Period 4, Week 3 takes place on Friday night to make up for the All Star Week. Here’s a few picks as the Touts chase the next three Golden Tickets into the Championship round.
Anthony Aniano (Rotoballer, @AAnianoFantasy)
Pitcher: Robbie Ray – For $7,900 you have a pitcher who is striking out almost 31% of the batters he faces and St. Louis strikes out over 8 times per game while ranking 22nd in runs per game. Ray is averaging 18.7 fantasy points per start.
Hitter: Nick Castellanos – Castellanos is hitting .360 since June 15 with a wRC+ of 162 in over that same time period. His cost is only $4100 and he faces Danny Duffy and his 4.28 ERA and 1.43 HR/9
Todd Zola (Mastersball, @toddzola)
Pitcher: Danny Duffy – I lost a bet and am forced to play Duffy. Or, I’m going dirt cheap pitching, all out hitting and am playing matchups against a cruddy Tigers unit
Hitter: Buster Posey – Feels like a trap with such a low cost, but he’s batting second in a great park against a middling arm. Loading up elsewhere so what the hey.
Jeff Boggis (Fantasy Football Empire, @JeffBoggis)
Pitcher: Gerrit Cole – At $11,500 he better produce tonight. Yes there are cheaper options available, but I am building my lineup tonight around the best available starting pitcher. No other options tonight really stand out like Gerrit Cole.
Hitter: Christian Yelich – In my recent Tout article, I wrote about Christian Yelich being my 1st half MVP. I am rostering him tonight for his push as my 2nd half MVP.
Gene McCaffrey (The Athletic, @WiseGuyGene)
Pitcher: Dallas Keuchel – I’ll be happy with 15 points. So many good big bats tonight and they’re mostly not cheap. For my #2 SP, I can’t decide between Robbie Ray (K’s but on the road) and Dylan Bundy (home, but he’s Dylan Bundy).
Hitter: MIke Moustakas – Best HR bet on my board.
Phil Hertz (BaseballHQ, @prhz50)
Pitcher: Danny Duffy – Not thrilled with Duffy, but the price and his opponent sold me.
Hitter: Whit Merrifield – He’s been doing well and gets a starter coming off the IL.
Charlie Wiegert (CDM Sports, @GFFantasySports)
Pitcher: Danny Duffy – I went cheap on pitching. Duffy should gets 6-9 k’s and hopefully a win
Hitter: Paul Goldschmidt – Hoping the power surge before the break continues tonight at home against his former team. take Ray deep Goldie!