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Jordan Zimmermann, DET at MIN ($9,300): Zimmermann has been very good this season and now draws a Twins team that strikes out at the fourth-highest clip in the majors. They've also scored the seventh-fewest runs (76), and rank in the bottom-half in homers. Zimmerman has a sparking 0.35 ERA through four starts, and he has scored between 20.7 to 29.7 fantasy points in three of them.
Mat Latos, CWS at BAL ($7,000): Much like Zimmermann, Latos is another veteran who's producing numbers in the early going that appear almost too good to be true. While we know the current 0.74 ERA is unsustainable, those waiting for Latos to unravel are about to head into their second month of doing so. He's scored 20.3 to 25.3 fantasy points in three of his four starts, and has disposed of the Angels' and Rangers' lineups in short order over his last two trips to the mound. The Orioles undoubtedly present a formidable challenge as one of the more explosive offenses in baseball, but Latos' price remains unchanged and provides considerable flexibility to load up elsewhere.
Salvador Perez, KC at SEA ($2,800): Although he's struggled against lefties in the early going over a very small sample (12 plate appearances), Perez owns a solid .326 wOBA and .175 ISO against southpaws over his five-plus major league seasons, along with a 30.7 percent hard contact rate. He's been even better against them on the road, where he's managed a .329 wOBA over 331 plate appearances away from Kauffman Stadium. He'll draw a matchup ripe for plentiful production, as Wade Miley has already surrendered a .419 wOBA and three homers to right-handed hitters over a 76-batter sample in 2016, including an astounding .508 wOBA to the 17 hitters he faced at home. He's also yielded a .330 wOBA and 72 home runs to that handedness over his five-plus major league seasons, and Perez has lit him up to the tune of an .833 average (5-for-6), with a homer and three RBI.
Wil Myers, SD at LAD ($4,100): With the plethora of appealing options usually available at first base, Myers often flies under the radar, making him an intriguing option for GPPs in particular. He's demonstrated his upside most recently with four double-digit fantasy-point outings in his last 10 games, including a 31-point outburst against the Cardinals on April 22, and a 27-point effort versus the Giants on Wednesday. He has a .330 wOBA and three of his five homers during the first month of the season against right-handed pitching, and a very similar .325 wOBA and 26 of his 32 career homers against them. While rookie Ross Stripling has been very solid in his first few major league starts, righties have gotten to him, particularly at home. Stripling has given up a .360 wOBA overall to right-handed hitting over a 37-batter sample, and a .427 wOBA to them at Dodger Stadium, where he's faced 23 of those hitters.
Tommy La Stella, CHC vs. ATL ($3,300) or Ben Zobrist, CHC vs. ATL ($3,700): The goal is to pick on Braves starter Julio Teheran, who's surrendered a .350 wOBA and 51 of his 80 career homers allowed to lefties, and he has contributed to that figure with the .407 wOBA allowed this year. If La Stella gets the call at second, he could well lead off too, furthering his appeal. He has two double-digit fantasy-point outings in his last pair of starts, and contributed a pinch-hit double in Friday's game. He's produced a massive .492 wOBA and .320 ISO over his first 27 at-bats against righties this season, and a .335 wOBA against them over his career. In the event the switch-hitting Zobrist gets the start, he'll bring a .333 wOBA against right-handed pitching this season, and a .338 wOBA and 94 homers over his career.
David Wright, NYM vs. SF ($3,900): Wright has been up-and-down this season but certainly carries plenty of upside. He's managed double-digit fantasy points thrice over his last 10, including a 28-point outburst versus the Phillies on April 18. He draws the increasingly vulnerable Matt Cain, who has a .393 average (11-for-28) against the veteran righty, including six doubles and three RBI. Wright has a modest .317 wOBA against right-handed pitching this season, but a .357 wOBA and 168 career homers in this career. Cain has had a rough start to the season as well, and is surrendering a .371 wOBA and 35.1 percent hard contact rate to right-handed hitters.
Danny Espinosa, WAS at STL ($2,500): Espinosa checks in as another likely under-owned play, yet he offers plenty of upside and a very favorable history against an otherwise tough Jaime Garcia. The veteran switch-hitter had 19 fantasy points on Friday on the strength of a 2-for-4, two-run homer outing, and he has also generated a .343 wOBA and .143 ISO against right-handed pitching as a left-handed batter in his career. While his 2016 numbers are likely to make you recoil, know that Espinosa also has a career .462 average (6-for-13) against Garcia, and is priced at a point that certainly won't sabotage your lineup regardless of his output.
Mookie Betts, BOS vs. NYY ($5,000): Betts is one of the slate's highest-priced options, but his Fenway matchup versus the struggling Michael Pineda is too good to pass up. We already know about Betts' massive upside, as evidenced most recently by his five games over the last 10 with double-digit fantasy points, including a three-game string with 32, 21 and 32, respectively. He's also enjoyed some success against Pineda in his career, tallying a .333 average (4-for-12) with a double and a pair of solo homers against him. He's generated a .323 wOBA and three of his four homers against right-handed pitching in 2016, and a .347 wOBA and 20 of his 27 homers against them over the course of his two-plus major league seasons. Meanwhile, Pineda has gotten lit up equally by both handedness of hitters this season, surrendering a .459 wOBA and six homers to righties.
Gregory Polanco, PIT vs. CIN ($4,600): Polanco allows you some left-handed hitting exposure to Alfredo Simon, who's surrendering an absurd .674 wOBA and 53.3 percent hard contact rate to lefty hitters this year. While these numbers are obviously skewed, the benefit we have with a veteran like Simon is a much more normalized sample over a longer period. Those figures help him as well, as he's yielded a .344 wOBA and 49 homers to left-handed batters over eight-plus major league seasons. Polanco is also feasting on righties in 2016, already posting a .414 wOBA and 38.1 percent hard contact rate over 38 plate appearances.
Jason Heyward, CHC vs. ATL ($3,900): Heyward gives us another opportunity to try and capitalize on Julio Teheran's infamous struggles versus left-handed hitters, with the fact that he's facing off against the team that drafted him. The veteran slugger is still seeking his first homer in a Cubs uniform, and the matchup may well facilitate that. Teheran's dubious track record versus right-handed hitting was outlined in La Stella's and Zobrist's sections, and Heyward has mashed right-handed pitching to the tune of a .364 wOBA, .178 ISO and 31.6 hard contact rate over six-plus major league seasons. He's also launched 75 of his 97 career homers against them.