We have some extensions of series from Thursday and some new ones starting up on Friday as you wrap up the work week. The good news is that you don’t have to get on to set your lineups early, because every game is happening at night (7:05 p.m. Eastern or later). Let’s check out the players you should be aiming for on Friday night:
Matt Wieters (BAL) $2,700
We are going to try and save money at some of the non-premium positions on Friday, as there are a ton of star pitchers taking the mound. The first cheap option is going to be Matt Wieters, who will go against Marco Estrada of the Blue Jays. Wieters has faced off against Estrada nine times in his career, and has collected three base hits, making him a solid low-price choice.
Total so far: $2,700
Freddie Freeman (ATL) $3,400
After putting together a couple of stinkers against the Dodgers and Padres, Freeman wrapped up his series against San Diego with 15 and 11 fantasy point performances. Freeman will get a crack at Jason Hammel of the Cubs, which actually has been a tough match-up for batters this season. However, Freeman has dominated Hammel in eight meetings, collecting five hits including two home runs.
Total so far: $6,100
Rougned Odor (TEX) $3,500
As long as he remains cheap, Rougned Odor is always a good option, especially when he’s facing off against righties. Odor had a solid game on Thursday, collecting 14 fantasy points thanks to a home run. Odor should be a tough out again on Friday against Hisashi Iwakuma of Seattle, as Odor is 7-for-18 against him with a home run.
Total so far: $9,600
Kris Bryant (CHC) $4,800
Matt Carpenter would have been the pick here because of a good match-up and a hot streak going, but an injury is likely to sideline him for Friday. Your next best bet is going to be Kris Bryant, who is coming off of a 26 point performance on Wednesday against Philadelphia. Bryant has yet to face Bud Norris, but Norris does carry a 5.28 ERA into the game.
Total so far: $14,400
Addison Russell (CHC) $2,800
We’ll stick with the Cubs left infield here and stay cheap this time as there really aren’t many great shortstop match-ups for Friday for the higher priced guys. Addison Russell hasn’t been doing great as of late, but has taken the last two days off and will hopefully be refreshed. Like Bryant, he has not faced Bud Norris, but you have to like the Cubs’ chances.
Total so far: $17,200
Andrew McCutchen (PIT) $4,200
In terms of fantasy points, Andrew McCutchen has been a bit of a disappointment. He has had a couple of decent games in the past four outings, but nothing that really stands out. McCutchen should get a boost from playing division rival St. Louis, especially against pitcher Michael Wacha. In 22 at-bats, McCutchen is batting .545 with a home run thrown in there.
Total so far: $21,400
Paulo Orlando (KC) $2,400
We’re going super cheap for our next outfielder and trying to throw a hail mary to save up on pitchers. Paulo Orlando scored eight points in back-to-back games before putting up just three on Wednesday against the Orioles. The righty should be in the lineup against Chris Sale, who has looked human as of late. Orlando has faced off against Sale nine times, collecting a pair of hits.
Total so far: $23,800
Odubel Herrera (PHI) $3,000
Lefty Odubel Herrera has been solid in the past few days, putting up an average of 9.25 fantasy points in his past four games despite not even starting in one of them, and three of them coming against the tough Cubs pitchers. Herrera doesn’t have an easy match-up against Stephen Strasburg, but he has made solid contact against him in nine career at-bats.
Total so far: $26,800
Clayton Kershaw (LAD) $13,900
We wanted to go ahead and just get Clayton Kershaw out of the way since you know you want him in your lineup. Kershaw scored “just” 23 fantasy points in his last outing despite not giving up a run against Atlanta in six innings. Kershaw will now take on the Giants, and he is averaging 37.5 fantasy points in his past five starts.
Total so far: $40,700
Ian Kennedy (KC) $9,300
We have just enough money leftover to still obtain a solid pitcher, and it’s Ian Kennedy of the Royals. Kennedy has been very up and down over his past five starts, but is still averaging 13.2 fantasy points. The White Sox bats are cold, and Kennedy should be able to take advantage. It’s his first start against the White Sox this year, but Kennedy does have one in the past that he won handily.
Grand Total: $50,000