Normally, there are a few repeat names in the picks, but this week there are no duplicates, making the cover image harder to choose.
Tonight marks the halfway point of the Tout Daily Contest as this is the second week of the third period. Here is who the Touts are counting on for a ticket into the finals.
Shelly Verougstraete (Dynasty Guru, @ShellyV_643)
Pitcher: Pablo Lopez – Lucky for Lopez he misses the Red Sox in Fenway and gets the Rockies at home. Lucky for you his $8,700 price is oh so nice.
Hitter: Jonathan India – India has been hitting well recently and going up against Houser in GABP. Sign me up!
Phil Hertz (BaseballHQ, @prhz50)
Pitcher: Dinelson Lamet – At home against a beat up Cubs lineup
Hitter: Juan Soto – He’s hot – 1.339 OPS over the last week, but the cost doesn’t reflect much of that.
Howard Bender (Fantasy Alarm, @RotobuzzGuy)
Pitcher: Matthew Boyd – I’m going to pay pretty far down for my 2nd starter. Boyd has been getting hit around lately, but nothing gets you right like a match-up against Seattle, a team that struggles against left-handed pitchers and strikes out 28% of the time against them.
Hitter: Andrew McCutchen – He’s on a six-game hit streak and is destroying southpaws to the tune of a 1.006 OPS and .303 ISO this season.
Jeff Boggis (Fantasy Football Empire, @JeffBoggis)
Pitcher: Walker Buehler – I need a starting pitcher that can go deep into innings. WIth Dinelson Lamet still be stretched out, I’m going to go with Walker Buehler at $9,700. He has gone at least 6 innings pitched in all of his starts this season. This is the first time he’s been this cheap since 5 outings ago.
Hitter: Patrick Wisdom – My words of Wisdom: Patrick Wisdom has double the home runs on the road than at home this season. He’s on the road tonight at San Diego.
Mike Gianella (Baseball Prospectus, @MikeGianella)
Pitcher: Shane Bieber – I’ve been going cheap lately to save money for offense, but Bieber is too difficult to pass up this week under $11K
Hitter: Matt Olson – Olson gets a great matchup against the Diamondbacks and Jon Duplantier, even in Oakland. He’s an elite power hitter who is a bit of a bargain in this one.
Charlie Wiegert (CDM Sports, @GFFantasySports)
Pitcher: Chris Bassitt – He should rebound from a rough last outing against the Diamondbacks at home. Today’s slate filled with top pitchers, so hoping to save a few $ and still get top performance and points!
Hitter: Manny Machado – He’s one of those guys when he’s hot, he’s hot, an almost impossible to get out. I’m hoping yesterday’s action was a sign he’s going into one f his hot streaks!
Steve Gardner (USAToday Fantasy Sports, @SteveAGardner)
Pitcher: Alex Wood – Where do you go when seeking a light-hitting team out? Texas is the place. You can feel good, good about Wood.
Hitter: Nick Castellanos – He had his 21-game hit streak snapped on Sunday … so it’s time to start another one! Can’t believe he’s just $4500.
Zach Steinhorn (CreativeSports2, @zachsteinhorn)
Pitcher: Pablo Lopez – Sports a 2.35 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP over his last four starts and the Rockies rank last in the majors in road OPS.
Hitter: Ryan Mountcastle – Hitting .351/.365/.596 versus lefties this season and David Peterson is coming off a disaster outing.
Todd Zola (Mastersball, @toddzola)
Pitcher: Sonny Gray – Gray has 60 K in 47 IP and the Brewers fan a lot.
Hitter: Hunter Renfroe – Chancing the weather, but I’ll be ready to pivot. Hoping Framber Valdez isn’t as effective as he was in Houston.