Daily Fantasy Baseball (DFS) - High Cost/Low Cost Options - FanDuel - 4/28/18
High Cost/Low Cost Options - Saturday April 28th, 2018
4/28/18 – 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 4/26.
Patrick Corbin (Arizona Diamondbacks - $10,000) – Patrick Corbin has arguably been the best pitcher in all of MLB as he is just been dominating anyone who dares in the batter’s box in front him. Corbin comes into Saturday’s matchup against the Washington Nationals with a 4-0 record while posting a 1.89 ERA, 0.66 WHIP and is holding opponents to just a .138 batting average. Washington have some great hitters including Bryce Harper, but this is a team that is hitting just .237 on the season including just a .219 mark at home. Corbin has struggled a bit against the Nationals in the past, however, the way he has been pitching this year, I’m not reading too much into as he is at a different level this season. Corbin has an impressive 12.96 K/9 ratio this season and as the Nationals rank 25th in strikeout rate, I think Corbin is the clear “high-cost” choice for Saturday.
Jack Flaherty (St. Louis Cardinals -$6,200) – Jack Flaherty, one of the top prospects in the St. Louis Cardinals system will be making another start on Saturday and after his performance against the Brewers last week, I think he makes a great “low-cost” value pick on Saturday. Flaherty lasted just 5 innings allowing just 1 ER on 6 hits and really showed some of his upside as he struck an impressive 9 Brewers in the no decision. Flaherty went 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA down at Triple-A prior to his last start and shouldn’t be rattled on the mount as he did get some experience at the end of last season with the big club. No one on the Pittsburgh roster has seen Flaherty before which is a nice advantage for Flahery and as the Pirates average 9 strikeouts a game, I’m willing to take shot with Flaherty on Saturday.
Justin Smoak (Toronto Blue Jays - $3,900) – Justin Smoak has had a slow start to his year as the switch-hitting power hitter for the Blue Jays is hitting just .241 with 3 HR’s and 13 RBI’s, however, Smoak looks to be coming out of his early season funk lately as he is 3 for 8 with in his last 2 games with an impressive HR blast off Chris Sale on Thursday night. Smoak has generally been a better hitting facing RHP however, he does have good numbers off the Bartolo Colon who he will be squaring off against on Saturday. In his career, Smoak has a .286 average and .980 OPS against Colon which includes to 2 HR’s. Colon has been great to start the season, however, he certainly can give up some HR’s and as I expect the power numbers to start to improve for Smoak, I think this is a decent “high cost” matchup to target.
Jesus Aguilar (Milwaukee Brewers - $2,800) – Even with Eric Thames going with injury, Aguilar looks like he will primarily be a LHP specialist for the Brewers as Milwaukee had Ryan Braun at 1B last night who made a couple of nice defensive plays. When Aguilar has been in the lineup this season, he has been outstanding as on the year he is hitting .400 (16-40) with a HR and 8 RBI’s. Aguilar will be facing the LHP Jose Quintana tomorrow night so I expect to get a start for Aguilar and although he hasn’t fared overly well in this matchup, Quintana has really struggled this year with a 7.78 ERA and 1.37 HR/9 and with Aguilar’s price under $3,000, I think he is good “low-cost” option at 1B if you need to save some money at the position.
Also Considered: Russell Martin (Toronto Blue Jays - $2,200) – Martin is hitting just .132 on the season, but the veteran catcher still has 2 HR’s on the year and is facing Bartolo Colon in which he has a .333 average against in his career. Martin is real cheap, so if you want to load up in some of the better matchups at the other positons, give Martin a look.
Jose Altuve (Houston Astros - $4,200) – Jose Altuve continues to just dominate baseball as a hitter and is currently hitting .333 on the season with a HR, 11 RBI’s, and a SB. Altuve, like most of the Houston offense, has struggled a bit to start the season however, I expect the a few more HR’s and SB’s will be coming Altuve’s way in the near future. Altuve and the Astros get a great matchup against the RHP Daniel Mengden of the Oakland Athletics who has struggled against Houston in the past as he is allowing Houston’s current roster to hit .321 (15-56) against him. Altuve is batting .304 over the past week and as he is 5 for 12 (.417 average) with a HR in his career against Mengen, I like the scrappy 2nd baseman as my “high-cost” option tonight.
Greg Garcia – (St. Louis Cardinals - $2,700) – Greg Garcia showed that he as the ability to explode for a big game here and there with his 50.1 point performance against Cincinnati earlier in the season, and although he hasn’t done much lately, I think the LHB Garcia comes in at a decent “low-cost” option on Saturday with his matchup against the RHP Trevor Williams of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Williams has had a nice season to date for the Pirates however, the right-hander has really struggled against the Cardinals in his career as he has allowed the current St. Louis lineup to hit .388 (19-49) against him in his career. Garcia has more trouble with pitchers who can overpower him which is not William’s game and as the 2nd baseman is 4 for 6 with an RBI’s against Williams in his career, I like Garcia as a “low-cost” option at 2B tonight.
Carlos Correa - (Houston Astros - $4,700) – Carlos Correa is one of the hottest hitters in baseball at the moment, hitting .476 over the past week with 2 HR’s, and is currently hitting .341 with 4 HR’s, and 19 RBI’s on the season. Correa is hitting .333 against RHP on the season and see the right-handed Daniel Mengden of the Oakland Athletics in which in his career, has hit .556 against (5 for 9) with a HR and 5 RBI’s. Houston’s bats are starting to wake up and I think Correa and the Astros are in for a nice game on Saturday.
Zack Cozart (Los Angeles Angels - $ 2,500) – Zack Cozart hasn’t gotten off to the greatest start with his new team as he is hitting just .226 on the season with 2 HR’s, 9 RBI’s, and 12 runs scored. I think it would be unrealistic to expect us to see the all-star numbers Cozart put up last year with the Reds (.297 avg, 24 HR’s), however, Cozart is a better hitter than what he has shown and I like him hitting a the top of the Angels lineup for a pretty affordable price. Cozart has a tough match up against Masahiro Tanaka on Saturday, however, Tanaka can get in trouble by giving up HR’s and as the wind is going to be blowing out in Los Angeles, I’m liking Cozart in the mid-$2000 range.
Christian Villanueva (San Diego Padres -$3,700) – Christian Villanueva has missed his last few games due to a hamstring injury, however, all indications say that he should be back and available for our matchups on Saturday. If Villanueva gets the starting nod, you have the upside he brings to the table at a $3,700 price tag as on the season, the slugging rookie is hitting .355 on the with 7 HR’s and 16 RBI’s. Villanueva is hitting an incredible .480 against LHP this season and gets a great matchup against the LHP Jason Vargas of the New York Mets who will be making his season debut on Saturday. Vargas certainly doesn’t bring much to table anymore and as he gave up 27 HR’s last season, Villanueva will be in my lineups if he gets the start.
Daniel Descalso (Arizona Diamondbacks -$2,800) – Daniel Descalso is hitting just .186 on the season however, the 3B for the Diamondbacks does have some power and has 3 HR’s on the season. Descalso won’t be a regular starter for long once Jake Lamb returns from injury however, for a sub $3,000 price, I like Descalso in a very hot Arizona lineup against Jeremy Hellickson on Saturday.
Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels - $5,400) – After Mike Trout saw Mookie Betts and the Red Sox series a little over a week ago, I think Mike Trout just wanted to remind us this past week who the best player is. Trout, who did get off to a bit of a slow start of the season, has been red hot as of late as over the past week the 2-time AL MVP has hit .381 with 4 HR’s and a .615 wOBA. On the season, Trout is hitting .295 and is leading major league baseball with 10 HR’s. Trout will be facing off against the RHP Masahiro Tanaka on Saturday in which he is 3 for 8 lifetime against and as I Tanaka has a 1.55 HR/9, I like Trout to add onto his MLB leading HR total.
Nicholas Castellanos (Detroit Tigers - $3,700) – Nicholas Castellanos isn’t getting talked about that much however, the Detroit outfielder has been really hit the ball well this season as he comes into Saturday’s game against the Orioles with a .330 average with 2 HR’s, 16 RBI’s and 15 runs scored. Similar to Trout, Castellanos is really seeing the ball well as of late as over the past week he is hitting .433 with 2 HR’s and 10 RBI’s for a .490 wOBA. Castellanos has a nice matchup against Andrew Casher of the Baltimore Orioles who has already given up 6 HR’s this season and as he will be at the hitter’s friendly Camden Yards, I think Castellanos is at a good price at $3,800.
Adam Jones/Trey Mancini (Baltimore Orioles - $3,400/$3,100) – The Orioles go up against the left-handed Francisco Liriano on Saturday and although Liriano has generally pitched well against Baltimore as a whole, he has struggled against both Adam Jones and Trey Mancini. Jones is crushing LHP this season to a tune of a .375 average and has a .370 average (10-27) with 3 HR’s against Liriano in his career. Mancini has also done well against LHP this season, hitting at a .321 mark, and is 3 for 8 with HR against Liriano in his career. I think either Jones or Mancini has good value on Saturday.
Max Williamson (San Francisco Giants -– $2,700 - 2nd Game) – They currently haven’t announced who is pitching the first game of the Giants/Dodgers double-header however, I like Max Williamson as a “low-cost” option as he brings a bunch of HR upside to the plate and is going against the left-handed Alex Wood who hasn’t looked completely dominant this season. It was only a matter of time until Williamson was going to get the call up as he was crushing it down at Triple A to start the season and in his 5 games so far this season the slugging outfielder is hitting .316 with 3 HR’s and 6 RBI’s. Williamson has missed the last few games due to a concussion but if everything went well today, he should be back in the lineup on Saturday.
Also considered – Curtis Granderson (Toronto Blue Jays - $3,000)