Starting pitcher: Chris Sale ($13,000) is obviously a strong play versus the A’s, but do we need to pay for him in cash tonight? It’s doable, but remember that even if you go Sale/Wacha, your hitting choices won’t be great … Jacob deGrom ($11,100) always has big K upside, and faces an Angels’ lineup that isn’t very good, but doesn’t whiff too much (20.1 percent vs. RHP) … Jose Quintana ($9,700) matches up with the Mariners, who rank 25th in wOBA vs. LHP (.293). With Segura and Cruz, that’s surprising … Wood is a huge favorite and has racked up big K numbers so far, but the Marlins hit LHP well … With Freeman hurt, we should target the Braves often. Tonight, they’ll face Gio Gonzalez ($8,600) … Luis Severino, Charlie Morton and Taijuan Walker have good K upside in the same price range as Gio, but I feel like I’m naming every starter on the board … Michael Wacha ($7,800) is a solid cash play against the awful Giants, as only one of his six starts has resulted in fewer than 17.3 DK points. This is about as far down as I’d like to go on pitchers.
Catcher: Jonathan Lucroy ($3,700) is settling in as the Rangers’ cleanup hitter, with 11 hits in his last six games. Nice matchup with Norris, too … Salvador Perez ($3,400) faces Hector Santiago, and is as good a power threat as anyone at this position … Did you know that Alex Avila ($3,200) has a 1.151 OPS? He gets one of the worst pitchers on the board in Nick Martinez, too.
First base: Paul Goldschmidt ($5,200) works in or out of the D-backs’ stack … I prefer Jay Bruce to Ryan Zimmerman at $4,600, but only by a little bit … Extreme BvP alert: Chris Davis ($4,600) is eight-for-18 with four homers and 10 walks against Aaron Sanchez … Justin Smoak ($3,800) has four home runs and five double-digit DK games in his last seven, and faces the so-so Chris Tillman … Josh Bell ($3,800) has homered four times in his last six games. I prefer Smoak, slightly … Mike Napoli ($3,600) looks strong vs. Norris … Mitch Moreland ($3,300) vs. Graveman is as low as I’d go, but I’d rather not even go there.
Second base: Jose Altuve ($4,900) is red hot, with 62 DK points in his last three games … Daniel Murphy ($4,700) is in a good spot vs. Dickey in Atlanta … Neil Walker ($3,900) looks terrific vs. Nolasco … Cesar Hernandez ($3,700) hasn’t been hitting much lately, but is still a decent value vs. Trevor Williams … Chris Taylor ($3,700) could lead off for the Dodgers vs. Justin Nicolino … Adam Frazier is mentioned above in the bargain section.
Third base: Lamb vs. Weaver, check! … Anthony Rendon ($4,200) also looks really good vs. Dickey … If you want to reach for a home run, consider Todd Frazier ($3,700) vs. Ariel Miranda. Frazier is starting to hit a little … If T.J. Rivera ($2,800) returns to a top-five slot in the Mets’ order, he’s in play vs. Nolasco.
Shortstop: I wouldn’t spend big here today. The list starts with Jean Segura ($4,100) vs. Quintana … I prefer Zack Cozart ($3,800) to Aledmys Diaz ($3,900) at similar prices, but like both … Elvis Andrus ($3,600) looks great in the two-hole vs. Norris … The value of Kike Hernandez ($2,800) vs. Nicolino depends on his lineup spot. First or fourth would be fine.
Outfield: There are many good options today, giving you plenty of flexibility … Bryce Harper ($5,600) is obviously in play vs. Dickey if you have the cash … So is Mookie Betts ($5,300) … J.D. Martinez ($4,700) has five homers in six games since coming off the DL, and faces Nick Martinez … Michael Conforto ($4,500) is as good as many of the more expensive OFs, and has a great matchup with Nolasco … Severino is homer-prone, and Corey Dickerson ($4,200) hits homers. Makes sense, right? … Nelson Cruz ($4,200) is always an option against a southpaw, even one as good as Quintana … Andrew Benintendi ($3,900) is solid vs. Graveman … Jayson Werth ($3,800) has four double-digit DK games in his last seven … David Peralta ($3,700) has missed some time with a glute injury, and hopes to be back for the matchup with Weaver … Adam Frazier fits here, too … Guillermo Heredia ($2,600) is an option if he bats second vs. Quintana.