Dalton Del Don
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Jay Bruce has never fully lived up to his hype as one of the best prospects in baseball, highlighted by a career-low .654 OPS during his age-27 season last year. He was seemingly only getting worse in 2015, when he owned a .162/.272/.333 line on May 15. Since then, he’s hit .309 with 11 homers, 29 runs scored, 37 RBI and three steals over 220 at bats, a span in which Bruce has been a top-25 fantasy hitter. He’s actually hit better against southpaws (.855 OPS) than RHP (.790) so far this season, and despite the horrendous start, his BB% (11.6) is a career high while his K% (22.4) is a career low, so there appears to be some real progress here. Bruce’s batting average is always going to be a problem, but he’s still just 28 years old, and plenty of upside remains. The Reds better ask for a big return if they are thinking of selling him, and fantasy owners should be buying.
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Jason Hammel, SP, vs. Phi (Nola), $35: His 20.3 K-BB% is the No. 11 best in MLB among all starters, and his 11.0 SwStr% is top-20, ahead of Johnny Cueto and Felix Hernandez. Hammel owns a 2.20 ERA and 0.88 WHIP over 49.0 innings at home this season, and the Cubs are the second-biggest favorites at a massive -210 on the board Sunday, facing a Phillies offense that has an MLB-low .651 OPS against right-handed pitchers this season.
Odrisamer Despaigne, SP, vs. Mia (Latos), $27: This is going ugly, but he does have a 1.18 WHIP at home on the year, and the Padres are (slightly) favored Sunday in a game with an over/under that’s a low seven. He’s the cheapest starter available, tied with one other who’s starting his game in Coors Field as opposed to Petco Park.
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Todd Frazier, 3B, at Col (Rusin), $19: “The Toddfather” is on pace to finish with a .279-102-45-110-17 line this season and has a 1.012 OPS when facing left-handed pitchers. Frazier will be facing southpaw Chris Rusin who’s allowed a 1.57 WHIP against RHB on the year and will be hitting in baseball’s best hitter’s park in Coors Field, so he’s worth paying up for, even if third base is relatively deep.
Chris Young, OF, at Min (Milone), $15: He has a .371/.423/.685 line against southpaws this season, and Tommy Milone has ceded a 1.47 WHIP when facing righties in 2015.
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Troy Tulowitzki, SS, vs. Tex (Perez), $19: Since May 29, he’s hit .366 with 10 homers and 34 RBI over 40 games, when he’s been a top-10 fantasy player. Tulowitzki has hit .397 with a 1.026 OPS against southpaws this season and will be playing in Coors Field on Wednesday. If you’re going to spend money on a position player, it makes a lot of sense to do so on the top player at such a thin popsition at shortstop, especially given that six outfielders are more expensive.
Jake Odorizzi, SP, at PHI (Morgan), $45: He’s coming off a poor start but owns a 2.80 ERA and 1.08 WHIP on the season and will be up against a Phillies offense that has the lowest OPS (.649) in all of baseball. Odorizzi is moderately priced yet the Rays are the second-most favored team on the board Wednesday.
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Jose Fernandez has a 2.37 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP with a 21:1 K:BB ratio over 19.0 innings during his first three starts since returning from Tommy John surgery. He was possibly on his way to becoming the best pitcher in baseball before blowing out his elbow, and this is a 23-year-old whose current 27.4 K-BB% and 15.4 SwStr% would rank third in all of baseball after returning from major surgery if he qualified, behind only Chris Sale and Clayton Kershaw. Fernandez’s average fastball velocity (95.4 mph) is a career high, as is his 2.55 GB/FB ratio (that would rank top-seven in MLB, ahead of Felix Hernandez). This has obviously been a tiny sample (and his last start came against a terrible Phillies offense), but Fernandez should only get better the further he’s removed from surgery. He’ll be limited over the rest of this season, as he was only allowed to throw 70 pitches during his last start, and he plays for a Marlins team that’s scored the fifth-fewest runs in MLB (they recently hit Casey McGehee cleanup), and Miami’s bullpen likely won’t do him any favors either. Still, Fernandez should be viewed as one of the five best pitchers in baseball moving forward. He owns a 1.17 ERA and 0.85 WHIP over 145.2 innings at home during his career. I plan on taking Fernandez in the first round of fantasy drafts in 2016.
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Mike Trout, OF, vs. Bos (Rodriguez), $23: You don’t need me to tell you Trout is the best player in baseball, but he’s posting a .325/.400/.675 line against left-handed pitchers this season, and he’s affordable here if you decide to go with bargains with starting pitching (see below). There are also a lot of aces on the hill Sunday, so taking advantage of an elite hitter like Trout against a southpaw making just his 10 th start of his career (although he’s been solid through his first nine) makes sense.
Ryan Howard, 1B, vs. Mia (Haren), $14: He has 12 homers over 238 at bats versus RHP this season and faces Dan Haren, who’s served up 10 long balls over 48.2 innings against left-handed batters.
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John Jaso, C, at KC (Ventura), $8: He’s reached base in nine of 11 plate appearances since returning this season. Jaso is cheap, hitting leadoff and also one of the safer catcher options since he’s been starting at designated hitter.
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Here are 10 DFS recommendations for Wednesday but be sure to double-check the weather and lineups before first pitch approaches. [Sign up now for Yahoo Sports Daily Fantasy Baseball!]
Gio Gonzalez, SP, vs. Cin (Lorenzen), $45: He’s allowed just 11 base runners and one run over his past two outings, spanning 14.0 innings. Gonzalez sports a 2.44 ERA at home this season, and the Nationals are big favorites (-170) in a game with a low over/under (7.5).
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I mostly stayed away from Zack Greinke in my drafts before the season, worried about him having to receive a “lubricating injection” in his elbow in February. But that’s clearly been to my detriment, as his consecutive scoreless innings streak is now up to 27.2, a span in which he’s posted a 0.65 WHIP. He’s also allowed one run or fewer in 10 of his last 12 starts, yielding more than three in just one of 17 outings this season. Greinke’s LOB% (88.9) is the highest in MLB, so he’s clearly been lucky with runners on base, but no pitcher with a 1.58 ERA won’t have some statistical category that isn’t fortunate compared to league average. And while that will regress, Greinke has otherwise been unlucky with a modest seven wins while pitching so well for a Dodgers team with a 114 wRC+ that ranks second in all of baseball. He sports an 11.0 SwStr% and has been the No. 11 fantasy player over the past two weeks. Greinke has been one of the biggest fantasy steals so far this season.
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Carlos Martinez, SP, vs. SD (Despaigne), $10000 at FanDuel: His control could still use some improvement, but Martinez has a 25.9 K% combined with a 2.20 GB/FB ratio this season. He also sports a 10.4 SwStr%, so he’s become an elite pitcher, thanks mostly to his newfound ability to get left handers out. The Cardinals are one of the most favored teams Saturday (-185), while the Padres’ .668 OPS against RHP has been the fifth worst in all of baseball this season.
Joey Votto, 1B, vs. Mil (Nelson), $3400: He has nine homers over 127 at bats with a .406 OBP and a .504 SLG at home this year. In fact, he has more walks (31) than strikeouts (30) at GAB. Jimmy Nelson has allowed a .308 BAA with a 1.76 WHIP when facing LHB.
Robinson Cano, 2B, at Oak (Graveman), $2700: He’s 7-for-14 with two doubles and a homer over his past three games, so I’m going to continue to go with someone with such a strong track record at such a cheap price.