Carlos Martinez, P, vs. Col (Rusin), $55: Martinez may not seem like a complete steal at this price, but it's an opportunity to add an ace-like arm with a friendly match-up, without paying the Scherzer/Sale premium. He's held opponents to one earned run or less in 10 of his last 12 starts, which is just silly. Martinez is striking out a batter per inning, too. Go get a win, kid.
Lucas Duda, 1B, vs. SD (Cashner), $15: Not sure if you've heard, but he's kinda/sorta hot at the plate. Three homers on Wednesday, a 9,000-foot homer on Tuesday, two on Saturday ... he's hot, Duda. He's also cheap, for a guy on a tear.
Dee Gordon, 2B, vs. Was (Scherzer), $11: Take the post-injury discount, you guys. Gordon returned to Miami with a 2-for-3 performance on Tuesday, raising his season slash to .341/.361/.420. Obviously Scherzer on the other side is a nightmare, but Gordon has actually had some success against Max: 6-for-15, HR, only one K. It's rare we see such a useful player at this price.
Jayson Werth, OF, at Mia (Haren), $10: Another back-from-the-DL bargain. Werth has been a fantasy disaster this year, but he's handled Haren reasonably well in limited career action: 5-for-13, HR. And hey, he's ten fake bucks. If you plan to roll with a top-dollar pitcher pairing, you'll need a player or three at a price like this.
Jon Singleton, 1B, vs. (Shoemaker), $11: He homered on Wednesday in a multi-hit performance, and he's previously taken Shoemaker deep. I'd take him as a low-cost lottery ticket in a larger contest.
Justin Upton, OF, at NYM (Niese), $16: Upton has homered twice in his last two games, so it appears the mega-slump has ended. He's had no issues with Niese in the past (9-for-23, 3 BB), which shouldn't surprise you. Justin is back on the approved list, at an appealing price.
Phil Hughes, P, vs. Sea (Happ), $43: I feel that the recent Hughes surge has gone largely unnoticed. He's 5-0 over his last eight starts, his July ERA is 2.49, and he's given up just one run over his last 14.0 innings. No obvious reason to fear him here, facing a team that ranks at or near the bottom of the A.L. in every hitting stat that matters.
J.J. Hardy, SS, vs. Det (Simon), $13: Hardy homered on Wednesday, extending his hitting streak to 12 games. (We should note that it's a weird streak, with only one multi-hit performance.) Simon has been a mess (7.46 July ERA), so don't fret about the match-up. Take the friendly salary and enjoy.
Russell Martin, C, vs. KC (Duffy), $16: OK, so Russell isn't cheap by catcher standards, and I generally veer away from the vanity backstops. But I also like to pick on Danny Duffy, so Martin is pretty tempting. He's 3-for-6 lifetime against the lefty, as you might expect. This play feels like easy points.
Chase Headley, 3B, at Tex (Gallardo), $16: He's on a serious multi-week binge (.377/.413/.507 this month) and he has a terrific history against Gallardo (8-for-22, HR, 5 BB). You know what to do. Yovani has also allowed 10 earned runs in his last 8.0 innings, so we're catching him at a nice time.