Welcome back to another edition of DFS advice with Butters. This sprint of a season is in full swing and feels like it will be over all too soon, just as we’re getting a feel for things. So strap in and enjoy the ride.

Shortstop is pretty top heavy today and thins out quickly after that. That leads us to Jonathan Villar (SS: $2,700) if you want to save some cash. Aside from average he’s been posting solid numbers and at this price that’s more than enough. Despite playing what feels like half as many games as the rest of the league he’s flashed his speed from atop the order, he’s tied for the league lead. Even with an ace on the mound, he can still come through for you.

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Aaron Civale, SP: $9,500 – His numbers don’t wow you but he’s been getting the job done so far. This is a matchup to exploit. 

Chris Paddack, SP: $8,100 – He’s looking to bounce back and he’ll get his chance today with an extra day of rest. He can be forgiven for his last turn since it came against the Dodgers and their powerful offense. The Rangers are decidedly less powerful and should get him back on track.

Jesus Luzardo, SP: $7,300 – If he can manage to pitch deeper into the game than his last turn we’ll be in business. You can afford to gamble a bit at this price and he could really pay off. With a surprisingly good offense behind him the run support for a W should be there if he can go the distance.

Travis d’Arnaud, C: $3,200 – Yeah he’s a catcher but he’s generally got a good spot in the middle of the order. Just picked him up in the writers league, so I’d really like him to do well today.

Miguel Sano, 1B: $2,900 – Don’t overlook the Twins bats as they actually have some offense this year. The slash line isn’t pretty but the counting stats have been. The bot gives this one a thumbs up. 

Cavan Biggio, 2B: $3,500 – A top of the order hitter with power and speed is exactly the kind of player you want in your lineup. 

Cesar Hernandez, 2B: $2,700 – One of the lower priced options with some potential is Hernandez. Not eye popping numbers but he won’t tank your team and as long as he’s at the top of the order he should provide some runs with the chance for more.

Justin Turner, 3B: $3,200 – The red beard is having a fine season batting in the middle of one of the top offenses in the Show. Tough to beat that.

Rafael Devers, 3B: $2,900 – The bot is all over this one, rating him as one of the top options at the hot corner. He’s not slashing well right now but has the talent to turn it around.

Dansby Swanson, SS: $3,200 –  Dan the man has been riding a nice hot streak over his last 5 games, batting over .400. He has a great chance to keep it going. 

Mike Yastrzemski, OF: $3,500 – His price has crept up but he’s still worth it. Baby Yaz has been a bright spot for the G-men, slashing .311/.436/.656 with 6 dongs. If that’s not good enough for you then I don’t really know how to help you.

Kyle Tucker, OF: $3,300 – He’s in Coors and the bot says he’s good to go. Throw out the stats and fire him up.

Alex Verdugo, OF: $2,700 – Freed from the logjam in LA, Verdugo has found more playing time in B-Town. If he can stay atop the order, he’ll set himself up for big things. Don’t look now but he seems to be heating up.

I’m Only Happy When It Rains

Crystal ball says chance of rain in Atlanta but it doesn’t look to be too bad.

Doing Lines In Vegas

10s in Baltimore and Atlanta with an 11 in Boston and would you look at that, a 12(!) in Colorado. Woot woot. Get after those bats.