There are a lot of attractive bargain players available today, and it all begins with the pitching. Using a pair of starting pitchers with prime matchups and lower salaries can allow you to frontload your lineup with those big hitters that look so tantalizing on your roster screen.
Of course, exploiting a matchup against Miami has become a consistent recommendation early in the schedule. It does depend on the pitcher, though, as we saw with Dan Haren on Tuesday. The starter has to at least be respectable to have a good chance of being the latest to handcuff the Marlins. Current Miami hitters are batting .314 against Ross Detwiler ($5,100 on DraftKings), but you have to take full advantage of the matchup and not worry about the past numbers there. Detwiler is solid and has no real concerns about his stuff (like Haren) and he is not apparently trending in any overly negative directions (like Haren).
Shelby Miller ($5,000) is looking pretty sharp early in the season, and you have to like him against a very inconsistent and vulnerable Pittsburgh lineup. Pairing Miller with Detwiler can give you some great salary flexibility. You don’t have to spend big on Clayton Kershaw to win on Wednesday.
Here are some other nifty value and somewhat lower-priced performers for Wednesday:
Mark Reynolds (3,800) is 4 for 12 with a double and two home runs against Alfredo Aceves. He is looking to jump on mistakes and should be locked into most lineups.
Will Middlebrooks (3,600) is 2 for 3 with a home run against Justin Masterson. He has been inconsistent, but can bust out to go yard at any time.
Rajai Davis (4,200) is 4 for 5 with a double, a walk and four steals against Jose Quintana. He should serve you well in more than one category.
J.P. Arencibia (3,400) is 2-for-3 against Quintana and should be in your lineup again for more possible pop.
Jeff Keppinger (4,000) is 3 for 9 with two doubles against J.A. Happ.
Franklin Gutierrez (3,300) has doubled and homered in six at-bats against Max Scherzer. He is healthy again and back in action.
Dominic Brown (3,800) is 2 for 4 with a homer against Leake. When he hits ‘em, they go high and far!
Matt Carpenter(3,900) is 4 for 7 with a double against A.J. Burnett.
Donovan Solano (3,100) is 3 for 5 with a double against Ross Detwiler.
Here are some players to consider spending the higher dollars on:
Lance Berkman (4,700) is 5-for-21, with four extra base hits, including two home runs, against Carlos Villanueva.
Matt Wieters (4,500) is 5 for 8 with two home runs against Matt Moore. He is a must-start.
Ryan Howard (4,700) is 6 for 12 with two home runs against Mike Leake. Pay the cash , even though Howard has been struggling for a good chunk of the early going so far.
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