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Ricky Sanders is a fantasy sports expert with over 15 years of playing experience. In March of 2017, he officially joined RotoCurve as VP of Operations.

His daily MLB premium article "Sanders' Studs", has quickly become a must read for all serious DFS players. You can also find Ricky every day on the RC Twitter account, providing FREE analysis via periscopes. Ricky is also a proud and active member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.
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Today’s slate is loaded with aces and yet the mid-tier of pitching feels like the sweet spot. Multiple offenses are in borderline elite spots to produce and will not come cheap so concessions will need to be made in the pitching department. As long as a reasonably priced pitching duo produces 40-45 fantasy points, avoiding the aces will have been the correct play regardless of outcome. On this slate, some of the cheaper pitching options seem primed for nice outings so go ahead and YOLO with roster construction. Without further ado, let’s get to work…

Note: all mentions of fantasy points are based on the scoring of both DraftKings (DK) and FantasyDraft (FDr) which are virtually identical.

Nelson Cruz

Nelson Cruz , OF SEA
AVG HR RBI R FPTS per PA
0.289 39 119 91 2.14
SPLIT RANKS TOOL FAVORABLE MATCHUPS TOOL TEAM STACKS TOOL BOMB DETECTOR AVG TOOL RATING RC RATING
120 62 13 39 82.1 73.4
NAME L/R wOBA vs. Hitter L/R SLUG vs Hitter L/R
PARKER BRIDWELL R 0.288 0.379

Derek Holland presents one of the best individual matchups a right-handed hitter (RHH) could ask for and Nelson Cruz is one of the best hitters against southpaws in all of baseball. Therefore, this is a perfect day to roster the Mariners’ slugger as he will square off against a starter who has allowed a .386 wOBA, 2.20 HR/9 rate, 40.9-percent hard hit rate and 42.7-percent fly ball rate to righties this year. Meanwhile, Cruz owns the 12th highest career wOBA against left-handed pitching (LHP) amongst active hitters with at least 250 at-bats (ABs) in the split (.394). This year alone, Cruz has slashed .269/.438/.463 against the handedness with a 35.7-percent hard hit rate and 42.9-percent fly ball rate. In other words, this is an excellent correlation play because Cruz hits the ball hard and in the air a healthy amount of the time and Holland is susceptible to hard contact and fly balls. Essentially, it would be shocking if Cruz did not make it out of this ballgame with at least one extra-base hit (XBH) and he has a great shot to hit one out.

 

Good luck tonight and feel free to hit me up on Twitter @RSandersDFS with any additional questions/concerns.


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