Wednesday features a nine-game main slate starting at 7:05 p.m. ET. Let’s go position-by-position and break down everything you’ll need to know to set your lineups.
Editor’s Note: Tonight’s games between TOR/NYY and COL/NYM have been postponed due to inclement weather.
Tyler Glasnow, Tampa Bay Rays vs. Kansas City Royals ($10,500) - The Royals do not strike out a lot (23% K rate vs. right-handed pitching), but that stat includes bad and average right handed pitchers. Glasnow is an elite K artist (36% K rate), and he should not have a hard time fanning Royals and keeping them from scoring (90 wRC+ vs. right-handed pitching). Glasnow’s 97.3 mph fastball ranks as the fifth-best fastball in baseball and the Royals are the sixth-worst team against fastballs.
Other Option: Marcus Stroman ($9,200)
German Marquez, Colorado Rockies vs. New York Mets ($6,700) - Anytime Marquez leaves the thin air of Colorado, he’s in play. Not only does the park swing in his favor, but he’s facing a lineup that looks like it came out of an expansion draft. The Mets have an 84 wRC+, .285 wOBA and a .112 ISO against right-handed pitching this season, and a lot of those stats are boosted up by players now on the IL. Over the last week, the Mets have been the worst offense in baseball (46 wRC+, .226 wOBA, .126 ISO).
Other Option: Chris Paddack ($7,700)
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Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants vs. Arizona Diamondbacks ($4,600) - How does the 34-year-old have nine home runs already? In his prime, he never hit more than 25 home runs in a season. He’s hitting fastballs, sliders, cutters and changeups better than any other season of his career. It’s not his best season against curveballs, but he is still grading out as above average against curves. If he can hit any pitch, then he can hit any pitcher.
Other Option: Carson Kelly ($4,800)
Mike Zunino, Tampa Bay Rays vs. Kansas City Royals ($3,700) - Against right-handed pitching Zunino has a .272 wOBA. Those bad games suppress his salary, so when he faces a lefty, he’s way too cheap. Against left-handed pitching, Zunino has a .525 wOBA, .553 ISO and a 247 wRC+ — basically a cheat code.
Other Option: Tucker Barnhart ($4,300)
Max Muncy, Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Houston Astros ($5,500) - Finally, some of the Dodgers are hitting and Muncy is leading the way. Over the past week, Muncy is the sixth-hottest hitter in baseball (.669 wOBA, .444 ISO). Muncy faces a decent pitcher in Luis Garcia ($9.000) on Wednesday night, but the splits are in Muncy’s favor. Garcia is allowing a .351 wOBA, .266 ISO and 2.1 HR/9 to left-handed batters. Muncy has a .435 wOBA, .280 ISO and a 181 wRC+ against right-handed pitching.
Other Option: Ji-Man Choi ($4,700)
Keston Hiura, Milwaukee Brewers vs. San Diego Padres ($2,700) - His stint in the minors did not last long, but that happens when a player has a .591 wOBA and a .469 ISO. Even before Hiura got sent down, he had some pop in his bat and it doesn’t take much to hit a home run in Milwaukee. The matchup isn’t great, but Chris Paddack ($7,700) has been slightly below average against right-handed batters (.360 wOBA)
Other Option: Josh Bell ($4,400)
Marcus Semien, Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees ($5,300) - The matchup is not ideal, but there is a lot going in Semien’s favor. Yankee Stadium is as home run-friendly as it gets and Domingo German ($9,600) is allowing 1.5 HR/9 despite having solid numbers against right-handed batters. German’s home run problem is a Yankee Stadium problem (five home runs in just over 14 innings pitched). Although German’s other numbers looked good, Semien still looks good in this spot with a .402 wOBA, .277 ISO and a 158 wRC+ vs. right-handed pitching this season.
Other Option: Jake Cronenworth ($5,700)
Gavin Lux, Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Houston Astros ($4,200) - It took a while, but Lux is finally breaking out. Over the past two weeks, Lux has a .449 wOBA and a .273 ISO. Lux, Muncy and a value lefty — Matt Beaty ($2,700) or Yoshi Tsutsugo ($3,100) — make for an affordable mini stack against the aforementioned Garcia.
Other Option: Josh Harrison ($3,500)
Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Indians vs. Detroit Tigers ($5,900) - There is only one high-priced option at third base worth considering, but it’s a pretty good one. Ramirez has .397 wOBA, .371 ISO and a 154 wRC+ against right-handed pitching and Jose Urena is allowing a .356 wOBA to left-handed batters. Ramirez will also enjoy a matchup against one of the worst bullpens in baseball. The Tigers’ relievers have allowed the third-most barrels this season (61).
Jonathan Villar, New York Mets vs. Colorado Rockies ($3,400) - Marquez will be popular, so Villar makes for a great leverage play and it’s not out of the question to roster both. Marquez has allowed a lot of hard contact to left-handed batters (.347 wOBA, 36% hard contact) and Villar has been respectable against right-handed pitching (.324 wOBA, .182 ISO, 109 wRC+). This is purely a GPP play.
Other Option: Austin Riley ($4,000)
Fernando Tatis Jr., San Diego Padres vs. Milwaukee Brewers ($6,500) - Similar to Mike Trout, if DFS players have the money, then plug him in regardless of the matchup. The Brewers’ starter is officially undetermined, but Adam McCalvy of MLB.com is reporting it will be ex-Padre Eric Lauer ($8,100). That seems favorable for Tatis, but that really means more innings from an elite Brewers bullpen. The bullpen matchup is not appealing, but this is Tatis in a hitter’s park and he’s on a heater.
Other Option: Xander Bogaerts ($5,700)
Brandon Crawford, San Francisco Giants vs. Arizona Diamondbacks ($4,400) - His price tag does not make sense. We are over one-quarter of the way into the season and Crawford is carrying a .372 wOBA along with a .287 ISO. Put some respect on this man’s name. Crawford draws a matchup with Merrill Kelly ($7,000) and gets a park upgrade in Arizona. Kelly isn’t the worst pitcher on the slate, but he is allowing 38% hard contact to lefties with a 4.64 xFIP.
Other Option: Josh Rojas ($4,100)
Jesse Winker, Cincinnati Reds vs. Washington Nationals ($5,800) - Before the season, Winker told the media that he wanted to be great. That seemed a little audacious from Winker, but he did hit 12 home runs in 54 games last season. In 39 games this season, Winker has 13 home runs, while his .463 wOBA is the best in baseball and his .329 ISO ranks third. Winker is great.
Other Option: Randy Arozarena ($5,300)
Tyler Naquin, Cincinnati Reds vs. Washington Nationals ($4,300) - Joe Ross ($8,000) has struggled with left-handed batters (.396 wOBA, .216 ISO, 44% hard contact, 2.2 HR/9) and the Reds have some lefties with pop. Against right-handed pitchers, Naquin has a .369 wOBA, .278 ISO, 131 wRC+ and a 49% hard contact rate.
Other Option: Alex Dickerson ($3,000)
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