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We’ve got one slate on FantasyDraft tonight – it starts at 7:05pm eastern and covers all 15 games!
Must Play SP: Walker Buehler, LAD ($19,400) at STL
Buehler has been on another level over the last month, striking out 37 batters in 29 1/3 innings with a 2.45 ERA. His dominant 27.6% K-rate gives him a ton of upside in this start against St. Louis. The Cardinals are a below-average lineup against righties with their .314 wOBA, so you should expect a strong outing from Buehler.
Honorable Mention: Max Scherzer, WAS ($26,400) at ATL
Value SP: Zach Eflin, PHI ($13,600) vs MIA
Eflin might not look like an attractive option as a guy with a 4.42 ERA, but I love him with this price and matchup. Most of Eflin’s recent struggles are a result of him getting battered around by tough lineups like the Cubs and Nationals. The Marlins, on the other hand, have just a .290 wOBA versus right-handed pitching, ranking them second-to-last in the league. Eflin should be able to breeze through this lineup, and you can get him for a very cheap price.
Honorable Mention: Robbie Erlin, SD ($9,500) vs TEX
IF Gary Sanchez, NYY ($8,500) vs TOR (RHP Marco Estrada)
Sanchez is pretty much the only catcher you would want to play on FantasyDraft. While he’s had a down season, he’s still got tons of power potential at home in Yankee Stadium, one of the best hitter’s parks in baseball. Estrada has an awful 1.80 HR/9, so Sanchez has great odds at a homer. Even if he doesn’t go deep, Sanchez should still see some RBI opportunities as the Yankees lineup feasts on Estrada and his 5.32 ERA.
Honorable Mention: IF Jose Altuve, HOU ($8,400) vs ARI (Ray)
OF Christin Stewart, DET ($8,100) at CLE (RHP Josh Tomlin)
Stewart has been batting second for the Tigers since being called up from triple-A, where he hit 23 bombs with a 138 wRC+. The 24-year-old has lots of upside against Tomlin, who has an insanely bad 7.74 FIP with just a 13.7% K-rate. Stewart is probably off-the-radar for most fantasy players, so a big night from him could be very valuable.
Honorable Mention: OF Jay Bruce, NYM ($8,400) at BOS (Velasquez)
Value: IF Daniel Murphy, CHC ($7,200) vs CIN (RHP Matt Harvey)
Murphy has gone completely cold for the Cubs, which has resulted in the steep price drop, but I still like him as a buy low. He should be batting first or third for Chicago, either of which is a fantastic spot for production. Matt Harvey is an easy matchup – Murphy and the Cubs should hang some runs up.
Honorable Mention: IF Ian Kinsler, BOS ($7,700) vs NYM (Syndergaard)
Top Stack: White Sox at Orioles (RHP Luis Ortiz)
The White Sox lineup should thrive in an extreme hitter’s park in Baltimore against Luiz Ortiz, who got bombed for three runs in less than an inning in his only major league appearance. Jose Abreu ($8,700), Yoan Moncada ($8,200), and Daniel Palka ($9,400) are among my favorite plays.
Honorable Mention: Yankees vs Blue Jays (Estrada)