Starting pitcher: Cueto looks strong, but Porcello is better… Patrick Corbin ($8,100) and Miguel Gonzalez ($8,000) are playable in cash games. The Pirates have struggled vs. LHP with a .299 wOBA and 22.7 percent K rate … Remember when I wanted to target Dylan Bundy ($7,500) on Thursday? That was against the Red Sox. A matchup with the putrid Royals is much friendlier … Yankee rookie Jordan Montgomery ($7,100) has made five starts without going below 14.1 or above 16.8 DK points … Nobody has higher strikeout upside than Lance McCullers ($9,500), but he’s facing a good lineup in a hitter-friendly ballpark … I’ll pass on Kershaw in Coors, thanks.
Catcher: On the high end, I prefer Gary Sanchez ($4,500) to Yasmani Grandal, mainly due to lineup spot … Evan Gattis ($3,900) looks like a solid play at Yankee Stadium vs. Montgomery … Francisco Cervelli ($3,600) isn’t exciting, but he’s always playable against a lefty … I’d rather not go below Stephen Vogt ($3,500).
First base: As good as Cody Bellinger and Freddie Freeman look, I’d rather go with Eric Thames ($4,800) vs. Harvey … Matt Carpenter ($4,500) vs. Eddie Butler is also a nice option … Jordan Zimmermann’s awfulness makes Albert Pujols ($3,900) intriguing … As noted above, Alonso ($3,800) is the best value here.
Second base: Jose Altuve ($5,100) is always strong vs. LHP … I think Dustin Pedroia ($4,300) and the Red Sox are going to rough up Alex Cobb … Ditto for Jonathan Villar ($4,200) and the Brewers vs. Harvey … Jed Lowrie ($3,400) is the cheaper play, batting in a good lineup slot vs. Cashner. Hopefully he’ll be back in the two-hole instead of fifth, like he was Wednesday.
Third base: Justin Turner ($5,100), expensive at Coors … Jake Lamb ($4,600) is in play vs. the talented but erratic Tyler Glasnow … The only third basemen with more DK ppg than Jedd Gyorko ($4,400) are Miguel Sano, Kris Bryant and Travis Shaw. So, we like Gyorko, but prefer Shaw at $3,900 … Kyle Seager ($4,100) is heating up a bit, and faces Toronto’s hard-to-predict Joe Biagini … Josh Harrison ($3,800) has traditionally hit LHP pretty well (.336 career wOBA), and he has three of his five 2017 homers against them.
Shortstop: $5,500 for Corey Seager? Yikes … Carlos Correa ($4,900) is in play if you don’t believe in Montgomery, but Jean Segura ($4,500 vs. Biagini) is the best option among the expensive guys … Jorge Polanco ($3,700) batted fourth for the Twins on Thursday after a couple of games hitting second … Brandon Crawford ($3,300) came off the DL for the Giants on Thursday, batting cleanup. He’s in a nice spot vs. Scott Feldman.
Outfield: If you want to spend big, Mike Trout ($5,300) is your guy, but Mookie Betts ($5,200) isn’t far behind … Ditto for Joc Pederson ($4,900) if he leads off at Coors … Since I’m not buying Cobb, Andrew Benintendi ($4,600) looks downright cheap … Michael Conforto ($4,300) and Christian Yelich ($4,200) can be building blocks for a non-elite outfield … The Brewers have moved the surging Keon Broxton ($4,000) up in the order … Ben Gamel ($3,800), Kevin Pillar and David Peralta ($3,700) are in the next tier. Gamel is red-hot, but Pillar is the best of this trio … We mentioned Span ($3,400) above, and he’s a pretty cheap play vs. Feldman … Digging deep and cheap can find you Joey Rickard ($2,700) leading off for the O’s against Danny Duffy.