There are lots of options to choose from at starting pitcher tonight, but most guys are fairly pricy and are going to cost you. Braves starter Dallas Keuchel is an exception, though, as he comes in at just $7,200, despite a 3.58 ERA through six starts. Keuchel hasn’t been racking up many strikeouts, but he should be counted on for a strong outing against a Royals lineup that has just a .295 wOBA versus lefties this year, ranking them as a bottom-five offense. On a night where many owners will be spending up on their pitchers, rolling with Keuchel as a contrarian value pick seems like it could hit.
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Chris Sale, SP: $10,200– If you insist on spending up on your pitcher, Sale is the one to choose from the packed field of starters. His strikeout upside is enormous, with a 35.3% K-rate against a Rays lineup that strikes out 26.1% of the time against southpaws.
Yasmani Grandal, C: $3,300– Grandal is one of the very few catchers who actually hit well enough to be considered on FanDuel, as he’s rocking an .873 OPS with 19 homers this year. He’s also batting third for the Brewers, a spot where he can accumulate lots of counting stats at home in a hitter-friendly environment.
Adam Frazier, 2B: $3,000 – Frazier is a boring but potentially useful play as the Pirates leadoff man. Frazier has just an 11.8% K-rate, and is a bat to consider in cash games for his high floor atop the lineup, where he can see plenty of plate appearances. Cardinals starter Dakota Hudson has outperformed his 5.15 FIP, so Frazier looks like one of the few second basemen worth buying.
Brian Anderson, 3B: $2,600– I wouldn’t usually be excited by the Marlins three-hitter, but they’re facing Dylan Covey, owner of a 5.83 ERA, so everybody is in play. Anderson has an .802 OPS against right-handed pitching, and can be paired with some teammates as the cheapest stack you’ll find.
Jonathan Villar, SS: $3,300 –With 17 steals and 11 homers, Villar is able to find lots of ways to score as Baltimore’s leadoff hitter. He should have a productive day against Merrill Kelly, who has a 4.78 SIERA and just an 18.9% K-rate.
Yasiel Puig, OF: $3,400– It’s remarkable that Puig’s price hasn’t risen any higher after the last month he’s had, where he’s batted .345 with six home runs and a 1.029 OPS. He’s too easy to continue buying on this torrid pace, and is still in a hitter’s park in Milwaukee. A Reds stack is in play against Zach Davies, a clear regression candidate with a 4.30 FIP.
Hunter Renfroe, OF: $3,300– Renfroe is a power flier to consider in GPP contests. He’s completely melted left-handed pitching with a 159 wRC+, and faces a weak one in Jason Vargas. Renfroe already has 28 homers on the year, and his boom-or-bust profile is perfect for tournaments.
Jarrod Dyson, OF: $3,200– Most lineups are able to put a beat down on the Orioles pitching staff, so Dyson has the potential to score some runs as Arizona’s leadoff hitter. Dyson also has 21 steals on the year, so when he’s able to get on base with his strong 10.4% walk-rate, he can put himself in scoring position pretty easily.
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