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Masahiro Tanaka, NYY vs. MIN ($8,800): Tanaka is a bargain at $8,800 against the worst team in baseball, especially after holding them to one run on seven base runners over eight innings last time out. His 8.18 career K/9 suggests an increase over the Japanese ace's five strikeouts in that meeting is likely, and it would be surprising if he didn't walk away with an extra four fantasy points for the win at the end of the day. A Twins offense that ranks 23rd in runs per game and strikes out more than all but six teams shouldn't scare anyone.
Cody Reed, CIN vs. SD ($7,200): With a lot of top-flight starters pitching against less-than-ideal opponents, it's advantageous to play the matchups and save some money at the position in the process. Reed fits that profile perfectly against a weak Padres lineup, especially after flashing plenty of upside with nine strikeouts in seven innings against a talented Astros offense in his major league debut. The 23-year-old's 8.77 K/9 in Triple-A this season and 10.87 K/9 with the team's Double-A affiliate in 2015 indicate there's some staying power to his ability to miss bats, and the downside is limited against an offense that averages just 4.15 runs per game.
Welington Castillo, ARI at COL ($4,000): The massive 12-run over/under on this game suggests there should be no shortage of scoring, and Castillo figures to be heavily involved given his .450 wOBA against left-handed pitchers like winless Rockies rookie Tyler Anderson. Given that context and the fact that the catcher normally hits in the heart of the D-Backs order, he offers the best bang for the buck in a lineup teeming with enticing options.
Paul Goldschmidt, ARI at COL ($5,500): It didn't take long to find another enticing Arizona-based option in what's projected to be a high-scoring affair in Colorado. Since Goldschmidt always comes at a high price, the customary price hike that comes with playing in the hitter-friendly Coors Field is hardly noticeable even though his likelihood of production is raised significantly. The slugging first baseman is especially deadly against southpaws, smacking them around to the tune of a .467 wOBA this season. You'll be hard-pressed to find a surer bet at any position.
Daniel Murphy, WAS at MIL ($4,100): Murphy's continued success since last postseason is due to his proficiency against right-handers, as the second baseman continues to topple middle infielder stereotypes with a .433 wOBA in that split this year. Milwaukee starter Zach Davies is having a solid season in his own right, but Murphy has gotten the job done in tougher situations many a time. With nine other options priced equal to or above him, now's the time to look the veteran's way.
Adrian Beltre, TEX vs. BOS ($3,200): Beltre may not be the hitter he once was, but he's still managing a rock-solid .360 wOBA against southpaws this season with as many walks as strikeouts against them in 71 plate appearances. He has an extensive history with Red Sox starter David Price, managing six extra-base hits in 33 at-bats. The lefty's 4.24 ERA doesn't befit his reputation as an ace, and his 6.54 mark in eight career starts at Globe Life Park in Arlington signals vulnerability. Beltre's $3,200 price means you won't even have to break the bank to utilize the clean-up hitter in what is a sneaky-good matchup.
Corey Seager, LAD at PIT ($4,500): Seager is only getting better, with nine of his 16 homers coming in the past month. The young shortstop is unsurprisingly swinging a hot bat at the moment and has accrued 10 hits in his last five games. Considering his wOBA against righties is an impressive .382 and rising, Seager shouldn't have an issue delivering against Pittsburgh's Jameson Taillon.
Jackie Bradley Jr., BOS at TEX ($4,800): Bradley Jr. has hit right-handers hard all season and doing so again shouldn't be challenging with the Rangers sending the struggling Nick Martinez to the mound. Martinez lasted just 4.1 innings in his last outing and the Red Sox actually boast a stronger offense than the St. Louis outfit that gave him trouble in that appearance. That suggests Bradley Jr. is likely to have ducks on the pond when he gets up to bat, and his .418 wOBA against righties suggests he's likely to take advantage in such a situation.
Odubel Herrera, PHI at SF ($3,800): While Herrera has often lacked help in Philadelphia's lackluster lineup this season, that hasn't stopped him from amassing an excellent .381 wOBA against right-handed pitching. That production is well above average, but Giants right-hander Jake Peavy has managed to turn the 135 lefties he has faced this this season into even better hitters with a .389 wOBA allowed. Between Peavy's inability to retire left-handed bats and Herrera's strong results in this split, this is the perfect time to utilize the well-rounded center fielder.
Michael Conforto, NYM at ATL ($3,700): Between Conforto's ability to hit righties and Aaron Blair's inability to retire anyone reliably, the young Mets outfielder has a perfect opportunity to get back on track. Blair has failed to pick up a single win in 10 starts and has an astronomical 7.19 ERA. The rookie's confidence against left-handed hitters should be especially low, as they're managing a .388 wOBA against him. Conforto's .366 mark against right-handers isn't too shabby in its own right, and he'll rarely get to face a pitcher worse than this.