Daily Fantasy Baseball (DFS) - High Cost/Low Cost Options - FanDuel - 4/24/18
Tuesday, April 24th 2018
4/24/18 – Daily Fantasy Baseball – FanDuel
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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 4/22.
Shohei Ohtani (Los Angeles Angels - $9,000) – Shohei Ohtani comes in as the 5th most expensive pitcher on the night and I think although he has a tough matchup against the Houston Astros, I expect a decent bounce back game from the sensational rookie on Tuesday night. Even after getting touched up against the Red Sox recently, Ohtani comes into this game with a respectable 3.60 ERA and outstanding 11.4 K/9 ratio. Ohtani has been tough on both LHB and RHB this as he is holding LHB to just a .143 average while RHB are hitting just .161. Ohtani showed us the potential he has on the mound with his 67 FanDuel point performance against Oakland earlier in the month and I think the has the highest upside in tonight’s matchups.
Vince Velasquez (Philadelphia Phillies - $7,500) – Vince Velasquez is certainly a risky pick, but if you want to save some money on Tuesday night, I would take a good look at the Phillies right-hander who comes into this game with a 3.80 ERA and has three quality starts in four starts this season. Velasquez has good enough stuff that can make hitters miss and currently has a 10.1 K/9 rate. Velasquez is holding RHBs to just a .243 average this season and has had success against the current Diamondback roster as he is holding Arizona to just a .174 avg (4-23). Philadelphia has been great at home as of late and between the fact that the Diamondbacks haven’t been outstanding offensively so far this season and that they rank 24th in strikeout rate, I think Velasquez is an excellent value play tonight.
I’m sticking with 1B as my high-cost/low-cost picks tonight however, if you want to go with a catcher I think Yadier Molina (St. Louis Cardinals - $3,700) and Jonathan Lucroy (Oakland A’s - $2,000) are decent options tonight as Molina has just been on a tear as of late while Lucroy has great career numbers against Cole Hamels who is prone to giving up HR’s.
Josh Bell (Pittsburgh Pirates - $3,400) – If you’re putting together a line up for tonight, you have to be thinking of stacking the Pirates on Tuesday as they have one of the best matchups of the night against the RHP Jordan Zimmerman of the Detroit Tigers. Bell hasn’t play outstanding of late however, the 2nd year 1B has hit .400 (2 for 5) against Zimmerman in his career and as better slugging/OPS numbers as a LHB. Bell has put some decent offensive production off this season with 5 doubles, 1 triple, 1 HR, and 13 RBI’s and I think Bell will have some great chances to add to that RBI total on Tuesday night.
Brandon Belt (San Francisco Giants - $3,100) – Brandon Belt was in a lot of headlines today with his 21-pitch at bat this past Sunday, however, on top of making pitchers work extra hard to get him out, Belt has quietly been on a tear as of late as he has hit a HR in this last 4 starts. Belt is batting a respectable .288 with 5 HR’s and 10 RBI’s on the season and I think this price is a great value especially as Belt has a .364 average (4-11) and .955 OPS against Tanner Roark who he will be seeing on Tuesday.
Brian Dozer (Minnesota Twins - $4,600) – Brian Dozer will be only available in the early only/all day matchups however, he is my high-cost pick of the day as Dozier has been incredible to start this season and is facing off the LHP CC Sabathia on Tuesday. Dozier is batting 310 on the season with 4 doubles, 4 HR’s and 7 RBI’s and has been crushing LHP’s on the season to the tune of a .400 average. Dozier has a .783 OPS against Sabathia in this career and I think he’ll has a good shot to hit one out of Yankee Stadium in this one.
Jonathan Villar (Milwaukee Brewers - $3,100) – Jonathan Villar is can be a frustrating fantasy player as the switch-hitting 2B has the ability to hit HR’s and steal a ton of bases, however, can be sat out on any given night and certainly go on long stretches of providing limited offensive production. Either way, for $3,100, I like the matchup against the Royals Ian Kennedy who certainly can give up HR’s. Villar is averaging .273 with a HR and 7 RBI’s however, I really like his chances in this game to get multiple SB’s if he can get on base with a shot of getting a HR.
Paul DeJong (St. Louis Cardinals - $4,300) – Paul DeJong might be hitting just .260 on the season, but the St. Louis shortstop has been outstanding in the power department as DeJong currently has 7 HR’s and 13 RBI’s on the season. DeJong will be facing the right-handed Zack Wheeler who had really struggled against the Cardinals as against the current St. Louis roster, Wheeler is allowing the Cardinals to hit .313 (15-48). DeJong has hit RHP’s hard this season as 6 of 7 of his HR’s have come against RHP and as DeJong is 3 for 3 with 2 HR’s against Wheeler in the career, I think Paul DeJong is worth the high price tag today.
Tim Anderson (Chicago White Sox - $3,100) – Tim Anderson isn’t the flashiest pick in the fantasy world, but people shouldn’t ignore the White Sox SS as Anderson has 3 HR’s and is 2nd in the American in stolen bases with 8. The White Sox have a good matchup against the LHP Marco Gonzales on Tuesday night who had a 5.94 ERA and is allowing RHB’s to hit .328 against him on the season. Anderson has a 4-game hitting streak entering tonight’s game and as he is hitting .313 against LHP this season, I think he has some decent value on Tuesday.
Travis Shaw (Milwaukee Brewers - $4,200) – Ian Kennedy has gotten has gotten off to a nice start to this 2018 season, however, I’m expecting him to come back to earth a bit real soon and I think stacking some Brewers, who have been swinging the bat well as of late, could be a solid strategy on Tuesday. I’m going with Travis Shaw as he has a HR in two of his last three games and is really seeing the ball well this season as he already has 14 walks on the year. Shaw is currently averaging a respectable .289 with 4 HR’s and 10 RBI’s on the season and has done well against RHP as he is hitting .358 against him this season.
David Freese (Pittsburgh Pirates $2,500) – David Freese is not an everyday starter for the Pirates however, when he has been given an opportunity, he has played well as he has a .746 OPS to go along with 2 HR’s. Freese has been better against RHP this season, hitting a .273 mark, however, I really like Freese as he is facing off against Jordan Zimmerman who he is 4 for 11 (.333 avg) lifetime against with a HR and 2 RBI’s.
Christian Yelich (Milwaukee Brewers - $4,100) – Christian Yelich is back from his minor injury which is a great thing for the Brewers and his fantasy owners as the Yelich is hitting .333 on the season with 2 doubles, 1 triple, 2 HR’s and 8 RBI’s. Yelich faces off against Ian Kennedy who he has had good success against as in his career, Yelich is hitting .417 (5-12) with 1 HR and 2 RBI’s. As I mentioned above, I think Kennedy is going to have a rough time against the Brewers and I think Yelich and his 1.417 OPS against Kennedy will be right in the middle of it on Tuesday.
Khris Davis (Oakland A’s - $4,300) – Khris Davis is doing what he does in Oakland and that is hitting HR’s. Davis helped Oakland get the series victory over the Red Sox with a 3-run blast on Sunday and although he is hitting just .270 on the season, the slugging OF has 6 HR’s and 19 RBI’s. Davis has a good matchup against the left-handed Cole Hamels who has a 2.22 HR/9 and an unimpressive 4.76 ERA so far this season. Davis has had a lot of success against Hamels in this career as he has a .308 average with 3 HR’s and 5 RBI’s against the left-hander.
Also Considered: Corey Dickerson (Pittsburgh Pirates - $3,600) – Similar to Bell and Freese, I just really like the matchup Pittsburgh has against Jordan Zimmerman and Dickerson has been having a solid season this year as he is hitting .303 with 1 HR and 12 RBI’s.
Chris Pinder (Oakland A’s - $2,100) – I would be shocked not to see Chris Pinder in the line-up tomorrow night as although the seldom used utility player for the A’s doesn’t get a lot of playing time, the fact that he is 6 for 6 with 3 HR’s and 3 RBI’s against Cole Hamels gives Pinder some of the best value on the day.
Aaron Altherr (Philadelphia Phillies - $2,200) – Aaron Altherr got off to an awful start to his season which saw him lose playing time to Nick Williams, however, Altherr is starting to heat up as he went 3 for 3 against Pittsburgh on Sunday and should be in the starting line up as he is going up against the LHP Robbie Ray on Tuesday. Altherr is a good value as he has great power and take a ball out of the ball park with one swing of the bat and although Robbie Ray is a tough pitcher, he is 2 for 6 with a HR against him in his career.
Also Considered: Wil Myers (San Diego Padres - $3,400) – Wil Myers price will jump $300 from Monday’s cost, but as he is in Colorado I still think getting Myers, who had a nice matchup against the left-handed Kyle Freeman of Colorado, still is a huge value play.