Third Base, High End Spend
Kris Bryant, $4,200
.800/875/1.600 with 1 HR in 5 at-bats
Bryant just absolutely smokes left-handed pitching and today likely won’t be any different. He has a .405 wOBA in his career and is playing in a launching pad known as Great American Ballpark. Bryant will always be in consideration with a lefty on the mound, especially one with a HR/FB ratio of over 27 percent in his big league career.
Nolan Arenado, $4,100
0 at-bats vs Tyson Ross
There’s likely too many other spots to spend money on tonight but if you want to pay for a third baseman, I’d take my chances here. Arenado gets the ghost of Tyson Ross and has the ability to go off any given night.
Eugenio Suarez, $3,000
.296/.333/.630 with 2 HRs in 27 at-bats
You could do a lot worse than Saurez on the all day or the early only slate. He’s got good success against Jon Lester and there has to be some concern Lester might not be the same pitcher he always was. He didn’t look great on Opening Day. His velocity topped out at 91.9 on his four seamer and he was only able to throw a strike with it 57.6 percent of the time. Suarez should be able to do some damage if Lester isn’t sharper today.
Jose Ramirez, $3,100
.000/.286/.000 with 0 HR in 5 at-bats
This one is really just playing the odds. J-Ram didn’t suddenly forget how to hit completely and he’s gotta be due for a nice game sooner than later. Part of DFS is realizing when a really good hitter is on a cold streak and jump on him while the price is way lower than it normally would be. That’s the exact case for Ramirez tonight. The Cleveland star smashed fastballs last year and Richards threw a four seam 43 percent of the time last year.
Miguel Andujar, $2,100
0 at-bats vs. Chris Archer
This is a rinse and repeat situation from yesterday. The Yanks got rained out, which bumped up Chris Archer. The spot is a little less appealing because of that, but you can just straight punt this spot with a highly regarded prospect if you like. It would help afford Sale in your pitching slot.
Maikel Franco, $2,500(this is the same blurb from yesterday as the Phils got rained out)
.375/.375/1.125 with 2 HRs in 8 at-bats
Given some of the other options, paying down at third base could make some sense. A little batter vs. pitcher special could point you towards Franco against divisional foe Matt Harvey. Franco has hit a homer in 25 percent of his at-bats and even though it’s a small sample size, Harvey doesn’t scare anyone either.