For those unfamiliar with my article, I will be listing my three favorite players at each position – two of my favorite higher-priced guys and my favorite “value” play, which will be denoted with a star “*”. As it relates to that value play, I am using Fanduel players priced around $3000 on that site as a gauge, but the plays can be applied to both sites. Please note that these are not the only plays I like, but I can’t list everyone and truly try to narrow down the field as much as possible. Use these plays along with your own resesrch! The format for this article is not set in stone so if there is something you want to see or would like me to consider changing, please let me know. After all, this site is for YOU! Let’s dive in!
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A star (*) denotes the “value” or lower tier play at each position.
Notes: So, JV is on the slate tonight and looks like he checks all the boxes – “revenge” against former team, Tigers awful to righties, etc. However, there is one small problem…his price. Don’t get me wrong, JV is a wonderful play but he is very cost prohibitive on a night where we will probably have to eat expensive Astros chalk. He may be fairly chalky as people look to what Sale did last night (17 Ks) and don’t want to be on the wrong side of a performance like that again. Will he pay off? I feel a tad better about that prospect on DK than FD. Here’s why I think he MIGHT not pay off. He has some pretty crazy reverse splits this season (“worse” to lefties, and I use that term loosely because he’s been great) where he is on;y striking out 21% of righties compared to over 30% to lefties and Detroit is rolling out a boat load of righties tonight. 8 of them to be exact. Granted, they’re not very good righties, but still, they’re JV’s weak spot. Again, I am not saying he is going to bust or be bad, I am just questioning whether he gives us $12k or $11k worth of production. If it makes you feel any better, Sale was not in the $100k winning lineup last night and he put up 70 FDP. Beeks is a really interesting play, particularly on FD where he is minimum priced at $5500. I might be more likely to play him there than DK. Please just make sure he is still expected to come in after Stanek.
* value: Gurriel
Notes: This is a spot where I expect most to pay down, probably to someone like Gurriel or Choi so paying up for a Hoskins or Freeman will actually be a contrarian build in tourneys. Hoskins gets Gio Gonzalez at home tonight and for the year, Hoskins is holding a .404 wOBA and .281 ISO to lefties.
Notes: Lowe and the Rays may be one of my favorite stacks of the night against a pitiful Urena and an atrocious Marlins bullpen. Lowe is batting cleanup tonight and is sporting a great .389 wOBA and .279 ISO to righties. I am also seeing some Urena love out there as SP2 on DK so perhaps these Rays go a little under the radar. A guy can hope, right?!
*None in this range
Outfield (4 for good measure):
Other positional value below 3K: Choi, Guzman, Reynolds, Odor, Hiura, S Rodriguez, Lopez, Difo, Robles, Desmond, Mazara, Reddick
Top Team Stacks (both sites):
Hou (Correa/Bregman/Springer/Chirinos) – Marisnick/Diaz for value
Tampa (Pham/Meadows/Lowe) – Choi for value
Boom-or-Bust Under The Radar Stack(s):
As always, remember to make sure these players are indeed in the lineup and that weather is okay. Don’t forget that baseball is by far the highest variance sport but by truly digging in to the numbers and turning over every stone, we can mitigate that variance. Please follow Top Flight Fantasy Sports on Twitter and Facebook if you haven’t already and good luck!