Friday marks the end of the workweek and a lot of interesting pitching match-ups as there are some aces going for some teams while the others are toward the bottom end of the rotation. We also have a lot of new series starting up, creating some good batter-pitcher duels, as well. Here are the guys you should be targeting for your fantasy lineups on Friday:
Stephen Vogt (OAK) $3,400
We didn’t see Stephen Vogt play on Thursday after a few consecutive games of starting. Vogt should be back in the lineup for Friday evening against the Houston Astros, who will be pitching Doug Fister. Vogt has only faced Fister three times with no hits, but he has hit righties pretty well this year, batting .286.
Total so far: $3,400
Edwin Encarnacion (TOR) $3,700
It has been a while since Edwin Encarnacion has put up a dud game, as he has scored at least seven points in each of his last five, with four of those games going for at least nine (which is pretty good at his price). On Friday, Encarnacion will go against lefty David Price, a pitcher he has already seen 44 times. While he is only batting .227, he does have a few home runs and is a candidate for another one on Friday.
Total so far: $7,100
Ben Zobrist (CHC) $4,600
After two games of putting up goose eggs, Ben Zobrist got the day off on Thursday as the Cubs beat the Dodgers. Zobrist will be back in the lineup (most likely) on Friday against Archie Bradley of the Diamondbacks. The time off should be good enough for the veteran to reset as he battles the pitcher that has a 6.11 ERA.
Total so far: $11,700
Nolan Arenado (COL) $3,800
The price listed for Arenado might change on Friday morning, but as he is listed now, he is pretty much a must-play. Arenado has three home runs in his last three games, good for a total of 56 fantasy points in that span. Arenado will bat against Drew Pomeranz, which seems to be a good match-up on paper despite no success in limited head-to-heads.
Total so far: $15,500
Corey Seager (LAD) $3,800
After a big 26 fantasy point game, Corey Seager struggled in the final two games of his series against the Cubs. Seager will have a chance to get back on the right track at home against the Braves and pitcher Julio Teheran. The two have only faced off three times with Seager not collecting a hit, but things should change on Friday for the youngster.
Total so far: $19,300
J.D. Martinez (DET) $3,900
J.D. Martinez has struggled over the past five games, hitting just 3-for-21, but has still managed to average 6.4 fantasy points over that span. Martinez is due for a multi-hit game where racks you up a lot of points, and it seems like it’s not unlikely that it would come against Carlos Rodon. The two have faced off just three times, but Martinez does have a two-run home run in the match-up.
Total so far: $23,200
Jason Heyward (CHC) $3,800
It seems like Jason Heyward is finally starting to find his swing with the Cubs, and he came up big on Thursday. Heyward has now averaged 8.2 fantasy points per game over the last five outings, and will face Archie Bradley on Friday. Heyward is a candidate to go yard again now that he’s found his power, but just be cautious as he only has two at-bats against Bradley (coming earlier this year, though).
Total so far: $27,000
Adam Jones (BAL) $3,400
Adam Jones was one of our picks yesterday, and he came up big with two home runs and a total of 30 fantasy points. Jones now has six hits in the past three games, and guys that are red hot need to stay in your fantasy lineup. Especially when you consider how cheap Jones is for the amount of points he can put up.
Total so far: $31,400
Kenta Maeda (LAD) $9,100
Top end pitchers like Noah Syndergaard and Johnny Cueto are simply too expensive on Friday, so you need to find some cheaper options. The first candidate is Kenta Maeda, who has the benefit of going against the weak Atlanta Braves lineup. Maeda scored 19 points in his last outing against the Mets, even though he only pitched five innings and collected a win. Expect an even better performance on Friday.
Total so far: $40,500
Jordan Zimmermann (DET) $9,300
The other four figure pitcher to watch out for is Jordan Zimmermann, who some thought might not start after dealing with a groin issue. It looks like he’s good to go, and will face the White Sox. It has been a few starts since Zimmermann has done anything extraordinary, but he has been consistent with getting positive performances. Hopefully he can get into the 20’s and higher like he was doing in April.
Grand Total: $49,800