Thursdays always bring a more interesting approach to fantasy baseball since you typically don’t see a full schedule of games. We still do have nine on Thursday, and there aren’t many ace pitchers going. You will want to focus more on your batters for Thursday, and here are the guys that you should be targeting:
Evan Gattis (HOU) $4,200
In the past three games, Evan Gattis has been pretty terrible, collecting no base hits and a total of just two fantasy points. However, things should be different on Thursday as Gattis is projected to be the highest scoring catcher. Gattis takes on Martin Perez, and it pronounces a good match-up as Gattis is batting 5-for-9 against him.
Total so far: $4,200
Jose Abreu (CWS) $3,600
If there is one thing that has gone well for the White Sox in the past five games, it is Jose Abreu. Abreu is batting 9-for-20 in that span, and has scored at least 10 points in four of those games. Abreu should continue to be a bright spot for Chicago, and he won’t cost you much.
Total so far: $7,800
Rougned Odor (TEX) $4,000
Even though the past two games have been tough for Rougned Odor, he isn’t too far detached from an impressive hot streak. Odor is a great value as he is projected to be the fourth highest scoring second baseman of Thursday, and he has had some decent success against Colin McHugh (batting 4-for-13).
Total so far: $11,800
Manny Machado (BAL) $4,500
You might as well get Manny Machado into your lineups before he gets suspended for an extended period of time. Machado is still a good value at $4,500, and he had 25 points in his first two games against the Royals before a bad conclusion to the series. Machado should be able to cool down his temper against the Blue Jays and Marcus Stroman.
Total so far: $16,300
Aledmys Diaz (STL) $4,000
Out of all of the top shortstops that are going on Monday, Aledmys Diaz presents the best value in terms of dollars to projected points. Diaz and the Cardinals will battle the Reds. Diaz has averaged 11 points in his last four games, and his match-up against Brandon Finnegan is a decent one. They have only faced off twice, but Diaz does have a hit in those two meetings.
Total so far: $20,300
Bryce Harper (WAS) $4,800
Bryce Harper was a pick for yesterday’s lineup, and he makes it back in after he scored an average of 12.33 points per game in his series against the White Sox (including 13 on Wednesday). Harper will get one more crack at the White Sox on Thursday as he takes on Miguel Gonzalez. They have faced each other three times, and Harper does have a home run in their face offs.
Total so far: $25,100
Jose Bautista (TOR) $4,400
Jose Bautista is one of those high priced outfielders that you don’t want to put into your lineup until he starts to show that he is heating up. Thankfully, we got that out of Bautista on Wednesday as he scored 12 fantasy points thanks to a pair of doubles. Bautista has faced off against Tyler Wilson of the Orioles three times, and has a double and walk in those meetings.
Total so far: $29,500
Norichika Aoki (SEA) $3,100
We want to save at least some money for pitchers, so we go with the cheap option to round out the batters with Norichika Aoki. Aoki has had two goose eggs in his last four games, but he has also put up eight and nine points. Aoki figures to be in the lineup against righty Josh Tomlin and the Indians. In three meetings with Tomlin, Aoki does have a base hit.
Total so far: $32,600
Gio Gonzalez (WAS) $8,900
The most expensive pitcher of the night on Thursday figures to be the highest scoring, even if he has had his struggles lately. Gonzalez has had three below average games in a row, but he gets to face a slumping White Sox team. If there is a time for Gonzalez to get out of his skid, it will be against a team that is skidding even harder.
Total so far: $41,500
Josh Tomlin (CLE) $8,200
Josh Tomlin is the third most expensive pitcher (we’re skipping Jimmy Nelson here) on Thursday night. Tomlin had an awful outing on May 30 against Texas, but rebounded decently with 19 points. Outside of his awful performance where he scored -3, he has scored an average of 24.33 in the other three of his last four starts.
Grand Total: $49,700