It’s Simple Today: Just Load Up On Blue Jays
As a reminder, the focus of the “Going All In” piece each week is finding the high priced DFS players that are worth your time. I’ll give you the best “hand” of five players that make it worthwhile for you to push in your chips (prices used from FantasyAces.com).
Don’t forget about playing for your chance to win $250k in the Fantasy Aces $250k World Baseball Championship live at Angels Stadium.
Jose Fernandez ($7,950) – Whoa. I don’t remember the last time I saw multiple pitchers at or near $8,000. David Price is at an even $8,000, but I will say two things about him: 1) road pitcher, and when it’s a close call for my starter, I lean to someone pitching at home and 2) there is a chance Price gets traded. Now, the chance is slim that Price is dealt before the deadline, but any time a pitcher is in rumors, I’m hesitant to use him. What if the Tigers get a deal they can’t pass on before the game, and Price gets yanked? Just keep that in mind the next few days. As for Fernandez, the Nationals are starting to get pieces back, but they’re still far from 100 percent and have the highest team K% (25.1) over the past 30 days. Fernandez has also been nasty at home for his career with a 1.17 ERA and 168 Ks in 145.2 IP.
Jose Bautista ($5,550) – It’s the Blue Jays. They’re facing Adam Morgan (yea, exactly). Now, Troy Tulowitzki is in the lineup. Those are just some of the reasons the Blue Jays have the highest projected run total (over six) tonight. As for Bautista, he’s home and facing a lefty. He’s hitting .343 with a 203 wRC+ against lefties in Toronto this year. Woo buddy! Stack those Blue Jays (Donaldson, Encarnacion, Tulo, etc.) and start with Joey Bats.
Carlos Gonzalez ($5,650) – I normally hate paying prime value for a player, but CarGo has been on fire. Although, trade warning here too. Over Gonzalez’s last five games, he’s hitting .571 with seven home runs, 10 runs and 15 RBI. That’s insane. Paying up for that kind of production is similar to when Bryce Harper was around $6,000. Yes, it’s tough to swallow, but you’re still getting return value when someone is mashing like this.
Jose Altuve ($5,600) – I really wanted to find you a high priced 1B or 3B but I kept coming back to Encarnacion and Donaldson. So, over to the middle infield and Altuve. Against lefties, Altuve is hitting .348 compared to .280 against righties. In addition, he has a bit more pop against lefties with a 9.7 HR/FB%, which is three percentage points higher than against righties. It’s not huge, but it’s a decent bump for a low-power hitter. Altuve is also having his best month since April, hitting .333 with two homers, 17 runs, 11 RBI and seven SBs.
Russell Martin ($4,950) – I couldn’t help myself; back to Toronto. Martin is just another in the long line of great Blue Jays options tonight. He too hits lefties better: .290/.251 AVG split, .405/.339 wOBA, 160/115 wRC+. He’s also better at home in Rogers Centre… what a shocker. Martin also has two homers, six runs and six RBI in his last five games. Really, just plug in as many Blue Jays as you can afford (and then watch… they’ll get shut out now).