Daily Fantasy Baseball (DFS) - High Cost/Low Cost Options - FanDuel - 4/25/18
Wednesday April 25th, 2018
4/25/18 – 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 4/23.
Max Scherzer (Washington Nationals - $11,500) – I was going to go with Dylan Bundy as I really like his matchup against Tampa Bay and though he was a good “high-cost” option that wouldn’t completely break the bank, however, as the Baltimore/TB game was rained out tonight, it looks as if I will need to wait until Thursday to roster Bundy. In his place, I’m going have to go with more “low-cost” options as I’m probably now paying up for Max Scherzer. The good with going with Scherzer, you’re feeling confident of a big performance and that shouldn’t be any difference against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday. Scherzer comes into this game with a 1.36 ERA and 12.8 K/9 and as he is holding the current Giants lineup to just .215 hitting and while striking 38% of those batters faced, I expect around a 60-point performance from Scherzer.
Matt Wisler (Atlanta Braves - $6,200) – I know it was probably just one start at Matt Wisler has a career 5.16 ERA, but I don’t absolutely hate taking a shot with Atlanta’s Matt Wisler on Wednesday against the Cincinnati Reds. Wisler was incredible in his first start of the season last week going 7.0 innings while giving up just 1 ER and 2 hits, while striking out 8 in a 2-1 victory over the New York Mets. Wisler hasn’t faced well against Cincinnati in the past, but the Reds do strikeout a lot (ranked 26th in MLB) and are hitting just .224 as a team on the season. This is a real risky pick, but the upside is there and it could bring you a big advantage as I don’t imagine Wisler being highly owned.
For the 2nd straight day, I’m sticking to 1B as my “high cost” & “low-cost” picks however, if you are looking at catchers, it’s hard to argue with Gary Sanchez (New York Yankees - $3,900) who will be right in the middle of a batting order that has hit .343 against Lance Lynn. If you are looking for a value play, I’m once against looking at Jonathan Lucroy (Oakland - $2,200) who is playing in a nice hitter’s park and is going against Doug Fister who he is 3 for 9 lifetime against with a HR.
Joey Gallo (Texas Rangers - $3,900) – I originally had Eric Hosmer in this spot but because he is unlikely to play after being put on the medical leave act and is most likely not going to be able to go tomorrow, I’ve decided to put Joey Gallo who already has 7 HR’s and 17 RBI’s on the season. Gallo has some of the best pure power as a hitter in the league and has a great matchup against Oakland’s Kendall Graveman who is allowing LHBs to hit .415 against him this season. I think Texas is one of the better stacks for Wednesday’s slate and as Gallo does have a HR in his career against Graveman, he is good option if you want to spend up at the C/1B position.
Chris Davis (Baltimore Orioles - $2,600) – If you want to save a bit of money at the C/1B position, you could do worse than the slugging 1B from Baltimore as although Davis is hitting just .169 on the season with just 2 HR’s, Davis is more than capable of being a great low-cost option with his ability to hit multiple HR’s in any game. Davis will be going up against Chris Archer of the Tampa Bay Rays who has 3 HR’s off against in his career in 28 AB’s. Archer has struggled a bit this season with a 6.59 ERA and although he is tough against RHB’s, Archer has had trouble all season with LHB’s as he allowing them to hit .368 off him so far this year.
Robinson Cano (Seattle Mariners $4,100) – Robinson Cano just keeps on hitting and has gotten off to a tremendous year as he is currently hitting .324 on the season with 2 HR’s and 9 RBI’s. Cano and Seattle have one of the best matchups of the day against James “no longer big game” Shields. Shields has a 6.17 ERA on the season and although he hasn’t given up many HR’s this season, I think that number will start going up very soon. Cano is hitting .340 vs. RHP’s on the season and has absolutely owned Shields in his career as he has a .413 average (38-92) with 6 HR’s and 20 RBI’s.
Carlos Asuaje (San Diego Padres - $3,500) – Carlos Asuaje will probably be on the radar of many fantasy players after his 35.4 FanDuel point performance on Monday (2-5 HR, 4 RBI’s, 2R) and he should be looked at for Wednesday if you’re looking for more of a value play as he has a nice matchup against Jon Gray and is still reasonably priced for being in Colorado. Asuaje is hitting just .226 on the season, however, he does have 2 HR’s on the year and is batting .283 against RHP. Gray has been awful this season allowing LHB’s to hit .323 against him and is allowing all opponents to hit .316 against him which is currently the worst mark in the major leagues. This is more of a high-value play than “low-cost” but I just like the stack against Jon Gray on Wednesday.
Trea Turner (Washington Nationals - $ 4,100) – It’s been a slow start for the dynamic SS for the Nationals, however, I don’t mind spending up for him on Wednesday in his matchup against Jeff Samardzija of the San Francisco Giants. For you that haven’t watched much of Trea Turner, he is absolutely lighting on the base paths to the extent that he has basically the green light to try a swipe a bag at all times. Turner is currently hitting just .242 with a HR and 4 RBI’s however, he does have 9 SB’s on the season and once that average starts going up, we’ll see Turner running a lot more. Turner could have an opportunity to start getting going against Samardzija who he has .571 average and 1.714 OPS against in his young career.
Jurickson Profar (Texas Rangers- $3,000) – Jurickson Profar has been disappointing in young career as the former top-prospect hasn’t panned out as well as Texas had hoped. The switch hitting Profar is hitting just .255 on the season however, he is a decent “low-cost” option as he sits below the $3,000 price range and played well as of late, hitting .333 over the past week. Another aspect that Profar has going for him on Wednesday is that he is facing off against the RHP Kendall Graveman of the Oakland A’s who has a 10.07 ERA and 2.82 HR/9 on the season and is allowing LHB’s to currently hit .415 against him.
Mike Moustakas (Kansas City Royals - $4,000) – Mike Moustakas looks like a man on the mission to show all those teams that passed on him in the off season that he is the real deal. Moose is hitting .318 so far on the season to go along with 6 HR’s and 17 RBI’s. Moustakas doesn’t have the easiest matchup on Wednesday as he is going against the RHP Chase Anderson of the Milwaukee Brewers, however, I still like this matchup as Moustakas is hitting .362 against RHP on the season and Anderson can give up some HR’s as he currently has a 1.95 HR/9.
Corey Spangenberg (San Diego Padres- $3,200) – Corey Spangenberg is another San Diego bat which you can probably get some solid value with if you need it on Wednesday with his matchup in Colorado against Jon Gray. As I’ve mentioned, Gray has been awful this season so I’m pretty comfortable getting any LHB on my roster against him at this point. Spangenberg is hitting just .212 on the season but does have 2 HR’s so he has enough power to possibly get us a HR at Coors Field. Spangenberg has also had some success against Jon Gray in his career as he is 4 for 15 against him with a HR and 3 RBI’s.
Franchy Cordero (San Diego Padres - $ 3,700) – If you haven’t seen the absolute moon shot that Cordero hit the other night….do yourself a favor and go check it out. Cordero is a great combination of power and speed and although he is hitting just .256 on the season, he does have 4 HR’s and a couple of SB’s. As I’ve mentioned, Jon Gray has had a real tough season to date and for this type of power in Colorado at this price point, I think Cordero is a great play today.
Aaron Judge (New York Yankees - $5,300) – If you want to spend up at the outfield position tonight, I think Aaron Judge is a smart way to go as I have a feeling that it’s going to be a high-scoring matchup in the Bronx on Wednesday night. Judge is one of the best players in baseball and has really looked comfortable at the plate this season as he is currently hitting .325 with 6 HR’s and 15 RBI’s. Lance Lynn doesn’t have overpowering stuff and as Lynn has really struggled against the Yankees in his career, I want to ensure I have want Bronx Bomber in the middle of it.
Also Considered: Josh Reddick (Houston Astros - $3,600) & Shin-Soo Choo (Texas Rangers - $3,500) – Reddick has shown some nice power to start the season with 6 HR’s and has a nice matchup against Nick Tropeano is allowing LHB’s to hit .417 against him this season. Shin-Soo Choo hasn’t had overwhelming success against Oakland’s Kendall Graveman, but does have 2 HR’s against him in his career and with the way Graveman has pitched this year, is a good matchup to target.
Delino DeShields Jr. / Nomar Mazara (Texas Rangers A’s - $2,700/$3,200) – Delino DeShields is back in the lineup from injury and although doesn’t bring much power, he can really do damage with his speed as he demonstrated last night with is 2-4 performance with 2 SB’s. DeShields also has had success against Kendall Graveman as he is 4 for 7 against him in his career. Nomar Mazara is a bit more pricy, but certainly has the power to do some major damage against Graveman and has a .389 average and .833 OPS against the right-hander in his career.
Ryan Braun (Milwaukee Brewers - $3,200) – Ryan Braun is hitting just .221 on the season however, the veteran outfielder still has shown some power in his bat this season as he currently has 5 HR’s and 14 RBI’s on the year. Braun has started to heat up as of late as over the past week he is hitting .353 (6-17) with 2 doubles, 2 HR’s, and 6 RBI’s and has a nice matchup against Kansas City’s Jason Hammel who he has a career .355 average (11-31) with 4 HR’s and 8 RBI’s against.