Rounding the Bases: June 20

Welcome to Rounding the Bases for Tuesday, Junes 20th , 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.

Tuesday was bitter sweet. No home runs to report, but we did have solid games from Inciarte and Cano, but Machado and Blackmon certainly left a lot to be desired. Home Runs called this season: 9/20. With that said, here are my favorites today.

Robbie Grossman – MIN – $6,800

SINGLE: The Twins are going to do battle with the Chicago White Sox and Derek Holland tonight. To start the year, Holland had been really solid, until suddenly taking a turn for the worst. Since then, he has allowed a horrible 44.1% fly ball rate and 42.1% hard contact rate against righties. Those are very bad numbers.

While we could easily put Miguel Sano or Brian Dozier in this breakdown, I’d rather look at a guy who is cheaper and will certainly be lesser known. Grossman has some power to him, so it wouldn’t be shocking to see him take one deep, but I’m mostly banking on him having another solid night.

Matt Adams– ATL – $8,000

DOUBLE: One thing that DFS players just don’t like to do is play the lefty on lefty matchup. It’s not as frequent on right vs. righty, but players just seem to want to avoid it. I don’t believe in that, especially when the opposing pitcher is Matt Moore. Against lefties on the year, Moore is providing us with laughable lineups: .499 wOBA, 38.5% fly ball rate and 50.8% hard contact. That’s really bad.

Matt Adams is one of my favorite power hitters, and he’s gotten a great opportunity with the injury to Freddie Freeman. The price is fair and the upside is really there, so I don’t mind using him in tournaments tonight.

Steven Souza Jr. – TB – $8,100

TRIPLE: Admittedly, Souza is a guy I just can’t see to get right. Every time I play him, it’s in an ideal matchup, and he ends up with a stat line that is unimpressive.

Tonight, he’ll be taking on Amir Garrett, who can certainly end up being a guy that gets lit up rather easily.

He’s allowed a 40.3% fly ball rate with a 42% hard contact rate to righties. That is something that Souza should be able to cash in on tonight.

He’s got all the upside you can want in a tournament play, so he’ll be someone that I have in my lineup quite a bit tonight.

Khris Davis – OAK – $7,800

LONG BALL: Davis is never going to be a guy that is confused with someone who will hit for average. His fantasy value is completely contingent on the long ball. He’ll go up against Francis Martes tonight.

We don’t have a lot of data on Martes this year, but so far, he’s allowed a .489 wOBA, 53.8% fly ball rate and 38.5% hard contact against righties. Those are numbers that Davis can really take a hold of. The upside is obviously there for a big game tonight, and I’m liking him as my top tournament option tonight.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Rounding the Bases. You can find more MLB content over at ReserchFantasy.

Nicholas Volinchak

Nicholas Volinchak

Nick has been playing fantasy sports for almost two decades. Starting off on sites like Sandbox in the mid to late 1990's, his love for all things fantasy became even greater when he found daily fantasy in 2012. Since then, he has expanded into multiple sports and has found a great deal of success in his endeavors. He is always willing to talk fantasy sports, so feel free to reach out to him on Twitter at @researchandwin.

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