Jose Ramirez (FDraft: $10,000 DK: $5,100 FDuel: $4,500): Our first Must-Have of the day will be the friendly face of Indians’ third baseman, Jose Ramirez. Last night, Ramirez belted a home run as a DFI Must-Have and is checking out to be one of the best plays on the slate once again. Francisco Liriano will be toeing the rubber against the Indians tonight and has allowed a 1.69 HR/9, 5.77 FIP, .380 wOBA and 42% hard hit rate against right-handers to begin the season. Left-handers are getting torched by Ramirez this season thanks to a .971 OPS, .294 ISO, .411 wOBA, .314 average and a 46% hard hit rate against them. Comerica Park has also been a very strong park for Ramirez to hit in since he holds down a career .305 average, .990 OPS and six homers in Detroit. We can also tell you that Liriano is showcasing mostly his two-seam fastball (43%), slider (29%), and changeup (23%) to right-handed hitters in 2018. Ramirez posted impressive numbers against all three pitches in 2017, hitting them to the tune of a .333 ISO against two-seamers from lefties, .323 ISO against changeups and a .273 ISO against sliders from left-handed pitchers. We will be locking Ramirez’ hefty upside in the heart of the Indians’ order across all of our lineups tonight.
Austin Barnes (FDraft: $6,300 DK: $3,200 FDuel: $2,200): Our next Must-Have alongside Jose Ramirez will be Dodgers’ catcher, Austin Barnes. Left-hander hurler, Wei-Yin Chen will be taking the baseball for the Marlins in Miami tonight and has labored mightily to right-handed bats to begin the season. Chen has allowed right-handers to hit him to the tune of a 4.15 HR/9, 11.80 FIP, 56% fly-ball rate, and a 39% hard hit rate. Barnes has been one of the Dodgers most formidable hitters against left-handers over the last two seasons since in 2017 he posted an .886 OPS, .257 ISO, .377 wOBA, six homers and a 41% hard hit rate against them. Not much has changed in 2018 since Barnes currently holds down an .829 OPS, .179 ISO, .362 wOBA and a home run against lefties to start the season. Barnes is underpriced across the industry and provides a plethora of value as we lock him in across all of our lineups and formats tonight!
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