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Scott Diamond - $20,989. Last time out, Diamond went six innings, striking out four, while walking one and giving up nine hits and two earned runs in a loss against the White Sox. That outing gave him the least amount of fantasy points on the season at 5.5. He’s scored 20.25, 18.25, 10.75 and 5.5 respectively, in his four major league starts this season. Regardless of the scoring decline, Diamond takes the mound against an Athletics team ranked 27th in runs scored. That seems to be a good match up for Diamond, who has an ERA of 1.78 and xFIP of 2.78 on the season, to go along with a 6.04 K/9. He’s inexpensive and should provide you with a good bang for your buck, regardless of how many shares you put into him. He could provide a gem of an outing.
James McDonald - $24,700. While McDonald isn’t as cheap as Diamond, he is a more reliable play. Since April 25th, McDonald hasn’t scored less than 14.5 fantasy points in each of his starts. He also hasn’t struck out less than seven batters in his last six outings. Today should be a good day to start him, as not only has he been on a roll, but he faces a Cincinnati team that has struggled offensively, scoring just 184 runs on the season, 21st in the league. While Pittsburgh is last in runs on the season, McDonald has still managed to win three games on the year. Don’t shy away from aggressively placing shares into McDonald.
Jonathan Lucroy - $6,147. Isn’t amazing how Lucroy comes at such a discount? Lucroy has been amazing over the past few weeks, averaging 4.14 fantasy points in the last 18 games, good enough for 6.73 FP/10k. Those are elite numbers in StarStreet terms, and he faces off against Aaron Harang, who has a 4.36 ERA on the season. While Lucroy is 0-5 in his career against the right-hander, Lucroy has swung a hot bat, and should be chosen, no matter what small sample-size we have seen from their previous face-offs.
Dayan Viciedo - $7,734. Viciedo has been an absolute monster the past two weeks, hitting seven homeruns and 20 RBIs, and racking up 67.5 points since May 14, and shows no sign of slowing down. He’s a big boy with a small price that should be invested heavily in, as he has 6.71 FP/10k in the past 13 games. Oh, did I mention that is also facing a struggling rookie Matt Moore? That should only increase his value today.
Matthew Adams - $5,000. With Lance Berkman going to the DL and missing at least 8 weeks, Adams has been a hot pickup in weekly leagues and a sizzling play in daily leagues. He is a low-risk/high-reward play, even with his inexperience. Adams could be in line for a few runs scored today, which is something that the World Series Champions have done well, placing third in the league so far in Runs Scored. With Berkman out and Adam’s price low, watch for him to be a helpful, cheap play, even with his small sample size of 19.2 FP/10k.Play Now!