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:
Jace Peterson – Atlanta Braves – Second Baseman
Peterson has been hot of late, going 4-9 with 1 HR (and 1 double), 6 RBI and 2 R over his past two games. He’s generally not a power hitter, with a career high of 7 HR in a minor league season, but when you are going well you are going well. He does have speed and the potential to swipe a few bags, plus the Braves matchup against Erasmo Ramirez (6.57 ERA in three starts this season) represents an intriguing stacking option.
Fantasy Score Price – $2,800
Maikel Franco – Philadelphia Phillies – Third Baseman
Don’t get used to having Franco in your lineup, at least not at a low cost, because with the way he swung the bat on Sunday (2-4 with a home run and a triple) his price is going to increase quickly. The fact that he’s going to play in Colorado and face Chad Bettis (4 ER over 5.0 IP in his first start of the season) makes him all the more appealing. In fact over his MLB career Bettis has allowed 10 HR over 74.1 IP, so you have to love the matchup even more.
Fantasy Score Price – $3,100
J.T. Realmuto – Miami Marlins – Catcher
It’s taken Realmuto some time, but maybe he’s starting to come around at the plate. He smashed his first career home run last night against Rubby De La Rosa, giving him hits in five of his previous six games. Of course the fact that he draws Jeremy Hellickson, the owner of a 5.92 ERA and 1.68 WHIP, helps him and everyone else in the Marlins’ lineup. Hellickson has allowed 4 HR over his three May starts (15.2 IP), while also struggling with his control (7 BB). This is another clear stacking situation.
Fantasy Score Price – $2,900
Sources – Fantasy Score, Fangraphs, MLB.com