Rounding the Bases: Aug. 1

Welcome to Rounding the Bases for Tuesday, August 1st, 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. Home Runs called this season: 13 in 25 articles. With that said, here are my favorites today.

Max Kepler – MIN – $6,300

SINGLE: The Twins will move to the west coast to take on the Padres. San Diego will put Jhoulys Chacin on the mound to combat them. On the year, Chacin has given up a .362 wOBA, 32.2% fly ball rate, 17.9 HR/FB ratio and 34.3% hard contact. Those numbers are not good, despite the fact that he plays in one of the most pitcher friendly stadiums in all of baseball.

Kepler is a cheap option, and that could go a long way tonight, considering the fact that there are so many talented pitching options and they will cost you significant budget space.

Kendrys Morales – TOR – $8,700

DOUBLE: For the second straight night, the Blue Jays get a matchup against a pitcher who cannot pitch to left-handed bats. That is because the White Sox will trot Mike Pelfrey out to the mound. Pelfrey is allowing a .376 wOBA, 42.1% fly ball rate, 18.9% HR/FB ratio and 34.7% hard contact to them this year. He had a game against them a few months back that was really solid, but that is not the Mike Pelfrey fantasy players have grown to love.

I would suspect that players will gravitate toward Justin Smoak here, leaving Morales with the same matchup, lower ownership and a great tournament pivot.

Aaron Altherr – PHI – $9,200

TRIPLE: Altherr finds himself in a great matchup tonight against Ricky Nolasco. I actually think Nolasco makes an intriguing tournament option tonight. Or stupid. He could be a stupid tournament option. I am not entirely sold on what direction I am going there yet.

At any rate, you cannot look past how bad he has been against right-handers this year. He is giving up a .378 wOBA, 36% fly ball rate, 25% HR/FB ratio and 40.6% hard contact. It is probable that one of the Phillies will take him deep, and that is where I think Altherr will come in to play. His upside is worth the cost of admission tonight.

Nolan Arenado – COL – $10,500

LONG BALL: Typically, I try to stay away from Coors when I do these articles because it is just like stating the obvious. I am writing this today because Arenado has an elite matchup. Steven Matz was a fairly highly touted prospect a few years back, but we have yet to see the talent materialize This year has been very frustrating for him, as he has allowed a .373 wOBA, 39.1% fly ball rate, 18% HR/FB ratio and 34.1% hard contact.

With the stadium bringing a pretty significant impact to things, Arenado is almost unavoidable in your lineups tonight. There is risk with anyone you roster in DFS, but Arenado sets up very nicely 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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