Rounding the Bases: June 27

Welcome to Rounding the Bases for Tuesday, Junes 27th , 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.=

Friday was unquestionably an interesting night, as we had Tommy Joseph go deep and Corey Dickerson have a very good game. On the opposite side, we had both Travis Shaw and Carlos Gomez in favorable matchups fizzle out completely. I’ll take the good with the bad and move on. Home Runs called this season: 10/22. With that said, here are my favorites today.

 

Ender Inciarte – ATL – $8,000

SINGLE: I’m sure we’ll see some rumblings today about Jhoulys Chacin being a worthwhile punt option against the Braves tonight, but I just don’t want to accept it. I’d much rather play the other side of the coin and grab some exposure to Braves bats. Though Chacin might have a low fly ball rate, it has been climbing this year against left-handed bats. The numbers show a guy who could certainly struggle against Inciarte and the other lefties of the Braves. On the year, he’s allowing a .390 wOBA and 37.4% hard contact rate.

Even though Inciarte’s early season power surge has dried up, I think he could still be a good bet for a nice game tonight. I’m expecting him to get on base and cross the plate. He makes a great option in all formats.

 

Buster Posey – SFG – $7,600

DOUBLE: You don’t have to use a catcher on FantasyDraft, which makes using one a strong game theory play on most nights. Sure, you’ll get ownership on Gary Sanchez because of what he’s doing, but we don’t see a ton of Posey. Tonight, he gets an excellent matchup against a now struggling Jeff Hoffman. This guy came out of the gates swinging, but has looked poor in his last two outings.

On the year, he’s allowing a 43.8% fly ball rate and 40.8% hard contact rate to righties. The Giants don’t have a lot of them, but Posey stands out to be sure. He’s having another quality year at the plate, and with his price where it’s at, I love the upside he brings to the table tonight.

 

Justin Bour – MIA – $7,200

TRIPLE: This year has not been good for Robert Gsellman. He’s been hit around a lot, though his stats in some spots don’t really jump out at you. However, he is allowing a .361 wOBA and 37.1% hard contact rate against lefties.

The Marlins are one of my favorite teams to use when they are in a spot like this, because they can just throw runs on the board. A lot of their damage is done through singles and doubles, but I can live with that. Those points will add up over the innings, and you can still make it out with a great score. Bour should have no problem heading off Gsellman tonight, and his price is great to boot. He’s one of my favorite tournament options.

 

Khris Davis – OAK – $8,000

LONG BALL: Mike Fiers is one of my favorites to go after when he’s on the mound. He just hasn’t been great against righties so far this year. So far, he’s allowing a .374 wOBA, 37.4% fly ball rate and 32% hard contact. He’s also giving up the long ball.

That is why Khris Davis is here: he hits the long ball. One look at his season statistics tell you all you need to know. He doesn’t hit for average, but he does hit the ball hard. He’s not a guy I can consider in cash games, but he’s an excellent tournament option on a night like tonight. Look for Khris to Krush once again 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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