Welcome to Rounding the Bases for Wednesday, April 19th, 2017. In this article, I will list my four top plays of the day, regardless of pricing. I know that typically content is given in tiered formats to give you options at different levels, and I will try my best, but I’m not going to force myself into that model.
To keep with the theme of baseball, I’ll list four players, from first to home, in increasing order of interest for me tonight. These guys may or may not be usable in all formats. I have become more of a tournament player over the last year, so that is where my mentality is normally at.
Last night’s long ball didn’t get it done, though he had a good game. Adam Jones did send one over the fence as our double, but our long ball percentage has now leveled at 50%. Home Runs for the Long Ball this season: 3/6 With that said, here are my favorites today.
Robbie Grossman – MIN – $7,200
SINGLE: The Twins will be taking on Trevor Bauer tonight who has been, on a whole, awful this year. Will that trend continue? It’s tough to say, but you have to favor the Twins tonight. They have been a pretty good offense through the early part of the season. With so many options, it’s tough for me to believe that Grossman will see much ownership, but he has just as nice of a ceiling as anyone else on the Twins.
If you are looking to target Bauer, and want to differentiate a little bit tonight on FantasyDraft, Grossman is going to be the way to go. Be warned though: there is rain concern here.
Zack Cozart – CIN – $6,900
DOUBLE: On a whole, I think the Reds are going to be a trap tonight. Ubaldo Jiminez is one of the pitchers that gets picked on a lot. I’m not saying he doesn’t deserve it, but I am saying that baseball is a sport with a ton of variance, and the “must play” offenses to start the year fall flat much more often than they actually come through.
I still think Cozart is a guy I want to use in my lineups today. He’s been very good to start the year, and even if I don’t think the whole team will make it, I think I want one piece of the offense. Cozart is really cheap on FantasyDraft, and he should be priced at least a few hundred dollars higher than where he is at now.
Chris Young – BOS – $5,400
TRIPLE: Young hasn’t exactly been the best we’ve seen him over the last several years, but his time will come. In fact, I think tonight is the night it will come together for him.
He’s on this team specifically because of his ability to hit left-handed pitching, and that is exactly what he is going to get tonight in Francisco Liriano. While Liriano can be a pretty solid pitcher, he can also unwind from time to time.
The Red Sox aren’t yet the team they were last year, but I think this is still a more than capable team with several guys who can handle lefties. I think that Young has a good chance of getting his first dong of the year tonight.
Jake Lamb – ARI – $7,600
LONG BALL: Last night, we saw the Diamondbacks score 11 runs. Even though they did, Goldschmidt, our long ball, didn’t go deep. Despite scoring so many runs last night, I imagine on a whole that the team will go under-owned. After all, this is Petco. It’s a pitcher’s park. A pitcher’s park where 11 runs were scored last night.
Lamb is off to a tremendous start to the year and gets a pitcher in Jhoulys Chacin that has struggles with left-handed bats. I love the upside tonight with Lamb, and he’s going to be a guy I have in quite a few of my lineups over at FantasyDraft.
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