So who’s the highest projected scoring offense of tonight’s evening slate? Well, there isn’t really a clear-cut answer to that question, but the Vegas odd-makers are recommending the Blue Jays and Yankees, sitting at a 4.5 team total each.
The Yankees are probably the more economical stack of those two, given that the primary Toronto bats (Donaldson, Bautista, Encarnacion, Tulowitzki) are extremely expensive. From the New York side, they’ll have a decent matchup against rookie left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, who has been up-and-down this entire season. Look towards the right-handed NYY sticks of Alex Rodriguez, Chris Young, and Mark Teixeira to have the most fantasy potential.
DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH
Dee Gordon – 2B – MIA (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
This is a fantastic matchup for Gordon, no matter how you slice it. First off, he’ll enjoy a nice draw against Atlanta pitcher Matt Wisler, who holds a .379 wOBA against left-handed hitters. Secondly, Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski is notoriously bad at limited stolen base attempts, giving Dee a nice opportunity to swipe a couple bags.
Kyle Schwarber – C – CHC (FanDuel Price: $3,300)
The matchup isn’t exactly jaw-dropping, but it’s good enough to target on this limited, five game slate. San Francisco pitcher Chris Heston allows a pretty significant contact rate, along with a .338 wOBA against left-handed hitters. Cue Schwarber and Rizzo as a nice, little 1-2 punch on FanDuel.
Miguel Sano – 3B – MIN (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
Sano broke his mini cold-spell with a 2-4, HR, 3 RBI, 9.5 FP performance last night. He has a pleasant righty/lefty matchup against Mark Buerhle tonight, obviously holding enough power upside to take advantage of the substantial park shift in Toronto. Sano has hit right-handed pitching much better than the opposite in his brief MLB tenure. However, I’m expecting that to normalize moving forward, as Sano was very good against southpaws in the minors.
Also Consider: Kris Bryant – 3B – CHC
Mike Napoli – 1B – BOS (FanDuel Price: $2,600)
Napoli and the Red Sox haven’t been very good fantasy performers as of late, but that could change against the generous pitching of C.C. Sabathia (.391 wOBA vs RHB, 1.66 HR/9 split). All of the Boston right-handed hitters are in play – Hanley Ramirez, Xander Bogaerts, and Mr. Napoli (.389 wOBA, .212 ISO against left-handed tossers).
Gregor Blanco – OF – SF (FanDuel Price: $2,400)
Blanco has filled in admirably for the injured Angel Pagan. That will likely be the case again tonight (be sure to double check), as Blanco will retain the #2 spot in this viable Giants’ offense. He has excellent run scoring potential in that spot, accumulating 5 total trips across the plate in the last two games. Chicago pitcher Jason Hammel holds a .332 wOBA split against lefties, which is nothing to shy away from.
Stephen Vogt – C – OAK (FanDuel Price: $2,200)
Vogt is still extremely cheap, and he settles into a pretty decent matchup against Scott Feldman tonight. Obviously, Kyle Schwarber is the preferred catcher option, but Vogt is a decent fallback, considering that his talent level far exceeds this minimum price point.
Also Consider: Eduardo Nunez – SS – MIN
Chris Young – OF – NYY (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
Young has absolutely blasted left-handed pitching this season, ranking among the top five overall in wOBA vs LHP. He’ll likely hit second again tonight against aforementioned left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, who has struggled with the deep ball throughout this season.
Torii Hunter – OF – MIN (FanDuel Price: $2,900)
Hunter got the night off yesterday, so he should be refreshed and ready to cash in on a nice righty/lefty matchup against Mark Buerhle. Hunter has been “homerun or bust” as of late, without much production in between. That designates him as more of a tournament play, but he does have upside in Toronto’s hitter-friendly ballpark.
Christian Yelich – OF – MIA (FanDuel Price: $2,800)
As mentioned earlier, Atlanta pitcher Matt Wisler holds a .379 wOBA split against left-handed hitters. That earns some consideration for guys like Justin Bour, Derek Dietrich, and Christian Yelich; not to mention Dee Gordon, who profiles as a great pick in all formats. Yelich isn’t necessary a must play due to opportunity cost, but he holds the same multi-hit, multi-stolen base upside as Gordon.
Also Consider: Aaron Hicks – OF – MIN