Have you noticed any time I talk down on a pitcher he performs amazing? For instance I made a couple slick remarks about Homer Bailey and Anibal Sanchez, and they pitched gems last night. Maybe I should keep my big mouth shut from now on - highly unlikely. Honestly, I am not a big fan of our options today (yes I complain a lot), but there are a few good options tonight.
All players' prices based on DraftKings values
SP 1 - Dan Haren, Los Angeles Dodgers, $9,500 - Haren takes on the Pittsburgh Pirates tonight, a team that is struggling offensively and that's an understatement. The Pirates are in the lower half in almost all advanced statistics offensively, and Haren has been pretty solid this season. I don't expect a ton of strikeouts but I also don't expect a lot of hits/walks/runs.
SP 2 - Zack Wheeler, New York Mets, $7,200 - Wheeler has had a lot of ups and downs this season. I, for one, thought he would break out and step in to a more prominent role in the rotation - luckily there is still a lot of baseball left to be played. Tonight Wheel squares off against the Phillies in Philadelphia, not exactly a "gimme", but I like Wheelers' upside tonight.
C - Hank Conger, Los Angeles Angels, $3,600 - Conger is a switch hitter and I expect him to be behind the plate tonight against Brandon Maurer (how is he still in the majors?). Conger has a decent bat and I expect the Angels to rock him tonight.
1B - Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles, $5,200 - Poor Brad Peacock has to deal with Davis all night tonight. Davis has been a little off with his timing, but a visit from Peacock should get him back on track. He is my favorite player tonight to hit a dinger.
2B - Daniel Murphy, New York Mets, $4,400 - Murphy is really underappreciated, he was ranked top 50 in roto leagues last season, and people slept on him this year, and he's been solid. Today he is in a nice hitters park in Philly against David Buchanan, a RHP I can't tell you much about - just being honest.
3B - Martin Prado, Arizona Diamondbacks, $3,900- Cingrani heads to the Snake Pit to take on an Arizona team that exploded for 12 runs last night (8 in the first inning). I like Prado tonight since Cingrani struggles against right-handed hitters especially on the road.
SS - Jonathan Villar, Houston Astros, $3,400 - Villar has been kind of crap as of late, but I like his speed potential, and let's face, it there aren't that many great shortstop options tonight unless you want to pay big for Jose Reyes.
OF 1 - Jay Bruce, Cincinnati Reds, $3,700 - This is almost a punt play price for a MVP caliber hitter. Yes, Bruce hasn't done much since returning from the DL, but he is playing in Arizona tonight and has a good shot at having a big night.
OF 2 - Nick Markakis, Baltimore Orioles, $4,000 - Not the sexiest option for outfielders, but he is effective. Markakis is averaging close to 9 fantasy points per game, he bats lead off for a stacked lineup, and he gets Brad Peacock tonight. I don't know about you but I like it.
OF 3 - Hunter Pence, San Francisco Giants, $4,700 - The Giants are scorching hot right now, and Pence is right in the middle of all of it. The Giants head to St. Louis tonight to face the Cardinals, possibly our NLCS preview and it will be a series I will watch closely all weekend.
As always be sure to check the weather in the city your players are playing in. Don't forget to check lineups either, nothing worse than having a rostered player on your squad that isn't in the lineup