Second Base, High End Spend
Jonathan Schoop, $3,400
.222/.276/.407 with 1 HR in 27 at-bats
Second base is oddly barren on the top end. Unless it’s just the best matchup humanly possible, I can’t pay $4,200 for DJ LeMahieu. Jose Altuve is always in the conversation but it’s going to be really hard to find that money today. The best other option is Schoop, who’s in Yankee Stadium and could go highly under owned. He doesn’t have the best history there but CC Sabathia had a 17.2 HR/FB rate last year. That’s the kind of thing we’re looking to attack.
In Consideration – Ozzie Albies, $3,600
Of course, he’s got that Coors bump in his price tag. It’s also worth noting that Albies has been far better against lefties so far in his young career. The stats don’t point towards him in a major way but Coors is a place where pitching goes to die.
Scooter Gennett, $2,900
.375/.375/.750 with 1 HR in 8 at-bats
Gennett is hitting well to start off the season but his price still hasn’t risen all that much. It hasn’t helped that the batters in front of him aren’t getting on base at a very high clip yet, which limits his RBI opportunities. The Reds have a solid track record against Bucco starter Trevor Williams and Gennett could be much needed salary relief. For what it’s worth, he smashed in PNC Park last year in 32 at-bats, totaling a 1.160 OPS and a .483 wOBA.
In Consideration – Jonathan Villar, $2,700
Having a hitter the style of Villar is never comfortable because he could easily go 0-4 with three strikeouts regardless of matchup. At least early on, he’s hitting well and he could always steal a base, which is such a boost on FanDuel.
Kike Hernadez, $2,600
.500/.333/1.000 with 0 HR in 2 at-bats
Hernandez is a lefty specialist and should sit in a pretty sweet spot in the order tonight against Derek Holland. The Dodgers utility man has a career mark of an .873 OPS and a .369 wOBA against south paws. Holland carries a low strikeout rate and a very high fly ball rate, including HR/FB. That helps negate the fact of this game being in AT&T Park, which is a pitchers paradise.
In Consideration – Unless someone pops up that is interesting based on the lineup cards, Hernandez is likely as far down as I’d go.