It is a busy weekend in baseball, with the Red Sox and Yankees facing off while Atlanta and St. Louis lock horns and the Rockies and Dodgers dueling as well. There are also a lot of big arms taking the ball tonight, leaving DFS players with more than a few tough choices. So, who should be in your lineups today?
Justin Verlander @ Tampa Bay Rays ($13,400)
Verlander is expensive, but he isn't the most expensive pitcher today. That honor belongs to Jacob deGrom ($13,600), the difference isn't much, but it is nice when Verlander is averaging 2.4 points per game more.
The Astros ace has played the Rays once before this year, it was a 6.2-inning no decision in which he struck out 10 and allowed just seven base runners and one run. That was good enough for 28.8 points. Add a win to that tally and he is more than worth the price today.
Carlos Rodon @ Texas Rangers ($7,700)
Rodon hasn't been great this year, with a 3.70 ERA and 19 strikeouts in just four starts, but he has a solid history, and the Rangers are very hit and miss as a lineup. While they rank 11th in runs scored, they are 25th in batting average and 18th in slugging. Rodon has a 19.8-point start under his belt in his last outing against Oakland and they are a similarly high-scoring, low-average team to Texas. It is always a risk, but I like this one.
German Marquez @ Los Angeles Dodgers ($5,900)
Talking of risks, here is a big one. Marquez's 5.53 ERA and 1.55 WHIP are not pretty, but his numbers on the road are far, far better. In seven road starts he has a 3.07 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP, and a slash line against of .214/.282/.370. That's brilliant! While he is averaging just 12.1 fantasy points per game, his road average is 19.9 in his last four. At such a low price this could be a serious money-making choice.
Alex Bregman @ Tampa Bay Rays ($5,400)
Bregman has four homers in his last five games, along with 11 RBI, five doubles, and a six walks in his last 10 games, this is a red-hot hitter. Don't be afraid by the price and the lack of a big name, Bregman is the man right now.
Cesar Hernandez Vs. Washington Nationals ($4,700)
Hernandez is another guy that isn't a big name but is playing like a star. He has 13 hits in his last 10 games, together with a pair of steals, a homer, and nine runs, the Phillies second baseman is averaging 10 points per game in his last 10, as the seventh-most expensive second baseman that is pretty good.
Jason Heyward Vs. Minnesota Twins ($3,600)
Heyward is in fine form right now. He isn't hitting for much power, with just five homers on the year, but he has 14 hits and five doubles in his last 10 games. That's a 9.3 point average, which is great at this price.