The MLB action on Thursday Night looks to deliver some big time power potential for the games top hitters. This includes the likes of Chris Davis, Edwin Encarnacion and Ian Desmond. Each of these three stars as well as their teammates will face off against starters that all have the same issue
That issue is trying to keep the ball in the stadium against opposing hitters despite one those options being a top tier starter option as well. For Davis he will get a chance to hit against Max Scherzer who ranks 10th in all of baseball with 25 home runs allowed. Encarnacion on the other hand will hit against Jered Weaver who has allowed the third most home runs in all of baseball with 30
Than there is Josh Tomlin who will take the hill for the Cleveland Indians against a very good hitting Texas Rangers ball club. The Cleveland Indians starter enters Thursday Night leading all of Major League Baseball with 32 long balls allowed. Now the big question is along with these stars what other player could reward us with a big time fantasy performance on Thursday Night.
Here is the rest of the MLB options we like tonight on FanDuel to build our MLB lineup around.
MLB FanDuel Advice – Thursday August 25th, 2016
Robbie Ray, Arizona Diamondbacks: How can we not go with the Diamondbacks starter here after his recent stretch run. In his last seven outings, Ray has posted at least 30 fantasy points in each of those contests with two of those games going over the 54 point mark. On Thursday Night, Ray will get a chance to face off against an Atlanta Braves team that ranks near the bottom in every major offensive category.
Other Starter Options we like include J.A. Happ
Fantasy Sleeper Option: Ubaldo Jimenez (Only a GPP Gamble Play)
Jonathan Lucroy, Texas Rangers: Lucroy is one of those options you have to love based on his future matchup against a starter who has struggled to keep the ball in the ball park this season.
Other Catcher Options we like include Mike Zunino and Matt Wieters
Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles: The Orioles slugger has been one of the hottest hitters in all of baseball. Add that with the fact he has had his way with Scherzer in the past makes him a great candidate along with the fact the Nationals starter struggles to keep the ball in the stadium.
Other First Base Options we like include Edwin Encarnacion, Justin Smoak and Paul Goldschmidt
Howie Kendrick, Los Angeles Dodgers: Kendrick is another fantastic option on Thursday Night against the San Francisco Giants starter Matt Moore, In 14 career at bats against Moore, Kendrick has six hits including one extra base hit.
Other Second Base Options we like include Jonathan Schoop and Daniel Murphy
Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals: The Nationals third base enters Thursday Night posting over 19 fantasy points in three of his last five games. Those numbers with the fact he is going up against an Orioles starter who has allowed five runs over his last five innings of work lands him atop the list of third base options.
Other Third Base Options we like include Adrian Beltre and Jake Lamb
Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers; Andrus continues to hit as he moves his current hitting streak up to six games on the season. In that stretch, the Rangers short stop has nine total hits in 20 at bats.
Other Short Stop Options we like include Troy Tulowitzki and JJ Hardy
Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals: Now this is an interesting opportunity as we have a strong feeling that the Orioles starter will continue to struggle on Friday Night leading to more runs on the scoreboard. For us we are hoping his bat cmes alive much like Davis’s bat has been over the past week.
Nick Markakis, Atlanta Braves: While we love Ray on the mound on Thursday Night, Markakis is a solid option if you elect to stay away from the Diamondbacks starter. According to Rotogrinders Ball Park Factors, Chase field ranks above average for left handed outfielders in home runs, average, slugger and doubles.
Michael Saunders, Toronto Blue Jays: Here is another top fantasy candidate based on his fantasy matchup against the Los Angeles Angels starter. In his previous 26 at bats against Jered Weaver, Saunders picked up nine hits with one of those hits going for a home run.
Other Outfielder Options we like include Adam Jones, Melvin Upton Jr, Ian Desmond, Gregory Polanco and Joc Pederson.