Third Base, High End Spend
Anthony Rendon, $3,900
.250/.250/.500 with 1 HR in 12 at-bats
This one is simple as Rendon mashes lefties through his career. His career numbers are quite impressive. He walks just about as much as he strikes out, hits over .300, has an OPS close to .900 and a wOBA over .370. The odds are, that’s going to work in your lineup more often than not. Hitting in front of one of the best hitters in all of baseball(Bryce Harper) certainly doesn’t hurt, either. Rendon is one of my highest non-Yankee priority hitters today.
Josh Donaldson, $4,500
.000/.250/.000 with 0 HR in 4 at-bats
There’s a really good chance that I go right back to Josh Donaldson tonight. Sure, Nolan Arenado is on the slate at home but the Blue Jays third baseman is cheaper by $700. That’s a significant savings and Donaldson still has great numbers against lefties in his career. He was chalky last night and could find himself in the same spot but he went for over 15 FanDuel points. He should get close to that, if not over it.
Brandon Drury, $3,000
0 at-bats vs. Chris Tillman
He’s relatively cheap option as a Yankee bat, he’s facing Tillman, and his position is not that deep. I still might side with Rendon, but Drury should at least be in the discussion. Even on a six game slate, it’s entirely possible that I have four Yanks in my lineup today.
Matt Chapman, $3,800
0 at-bats vs. JC Ramirez
Chapman is in a very similar boat to his teammate, Matt Olson. He’s pricier than we normally look at in this slot, but he’s hitting over .400 to start the season and he’s got a very positive rating against the slider so far this season. In fact, he’s in the top 10 in the entire league this year, even though it is obviously an extremely small sample size. It’s going to be interesting to try and balance all the hitters in good spots this evening.
You could take a stab at Matt Duffy($2,500) if he’s hitting higher up in the order but that may have been just since the Rays drew a lefty on Thursday. Kyle Seager($2,400) has an appealing price but a less than appealing matchup with Jose Berrios. This is exactly why Rendon is a big priority for me at this point.
Adrian Beltre, $2,800
.400/.400/.600 with 0 HR in 5 at-bats
You’ll have to excuse me if this looks eerily similar to yesterday but FanDuel still has Beltre priced pretty low. He eclipsed double digit points yesterday and his price only came up $200. Even though Stroman could pitch very well overall, that doesn’t mean that Beltre couldn’t pay off his paltry salary. He remains too good to be priced so low.