Our first full week of baseball sans all-star break is upon us!

And to kick off the week, we have a 12-game slate on tap.

Pitching is OK I guess, but I am not truly in love with a lot of options.

For today (and maybe some other times too) I am going to focus on one hitting position as official picks and then for the other hitters, I have listed a set of rankings, one through five. I also will have a list of my top 5 stacks of the night below the rankings.

Feel free to give a shout out on Twitter or comment below on what you think about this. I hope the rankings at least provide you some solid options to fill out your lineups and win you some money.


  1. Gary Sanchez
  2. Stephen Vogt
  3. James McCann
  4. Evan Gattis
  5. Tony Wolters

1st Base

  1. Miguel Cabrera
  2. Wil Myers
  3. Justin Bour
  4. Logan Morrison
  5. Chris Davis

2nd Base

  1. Jonathan Schoop
  2. Ian Kinsler
  3. Casey Asujae
  4. Starlin Castro
  5. Rougned Odor

3rd Base

  1. Manny Machado
  2. Adrian Beltre
  3. Miguel Sano
  4. Josh Harrison
  5. Ryon Healy


  1. Carlos Correa
  2. Xander Bogaerts
  3. Brandon Crawford
  4. Elvis Andrus
  5. Marcus Semien


  1. Astros
  2. Rockies
  3. Yankees
  4. Orioles
  5. Tigers


Eduardo Rodriguez – SP – Boston Red Sox – $8,200

Analysis: Like I said, I am not in love with a lot of pitching options. Josh Tomlin looked like a guy I wanted to use as an SP2, but not for freaking $8,000! But who I will pay that kind of salary for is E-Rod, who comes off the DL to face the Blue Jays at home tonight. He threw nearly 100 pitches in his last rehab start, so I am not really worried about his pitch count. I expect a lot of people to be worried about it. I think this is a great night to pay down for pitching (even though I do like McCullers) and pay up for bats. E-Rod is under priced against a weak Blue Jays team who people will continue to think is a great offense, and they aren’t. The BJs are 16th in team wOBA against lefties and strike out 21% of the time. E-Rod has been great at home in just 3 starts this season, sporting a 1.56 ERA and 21 Ks in 17 innings. E-Rod has solid PvB as well – 14-for-73, 4 HRs, 12 walks and a .192 average.

Kyle Schwarber – OF – Chicago Cubs – $4,100

Analysis: Of course I trade this guy in a season-long keeper league and he’s come back on a tear. He was tearing up AAA and has finally found his stroke. The Cubs take on a struggling Julio Teheran, who has not adjusted to the new jump SunTrust Park has given to offenses. Teheran has a 7+ ERA at home this season and continues to struggles against lefties. This is a hot hitter versus a struggling hitter in a game we need to have exposure to tonight.

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