With a total of four writers now on the JBDailyFantasy team, we are going to start breaking up the articles more so we can target areas more specifically. We will likely no longer have a general “batter breakdown” article, as it may be split up into Top Bats, such as this article, and value bats. The same goes for the pitching side of things.
For the main slate tonight, we get rather lucky by having Kershaw on the early slate, but there are still four aces to look at. While there is a good chance that I do not roster one of them due to matchups, a couple of batters have been extremely successful against these aces. The following players are who I view to be some of the top batters in the main slate tomorrow night, and players that I strongly recommend rostering, and I picked a trio of players that you shouldn’t have a world of trouble with trying to fit them in a lineup.
Victor Martinez | $2,800
This play is completely contingent on whether he plays or not (he was absent in the first two games of the series against Chicago nursing a bruised knee), but if he is in the lineup, he is a must-play even against Chris Sale. Usually priced in the mid $3,000s, V-Mart has seen his price drop due to injury and the matchup against Sale, who he has absolutely owned throughout his career. In 36 official at-bats against Sale, Martinez has tallied 18 hits (.500 batting average) with 3 doubles, 4 home runs, 9 runs scored and 9 RBIs. Those are ridiculous numbers against a pitcher of Sale’s caliber and at only $2,800, this BvP alone should be enough to warrant rostering Martinez if he’s active.
Jose Abreu | $3,600
If you aren’t deploying a full-on White Sox stack tomorrow then please don’t enter a lineup. The White Sox have the privilege of facing off against DFS-target Mike Pelfrey tomorrow, who owns a 4.68 ERA, 1.71 WHIP and a .322 batting average allowed. The best hitters to deploy against Pelfrey (a fly-ball pitcher) are power hitters, and who better than Jose Abreu? He started the season extremely slow, but Abreu has picked it up recently homering in 2 of his last 3 games while recording multiple hits in 7 of his last 10 games as well. Since the start of June, Abreu is hitting .372 with 3 homers, so the smart move would be to roster him for a mere $3,600 in such an enticing matchup.
Jose Bautista | $4,200
The final top bat I haven chosen for today is in a bit of a funk at the dish, but in an offense that can be as potent as Toronto’s, Bautista should be able to turn in a productive outing against Jeremy Hellickson. In his career against Hellickson, Bautista has recorded a .367/.457/.767 slash line with a double, a triple, 3 homers and 6 RBIs in 30 official at-bats. Bautista, who is hitting a disappointing .230 but has picked it up a bit in his last 4 games. While he went 0-4 against the Phillies on Tuesday, he had recorded 5 hits in his previous 3 games with 3 doubles, 3 runs, and an RBI. He has averaged 12.1 Fanduel points per contest over his last 4. He is no longer in the leadoff spot in the lineup which gives him more RBI chances in the heart of the order. Expect him, along with teh rest of the Jays’ offense to get it going in an extremely favorable matchup tomorrow.