If you’re looking to save some cash to use elsewhere and like to be bold, turn your attention to Rowdy Tellez (1B: $2,300). He doesn’t hit the ball often, but when he does it goes a long way. To wit, he has only 42 hits in 185 ABs on the season but 10 of them have left the yard. Boom goes the dynamite. Most importantly, he just looks like a slugger, which is to say…thicc. The price is right so take a gamble. You either bet big or you go home, you gotta risk it to get the biscuit.
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Matthew Boyd, SP: $10,500 – I’ve been all in on Boyd this season and couldn’t wait to recommend him today until I saw his price tag. Wowza! He should be able to dominate the Royals which makes him a solid pick, but paying up for him means you’ll have to cut costs somewhere else.
David Price, SP: $9,800 – He’s really come on strong his last few starts and his ERA is pristine. Shockingly, the Rangers actually lead the Sox in the Wild Card standings at the moment, but this is still a match up in which Price can thrive.
Jack Flaherty, SP: $7,900 – Value alert! I’m a fan of his 73 Ks in 68 innings. The zero he put up in that department last time out was an anomaly and he should be much better on the mound today. He’s got the tools to be so much more.
Michael Pineda, SP: $7,000 – I defer to the bot here and Pineda could be your pick if you want to keep your budget to spend big on bats. He’ll give you solid Ks and he doesn’t face a terrible matchup.
Freddie Freeman, 1B: $4,400 – He just made the Top 10 boys and girls. He’s crushing it right now, so fire him up. He’s well on his way to surpassing last season’s home run numbers and it appears he’s just heating up. Don’t be the one to forget about how good he is when you’re putting together your lineup.
Ryan McMahon, 2B: $3,300 – Honestly, it’s kind of a crapshoot when it comes to Rockies prospects and there’s a solid chance Brendan Rodgers ($3,000) will get the start. The robot likes both of them and the keystone is a bit of a wasteland this season so take a gamble on one if you’re feeling lucky.
Dee Gordon, 2B: $2,600 – Fresh of the IL. Wrist injuries can sap power, but that’s not really Gordon’s game. You’re picking him for his spot atop the lineup and that tantalizing speed.
Rafael Devers, 3B: $3,800 – Before screeching to a halt he was really cooking with gas. No biggie, all players go through ups and downs during the season and Devers could break out again at any moment. He finds himself with a favorable matchup and a strong projection.
Vladimir Guerrero, 3B: $3,000 – This is highway robbery folks. He’s one of the day’s top options based on the robot’s projection but comes with a rather reasonable price. He’s a slugger in a hitter friendly park. Yes please.
Xander Bogaerts, SS: $4,100 – Xander has been having himself one hell of a season. Peep these stats from the last month-ish: 32 runs, 8 HRs, 25 RBI, and 2 SBs. On the season he’s crossed the plate 51 times, good for fourth in the league. That plays.
Jonathan Villar, SS: $3,200 – Power, speed, a hitter’s park, and a spot in the order to take advantage of it all. Oh, and a favorable projection. So yeah, he’s got what we need.
Cody Bellinger, OF: $4,600 – He’s not showing any signs of stopping so fire him up and enjoy the ride. Honestly, his performance has been insane so far. He’s been one of the best fantasy options day in and day out. Who cares what his price tag is, he’s well worth it.
Wil Myers, OF: $3,600 – Really? Wil Myers? He’s batting near .200 and even worse this month. Well, I just can’t quit him. At least this time I’ve got the bot on my side. Plus he’s teeing off in Coors which is always good for a slugger. Swing for the fences, you gotta bet big to win big.
Bryan Reynolds, OF: $3,100 – Just look at him go. He may not have the most potent offense surrounding him but he has a good spot in the lineup and he’s batting almost .350. I don’t care how bad the rest of the team is, an average like that gets my attention. Sprinkle in some power and that price and we’ve got ourselves a very enticing player. He took a seat on the bench yesterday which should leave him rested and ready to roll today.
Jarrod Dyson, OF: $2,900 – The outfield is often a good place to find value and today is no exception. Despite his price tag the bot rates him as a top 15 option. You could certainly do worse than trusting the all knowing machine and using your savings to go big somewhere else.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
It may be getting in to summer but we still have to contend with some wet weather. I’m no meteorologist but we could have three games impacted (Jays v Os, Cards v Mets, Rangers v Sox) Now before you start to panic because several of those players are in today’s edition, the rain in New York and Boston is projected to either be light or taper off come game time. More troubling is Baltimore. The weather should lighten once the game starts but is expected to be heavy prior to game time which could impact the playing surface. That said I’m still a fan of the Jays mentioned because they each only need one swing to make a difference.
Doing Lines In Vegas
I was all set to gloss over the line for the Coors game because we all expect it to be high, but then I saw that it sits at 12. All the hitters are in play and then some. The lines on Mariners/Twins and Yankees/White Sox are not quite as high, but still favor the offense. The line on Cards/Mets indicates that you should avoid the bats.