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We’ve got three slates on FantasyDraft tonight – the main slate starts at 7:05 pm eastern and covers 14 games, with a turbo slate at 8:05 and a late slate starting at 9:40 pm.
Must Play SP: Rich Hill, LAD ($18,500) vs SD
While his ERA isn’t looking great, Hill’s 3.66 SIERA and dominant 27.3% K-rate show that he can provide you with fantasy points. Hill is poised for a big performance against the Padres, who have just a .300 wOBA against left-handed pitching. The Padres also have the fifth-highest K-rate versus southpaws at 23.7%, so Hill has a ton of strikeout upside. At his Price, Hill should be one of the most cost-effective pitchers tonight.
Honorable Mention: Chris Sale, BOS ($21,400) at CLE
Value SP: CC Sabathia, NYY ($14,500) vs BAL
Sabathia has been up-and-down lately, but I like this spot for him against Baltimore. The Orioles are the second-worst offense in baseball against lefties with their abysmal .286 wOBA. Sabathia is a cheap option who is nearly guaranteed a win with the Yankees lineup taking on Yefry Ramirez.
Honorable Mention: Luis Castillo, CIN ($17,000) at MIA
IF Cesar Hernandez, PHI ($8,000) at ATL (RHP Julio Teheran)
Hernandez will be leading off for the Phillies, so he will get lots of opportunities to produce in an extreme hitter’s park in Atlanta. Julio Teheran has a 4.82 FIP, so the Phillies lineup should be able to get to him and score Hernandez.
Honorable Mention: IF Mike Moustakas, MIL ($8,000) at PIT (Nova)
OF Andrew McCutchen, NYY ($8,000) vs BAL (RHP Yefry Ramirez)
No surprises here with another leadoff man, as McCutchen will maximize his plate appearances atop the order. Cutch gets the benefit of the stacked Yankees lineup behind him, as well as one of the best hitting environments in Yankee Stadium. Yefry Ramirez has an awful 5.50 ERA in 15 career games from this season, and I’d recommend also grabbing some of McCutchen’s teammates if you can afford it.
Honorable Mention: OF Nomar Mazara, TEX ($8,300) vs SEA (Ramirez)
Value: IF Jeff McNeil, NYM ($7,700) at WAS (RHP Joe Ross)
McNeil has been obliterating the ball lately, so it’s surprising that his price isn’t higher tonight. McNeil is batting .375 with a .996 OPS over the last 15 days and is in a nice spot batting second for the Mets. Joe Ross wasn’t bad in his first start, but he walked two and didn’t strike out a batter, so I like McNeil’s odds to stay hot. He’s got just a 10.0% K-rate on the year with a 146 wRC+, making him a great play in cash games for his high floor.
Honorable Mention: IF/OF Dee Gordon, SEA ($7,200) at TEX (Sadzek)
Top Stack: Mariners at Rangers (RHP Connor Sadzek)
The Rangers are using Sadzek as an opener before Ariel Jurado, who has a horrible 7.01 ERA this season. The Mariners lineup should tee off on Rangers pitching in a hitter-friendly park in Texas. Nelson Cruz ($8,900), Jean Segura ($8,400), and Ryon Healy ($7,400) are some of my favorite plays.
Honorable Mention: Yankees vs Orioles (Ramirez)
Troy I think the Mariners versus Rangers with the complete opposite way. Please don’t quit your day job. ) Just kidding.