Paul Goldschmidt

Arizona Dbacks

Trio of Diamondbacks (Goldschmidt, Martinez, Pollock) among top projected hitters against Adam Conley

Three Arizona Diamondbacks are among the top 10 overall projected hitters by the RotoGrinders Player Projections tonight, including the top projected bat on either site, Paul Goldschmidt. The D'Backs host Adam Conley, who has a 46.1 Hard% over the last month. RHBs have a .362 wOBA with five HRs, a 31 GB% and 47.2 Hard%. Goldschmidt leads projections on either site by more than one-third of a point and is joined in the top 10 by J.D. Martinez (.500 ISO vs LHP) and the red hot A.J. Pollock (276 wRC+ over the last week). The Boston Red Sox also place two batters in the top 10. Mookie Betts is joined by Andrew Benintendi in Cincinnati, but neither exceeds a .190 ISO vs RHP this season and Sal Romano has a 54.8 GB% over his last six starts with a -10.5 Hard-Soft% in September. Charlie Blackmon (150 wRC+, .303 ISO vs RHP) against Jordan Lyles in San Diego and Brian Dozier (163 wRC+, .289 ISO vs LHP) against Daniel Norris and the Detroit bullpen are both top five projected batters as well. A pair of Rays (Corey Dickerson 4.09 Pt/$/K, Logan Morrison 3.93 Pt/$/K) project as top values on FanDuel against Ubaldo Jimenez, while Dickerson doubles up on DraftKings (2.7 Pt/$/K). Both cost less than $3K on either site due to recent slumps. Jimenez struck out 10 of 19 Yankees last time out and actually has a 17.5 K-BB% over his last 14 starts.

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  • Trio of Diamondbacks (Goldschmidt, Martinez, Pollock) among top projected hitters against Adam Conley

    Three Arizona Diamondbacks are among the top 10 overall projected hitters by the RotoGrinders Player Projections tonight, including the top projected bat on either site, Paul Goldschmidt. The D'Backs host Adam Conley, who has a 46.1 Hard% over the last month. RHBs have a .362 wOBA with five HRs, a 31 GB% and 47.2 Hard%. Goldschmidt leads projections on either site by more than one-third of a point and is joined in the top 10 by J.D. Martinez (.500 ISO vs LHP) and the red hot A.J. Pollock (276 wRC+ over the last week). The Boston Red Sox also place two batters in the top 10. Mookie Betts is joined by Andrew Benintendi in Cincinnati, but neither exceeds a .190 ISO vs RHP this season and Sal Romano has a 54.8 GB% over his last six starts with a -10.5 Hard-Soft% in September. Charlie Blackmon (150 wRC+, .303 ISO vs RHP) against Jordan Lyles in San Diego and Brian Dozier (163 wRC+, .289 ISO vs LHP) against Daniel Norris and the Detroit bullpen are both top five projected batters as well. A pair of Rays (Corey Dickerson 4.09 Pt/$/K, Logan Morrison 3.93 Pt/$/K) project as top values on FanDuel against Ubaldo Jimenez, while Dickerson doubles up on DraftKings (2.7 Pt/$/K). Both cost less than $3K on either site due to recent slumps. Jimenez struck out 10 of 19 Yankees last time out and actually has a 17.5 K-BB% over his last 14 starts.

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  • J.D. Martinez (.500 ISO vs LHP) leads the Diamondbacks to the top run line (5.94) against Adam Conley

    Seven teams on a full 15 game slate have an implied run line between 4.79 and 5.04 currently. Half a run above them are the Twins at 5.5 and half a run above them, topping the board, are the Diamondbacks at 5.94 runs, hosting Adam Conley tonight He has a 46.1 Hard% over the last month. RHBs have a .362 wOBA with five HRs, a 31 GB% and 47.2 Hard%. Pitching is not that expensive tonight, so everyone will likely be paying up for J.D. Martinez (229 wRC+, .500 ISO, 54.7 Hard%, 45.3 FB% vs LHP). Paul Goldschmidt (137 wRC+, .262 ISO, 50 Hard% vs LHP) will also be highly coveted, but has just a 42 wRC+ over the last week. A.J. Pollock (118 wRC+, .269 ISO) and Chris Iannetta (135 wRC+, .203 ISO) have been the other big bats against southpaws this year, the former with a 276 wRC+, 50 Hard% and three HRs over the last week. Brian Dozier (163 wRC+, .289 ISO vs LHP) may be the second best bat on the slate. Daniel Norris makes his first major league start in months. He's been pitching out of the pen in September, striking out just four of 32 batters faced. RHBs have a 40.1 GB% and 42.9 Hard% against him this year. While Norris is unlikely to make it deep into this game, the Detroit bullpen is nothing to fear, although the Twins probably won't be holding platoon advantages afterward. Only three additional Twins have a wRC+ above 100 vs LHP (Byron Buxton, Joe Mauer, Robbie Grossman), none above 115. Of those three, only Buxton (.149) has an ISO even above .100 against left-handers this year, though several less potent Minnesota bats may make for reasonable salary savors if needed in a strong matchup tonight.

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  • The big three in Houston (Springer, Altuve, Correa) project as top bats against Lucas Giolito

    Paul Goldschmidt is the top overall projected batter on either site according to the RotoGrinders player projections. That much the projections for each site agree upon. Goldy faces Travis Wood (RHBs .392 wOBA, 31.3 Hard%), which is going to be strong matchup in any park. Teammate J.D. Martinez (239 wRC+, 518 ISO vs LHP) sits one spot outside the top 10 on either site and the argument might be made that those two spots deserve to be switched. While both Carlos Correa and George Springer are among the top four DraftKIngs against Lucas Giolito (RHBs 42.5 Hard%), Jose Altuve sits behind J.D. Martinez. However, the three Astros run fifth through seventh on FanDuel, though there's less than a half point of projected difference between the third and 11th spot there. Brian Dozier is the other player who appears among the top five on either site because he punishes LHP (158 wRC+, .315 ISO since last season). The difficult here is that C.C. Sabathia hasn't been very bad against RHBs (.317 wOBA, 31.3 Hard%) and may not see the order a third time due to the strength andn depth of the Yankee bullpen. Miguel Cabrera projects as a top value on either site for $3K or less against Daniel Gossett (RHBs .363 wOBA, 35.1 Hard%), while a pair of Nationals (Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman) project as top FanDuel values against Luiz Gohara, who blew through three levels of the minors to reach the Braves as a fire-balling 21 year old, but he has occasionally struggled with control at stops and the fact that the Nationals have just seen him in his last start likely benefits the hitters more than the pitcher.

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  • Houston Astros RHBs project well against Tyler Skaggs tonight

    The Houston Astros are the only offense to have two batters among the top 10 overall projections according to the RotoGrinders Player Projections. Jose Altuve is the top projected bat on DraftKings with George Springer appearing in the latter half of the top 10 on either site. Each is sporting a 150+ wRC+ and .200+ ISO against LHP this year and RHBs have a .345 wOBA, 32.9 Hard% against Tyler Skaggs this season. Anthony Rizzo (135 wRC+, .236 ISO vs RHP) is the top projected hitter on FanDuel. LHBs have scorched Matt Harvey this season (.391 wOBA, 37.6 Hard%). Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado, both in Arizona, appear in the top five on either site, along with Nelson Cruz, who crushes Martin Perez historically (.607 wOBA, three HRs, 104.7 mph aEV). Value hunter could do well on FanDuel with Kike Hernandez (vs Matt Moore), Evan Gattis, Jose Martinez (vs Tyler Mahle) and Jake Lamb (vs German Marquez) all projecting for somewhere around four Pt/$/K. DraftKings players could look towards another Cardinal, Matt Carpenter (2.38 Pt/$/K) for just $3.6K.

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  • RotoGrinders Player Projections love Cleveland and Arizona batters tonight

    J.D. Martinez (241 wRC+, .519 ISO, 53.6 Hard% vs LHP) and Paul Goldschmidt (152 wRC+, .265 ISO, 51.1 Hard% vs LHP) are the top projected batters on ether site tonight (RotoGrinders Player Projections). RHBs have a .342 wOBA and 2.4 K-BB% against Kyle Freeland, but with a reasonable 30.1 Hard% and 60 GB%. While he has a hard hit rate above 35% in four straight starts, he has a 73.9 GB% in his last two. Over this four start span, RHBs have a .436 wOBA, 3.0 K-BB%, 54.5 GB% and 45.6 Hard%. The Diamondbacks have only the third highest implied run line tonight (5.25). The team on top, Cleveland (5.8), has the next four highest projected batters on DraftKings (Jose Ramirez, Edwin Encarnacion, Francisco Lindor, Jay Bruce) and four of the next five on FanDuel with only Elvis Andrus (120 wRC+, .234 ISO vs LHP) breaking them up, facing a pitcher who has allowed 30 HRs to RHBs alone in Texas tonight. Bruce and Andrus double as top values on DraftKings (2.27 Pt/$/K), while Ryan Braun (3.61 Pt/$/K) projects as a great value on FanDuel for just $3.2K at home against LHP Steven Brault (RHBs .389 wOBA, 5 HRs, 33.3 GB%, 32 Hard%, 205 BF career).

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  • Cleveland, Arizona, and Houston all have multiple players among top projected hitters tonight

    There is less than a point of separation among the top 12 overall projected batters in the RotoGrinders Player Projections. Names like Aaron Jude, Mike Trout, Francsico Lindor and Paul Goldschmidt appear in the top five on either site. Cleveland is the only team to have three batters among the elite (top 12) on either site, as Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Ramirez are expected to join Lindor on an assault against Wade Miley. J.D. Martinez joins Goldschmidt to give the Diamondbacks a pair of leading projections against Jordan Lyles. Houston is the only other offense to place multiple batters in the top 12 with both Jose Altuve and George Springer appearing against Jharel Cotton, who has surrendered 23 HRs over his last 16 starts, despite the second lowest rate of contact above a 95 mph exit velocity on the board for the season (29.5%). When looking for top projected values, another Diamondback joins the party with Jake Lamb (3.94 Pt/$/K) on FanDuel. Among those projected for at least eight DraftKings points, Matt Carpenter (2.48 Pt/$/K) may be a great value if he's back in the lineup tonight. Jose Abreu (2.36 Pt/$/K) and Denard Span (2.33 Pt/$/K) are additional options in Chicago tonight.

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  • A pair of red hot Joses (Ramirez and Martinez) have a wRC+ above 340 over the last week.

    The three hottest hitters in the majors over the last week via wRC+ (10 PA min.) all share a name. Jose Ramirez (349 wRC+, 58.6 Hard%, five HRs), Jose Martinez (346 wRC+, 55.6 Hard%, three HRs) and Jose Iglesias (282 wRC+, 38.9 Hard%, one HR) finally have their party broken up by Tommy Pham (281 wRC+, 42.9 Hard%, two HR). While it's not advisable to find Iglesias in your daily fantasy lineup under most circumstances, the other three certainly merit discussion. Ramirez is a no brainer tonight against Reynaldo Lopez (91.2 mph aEV, 11.6% Barrels/BBE through three starts) with the Indians implied for 5.35 runs. The Cardinals are facing Dinelson Lamet, who combines a 29.5% strikeout rate with improved contact management recently (-4.4 Hard-Soft% last seven starts). Martinez generally plays only against LHP, but could be rewarded for putting up over 50 FanDuel points last night. A pair of Diamondbacks, Chris Iannetta (209 wRC+, 70 Hard%, two HRs) and Paul Goldschmidt (104 wRC+, 70 Hard%, one HR) have hit the ball the hardest over the last week. The issue there is that Iannetta's potency appears mostly against LHP and Goldschmidt has missed the last few days with an injury. Another Diamondback, J.D. Martinez (259 wRC+, 52.9 Hard%, five HRs) joins Ramirez atop the Home Run leaders over the last week. Kendrys Morales (135 wRC+, 35.7 Hard%, five HRs) has also hit five out, three in one game in Baltimore. If weather cooperates, he should have a favorable matchup in Boston against Doug Fister. However, the veteran right-hander has generated a 58.6 GB% and -3.4 Hard-Soft% over his last three starts. He's faced just 35 left-handed batters, with a .227 wOBA and 0.0 Hard-Soft% over that span.

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  • Giancarlo Stanton and Mike Trout find themselves among Coors bats atop RotoGrinders Player Projections

    The RotoGrinders Player Projections have five of the top seven bats residing in Coors tonight. Paul Goldschmidt and J.D. Martinez are projected very closely at the top, followed by Giancarlo Stanton, who may treat Miami like Coors tonight, facing a pitcher who has allowed RHBs a .423 wOBA, 44.9 Hard% and 40.5 GB%. Mike Trout in Texas (Cole Hamels) then shows up among Charlie Blackmon, A.J. Pollock and Nolan Arenado. Rounding out the top 10 requires a return trip to Miami, where Rhys Hoskins faces the debuting Dillon Peters. There's a lot of small sample sizes and unknown in that matchup. He's followed by Nelson Cruz against Sean Manaea (RHBs .342 wOBA, 38.3 Hard% this year) and Jonathan Schoop (203 wRC+, 40.9 Hard% last seven days) at home against Joe Biagini. Despite the lack of high priced pitching on the board, it's never a bad idea to hunt for value. The projections believe it's best found with Matt Davidson (3.94 Pt/$/K), Danny Valencia (3.85 Pt/$/K) and Jean Segura (3.82 Pt/$/K) among those projected for at least nine FanDuel points. Each are around the $2.5K mark with the platoon advantage. On DraftKings, the projections see Chris Iannetta (2.44 Pt/$/K) as a top value, along with teammate J.D. Martinez (2.35 Pt/$/K).

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  • Both teams at Coors projected for six runs tonight, more than half a run above all other teams

    The Friday slate is two games short of being full with a Wrigley day game and a Houston PPD. The game at Coors has both teams projected for about six runs. Ten of 24 remaining teams have an implied run line between 4.9 and 5.4 runs. The Coors matchup, Taijuan Walker vs Kyle Freeland, features two competent pitchers, but also two that have not been at their peak recently. Freeland has a ground ball rate below 40% with a hard hit rate above 35% in three of his last four starts (discounting his 0.1 inning outing). Walker has just 12 Ks over his last four, but a 55.9 GB% and 23.7 Hard% over his last three starts. While RHBs have a 59.1 GB% and 29.6 K% against Freeland for the season, they also carry a .336 wOBA. Over these last four starts, it's a .399 wOBA, 46.3 GB% and 36.4 Hard%. Your lefty mashing D'Backs: J.D. Martinez (259 wRC+, .537 ISO), Paul Goldschmidt (155 wRC, .270 ISO) and even Chris Iannetta (155 wRC+, .237 ISO) are all in play. Though very expensive, Martinez and Goldschmidt each have a 58% hard hit rate over the last week. Taijuan Walker has very little platoon split, keeping most of the Colorado lineup in play in this environment, with Charlie Blackmon (152 wRC+, .303 ISO vs RHP) the obvious standout. Mark Reynolds and Nolan Arenado have a wRC+ around average, but ISOs above .230 vs RHP this year.

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  • Rich Hill has a 26.2 K-BB%, but 38.1 GB% and 33.1 Hard% last 11 starts, seven HRs last five

    Rich Hill is one of the top pitchers on the board. His 28.8 K% is second only to Chris Sale and his 84.1 mph aEV and 28% 95+ mph EV are lowest on the board among those with more than six starts. That said, rostering some RH Diamondbacks could make some sense. They're likely to be low owned and despite a 26.2 K-BB% over his last 11 starts, he also has a 38.1 GB% and 33.1 Hard% over that span. He's allowed seven HRs over his last five starts. J.D. Martinez (265 wRC+, .565 ISO vs LHP) and Paul Goldschmidt (147 wRC+, .252 ISO vs LHP) are the obvious choices, but also consider Chris Iannetta (157 wRC+, .250 ISO vs LHP), who's much cheaper and has homered twice in 10 PAs against Hill.

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