In the Right Price Range

David Price’s velocity is up this season and he will square off against a very beatable Phillies offense at home tonight. Find a way to fit him into lineups. Check out daily fantasy expert Ricky Sanders’ recommended plays to help you fill out your roster for today’s MLB.

Infield:

Miguel Sano, Twins, $9,200 – Miguel Sano found his way into this article against Christian Bergman in their meeting last week and that game was played in arguably the most pitcher-friendly park in the entire American League (Safeco Field). Now, Sano will draw the same incredibly favorable individual matchup, except this time he will be hitting in Target Field which plays extremely power-friendly to RHHs. This season, Bergman has allowed a ridiculous .401 wOBA to righties to go along with a 2.25 HR/9 rate, .305/.379/.577 slash line, 32.4-percent hard hit rate and 47.7-percent hard hit rate. On the other hand, Sano literally hits the ball harder than any other player in the league as evident by his 97.3mph average exit velocity. Hell, Aaron Judge gets all the press for hitting rockets and Sano averages a 1.3mph faster average exit velocity. Oh by the way, Sano has posted a .411 wOBA and .295/.396/.583 slash line against righties this year. This is a match made in heaven so you will not want to miss out on the Sano laser show.

Ryon Healy, Athleitcs, $7,200 – Over the course of the last two weeks, Ryon Healy is absolutely en fuego: .345/.357/.764 slash line, .418 ISO, .463 wOBA and 200 wRC+. Following this productive stretch, Healy still sits below average in terms of wOBA against RHP overall this season (.31) but his 40.0-percent hard hit rate and 44.0-percent fly ball rates are still impressive. In due time, Healy’s numbers should start to reflect his skill level against the handedness, because you cannot keep hitting the ball that hard and still sit with just a .250 AVG and .452 SLG against the handedness. Tonight, Healy will square off against Jose Urena and his substantial reverse splits. Despite holding lefties to a .273 wOBA so far this year, righties have roasted Urena to the tune of a .392 wOBA, 2.25 HR/9 rate, .288/.366/.573 slash line and 35.6-percent fly ball rate. With this game being played in Miami, Healy is going to go virtually overlooked, and yet he is in a fantastic spot to rake and reasonably priced.

Outfield:

Ben Gamel, Mariners, $6,800 – Speaking of a guy who is reasonably priced, Ben Gamel should draw the start in the leadoff spot tonight against gas can Kyle Gibson. To be fair, Gibson looked pretty solid his last time out which actually came in a game against the Twins (but again that game was played in Safeco Field). At home this year, Gibson’s numbers have been absolutely atrocious: 7.25 ERA, .361/.441/.577 slash line, .433 wOBA, 40.0-percent hard hit rate and 1.61 HR/9 rate. If limiting the split to lefties at home, they have slashed .350/.409/.617 off Gibson with a .431 wOBA so clearly they have produced some monstrous numbers. Meanwhile, Gamel has continued to leadoff for the Mariners against RHP despite the return of Mitch Haniger which obviously bodes well for him. Heading into Monday night, Gamel had managed six hits in his last three games and he added two more last night. As if that were not enough, Gamel currently sports a .370 wOBA and .326/.406/.440 slash line versus the handedness. At this price tag, Gamel is a virtual lock.

Joey Rickard, Orioles, $6,300 – Like the aforementioned Gamel, Joey Rickard is listed an absurdly cheap price tag and he is slated to leadoff for his respective team. The Orioles are slated to take on Derek Holland and the White Sox on Tuesday and he is amidst a brutal stretch. Prior to tonight’s start, Holland has allowed a combined 14 earned runs in just 7.0 IP in his last two starts combined. As per usual, RHHs are the ones doing a majority of the damage off him as they have launched all 14 homers Holland has allowed plus they have produced a .272/.359/.544 slash line and .381 wOBA. Of all the Orioles righties, Rickard is going to at least tie for the most at-bats (ABs) against Holland, and opportunity equals the possibility for production in daily fantasy baseball. Rickard has yet to flash his true ability against the handedness this year but this is a great spot for him to break out of his yearlong funk (.291 wOBA).

Pitchers:

Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers, $25,200 – What really is there to say about Clayton Kershaw at this point? Pitching on the road in a hitter-friendly American League park against a difficult team to strike out is not the ideal setup but this is above and beyond the best pitcher in the game. The reason to spend up for Kershaw is because he possesses the highest floor of any pitcher and can either strikeout 10 or finish with a complete game shutout any time he toes the mound. There is not much of a sample size for Kershaw against the Indians which is bad news for Cleveland. Their active hitters are 1-10 in their career off Kershaw, and if they have never seen him, well, he is a difficult pitcher to adjust to. In the first meeting, the advantage goes to the pitcher, and Kershaw is still worth paying up for…especially with all the affordable bats on the slate.

David Price, Red Sox, $19,600 – Last year, David Price’s average fastball velocity diminished all the way down to 92.9mph which was more than 2.5mph below his prime (95.5mph average in 2012). After spending the first few months on the disabled list, Price is back and throwing gas once again as his fastball is averaging 94.3mph in 2017. Other than his cutter, Price’s other pitches have all rated above average according to FanGraphs’ pitch type linear weights and his curveball looks drastically improved. Now, he will be tasked with shutting down a Phillies team that ranks 18th in wOBA against LHP and ranks in the bottom 10 of wRC+, BB rate, AVG, OBP and line drive rate. Even though they will add a designated hitter to their lineup because the game will be played in an American League ballpark, that is par for the course at this point for Price. Expect a dominant outing from the former number one overall pick.

Jacob Faria, Rays, $15,000 – Playing Jacob Faria requires believing in his talent because the matchup against the Blue Jays in Toronto is rather difficult. In Triple-A this year, Faria produced a ridiculous 34.7-percent K rate with a 3.21 FIP and 2.53 xFIP. He looked electric in his first start against the White Sox at home and now will face a bit of a tougher task. The current active members of the Blue Jays cumulatively rank in the bottom 10 of AVG and OBP this year although they have only struck out at a 20.0-percent rates. Since the team has never seen Faria’s array of pitches before, he still can bring the element of surprise especially the first 1-2 times around the order. In my opinion, this is an upper-echelon strikeout pitcher and strikeouts are incredibly important in daily fantasy baseball. If feeling lucky, go ahead and invest in Faria in all formats.

*Stats are accurate as of Monday, June 12

Ricky Sanders

Ricky Sanders

Ricky Sanders is a fantasy sports expert with over 15 years of playing experience. After starting several freelance fantasy sports blogs, Ricky moved up in the fantasy industry when he joined Going9 Baseball. He wrote fantasy baseball content and had a weekly radio spot on the site’s SiriusXM Satellite Radio show. Shortly thereafter, in early 2013, Ricky joined RotoExperts as a three-sport fantasy contributor, eventually becoming one of the site’s lead basketball writers. While writing for RotoExperts, Ricky was introduced to daily fantasy sports and immediately fell in love. With help from some of his mentors, some of the best DFS players in the world, he honed his skills and became the daily fantasy expert he is today. When RotoExperts created a daily-focused website called DailyRoto.com, Ricky was brought on as one of the main contributors. He still makes frequent appearances on the RotoExperts SiriusXM Radio show and on the FNTSY Sports Television Network, talking daily fantasy sports. He also continues to write for a few DFS content sites: RotoCurve and The Fantasy Fix. Ricky is a proud and active member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He has agreed to be a writer and representative for the FantasyDraft brand and serves as an ambassador to the site. He has no more access to the site than the typical user. Don’t hesitate to contact Ricky with questions on Twitter @RSandersDFS.

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