Daily Fantasy Baseball (DFS) - High Cost/Low Cost Options - FanDuel - 5/2/18
High Cost/Low Cost Options - Wednesday May 2nd, 2018
5/2/18 – 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 4/30.
Corey Kluber (Cleveland Indians - $11,600) – I was close to taking Stephen Strasburg at this spot as he has fared well against the Pirates in his career, however, the strikeout potential that Kluber has against the Rangers is too much to resist and I’m ok paying the high-price for Kluber on Wednesday if I want to go in that direction. Kluber has a 2.18 ERA and is holding opponents to a .165 average. Kluber has a 9.33 K/9 which isn’t as impressive as we’ve seen in the past however, does face a Rangers team that ranks 23rd in strikeout rate and struck out 14 times on Monday. Kluber is holding the current Rangers roster to a .225 average (9-40) while striking them out 33% of the time and as Kluber is coming off one his better performances of the season (8.2 IP, 3 ER, 10 K’s), I think he is worth the high price tag on Wednesday.
Yu Darvish (Chicago Cubs -$8,500) – Yu Darvish hasn’t been the big-name acquisition that the Cubs were expecting this season as the RHP is posting a 5.26 ERA and 1.44 WHIP on the season, however, as Darvish’s price-tag has really come down and now is in the mid - $8,000 range, I think he has some pretty good value against the Rockies on Wednesday. Despite that struggles that Darvish has had, he still is a pitcher that can strike people out as he has posted a nice 10.2 K/9 ratio this year. Darvish has pitched well against the Rockies in his career as against the current Colorado line up he held them to a .184 average (9-49) while striking them out 45% of the time. Darvish is coming off his best game of the season as he recently went 6 innings against the Brewers giving up no runs while striking out 8 as although he is a risky pick, I think the upside is work the price point on Wednesday.
Also Considered: Fernando Romero (Minnesota Twins - $5,600) Romero is one of the top pitching prospects for the Twins as he had a great fastball, slider, changeup arsenal and although he can have some control issues, could be a great steal at a low price in his MLB debut against the Blue Jays.
Paul Goldschmidt (Arizona Diamondbacks - $4,000) – Paul Goldschmidt is not having the type of year that we’ve come to expect from the 1B, however, I’m willing to pay up for him on Wednesday as I like his matchup against Hyun-Jin Ryu of the Dodgers. Goldschmidt is hitting just .273 on the season however, still have 4 HR’s, 11 RBI’s, and 21 runs scored. Goldschmidt and the Diamondbacks have fared well against Ryu in the past as Goldschmidt is 10 for 22 (.455 avg) with 2 HR’s and 7 RBI’s against the right-hander in his career. Ryu has a 6.30 ERA against Arizona over the past three years and as he got rocked in his only start last year at Chase Field (4.0 IP, 6 ER, 3 HR), I like Goldschmidt tomorrow.
Salvador Perez (Kansas City Royals - $3,300) – There are a lot of good catching options on Wednesday as both Buster Posey and Matt Wieters have great matchups, however, I’m going with the Royals catcher, Salvador Perez. Perez just came back from the DL and is hitting a respectable .265 with a HR and 3 RBI’s I his 36 AB’s on the season however, I like Perez on Wednesday as he will be facing the home-run prone, Drew Pomeranz, of the Red Sox on Wednesday. Pomeranz also started the season on the DL and has looked pretty shaky since his return as he currently has a 7.27 ERA and 3.12 HR/9. Even when Pomeranz is pitching well, he is prone to giving up HR’s and between the fact that Perez is 3 for 5 life-time against the LHP and that the conditions will be great for the hitters tomorrow at Fenway, Perez is a nice option if you want to pay for a top-option on Wednesday.
Whit Merrifield – (Kansas City Royals -$3,600) – I’m going to be targeting another RHB against Drew Pomeranz tomorrow afternoon in Kansas City’s Whit Merrifield. Merrifield is hitting just .266 on the season but does have 3 HR’s 10 RBI’s, and 4 SB’s on the season. Merrifield is a nice player to target in DFS as he has enough power to get you some HR’s and has some of the best speed in baseball that can get you multi-SB’s on any given night. Merrifield is hitting .405 against LHP on the season and as I like the matchup against Pomeranz who can give up HR’s, I’m with Merrifield as my “low-cost”/high value option at 2B.
Jonathan Villar – (Milwaukee Brewers -$2,900) – Not a lot of options for a “low-cost” option at 2B today, but if I want to stay under $3,000, I’ll take a shot with the switch-hitting Jonathan Villar. Villar is hitting .267 on the season with a HR and 8 RBI’s and although he is hitting just .263 over the past week, Villar is a nice player to target as he has some power and can steal some bases. Villar will be up agianst Luis Castillo of the Reds who has really struggled this season as he comes into this matchup with a 7.85 ERA and 1.88 HR/9 ratio.
Francisco Lindor - (Cleveland Indians -$4,300) – Francisco Lindor is hitting just .245 on the season but he has still contributed on the offensive end as the talented SS currently has 4 HR’s, 11 RBI’s, 17 runs scored, and 5 SB’s. Lindor has one of the better matchups of the day tomorrow against the LHP Matt Moore of the Texas Rangers who comes into this game with a 5.55 ERA. Lindor is hitting .316 against LHP on the season and as he is 6 for 10 lifetime against Moore with a HR, Lindor is worth the money on Wednesday.
Addison Russell (Chicago Cubs - $3,000) – It’s been a slow start to the year for Addison Russell as the Cubs SS is hitting just .250 with no HR’s and just 4 RBI’s, however, it looks as if the Russell is just starting to find his swing as over the past week he is hitting .350. Russell has been particular good as of late as going into his game on 5/1, Russell is 4 for his last 5 with a triple, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI’s. Russell is hitting .296 on the season against LHB’s and he does have a HR against the LHP Tyler Anderson of the Rockies who he will be facing on Wednesday.
Christian Villanueva (San Diego Padres - $4,000) – As I’ve mentioned in my videos, If I see a LHP going against Christian Villanueva, I’m putting him in my lineup. Villanueva is hitting .321 on the season with a 8 HR’s, 19 RBI’s, and 15 runs scored but has really dominated lefties on the season as against LHP, Villanueva has a .481 average (13 for 27) with 7 HR’s and 11 RBI’s. That is a 1.829 OPS which is crazy. Villanueva will be up against the very hittable Derek Holland of the Padres on the Wednesday who had a 5.76 ERA and has already had a HR against Holland on the season.
Evan Longoria (San Francisco Giants - $3,500) – I’m going to be staying in San Francisco for my value 3B of the day and go with the Giants Evan Longoria. Longoria is hitting just .255 on the season but does have 6 HR’s on the year and if you followed him during his Tampa Bay days, you know how much he enjoys going up against LHP. Longoria is hitting .318 on the season with 4 of his 6 HR’s coming against LHP and has one of the best matchups of the day against the LHP Clayton Richard of the Padres. Richard has a 5.35 ERA on the season and is allowing RHB to hit .290 against him and although Longoria might be just 1 for 6 against the left-hander in his career, that hit was a HR.
Mookie Betts (Boston Red Sox - $4,800) – Mookie Betts has been out for the last couple games due to a hamstring injury, however, as he was available off the bench if needed in Monday’s game, I imagine that Betts will be back in the lineup for Wednesday’s matchup. Betts is one of the best players in the league and is currently hitting .344 with 8 HR’s, 18 RBI’s, 29 runs scored, and 3 SB’s. Betts will be up against the LHP Danny Duffy of the Royals who had struggled a bit his season as he comes into this game with a 5.40 ERA. Betts is has a solid .456 wOBA over the past week and as he is 2 for 6 with a HR lifetime against Duffy in his career, get the Red Sox’s leadoff man in your lineups on Wednesday.
A.J. Pollock (Arizona Diamondbacks - $4,200) – A.J. Pollock looks healthy and that’s a dangerous sight for opposing pitchers as the Diamondbacks OF has been having a monster season to date as he comes into his game on Tuesday night with a .291 average with 9 HR’s, 24 RBI’s, 20 runs scored, and 6 SB’s. Pollock is hitting .345 with 4 HR’s and 8 RBI’s over the past week and will be up against the right-handed Hyun-Jin Ryu of the Dodgers on Wednesday night who he is hitting .346 against in his career.
Andrew McCutchen (San Francisco Giants – 3,800) – Andrew McCutchen has struggled a bit at the plate this season as he is hitting just .212 on the season, however, McCutchen still have enough left in the tank to hit HR’s and steal some bases and does have 3 HR’s, 12 RBI’s, 16 runs scored, and 3 SB’s on the season. McCutchen has a nice matchup against the LHP Clayton Richard of the San Diego Padres who McCutchen is 5 for 11 (.455 average) with 2 HR’s against in his career.
Odubel Herrera (Philadelphia Phillies - $3,400) Odubel Herrera is hitting .343 on the season with 3 HR’s and 13 RBI’s and has a good matchup agianst Jose Urena of the Miami Marlins on Wednesday who comes into that game with a 4.91 ERA. Herrera is hitting .400 with 2 HR’s and 5 RBI’s over the past week and has done great agianst RHP this season, hitting .384 against righties. Herrera has had some success against Urena in his career as he is 4 for 8 lifetime agianst him.
Also Considered: Adam Duvall (Cincinnati Reds - $2,800) – Obviously Duvall has a lot of power and you can’t hit his matchup against Wade Miley who will be making his season debut on Wednesday. Miley pitched well in his last rehab start at the double-A level, however, this is the same pitcher that has had about a 6.00 ERA over his last two seasons.