Handedness splits are in heavy consideration with tonight’s MLB Fantasy Top Picks.
Only in baseball is a player’s hand of choice a crucial element in terms of their inclusion in our MLB Fantasy Top Picks. Being a former baseball player myself, I can attest to the world of difference handedness makes. It’s simply easier to see the ball trajectory from a pitcher with opposite handedness, and it’s the reason some of the players I’ll be mentioning are known as prolific when facing southpaws.
One word of caution is to never exclude players completely when they do not yield the handedness advantage. This was a problem I made early in my daily fantasy baseball career, and it caused me to miss out on a tremendous amount of value. These are professional hitters after all, and unless you have splits to suggest they are atrocious against same-handed pitching (some players do), it’s okay to roster them in moderation in your lineups. Targeting value in handedness should always be your main focus, but when a player is on fire, a team is expected to score a high run total, etc, you shouldn’t shy away from including a few same-handed bats on your rosters. Let’s get to the good stuff now; here’s my MLB Fantasy Top Picks for tonight.
Five Guys MLB Fantasy Top Picks
Evan Longoria $10,100 - Longoria has been one of the most consistent lefty-mashers in the league for a number of years. Although the production hasn’t quite been up to par so far this season, we’ll always defer to the larger sample size unless we have a good reason not to. Tonight’s matchup against average lefty Felix Doubront should have Longo taking aim for the Green Monster.
Jordan Zimmerman $17,100 - If you believe Zimmerman’s early season struggles are indicative of his ability, I’ve got some magic beans to sell you. It hasn’t been THAT terrible outside of one start, and the Astros are following last year’s trend of being one of the worst teams in the Majors against right-handed pitching.
Buster Posey $9,650 - Posey is finally showing signs of life against left-handed pitching after starting the season cold. He’s bashed two taters in his last four games, and tonight’s matchup opponent Robbie Erlin is far from elite. The price tag is the most affordable of my three favorite hitters as well, so if you can only play one he’ll likely be the easiest to massage into the cap.
Josh Donaldson $11,350 - Josh Dongalson as many call him, is a rare level of elite against left-handed pitching. The heightened price tag means it’s unlikely you’ll be able to play him in every lineup, but considering his upside you’d be remiss to disinclude him everywhere.
Gerardo Parra $7,850 - We have to represent at least one player from the Chase Field lovefest, and Parra’s price tag and batting order spot make him highly appealing. If you’re trying to afford the big bats listed above you’ll need to save at a few other positions, and Parra is an excellent source of salary cap relief.