* I think we should be buying Lindor here.
Starling Marte, OF: $3,600 – Marte gets to take advantage of triple-A starting pitcher depth fodder in Lucas Sims, and it’s in a hitter’s park in Cincinnati. Marte hasn’t been hitting very well this year but has still racked up counting stats as the Pirates three-hitter, including six home runs and eight steals.
Raimel Tapia, OF: $3,000 – Out of all the Rockies’ bats who are projected to start, somehow Tapia is the cheapest despite being the leadoff hitter. By maximizing his number of plate appearances atop the lineup, Tapia is a virtual lock to produce in Coors Field. Tapia has a 1.005 OPS at home this year.
Andrew Benintendi, OF: $3,600 – No surprises here, another leadoff hitter. Benintendi should be deployed in cash games as the Red Sox face Zach Plesac in his major league debut. Benny Biceps has been flexing on the basepaths, with four steals in the last week.
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