All thirty teams are in action on this Friday with all fifteen of the games starting 7:05 ET or later. Weather does not appear to be a factor in any games, as any places with a chance of rain are at fields with roofs. Most of the pitchers in action today are pretty expensive so its not too easy to find very cheap starting options for todays’ game.
Alex Wood vs Phillies (FD: 8,200 DK: 8,800)
Wood has been solid this season but has really yet to have that big game from a fantasy standpoint that everyone has been expecting from him. Today he faces the Phillies and looks to return to his career numbers of over eight K/9. The Phillies’ offense — I feel like I type this everyday — is terrible and should constantly be picked on by fantasy owners.
Carlos Martinez vs Brewers (FD: 8,200 DK: 7,200)
Like I stated above with the Phillies, the Brewers’ offense is terrible as well. Martinez has been great thus far this season in his transition from the bullpen to the starting rotation. He looks to continue his hot start against easily the worst offense in baseball thus far. Chances are good that the success will continue today and that makes him a great daily option.
Josh Harrison vs Diamondbacks (FD: 3,000 DK: 4,300)
Harrison has not been living up to his breakout 2014 season to this point, hitting only .217 thus far. However, there are signs that his numbers from last season are sustainable and he will return to the near .300 range. His LD% is actually slightly higher than it was in 2014 and his ISO is just below the number he posted last season. D-Backs’ starter Josh Collmenter is a very average pitcher and after a solid day yesterday Harrison will make it two good games in a row.
Jimmy Paredes vs Red Sox (FD: 3,000 DK: 2,000)
Paredes returned from injury earlier this week and in the five games he has played since returning he has gotten a hit in four of them. Paredes provides and intriguing blend of power a speed, evidenced by his performance Wednesday when he hit a homer and stole a base. Rick Porcello is a pretty good MLB starter but Paredes is a member of a potent lineup and that makes him a solid cheap option.
Carlos Gonzalez vs Giants (FD: 3,500 DK: 4,700)
Gonzalez has been pretty terrible this season hitting below .200, but this could be due to his extremely low BABIP, which is also below .200 and shows the poor luck he has been having at the plate. Chris Heston has had a great start thus far for the Giants but I think he will struggle today against a great Rockies order and Gonzalez will find himself right in the middle of that big day.
David Freese vs Rangers (FD: 3,300 DK: 3,500)
Freese has been on and off all season but today he faces a left-hander in Rangers’ starter Wandy Rodriguez. Freese has mashed lefties in his career, hitting over .300 against them. The Angels have an above-average lineup and Freese tends to hit near the middle of that order. I like his chances of having a big game against the left-handed starter.
Red Sox vs Orioles
Miguel Gonzalez is starting for the Orioles and he is an average starting pitcher. The Red Sox offense has been the key to their team thus far and should continue to have success in today’s game. A Red Sox stack could be rather pricey but they have a few solid decently priced options like Pablo Sandoval, Xander Bogaerts, and Mike Napoli.
Nationals vs Marlins
Mat Latos has had a very poor start to his season and the Nationals have been struggling a bit offensively. I think today is going to be a big day for their offense as they will take advantage of Latos and his contact prone pitching style. Denard Span. Jayson Werth, Yunel Escobar, and even Danny Espinosa if he starts could be solid options at a cheap price if you want to stack this lineup.