I don’t even know where to begin (in a good way).
Most teams will be rolling out their #4 starting pitcher, creating a hitters’ buffet of fantasy potential. As if that weren’t enough, the first “Coors Field game” of the season will take place this afternoon. As of now, this Rockies-Cubs matchup checks in with a whopping over/under of 10 runs…so target accordingly.
That Colorado (potential) scorefest is part of the afternoon slate, which consists of five games. Then, there’s 10 more games in the evening starting at 7:05 ET. I’ve tried my best to strike a nice combination from both slates, but man, it’s hard to gravitate away from that Mile High matchup.
DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH
Drew Stubbs – OF – COL (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
You may have fully anticipated a Rockies player in this spot, but it isn’t one of the usual suspects. Stubbs is a right-handed platoon specialist, commonly asked to step in against left-handed pitchers. He’ll get his chance tonight against southpaw Travis Wood, who owns an inflated .371 wOBA, 1.15 HR/9, and 42% fly-ball rate vs righties.
Johnny Peralta – SS – STL (FanDuel Price: $2,800)
St. Louis is actually one of the higher (projected) scoring teams of the evening slate, so feel free to target the Cardinal bats. Of that bunch, Peralta checks in as the cheapest option with some decent homerun upside. Cincinnati’s hurler, Jason Marquis, is a contact pitcher who could easily get roughed-up by the Red Birds tonight. The park shift to Great American Ballpark helps Peralta’s cause as well.
DJ LeMahieu – 2B – COL (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
Two out of three isn’t bad, right? I’m not overdoing this Colorado thing? LeMahieu hits in the bottom half of the lineup, but he’ll hold the platoon advantage over Travis Wood, enjoying the bloated splits outlined above.
Wellington Castillo – C – CHC (FanDuel Price: $2,400)
Double-check to see if Castillo is in the lineup, but I’m guessing he’ll get the nod against the lefty, Tyler Matzek, this afternoon. Matzek holds a generous .327 wOBA against right-handed bats, and the Coors Factor will be in full effect. Castillo owns a pleasant .378 wOBA against left-handed tossers.
Mike Olt – 3B – CHC (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
From one value Cub to the other, Olt’s power potential could also be realized with the park boost. He’s a “boom or bust” tournament selection, exemplified by a subpar .280 wOBA against lefties, but an impressive .210 ISO (showcasing power potential).
Jose Ramirez – SS – CLE (FanDuel Price: $2,400)
Ramirez was one of the better punt plays of yesterday’s contests, as he went 2-4 with 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 runs, 1 stolen base while batting 2nd for Cleveland. Over the past three seasons, Alredo Simon has allowed a generous .317 wOBA against lefties, which Ramirez (a switch hitter) and the rest of this lefty-laden Cleveland lineup could exploit.
Khris Davis – OF – MIL (FanDuel Price: $2,600)
Okay, so Davis had three straight great matchups in the opening series, but didn’t make good on any of them. Still, his power potential hasn’t completely vanished, and he has a satisfying home matchup against lefty Jeff Locke (.317 wOBA against righties). The lineup security will always be there for Davis, holding significant RBI potential batting behind Gomez, Lucroy, and Lind.
Delmon Young – OF – BAL (FanDuel Price: $2,600)
Young has fantastic numbers against left-handed pitchers (.335 wOBA), and he’ll have a chance to make good on that split vs Toronto’s Mark Buerhle. However, before you click him into your tournament lineup, double check the weather. As of Friday morning, there’s a 70-90% chance of late afternoon showers in Baltimore.
Xander Bogaerts – SS – BOS (FanDuel Price: $2,800)
Bogaerts came through as a featured bargain pick yesterday, going 3-4 with 3 RBI. I’m thinking about going back to the well once again, considering the subpar pitching of Nathan Eovaldi in a hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium.