Catcher/First Base, High End Spend
Cody Bellinger, $4,000
Bellinger has had a bit of an odd start. His batting average is over .300 but he hasn’t hit for much power yet. His OPS sits at just .788 and he’s sitting on two home runs. For one of the premier young power hitters, that’s a start that seems backwards. Part of it could be blamed on Bellinger’s lack of fly balls. His percentage is down almost 10 per cent from last year. His hard contact rate is down, but still at 34 per cent. It’s only a matter of time before the baseballs start flying out of the yard and it could happen tonight. Opposing starter Bryan Mitchell does very well at generating ground balls but he’s just not a good pitcher. He also can’t strike out anyone, which helps Bellinger keep the ball in play.
Also Consider – Paul Goldschmidt, $4,300
Matt Olson, $3,300
.333/.333/.333 with 0 HR in 3 at-bats
Olson is in a beautiful spot tonight because he’s ben a little cold and the price has come down to a reasonable level. He’s always going to be a little hit or miss because of the skill set but the power is always going to tantalize fantasy players, like it did last night when he hit a home run. Olson gets to face White Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez tonight, who is giving up a line drive or fly ball 60 percent of the time. He’s also giving up hard contact about a third of the time. For his part, Olson is a balanced hitter so far with FB/GB ratio but he’s smacking the ball. He’s making hard contact over 42 percent of the time and given those ratios, home runs are going to happen. $3,300 is a great price point for Olson this evening.
Also Consider – Yuli Gurriel, $3,400
Wilson Ramos, $2,000
There’s a reasonable chance that Ramos is going to be chalk tonight because he’s coming off a big game against a lefty and now he draws another one at the minimum price point. Matt Moore is on the mound against the Rays tonight and he’s getting mashed so far this year. He’s giving up fly balls and hard contact at a 51.1 and 44.7 rate, respectively. Ramos has started a little sluggishly but might be coming out of it a bit. He’s scored at least six points in four of his last six games. He can certainly help you afford Kluber if that’s the way you go tonight.
Also Consider – Jesus Aguilar, $2,400