In this age of prospects and chasing the hot new thing we can sometimes forget about the veterans such as Hunter Pence (OF: $4,000)  What a steal he’s been for the Rangers. He’s been so much better than they could have possibly hoped when invited him to camp. Today’s matchup should give him another opportunity to keep doing what he’s been doing all season. I’m still sad he’s no longer a Giant, but it’s great to see him thriving. He’s not a cheap option but the way he’s been playing, he certainly earned it. Best not to overlook him.

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Gerrit Cole, SP: $12,200 – His projected value is seriously insane. Pay up, pay everything and go get him. The Tigers are nowhere near an offensive powerhouse. As long as he’s free of any injury concerns, and it looks like he since he’s listed as the Astros probable starter, he has what it takes to carry your team into the stratosphere. 

Mike Soroka, SP: $9,300 – The young gun has been pretty damn good. A sub 3 ERA will do that. It would be nice to see stronger K numbers but…the bot has him pegged for a K per today. Those numbers will play nicely for ya.

Kenta Maeda, SP: $7,800 –  The Jays aren’t the cake matchup that we’re used to now that they’ve called their top prospects, but that doesn’t make them a powerhouse either. Maeda’s price and the bot’s recommendation make him well worth a look. His K numbers are nice and young guns have a tendency to strike out. 

Pete Alonso, 1B: $4,400 – I couldn’t resist writing about him now that he’s set the NL rookie home run record. The league record is 52 and there’s no time like today for him to get after it. Bombs away. 

Ji-Man Choi, 1B: $3,000 – A righty on the mound is good news for Choi and for us. He’s also in hitter friendly Camden Yards so that’s another plus. The bot says he’ll make it happen.

Ozzie Albies, 2B: $3,300 – The wizard has been doing his thing all season, hitting for average with pop and speed. Those are the ingredients we’re looking for, so get him going and enjoy the ride.

Nick Solak, 2B: $2,400 – We’re rapidly approaching the point in the season when teams call up the next wave of talent. Enter Solak. He made his debut just a couple days ago and what a couple days it’s been. He came out swinging, knocking one out in game two of the double header following that up with another solid performance. He has the versatility to play multiple positions so he’s got more than one path to at bats. 

Evan Longoria, 3B: $3,200 – Seems August has been a good month for hitters as Longo has posted an average over .300. The bot is in on him, which means you should take a look. Getting out of Oracle for the day should help as well.

Elvis Andrus, SS: $3,100 – His game is speed not power, but steals score fantasy points too. August has brought more of the same and the bot is a fan so fire him up.

Tim Anderson, SS: $3,100 – He’s raking in August and I say ride the wave. He’s batting over .400 and scoring runs. Most importantly he’s been piling up fantasy points. Today’s matchup shouldn’t stop him from continuing that run.

Ronald Acuna Jr., OF: $4,400 – As long as he’s not getting pulled for lack of hustle, he’s a great option. Tildady has been nothing short of great on the season so get him going. I think he’s learned his lesson, or at least I hope he has. That makes him one of your best bets.

Austin Meadows, OF: $3,700 – It’s nice to see him start breaking out of his slump and the power surge in August is very encouraging. So take a trip down to the meadow and enjoy the day.

Oscar Mercado, OF: $3,100 – Mercado is a great option if you’re looking to avoid paying top dollar. He’s been hitting bombs and swiping bags. Gotta love the double threat. Just like apparently everyone else he’s been heating up in the month of August. 

I’m Only Happy When It Rains

Unfortunately we do have some potential weather on the horizon. And even more unfortunately it seems to be the worst in Camden. The good news is that the heaviest precipitation isn’t projected to hit until later on in the evening so they may be able to get the game in. The situation is one to keep an eye on as you set your lineups. You would also do well to pay attention to the game in Pittsburgh where the rain should taper off. There’s also weather in the forecast for Citi Field and Busch Stadium but it looks to be light. 

Doing Lines In Vegas

This is fantasy so give me those 10s. Looking at you Texas @ Baltimore and Tampa @ Baltimore. Gotta love those big crooked numbers for fantasy.