Baseball offered up a lot on Wednesday with some pitchers duels (Cubs-Dodgers), long extra inning games (Mets-White Sox), walk offs (Astros-Diamondbacks) and high scoring affairs (Orioles-Red Sox). We now turn our attention to Thursday where things get going early with Giants ace Madison Bumgarner taking on the Braves. Here are the players that you should be targeting for Thursday. Did Bumgarner make the cut?
Welington Castillo (ARZ) $3,200
The past two days have not seen Welington Castillo in the lineup for the Diamondbacks, but that should change on Thursday when they take on lefty Dallas Keuchel and the Astros. Keuchel has been less than stellar this season, while Castillo has batted .300 against lefties with five home runs. Castillo also presents a cheap option while being projected as the highest scoring catcher.
Total so far: $3,200
Chris Davis (BAL) $3,900
It’s no surprise that Baltimore slugger Chris Davis has been struggling in the past week, but he was able to put up 14 points thanks mainly to four walks and three runs against the Red Sox. On Thursday, Davis has a good match-up against righty Rick Porcello of Boston, and Davis is hitting .308 against him in 26 at-bats with three home runs.
Total so far: $7,100
Brian Dozier (MIN) $3,700
So far this season, Brian Dozier is hitting an awful .185 against right handers, but thankfully doesn’t have to face one on Thursday as Matt Moore will pitch for the Rays. Dozier has only seen him four times, but he is batting .318 against lefties so far on the season. While more of his power has come against righties, Dozier should be able to collect enough hits to warrant his low price.
Total so far: $10,800
Kris Bryant (CHC) $4,800
While Kris Bryant hasn’t been the most consistent player this season, he is still prone for some huge games. On Wednesday, Bryant knocked out a home run and the only two Cubs runs against the Dodgers. Theoretically, Bryant should have an even bigger day on Thursday when he takes on lefty newcomer Julio Urias. The two haven’t seen each other on the Major League level, but Bryant should be able to take advantage of the youngster in his second start.
Total so far: $15,600
Carlos Correa (HOU) $3,400
The Astros are heating up (winners of eight in the last nine), as is their always cheap shortstop Carlos Correa. Over the past four games, Correa has scored 18, 12, 9 and 15, which should give you some optimism heading into Thursday. Correa will take on Zack Greinke. Correa has only seen him three times, but since he is so cheap, it’s hard to pass up on him.
Total so far: $19,000
Adam Jones (BAL) $3,400
You don’t have to pay a lot to get Adam Jones on your team for Thursday, and he is always capable of putting up big points. He has only averaged 7.8 in his last five games, but it could be worse considering his price. Jones has done decently against Rick Porcello in his career, batting .265 in 34 at-bats with a home run and six RBIs.
Total so far: $22,400
Mookie Betts (BOS) $5,500
There is no other way to put it, Mookie Betts is on absolute fire right now. You might as well keep riding him until this hot streak dies down, even if he is the most expensive outfielder going on Thursday.
Total so far: $27,900
Nelson Cruz (SEA) $4,600
While you don’t usually want a righty vs. righty match-up for your batters, Nelson Cruz is one of the few good ones to have. He is hitting nearly 20 points higher against righties, and has just as many home runs (five) with 13 more runs batted in. Cruz will face Colin Rea for the first time in his career, and the veteran should be able to come up big against him.
Total so far: $32,500
Kyle Hendricks (CHC) $8,900
Kyle Hendricks pitched a masterpiece of the Cubs his last time out against the Phillies, collecting 35 fantasy points in what should have been a complete game shutout. Hendricks didn’t throw that many pitches, either, showing how effective he could be. As long as the bullpen doesn’t blow it for him like they usually do, Hendricks should be in line for another Cubs win on Thursday.
Total so far: $41,400
Jerad Eickhoff (PHI) $8,600
The victim of Hendricks’ last performance was Jerad Eickhoff, who took the loss while scoring just 13 fantasy points. A lot of people are going to be spending big on Madison Bumgarner since he plays the Braves, but I don’t like the idea of a west coast pitcher going at 9 a.m. Pacific time. Eickhoff is a lower risk option, especially against the Brewers at home.
Grand Total: $50,000