Starting pitcher: deGrom is mentioned above … Drew Pomeranz ($7,600) has gotten through five innings in only four of his eight starts, but he faces a Rangers’ lineup that ranks 25th in wOBA vs. LHP and has struck out 24.3 percent of the time against them. It’s probably worth noting that the same Rangers scored four runs last night against a pretty good southpaw in Chris Sale … Robbie Ray ($8,600) is a risk-reward play versus a Brewer team that scores lots of runs while whiffing plenty against lefties. Ray has a ridiculous 65 Ks in 53 innings … Justin Verlander ($9,900), Kenta Maeda ($8,800) and Michael Wacha ($8,200) are the only other usable starters, but as noted above, they’ll face good-hitting teams. If I had to pick one for a tournament, it would be Verlander (but I do have a weird affinity for Wacha).
Catcher: Jonathan Lucroy ($4,100) is 14-for-40 with six RBI in 10 games since moving to the cleanup spot … Yasmani Grandal ($3,800) is the best-hitting catcher on the board, but his matchup with Wacha isn’t great … With Alex Avila nursing a minor hand injury, James McCann ($3,000) will probably start for the Tigers against homer-prone Mike Fiers.
First base: Paul Goldschmidt ($5,500) is the best play here by far, which helps explain his salary … Miguel Cabrera ($4,500) is one of many Tigers to consider vs. Fiers … Mike Napoli ($4,200) against a lefty is always an option; I’d rather have Miggy in this price range, though … Jay Bruce’s return to the lineup could push Lucas Duda ($3,600) down to fifth in the order. He’s still not bad … Matt Carpenter ($3,500) is too cheap vs. Maeda.
Second base: Jonathan Villar ($4,700) over Jose Altuve at the top end due to matchup … Logan Forsythe ($3,600) is an option leading off vs. Wacha … I prefer Ian Kinsler ($3,500) to Neil Walker ($3,400) in the same price range, but both are fine values.
Third base: The logic for Jake Lamb ($5,300) is the same as it is for Goldschmidt … Let’s hope that Hernan Perez ($3,600) bats high in the order vs. Ray … Nick Castellanos ($3,400) batted second on Wednesday; let’s hope he stays there tonight … Gyorko ($3,300) is too cheap vs. Maeda.
Shortstop: Corey Seager’s price ($4,500) is pretty good vs. Wacha … Elvis Andrus ($3,800) hits LHP well for those who don’t roster Pomeranz … Aledmys Diaz ($3,300) has 34 DK points over his last three games.
Outfield: Can you believe that spring part-timer Michael Conforto ($5,100) has a higher salary than Mookie Betts? It’s deserved, too … At $4,600, I prefer J.D. Martinez to Ryan Braun and Andrew Benintendi, but Braun is a close second … Let’s break out of this mini-slump, David Peralta ($4,400) … Keon Broxton ($3,800) is on fire, batting .347 with four homers, four steals, 14 runs and 11 RBI this month. Get him outta the bottom third of the order, Brewers! … Perez fits here, too … If Joc Pederson ($3,300) returns to the lineup following his neck injury, his price looks nice vs. Wacha … As noted above, if Yasmany Tomas (hip flexor) can’t play tonight, Descalso ($2,800) becomes one of the night’s best bargains.