Second Base, High End Spend
Early – I promise to talk about somebody else, but as always, Jose Altuve stands above the rest by a lot.
Whit Merrifield, $3,500
.444/.444/1.000 with 1 HR in 9 at-bats
It’s pretty difficult to pay this much for a player that is hitting as poorly as Merrifield is right now. The matchup does favor him and Norris shouldn’t scare anyone off. I don’t want to pay up to this level, but Merrifield is good against lefties and should go under-owned.
Second base is pretty rough tonight. There’s no real standout at the position and I’ll likely take a cheaper route. If you want to spend up, the best option is Robinson Cano($3,700). He’s hitting for a high average and his hit double digit FanDuel points in three straight. It’s just a matter of time before he leaves the yard but there’s other bats I’m more interested in this evening.
This spot seems like it might be the hardest to fill on the slate. There’s plenty of options in the lower priced tier but none of them scream as a must play. Perhaps you could roll the dice with Jonathan Schoop, but Keuchel is good at keeping balls in the park when he’s on.
Joe Panik, $2,700
.333/.500/.333 with 0 HR in 3 at-bats
Do I like Joe Panik? Not really, but the guy just won’t stop hitting and he’s STILL under $3,000 and helps immensely when playing as many Rockies as possible. Even though Felix Hernandez is listed as a pitching option, Panik is certainly in play. His average and wOBA against righties is solid at .281 and .333 even if they’re also unspectacular.
This range is even grosser than the mid-range. It’s legitimately an issue today.
At least as of this writing, I don’t see a reliable punt option. That could always change, like yesterday when Blue Jays outfielder Curtis Granderson was announced as the leadoff hitter and became almost must-play. Unless something changes tonight, I’ll likely stick with Panik.