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Alex Gordon- The best player on the first place Royals won a game for the team in dramatic fashion last night, with a grand slam to close the game. Gordon will rarely explode for those performances, but he is a very steady DFS commodity.
Starling Marte- Marte still has a depressed price just about everywhere, but he keeps producing. Last night he did so by going 2 for 5 with 2 runs and a walk.
Ryan Howard- Don’t read to much into it, but Howard played well last night. He went 2 for 4 with a double, 2 RBI and a run scored.
Scott Feldman- On a day with no elite option (sorry Jake Peavy), I am trying to go totally cheap on pitching. There is not a better matchup for a pitcher than the entirely hapless Marlins team and that is who Feldman draws today. I don’t expect him to be in line for a win today, but he is dirt cheap basically everywhere and has a pretty high fantasy floor. If you do decide to go with Feldman, you will have extra money for hitters to give your lineup the upside that Feldman won’t provide.
Paul Maholm- Throw out a starting pitcher against Detroit, what?!? Bear with me. For his career, Prince Fielder is 7-51 against Maholm with no home runs and no doubles. Miguel Cabrera is only 4 for 13 with no home runs and no doubles. Maholm is able neutralize the main threats of the Tigers line up and has been an ace caliber pitcher for the last half of a season. Start him with confidence.
Mike Trout- Finally molding into what everyone expected him to be all offseason. He hasn’t had a game with negative fantasy points since April 12th and has a decent matchup with the erratic Aaron Harang tonight.
Justin Upton- Upton has molded into daily baseball’s equivalent of Lebron James. If you don’t play, you better hope your head to head opponent did the same, of else you are in for a world of hurt. Upton is only 4-13 against Anibal Sanchez, but that does include a homerun, something I have been lead to believe he is pretty good at.
Lance Berkman- The big first basemen is like Trout, in that he hasn’t had a negative game since April 12th. He is seeing the ball exceptionally well, getting on base in his last 7 game. I like his chances against Scott Diamond tonight.
Joe Mauer- We are finally returning to Joe Mauer being the OBP machine that we all know and love and he has a matchup against an untested Justin Grimm tonight at Target Field.
Joey Votto- If you are going to spend on first base tonight, it obviously isn’t going to be with Prince Fielder. Votto is playing with a superhuman level of patience and bat control. He will get on base at least twice tonight against Jordan Zimmerman
Top 5 BvP Plays
(Batter stats versus Probable Pitcher for Opposing Team)
|Yuniesky Betancourt Â R||16||7||1||1||1||3||1||1||0||0||.438||.471||.813||1.283|
|Jimmy Rollins Â S||11||7||1||0||0||2||1||0||1||1||.636||.667||.727||1.394|
|Ronny Cedeno Â R||17||6||1||0||0||2||1||3||0||0||.353||.389||.412||.801|
|Mike Napoli Â R||15||3||0||0||2||5||4||5||0||0||.200||.368||.600||.968|
|Paul Konerko Â R||22||8||1||0||2||9||8||8||0||0||.364||.545||.682||1.227|
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