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Two aces are pitching Wednesday. The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw ($13,300 salary) and the Rays’ Chris Archer ($10,600). You’re going to want one of them in your lineup.
At first glance, you see Kershaw facing the Phillies and you think you have your answer. But at closer inspection, I see the Philadelphia, while still with one of the worst offenses overall, has been raking over the past week — a team batting average of .300. Hey, every team gets hot once in a while.
On the other end, Archer is facing the Royals, who lead the AL Central. Kansas City, though, is slumping at the plate. Just .210 as a team over the past 7 days and leading hitter Lorenzo Cain will likely be out of the lineup with a hamstring issue.
Archer averages 25.2 fantasy points per start, Kershaw 24.7. Archer just happens to be $2,700 cheaper. That goes a long way when filling in the rest of your lineup. I’m going with Archer.
As for my second starter, I like Toronto’s Drew Hutchison vs. the White Sox for $7,200. He isn’t great, but Chicago’s offense is at the bottom of the MLB class. Hutch has been alternating 20+ point starts with duds. Following that pattern, he’s due for a good outing. I know, it’s a coincidence. But still, the White Sox offer a prime matchup.
I haven’t decided on my complete hitting lineup yet as there are some potential weather problems in a few host cities — Washington, DC, New York City, Boston and Pittsburgh might see some game-time rain.
But I do know of a few guys who I will be using — Toronto 3B Josh Donaldson, St. Louis SS Jhonny Peralta and Toronto OF/3B Danny Valencia. Each of those hitters have much better-than-average stats vs. the opposing pitchers for the night.
Check back late Wednesday afternoon for my complete lineup. I’ll also be posting it on Twitter @HeavySan.
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