Reminder: Always double check the lineup card before rosters lock to make sure that a player you've chosen to roster is playing that day, and check the weather to make sure your players won't get rained out of their game.
The overwhelmingly top play today is Clayton Kershaw at home against an anemic Rockies offense against lefties. The Rockies have the worst wRC+ vs LHP this year at 64, third worst ISO at .114 and the third highest K% at 23.2%. The Dodgers offense, which is the #3 offense vs RHP, faces Jon Gray, a below average RHP, so run support shouldn't be an issue. Kershaw is so expensive ($13,500) that I expect him to be low owned in tournaments.
A lesser priced option can be Scott Kazmir ($9,700) against a Rangers offense that has a bottom third wRC+ vs LHP (87) with a top 10 K% (22.2%). The Astros face Cole Hamels, but they hit LHP well and just got George Springer back recently.
If a fantasy owner wants to load up on high priced hitters, a cheap pitching play that can be considered is Logan Verrett vs the Marlins, who is taking the place of Matt Harvey as the Mets attempt to limit Harvey's innings. The Mets have been beating up on the bottom of the National League and Verrett will probably get good run support against Justin Nicolino, who is a below average LHP. The Marlins have been playing much better lately, but on the year have the worst wRC+ vs RHP at 81 and 2nd worst ISO at .117. They probably will not be getting Giancarlo Stanton back this year, either. Verrett has a shot to go 6-7 innings and get the win without allowing many runs, and he pitches at home in pitcher friendly Citi Field.
SS: Wilmer Flores ($3,200) vs Justin Nicolino
Flores has made adjustments at the plate and is hitting LHP very strongly this year; he's hit them to a 171 wRC+ and .309 ISO. Nicolino is a below average LHP.
2B: Brian Dozier ($3,000) vs Kyle Lobstein
Dozier has hit LHP to a 114 wRC+ and .224 ISO and provides a good source of power against left handed pitching. Lobstein owns a career slash line against RHB of .288/.344/.467.
$2,500 and under
Some options that stick out as good value in an effort to fit Kershaw into a lineup are:
3B- Trevor Plouffe ($2,400) vs Kyle Lobstein
Plouffe has hit LHP to a 112 wRC+ and .192 ISO. Lobstein, as mentioned above, owns a career slash line against RHB of .288/.344/.467.
OF- Andre Ethier ($2,200) vs Jon Gray
Ethier has hit RHP to an elite 148 wRC+ and .207 ISO and faces a below average rookie RHP.
OF- Joc Pederson ($2,300) vs Jon Gray
Pederson has hit much better this month after slumping in July and August and owns a 130 wRC+ and .229 ISO vs RHP on the year.