This article is part of our The Z Files series.
Last week, I broke out the crystal ball and looked at American League hitting lineups, with an eye on players that could help fantasy squads in the short and long term. Some of the observations didn't age well, while others proved prescient. This week, I'll read the bones for the Senior Circuit, looking at current and down-the-road playing-time scenarios.
Catcher: John Ryan Murphy is the starter with Jeff Mathis handling all Zack Greinke starts. Alex Avila works in now and again, always with a righty on the hill. Avila obviously doesn't catch Greinke. He hasn't been behind the dish for a Patrick Corbin start since May 9. This could be coincidence, or maybe Murphy has become Corbin's personal catcher. This is relevant for DFS as Murphy hits in the meat of the order while Mathis and Avila reside at the bottom.
Infield: Apparently Paul Goldschmidt didn't forget how to hit. Jake Lamb is playing nearly every day, ceding to Devin Marrero for some but not all southpaws. Daniel Descalso only plays versus righties. Nick Ahmed and Ketel Marte play against all left-handers with one having to sit with a righty on the hill. Lately, Marte has been playing a speck more than Ahmed, but when Ahmed plays, he hits out of the two-hole.
Outfield: Presently, the lefty-swinging trio of David Peralta, Jarrod Dyson and Jon Jay play against all right-handers. Chris Owings works in against southpaws, alternating which of the three lefties get the