ReJoyce in a rare opportunity to roster a “cheap” player in salary cap fantasy baseball games and get extreme production.
Matt Joyce – Not a big name on the Rays offense, but he could prove to be their most valued player in daily fantasy baseball games. He has been hitting better of late, as he has a .318 average over the last week with 57% of his hits going for extra bases. The lefty hits right handed pitching very well (.300 average) and has had plenty of success against Anibal Sanchez in his 6 career at bats. He has 3 hits (2 triples and a HR) and is clearing the bases every chance he gets. Joyce isn’t a player you’ll roster most days, but he is worth a spot on your team tonight.
Brandon Phillips – The Reds 2b draws a favorable matchup against Jonathon Niese tonight, a pitcher he has 5 hits in 10 at bats against. BP has left the yard with 2 of those hits, resulting in an impressive 1.20 career slugging percentage against the Mets pitcher. The lefty posted a 6.07 ERA in May, and I believe that is the Niese we see today. Phillips is among the better middle infielders in the game and is a player you want on your daily fantasy baseball roster.
Eric Hosmer – The Royal first basemen is finally displaying some of his limitless potential, and he gets to face a pitcher in Joe Kelly who is making his second career start. Hosmer’s June batting average (.306) and stolen base total (3) are by far his best monthly totals this season, and the power seems to be the next logical statistic to come around. Hosmer has extreme power, and I like his chances for an extra base hit or two against the Cardinals.
Players to avoid:
Philadelphia Phillies – Ricky Romero has had the Phillies number over in his career, and I expect that to continue today. No current Phillie has homered off of the Blue Jays lefty and they are slugging only .308 against Romero. In fact, they only have 4 extra base hits in 78 career at bats against the 27 year old. This is going to be a pitchers duel, one that doesn’t help you at all in hitter only fantasy baseball games.
Adam Dunn – He made the opposite side of this list yesterday thanks to a favorable matchup, but today is a different story. He is batting .167 against Chad Billingsley, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. He has walked or struck out in 14 of 21 plate appearances, both of which aren’t going to add up quickly for your fantasy baseball team.
Bryce Harper – This one is a gut call, as Harper has no prior experience against most pitchers in the MLB. He faces Andy Pettitte today, a veteran pitcher who knows how to best approach a lineup like the Nationals. Pettitte is happy to contributing and isn’t in a position where he has to defend his pride (i.e. Cole Hamels), and he will treat Harper with kid gloves. The book on the Nationals is, “don’t let the kid beat you”, and I think Pettitte stays away from Harper. This may result in poor at bats, maybe even a walk or two, but not enough to contribute in a big way.