If you’re looking to go big you might as well go as big as you can. J.D. Martinez ($4,000) is one of the robot’s favorite bats on the day. He’s been one of the few bright spots for the Sox offensively. He’s rocking a great average but his power numbers haven’t followed suite so maybe he’s been a disappointment too. Actually the bot loves the entire Sox outfield which means Mookie Betts ($3,900) and Andrew Benintendi ($3,800) are also great plays as well. Don’t write them off just because Boston has, shall we say, not lived up to expectations thus far. All three are great talents and eventually that talent will win out. Mookie is still one of the best players in the game and Beni is a solid across the board contributor. Just Dong is the highlight for today because chicks dig the long ball. (I’m pretty sure everyone digs the long ball) All it takes is one swing of the bat for him to make your day, especially if his outfield buddies can get on base in front of him. Ship yourself on up to Boston and grab these guys while you can.
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Gerrit Cole, SP: $10,600 – It’s surprising to see that Cole carries an ERA over 5 into today’s matchup. While that’s not ideal, I fully expect it come down and you have to love the 44 Ks in 29 innings. He has all the tools to dominate this matchup with the Indians. We could be looking at big numbers here folks.
Marco Gonzalez, SP: $8,500 – Marco is locked in right now and should be able to take full advantage of his date with the Rangers. He also has the benefit of some great support from the Mariners. The K’s aren’t overwhelming but the Rangers have some free swinging potential so those numbers could see a boost.
Rick Porcello, SP: $6,700 – This one feels like a real gamble even though the robot loves him today. The ERA over 8 is rather unsightly as is the K:BB ratio that sits just about 1:1. Based on this he seems like the last guy you would want to fire up today. However, there are some reasons for hope. The bot says so. Also he put together his best start of the year last time out and today he faces a punchless Tigers lineup
Anthony Rizzo, 1B: $3,800 – His last week has been hot for him and he should continue that today. The power should arrive soon and there’s always the potential for some speed as well. His supporting cast gives him the opportunity for RBIs as well as lineup protection.
Mitch Moreland, 1B: $3,300 – Here’s a surprise, Moreland is one of the robot’s top option at first base today. Maybe it’s just the matchup, but this seems like a good opportunity to take a gamble on Boston. Moreland has been looking solid and it’s only a matter of time until it starts to click.
Ozzie Albies, 2B: $3,700 – Follow the yellow brick road to the Emerald City. The Wizard is benefiting from Ender Inciarte being demoted. The Braves lineup packs a punch and Ozzie has taken over as the table setter. That should give him a chance to recapture the form he showed in the first part of last year.
Jose Ramirez, 3B: $3,100 – There’s no other way to put in than Ramirez has been awful to start the season. However, his price has fallen as a result of his performance. However, he’s simply too talented to continue this trend forever. This is a player in his prime years, he didn’t just forget how to play the game.
Michael Chavis, 3B: $2,400 – Meet the newest member of the Red Sox. In an effort to shake things up and right the ship they’ve called up their former top prospect. He’s currently blocked from his natural position of third, but he wasn’t called up to ride the pine. The power potential is so enticing.
Francisco Lindor, SS: $3,800 – He’s back baby! He seems fully recovered from his spring training injury and even slugged a homer in his debut. This is one of the best shortstops in the game, so if he’s healthy you play him. It’s that simple.
Andrelton Simmons, SS: $2,900 – Shortstop is a bit of a fantasy wasteland especially on these shorter slates. Simmons is an interesting option because he’s known for his glove but flashes his skills with the bat. He’s riding a bit of a hot streak
Andrew McCutchen, OF: $3,600 – Funny how he’s the boring option now. Don’t let that blind you to the fact that he’s actually putting together a quality season, and that the Phillies potent lineup gives him the potential for even more. Batting atop said lineup seems to agree with him and makes him a great play.
A.J. Pollock, OF: $3,300 – When healthy, he can be a 5 category stud. The Dodgers as a whole have been money and I have no doubt that Pollock will snap out of his slump any moment now. It would be nice to see some legs and a higher average but at this price, he’s a compelling option.
Jesse Winker, OF: $2,700 – Took him a while to get going, but he’s finally starting to heat up. His average is still decidedly ugly but the power is finally showing itself and he only needs one swing of the bat to return value.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
It’s not yet May and that means April showers in Cincinnati. There’s also a very slight chance of water falling from the sky in Philly too, but I’m not worried about it and other than that it’s smooth sailing
Doing Lines In Vegas
Both Vegas and Hittertron are expecting big things out of the Red Sox this afternoon, so stack accordingly.