With 14 games to choose from, there is plenty of star power to stock up your fantasy team with. If you need to save salary at a few roster spots to compensate for big spends elsewhere, check out these top options from today’s Bargain Bin.
Michael Wacha – STL vs. SF – $7,800
Wacha has been fairly consistent this season and is in a great matchup against the offensively-challenged Giants’ lineup tonight. He comes into his seventh start of the season 2-1 with a 3.19 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. He was skipped in his last start to get him some extra rest, but there was no injury reported so he should be good to go tonight.
In five of his six starts this year, Wacha has produced at least 16.9 DKFP. He has gone at least six innings in every start but has yet to go a full seven innings. He has added 34 strikeouts in his 36.2 innings, and I think he is the safest sub-$8K pitcher on the mound tonight.
Héctor Santiago – MIN vs. KC – $6,600
The only team in the Major Leagues averaging fewer runs per game than the Giants this season is Kansas City who Santiago will face for the second time this season. He needs a bounce-back start after getting crushed by the Indians in his last outing. He gave up six runs in 2.2 innings and saw his ERA jump from 2.76 to 3.80. He is still 4-2 after taking the loss in that game and has 32 strikeouts in 45 innings.
Santiago held the Royals to just one run over five innings in his first start of the season for 17.1 DKFP. He has produced at least that many DKFP in four of his eight starts. He had been a solid cheap play until his last start, and given this good matchup at home (where he is 3-0, 2.59 ERA), I like Santiago as a cheap flier on the mound.
J.T. Realmuto – C – MIA @ LAD – $3,300
Miami has gotten good numbers from Realmuto all season, and he has posted at least five DKFP in each of his last five starts. Last night, he went 1-4 with a double against the Dodgers bringing his average on the year to .306 with a .785 OPS. He has five doubles, two triples and three homers on the year.
Two of those three home runs have come against left-handed pitchers, and he is 10-25 (.400) against southpaws on the season. His 1.283 OPS vs left-handed pitchers makes him an attractive backstop tonight as the Fish face Alex Wood in their second game in LA.
Tim Beckham – SS – TB vs. NYY – $3,000
Beckham has run hot-and-cold at the plate all season, but lately, he has been heating back up and makes sense as the Rays come home after a good road trip to face their division rivals from New York. Beckham has hit safely in seven of his last nine games going 13-37 (.351) with one home run, eight RBI, two walks and three runs scored. He has multiple hits in three of his last four games.
On the season, Beckham is hitting .279 with a .783 OPS with seven homers and 23 RBI. He and the Rays take on Luis Severino tonight who Beckham is 0-1 against in their only previous meeting.
Bradley Zimmer – OF – CLE @ HOU – $3,400
If you want big upside in your bargain bin selection, check out Indians’ call-up Bradley Zimmer who should get good playing time in the Tribe’s outfield while Abraham Almonte is on the DL. Zimmer struck out in all three of his at-bats in his MLB debut on Tuesday, but he bounced back with a monster 2-4 game Wednesday with a double, home run, two runs scored and two RBI.
Zimmer has a great blend of speed and power, and his skill set gives him a very high ceiling for an option under $3.5K. Cleveland faces Charlie Morton in their series opener in Houston, and look for Zimmer to get his third straight start as the Indians evaluate whether he’s ready to stay in the Majors or needs more time at Triple-A.
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