Johnny Cueto – $24,690. Cueto was roughed up in his last outing against Colorado, allowing 11 hits and walking two, while giving up five earned runs. Then why put him on the “Value Plays” section? Because he takes on the Pirates, who, let’s just say, are struggling offensively. In 16 career starts against Pittsburgh, Cueto has managed 95 strikeouts in 99 innings. He also has a lifetime 2.55 ERA against the club with a .215 BAA. That screams must start.
Anthony Bass - $20,778. Bass is possibly the biggest boom or bust pick for today. On one hand, he faces a Chicago Cubs team that isn’t very good, and on the other hand, you have an inexperienced rookie who has had success thus far, but had a horrible outing last week. Last time he faced the Cubs, he went five innings with one earned run, and struck out two. Bass will likely strike out more than two, though, as he has averaged 8.5 strikeouts per nine innings this year. Another plus for him is that the Cubs lost Aramis Ramirez, who hit the homerun off of him last year that gave him the one earned run. The good outweighs the bad, but if you are feeling hesitant at all, don’t use him.
Carlos Beltran – $7,577. Tim Hudson has struggled in his career against Beltran, allowing Carlos to hit .351 lifetime off of him with four homeruns, four doubles, and 17 RBIs. Against right-handers, Beltran is batting .295, with 12 of his 15 homeruns coming off of righties. Beltran has cooled down since his hot start, which boosted his average up to 5.0 FP/10k, but Beltran has remained semi-hot with 4.2 FP/10k in his last eight games. Beltran is both a smart match-up play as well as a good value pick at his price.
Alexei Ramirez - $5,854. Alexei started the year off horribly, having his average dip to .199 on the year, but in the last five games, he has driven in five, with three multi-hit games, three stolen bases, and two doubles. Those are signs that he is starting to turn it around after an abysmal start. Today he faces the almost-rookie Alex Cobb, who he has not seen yet in his career, but with Ramirez averaging 7.17 FP/10k in the past five games, it shows promise that he could have a nice game against the young right-hander.
Carlos Quentin - $6,750. Quentin is healthy again and it looks like he is happy to be back. In the two games Carlos has played in since coming off the DL, he has provided owners with four hits in eight at-bats, two of which have been doubles, two RBIs, one homerun, a walk, and three runs. That is fantasy gold! It’s also a sign that he could be back and at it again with Ryan Dempster, who Quentin has had success against in his career. Quentin is 5-for-12 with a double and four RBIs against the veteran, and with Quentin having 10.4 FP/10k, he might be able to share the love and post that exact amount of fantasy points today.Play Now!