Daily Fantasy Baseball (DFS) - High Cost/Low Cost Options - FanDuel - 4/27/18
High-Cost/Low-Cost Options - Friday April 27th, 2018
4/27/18 – 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 4/25.
Jacob deGrom (New York Mets - $10,600) – We have a few good top options tonight in Corey Kluber and Luis Severino, however, I think the best “high-cost” option for tonight will be Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets. deGrom fits the bill for all the important categories that I look at on Friday as he comes in with a 1.99 ERA, is holding opponents to just a .141 average, and has strikeout upside with his 11.3 K/9 ratio. deGrom has a great matchup against the San Diego Padres who struck out 16 times against Jon Gray and the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday and come into this matchup ranked dead last in MLB in strikeout rate. deGrom has been solid against the Padres he has gone up against before as he is holding them to a .243 average (17-70) and is striking them to 29% of the time.
Tyler Anderson (Colorado Rockies - $6,500) – Our low-cost pitcher today, Sean Newcomb, flashed his potential early on in his afternoon game against the Reds today, however, ran into trouble in the name of Joey Votto in the 5th and ended up getting just 27 FanDuel points. As for tomorrow, I’m going with a real long shot as my “low cost” option of the day with Colorado’s Tyler Anderson who will be taking on Miami on the road. Anderson has a very average ERA of 4.32 and certainly can have control issues at times, however, he has been solid against LHB’s this season, holding them to just a .200 average and has fared well in his limited opportunities against the Marlins in his career. Anderson has a decent 9.72 K/9 so he can get us some K’s and Miami currently ranks 26th in strikeout rate and stuck out 15 times yesterday. I know this is a stretch, but his price should be real low and can give you opportunity to load up on hitters if that is the direction you want to take your team.
Top Teams to Target Tonight: Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, New York Mets, New York Yankees.
Joey Votto (Cincinnati Reds - $4,000) – It took almost a month for Votto to finally start hitting for some power, however, the Cincinnati finally hit a HR earlier this week and has been on a tear since which included a 3-run HR today. Votto is hitting just .256 on the season, but including today, has hit 3 HR’s over the past week and as we all know that Joey Votto is one of the best hitters in baseball, it’s only a matter of time in which that average creeps up to the .300 mark. I went with Votto not just because he is hitting the ball well right, but I really like his matchup against Phil Hughes of the Minnesota Twins who got hit hard in his 1st start of the season and is currently allowing opponents to hit .357 against him this year. Hughes has the tendency to give up HR’s and as the wind is blowing out hard to right-center on Friday at Target Field, I like Votto to add another HR to his totals this year.
Yonder Alonso (Cleveland Indians - $3,100) – As with many of the 1B that come in at the “low-cost” price, Alonso is a hitter with great power but you generally need that HR as he is not that type of player that is going to go 4-4 with a few extra-base hits. Alonso is hitting just .205 on the season but still has that power in his bat as he has 5 HR’s and 13 RBI’s on the season and has been hitting the ball hard as of late as he has 2 HR’s over the past week. Alonso starts to become real appealing as choice once you start looking at his matchup against the RHP Erasmo Ramirez of Seattle who currently has a 9.64 ERA, 3.9 HR/9 ratio, and is allowing LHB’s to hit .364 against him on the season. Alonso is 6 for 9 against Ramirez in his career and as Cleveland could be in for a big offensive night, I like Alonso at his price.
Also Considered: Buster Posey (San Francisco Giants - $2,800) – Posey is still a very good hitter as the veteran catcher is hitting .280 on the season with 2 HR’s and 9 RBI’s and you really have to like his matchup against the left-handed Hyun-Jin Ryu of the Dodgers on Friday as Posey is hitting .323 against LHP’s on the season and has a .321 average (9-28) with a HR and 3 RBI’s in his career against Ryu.
Asdrubal Cabrera (New York Mets - $4,100) – Asdrubal Cabrera has been a big reason with the Mets hot start this season as the Mets infielder is currently hitting .349 on the season with 4 HR’s, 12 RBI’s, and 16 runs scored. Cabrera and the New York Mets have a real nice matchup against the left-handed Clayton Richard of the Padres on Friday who comes into this matchup with a 5.67 ERA and 1.67 WHIP. Cabrera has had a bit more success from the left-side of the plate, however, he numbers aren’t too shabby from the right side either as he has a .333 average and .857 OPS and as he is 7-13 (.538 average) against Richard over his career, I don’t mind spending up for Cabrera.
Jason Kipnis (Cleveland - $3,200) – Kipnis has struggled as of late, however, he has one of the best matchups of night against Erasmo Ramirez who he has had remarkable success against in his career. Kipnis is hitting just .219 on the season and just .136 vs. RHP however, in his career against Ramirez Kipnis has posted a .417 average (5-12) with two solo HR’s. Kipnis has hit .294 at home at Progressive Field over his past 3 years and I think it’s only a matter of time until the veteran 2nd baseman gets things going.
Manny Machado - (Baltimore Orioles - $4,600) – With the way Baltimore has started the season, it looks like Manny Machado will most likely be traded prior to the All-Star break this year so if you’re a Biltmore fan, better enjoy him while you have him. Machado is hitting .344 on the season with 8 HR’s and 17 RBI’s and has been on a tear as of late as over the past week, the slugging SS is hitting .429 with 5 HR’s and has posted a .683 wOBA. Machado hasn’t had much success against the RHP Mike Fiers of the Detroit Tigers in his career as he is just 1 for 6 against him, however, Manny is hitting .343 against RHP on the season while Fiers is allowing RHB’s to hit .325 against him on the year.
Addison Russell (Chicago Cubs - $ 2,600) – It’s been a tough season for the Cubs shortstop as Russell comes into this game with just a .205 average and has yet to hit a HR on the season, however, we do now Russell can hit ball after hitting 46 HR’s over his past 3 seasons. When looking at individual number this season, there is nothing great about them expect for the fact that he has hit LHP’s a little bit better. Russell price has dropped enough that with his talent, you can start to look at him if you don’t want to spend up at the position and I don’t mind him tomorrow against the LHP Brent Suter of the Brewers who comes into this game with a 5.68 average and is allowing RHB’s to hit .305 against him on the season. Russell is 4 for 7 with an RBI against Suter in his career and for this price point, I’m will to take a shot with him on Friday.
Nolan Arenado (Colorado Rockies - $4,500) – Nolan Arenado’s price drops a little bit with Colorado going on the road to take on Miami this Friday however, he still is my “high-cost” player to target tonight as Arenado has been great throughout the season and really has been been on fire this past week. Arenado comes into this matchup hitting .375 on the season with 4 HR’s and 12 RBI’s and has posted a .476 average, .610 wOBA, and 3 HR’s over the past week. Arenado will take on the RHP Jose Urena from the Marlins who comes in with a 5.88 ERA and 1.04 HR/9. Arenado might be hitting just .273 against RHP on the season however, he is 3 for 10 agianst Urena in his career with 2 HR’s.
Yolmer Sanchez (Chicago White Sox - $ 3,100) – Yolmer Sanchez has having a nice season with the White Sox as the switch-hitter comes into this matchup with a .301average with a HR, 11 RBI’s, and 3 SB’s. The White Sox have had a surprisingly successful history against the LHP Danny Duffy which includes Sanchez who is 10 for 26 (.385 average) with a .970 OPS. Sanchez is hitting .381 over the past week and I think has great value at $3,100 after posting at least 18.5 FanDuel points in three of his last 4 games.
Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals - $4,900) – Bryce Harper has been quiet over the last week, but we know this won’t last and as his price tag has dipped below the $5,000 mark, he sits atop my “high-cost” options for Friday. Harper is hitting just .260 on the season, however, the power is there as he has hit 8 HR’s so far this season and has an incredible BB% of 28.3%. Harper faces off against the RHP Zach Godley who although started off his season well, has been hit harder over his last two starts. Harper has a .298 average and .433 wOBA against RHP on the season and as he is 3 for 8 with 2 extra base hits against Godley in his career, I think Harper will break out of his recent funk on Friday night.
Rhys Hoskins (Philadelphia Phillies - $4,800) – Rhys Hoskins has been an offensive force for the Phillies so far this season as he comes into his matchup against the Braves hitting .324 on the season with 4 HR’s and 19 RBI’s to go along with 3 SB’s. Hoskins will be going up against Julio Teheran who although is pitching well recently, still has a 4.00 ERA and a 1.67 HR/9 ratio. Hoskins has a .322 average against RHP on the season and has good success against Teheran in his career as he is 4 for 9 (.444 average) with a 1.36 OPS.
Also Considered: Christian Yelich (Milwaukee - $4,000)
Ronald Acuna Jr. (Atlanta Braves - $3,200) – Ronald Acuna Jr. is finally up in the major leagues and he hasn’t disappoint after he put up a monster 3 for 4 performance today with a double, HR, 2 RBI’s and 2 runs scored. Acuna Jr. has all the ability and tools you need to be a MLB star and as he is only listed at $3,200, I think he is well worth the cost at this price point.
Steve Pearce (Toronto Blue Jays - $3,000) – Steve Pearce isn’t not the great when he is in the field, however, luckily, we’re not worry about his defense as we are just concerned with what he can do with his bad. Pearce is hitting an impressive .314 on the season with 3 HR’s and 11 RBI’s and faces off against the left-handed Mike Minor of the Texas Rangers on Friday. Pearce is crushing LHP to the tune of a .355 average and is 3 for 5 lifetime against Minor with a HR and 3 RBIs in his career.
Adam Engel (Chicago White Sox - $2,100) – As I mentioned with Yolmer Sanchez, many of the White Sox have great numbers against Danny Duffy and if you want to save a little money in the OF, take a look at Adam Engel who is 5 for 8 (.625) lifetime against the left-hander. Engel is not a huge HR threat but did hit 6 HR’s last season and had a .647 OPS against LHP. Obviously, Engel is not a great play, but if you happen to get to a point where you have little to no salary left and must go with a $2,000 type of guy, I would take my chances with Engel.