by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
We are always looking for intriguing buy low options, whether it’s in a yearly or daily league. In salary cap formats that becomes even more important, because cashing in on a low cost option will allow you to load up on stars at other spots.
With that in mind, here are three potential “cheap” options those in daily formats should consider when setting their lineups for today:
Stephen Drew – Second Baseman – New York Yankees
He’s been hot of late, including a pinch hit grand slam on Monday (his second consecutive game with a home run). He also has an impressive career line against opposing pitcher Bud Norris, at .368/.500/.737 over 19 AB (2 doubles, 1 triple and 1 home run). Considering how bad Norris was in his first start of the season and no longer being the strikeout threat that he once was, this seems like a good matchup to try and exploit.
Fantasy Score Price – $2,100
Matt Joyce – Outfielder – Los Angeles Angels
The Texas Rangers have tabbed Anthony Ranaudo to make the start, so we know Joyce should be in the lineup against a right-handed pitcher. Joyce has had success in Arlington last season, hitting .375 with 1 HR, and know the ballpark is generally favorable. The fact that Ranaudo allowed 10 HR over 39.1 innings for the Red Sox last season and Joyce looks that much better. He has gotten off to a slow start this season, but it’s a potent bat if you need a discount option.
Fantasy Score Price – $2,200
Deep, Deep Sleeper Option
Carlos Corporan – Catcher – Texas Rangers
It’s a day game after a night game and the Rangers face a southpaw in Hector Santiago, so we know Corporan is going to be in the lineup. He’s 2-4 against LHP this season (obvious small sample size) and has been better against lefties over the course of his career. Catchers are always risky, so knowing that he’s going to play in a favorable ballpark with a favorable matchup makes him a gamble you can consider (especially since it would allow you to load up on stars elsewhere).
Fantasy Score Price – $1,800
Sources – Fangraphs, Minor League Central, MLB.com, Fantasy Score