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Daily Fantasy Baseball (DFS) - High Cost/Low Cost Options - FanDuel - 4/22/18

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Daily Fantasy Baseball (DFS) - High Cost/Low Cost Options - FanDuel - 4/22/18

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Please Note – This article was written prior to the completion of yesterday’s games so all player statistics are as of 4/20.

Pitchers

High Cost:

Corey Kluber (Cleveland Indians- $11,500) – There are a few high-priced options on today’s slate but if you’re willing to spend the money, I would just go straight to the top and go with Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians. Kluber is one of the top pitchers in baseball and has one of the best matchups on the day with the strikeout prone Baltimore Orioles. Kluber comes into this matchup with a 1.52 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and is holding opponents to just a .155 batting avg. Kluber threw a complete game shutout with 10 K’s against Baltimore in his only start last year, and I expect more of the same in term of results tomorrow.

Low Cost:

Reynaldo Lopez (Chicago White Sox - $7,600) – As I mentioned in last nights show, I really wanted to put Joey Lucchesi in this spot, however, his price has risen to $8,400 which on this slate is in the top-6 of all pitchers which I can’t warrant as a “low-cost” option. Because of this, I’m going with what I believe a sneaky pick in Reynaldo Lopez against the Astros tomorrow. Lopez is 3 for 3 when it comes to quality starts on the season with a 1.42 ERA and he has the strikeout upside we like to see with our value picks as he comes into this matchup with a 9.95 K/9 ratio. Houston has put up some monster run totals in their last two games, however, as they still rank 19th in strikeout rate, I think Lopez is a good option to take a risk on if you don’t want to spend a lot on a pitcher today.

Catchers/1st base

High Cost:

Joey Gallo (Texas Rangers - $3,500) – There is going to be a lot of talk with the Seattle/Texas game for the rest of this article as this is one of the best games to load up on a bunch of hitters and for me, it starts with Joey Gallo of the Texas Rangers. Gallo has always been a boom or bust pick as he has some of the best power in the game, but also strikeouts a ton, however, his matchup against the RHP Erasmo Ramirez is just too good to pass up. Gallo has 6 HR’s on the season and between the fact that Ramirez is making his first start in a very hitting friendly ball park and that Gallo is 2 for 3 with 2 HRs of him in his career, I think Gallo is a great play at $3,500.

Also Considered: If you want to go with a catcher, Gary Sanchez is a good high-cost option tonight as he has a nice matchup against the LHP Jamie Garcia of the Blue Jays and is hitting .313 against LHP on the season.

Low Cost:

Jesus Aguilar (Milwaukee Brewers - $2,700) – Jesus Aguilar doesn’t always get to play, but as I’m pretty sure he’ll be in the lineup on Sunday, I think the slugging 1B is one of the better value plays of the day against the LHP Caleb Smith of the Miami Marlins on Sunday. Aguilar is hitting .400 on the season and although he doesn’t have a HR on the season, it’s only a matter of time as he is hitting a ridiculous .455 against LHP this season. Aguilar was 3 for 5 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI’s in his last start on Thursday and I expect another solid game out of him again on Sunday.

2nd base

High Cost:

DJ LeMahieu (Colorado Rockies - $4,200) – I’m just not a huge fan of Jose Quintana right now and is this is a large reason why I’m going to take my first Colorado player tonight in DJ LeMahieu. LeMahieu has been outstanding to start the season as he is hitting .305 with 5 HR’s and 10 RBI’s. Quintana has really struggled this season as he comes into this matchup with a 8.16 ERA and between the fact that LeMahieu is hitting .344 against LHP’s and that they will be playing in the thin Colorado air, I think LeMahieu is the best play as a “high-cost” option on Sunday.

Low Cost:

Yoan Moncada (Chicago White Sox - $3,400) – I know that $3,400 as a “low-cost” option is big stretch, but look it, there is just nothing I like in the 2,000 range and I’m going with Moncada as his upside at this price is a solid value. Moncada has started showing why he was the main acquisition in the Chris Sale trade with the Red Sox. Moncada might be hitting just .212 on the season however, he had 3 HR’s on the season and has shown his ability to do damage on the base paths with 4 SB’s on the season. Moncada has a tough matchup against Lance McCullers of the Astros who has pitched well this season, however, the fact that Moncada is hitting .426 against RHP’s and that all 3 of his HR’s have come as a LHB, makes him an excellent choice at the $3,400 price.   

Shortstop

High Cost:

Corey Seager (Los Angeles Dodgers - $3,500) – Seager hasn’t had the start that myself or most likely the Los Angeles Dodgers expected, but this is player who is steal at the $3,500 price tag he is listed at on Sunday. Seager is hitting just .243 on the season, however has a great matchup against Jeremy Hellickson of the Washington Nationals and is also hitting a respectable .295 against RHB’s this season. Seager is hitting .296over the past week and as I think he is on the verge of a breakout, he is my “high-cost” option of the day at the SS position.

Low Cost:

Jean Segura (Seattle Mariners - $3,300) – When I first researched for this article, Segura was just $3,000 on Saturday night and although he price has risen for Sunday, I’m sticking with him even though as it’s difficult to find a lot of value at the SS position when you get below the $3,000 price tag. The reason why I’m so high on Segura, is mostly do to the fact that he is facing off against Martin Perez of the Rangers who I’m having a tough time understanding why he is still in the starting rotation for the Rangers. Segura is having a great season, hitting .303 with a HR, 10 RBI’s, and 3 SB and as he is 3 for 9 with HR and 2 RBI’s, I think Segura is a solid option today.

3rd Base

High Cost:

Nolan Arenado (Colorado Rockies - $4,900) – Im actually surprised that Arenado is under the $5,000 mark tonight as I love his matchup at home against a struggling Jose Quintana of the Chicago Cubs. Arenado is one of the best hitters in baseball and although he missed a few games due to his suspension by charging the mound, Arenado is still hitting .321 with 2 HR’s and 8 RBI’s. As I mentioned with DJ LeMahieu, Quintana comes into this game with a 8.16 ERA and as Alrenado is hitting a an impresssive .440 against LHP’s this season, I think Arenado a great option if you want to spend up at 3B tonight.

Low Cost:

Kyle Seager (Seattle Mariners - $3,000) – I’m hoping for a big day from the Seager family as along with Corey Seager, I’m going to with his older brother, Kyle Seager of the Seattle Mariners as my “low-cost” 3B today. Seager is as streaky of a hitter as they come and although he hasn’t been great as of late, facing Martin Perez is the perfect recipe for the older Seager to get back on track. Seager has 3 HR’s and 12 RBI’s on the season and is hitting .333 against LHP this season, but the real selling point for him comes when you look at the fact that in his career, he is hitting .364 (16-44) with 4 HR’s against Perez.

Outfielders

High Cost:

Giancarlo Stanton (New York Yankees - $4,800) – It’s been no secret that Giancarlo Stanton hasn’t had the start the he or anyone that is a fan of the New York Yankees have expected, however, it’s still only April and I think he has a great matchup against the left-handed Jamie Garcia of the Blue Jays on Sunday. Stanton has a respectable 4 HR’s and 12 RBI’s and although it seems that he hasn’t done much this year, Stanton is hitting a solid .353 against LHP on the year. Stanton has owned Garcia in his career, hitting .583 with 3 HR’s in 12 AB’s and feel that he is one of the best options if you want to pay up in the outfield tonight.   

Shin-Soo Choo (Texas Rangers - $3,300) – Shin-Soo Choo might not be hitting for a high average on the season, the veteran LHB has one of the better matchups tomorrow against the RHP Erasmo Ramirez of the Rays who will be making his first start of the season today. Choo has put some monster games together this season and although he is hitting just .238, he comes into this matchup with 5 HR’s and 9 RBI’s. Choo has been batting lead-off for the Rangers which is always a nice plus in daily fantasy and as he had a .571 average and 1.810 OPS against Ramirez in 7 AB’s in his career, Choo is a great option at $3,300.

Also Considered: Nelson Cruz is still battling a bad ankle and although he has a great matchup against Martin Perez, there is a good chance he is getting the day off on Sunday. If you can confirm that Cruz is playing, seriously consider getting him in your lineups as is hitting .318 with 3 HR’s against Perez in his career.  

Low Cost:

Guillermo Heredia (Seattle Mariners - $2,300) – This is the 4th Seattle player I’ve mentioned in this article and if you’re still reading, I’m finally going to explain how bad Martin Perez has pitched this season. In 12.3 IP this season, Perez is allowing LHB’s to hit .444 and RHB’s .455! He is allowing all hitters to hit .453 on the season……453!!! Seattle is going to be my mind stack of the night and as Heredia has HR power and is hitting .444 (8-18) against Perez in his career, he is a great “low-cost” option in the OF tonight.  

Matt Kemp (Los Angeles Dodgers - $2,500) – I love the matchup Kemp has today against Jeremy Hellickson however, this pick comes with some risk since this is the Sunday night baseball game and there is always a chance that Kemp doesn’t get the start. If Kemp does play, he is a great steal at $2,500 he comes into this game with a .340 average, .962 OPS, and 3 HR’s. Kemp is 7-22 (.318) with a HR in his career against Jeremy Hellickson and I expect this success to continue if he gets the start tonight.

Also Considered: Denard Span – It’s not the fact that I love Span, it’s more of the fact that I got to the end of this article realizing I didn’t have one LHB against the Phil Hughes who loves to give up long balls. Hughes will be making his first start of the season and as Span has just enough power/speed to get a HR or a SB in a game, you could do worse at his price point.  

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