Best Bets (Hitters)
The most likely player for a monster game is Robinson Cano ($12,843) who can take advantage of the short RF porch in Yankee Stadium against struggling Houston starter Philip Humber.
Other lefty bats to consider for NYY include Travis Hafner ($9,416) and Brett Gardner ($7,194) who is best known for speed but also has some pop, slugging .462 so far at home.
Live Longshots (Hitters)
In a hitter’s park against another righty, Brandon Belt ($5,801) is a threat to homer again. Rob sees him as “a highly regarded young hitter recovering from a slow start,” so the price is a real bargain.
Remember the name Nolan Arenado. The new Rockies 3B was called up to provide some power, had three hits including his first HR last night, and is going to cost a lot more than $5,923 in the future. Grab him in deeper Roto and H2H leagues too, if he’s still not owned.
Pedro Alvarez ($5,964) strikes out a lot but has big-game potential against a righty in a hitter’s park. Teammate Russell Martin ($6,555) seems to be thriving on a workload that would slow down most catchers; he “deserves” a day off but is worth using if in the lineup.
Jesus Montero ($5,884) has homered in two of his last four; call him another cheap C option.
Players to Avoid
Many of the walking wounded have been mentioned above. Young, Crisp, Stanton and Bourjos are out. In addition, Troy Tulowitzki ($9,096) is day-to-day with a sore shoulder, Shane Victorino ($6,936) has a bad back, Carlos Beltran ($8,602) is not feeling well, Jayson Werth ($6,143) is banged up and Pablo Sandoval ($8,354) tweaked an elbow.
We suggest checking the Rotoworld injury page before submitting your final lineups.