Hiroki Kuroda - $34,737. In five career starts against the Braves, Kuroda has a stellar ERA of just 2.10. That alone says he should be in your lineup tonight as he’s pitching against Atlanta. But on top of that, Kuroda has a microscopic 0.82 ERA and 0.68 WHIP in his last three outings. In those outings, he has put up 4.92 FP/10k, and looks to be a solid fantasy start against opposing veteran Tim Hudson who has been shaky all of this year. Regardless of Kuroda’s price, he’s a great play because he seems in line for a strong performance and likely a W.
Felix Doubront - $24,479. In Doubront’s last start, he gave up six runs, allowing eight hits and two walks in four innings of work. The one positive of the outing was that Doubront did manage to post six strikeouts in those four innings. We’ll give him a pass for last weekend, because Doubront had been really solid in his two outings prior. In those two starts, Doubront posted 7.01 FP/10k, and looked pretty good doing it. Today, Felix takes the hill against the Marlins, who scored one run last night against his Red Sox teammate, Clay Buchholz. The Marlins’ offense is unpredictable, as it can pour it on or perform poorly on any given night, but the Marlins bats have not been giving Ricky Nolasco (starting opposite Doubront tonight) much run support, scoring around two runs per game in Nolasco’s last three outings. Doubront, on the other hand, has been getting about three times that run support in his last three starts. Doubront should be the favorite to earn the win.
Trevor Plouffe - $6,760. With ten home runs on the year, Plouffe’s problem isn’t his bat. His problem is his awful glove, which can keep him out of the lineup at times. A struggling team like the Twins will try and keep productive bats in their lineup, so if Plouffe is playing, he is definitely fantasy relevant. How fantasy relevant? Well, very. He’s got five home runs in the last nine games, to go along with a .361 batting average in that span – a strong 8.67 FP/10k. With a hot-streak like that, Plouffe should be played as long as long as his price is so cheap and as long as he is in the Twins’ lineup.
Adam Jones - $7,195. Though Jones is 0-for-3 with a lone RBI against Kevin Correia (pitching tonight for the Pirates) in his career, Jones has been simply awesome all of this season. It’s surprising how he maintains such a low price tag with his seventeen homers on the year and with two in the last three games. At any price, but especially as long as you can get him on the cheap, Jones should be in all of your lineups until he cools down (if that ever happens).
Danny Espinosa - $7,064. Watch out, Espinosa’s got a hot bat! He has five doubles and a homerun in the last five games. Espinosa doesn’t always record a hit, as his low .227 batting average shows, but he has good speed and decent power, allowing him to hit doubles, steal bases, and jack a few over the fence every now and then, which is exactly what Espinosa has been doing. But in the month of June, Espy is batting .276 and has 5.03 FP/10k. With Kyle Drabek, who has been just about average this year, going for the Blue Jays tonight, expect Espinosa’s hot bat to stay hot.Play Now!