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Daily Fantasy Baseball (DFS) - High Cost/Low Cost Options - FanDuel - 5/3/18

High Cost/Low Cost Options - Thursday May 3nd, 2018

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Daily Fantasy Baseball (DFS) - High Cost/Low Cost Options - FanDuel - 5/3/18

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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 5/1.

Pitchers

High Cost:

Patrick Corbin (Arizona Diamondbacks - $10,000) – Arizona is making an early statement this season against the Dodgers and I think Patrick Corbin will finished the Dodgers off in their last game of the series on Thursday. Corbin has been one of the best pitchers in the league this season as he comes into this game with a 4-0 record with a 2.25 ERA and .75 WHIP. Corbin is holding opponents to just a .163 average and as he has an impressive 12.4 K/9 ratio, this season, he is worth the high price tag.

Low Cost:

David Price (Boston Red Sox -$7,800) – Price is just 2-3 on the season however, has a respectable 3.78 ERA and 1.32 WHIP while holding opponents to a .242 average. Price has a nice matchup against the Rangers who haven’t shown much power against LHP’s on the season as they currently are hitting just .241 with 7 HR’s against left-hand pitchers. Price is not as dominant  a strikeout pitcher as he once was, however, still has a respectable 7.56 K/9 and as the Rangers rank 26th in MLB in strikeout rate, averaging 9.6 strike outs per game, I like Price in this matchup on Thursday.

Hitters

Catchers/1st base

High Cost:

Edwin Encarnacion (Cleveland Indians - $3,400) – Edwin Encarnacion is hitting just .171 on the season but is having a big game today as he is currently 3 for 6 with 3 HR’s and 6 RBI’s and if you know Edwin Encarnacion, he is a bat you want to get in your lineups when he is hot. Edwin was really struggling against LHP coming into this game but he fared well against the LHP Matt Moore today and as he has another nice matchup tomorrow against the LHP Jamie Garcia of the Blue Jays, I’m going with Edwin as my “high-cost” C/1B

Low Cost:

Kurt Suzuki (Atlanta Braves - $2,700) – Kurt Suzuki will be the first of a few Atlanta Braves you’ll see on this list today as the Braves have been swinging a hot bat and have one of the best matchups on the slate against the LHP Jason Vargas of the New York Mets who got rocked in his first start of the season against the San Diego Padres. Suzuki has had a nice season with the Braves as he is hitting .297 on the season with 4 HR’s and 12 RBI’s and has hit LHP’s to the tune of a .364 average and .826 OPS. Suzuki is just 8 for 38 lifetime against Vargas however, that certainly doesn’t scare me off as I like this matchup.

2nd base

High Cost:

Ozzie Albies – (Atlanta Braves -$4,400) – Ozzie Albies and this young Braves squad has been one of the more entertaining teams to watch this season and I’m all over Atlanta’s matchup tomorrow against the way past his prime, Jason Vargas, of the Mets. Albies has been a force at the top of the Braves lineup this season as he is hitting .289 with 9 HR’s, 20 RBI’s, 30 runs scored, and 3 SB’s. The switch-hitting Albies has been amazing as a RHB this season, posting a .500 average (12-24) with 5 doubles and 4 HR’s and I just don’t see why he can’t continue that success against Vargas tomorrow.

Low Cost:

Ian Kinsler – (Los Angeles Angels -$3,200) – Ian Kinsler has slowed down from his hot start when he returned from the DL and currently is hitting just .238 on the season with a HR in 70 AB’s. Although Kinsler hasn’t been lighting it up, the Angels also have one of the better matchups tomorrow against Chris Tillman who enters this game with a 7.03 ERA and 1.85 HR/9 ratio. Tillman really doesn’t deserve to be a MLB starting pitcher anymore and as Kinsler is 8 for 26 (.308 average) with 2 HR’s against him in his career, I think Kinsler and many of the Angels have some nice value for Friday.

Shortstop

High Cost:

Marcus Semien - (Oakland Athletics -$3,800) – The Oakland Athletics SS always seems a little overpriced for my taste, however, I’m going with Semien on Friday as he has been hitting the ball better as of late and has a nice matchup against the LHP Wade LeBlanc who will be making his season debut on Friday. Semien is hitting .276 on the season with a 3 HR’s, 13 RBI’s, 24 runs scored, and 2 SB’s and is hitting .316 over the past week. Semien is hitting .326 against LHP on the season and is 1 for 3 against LeBlanc in his career.   

Low Cost:

Andrelton Simmons (Los Angeles Angels - $3,000) – Simmons and the rest of my Angels stack against Cobb didn’t really pay off last night, however, that doesn’t make me afraid to go right back to them on Friday with their matchup against Chris Tillman. Simmonds is having an outstanding year at the plate for the Angels as he comes into this game with a .309 average with 3 HR’s and 15 RBI’s. Simmons is hitting .300 against RHP on the year and is 2 for 7 lifetime against Tillman with a HR and 2 RBI’s.

3rd Base

High Cost:

Mike Moustakas (Kansas City Royals - $3,500) – Mike Moustakas luckily avoided any major injury after getting hit on the hand earlier in the week against the Red Sox and as he looked like was taking healthy cuts Thursday’s game, I don’t have any hesitations in spending up for Moustakas on Friday. Moustakas is currently hitting .299 on the season with 8 HR’s, 19 RBI’s and 18 runs scored. He will be going up against the RHP Mike Fiers of the Detroit Tigers who although has a 3.91 ERA, he has given up some HR’s as he currently is posting a 1.57 HR/9 ratio. Moustakas is hitting .329 against RHP on the season and has had success against Fiers in his career as he is 5 for 11 (.455 avg) against him.  

Low Cost:

Luis Valbuena (Los Angeles Angels - $2,800) – Luis Valbuena was the one Angel who did come through for me against Alex Cobb the other night as he did have a HR against him and I’m going to go right back with him on Friday against Chris Tillman. Valbuena is hitting just .244 on the season however, does have HR power as he has 4 HR’s and 89 AB’s on the season. Tillman is allowing LHB’s to hit .400 against him on the season and as Valbuena is 4 for 11 (.364 avg) with a HR against Tillman in his career, I like Valbuena has a value pick under $3,000.

Outfielders

High Cost:

A.J. Pollock (Arizona Diamondbacks -$4,400) – I’m sticking with A.J. Pollock for the 2nd consecutive night as this guy is swinging probably the hottest bat in MLB as over the past week he had a .321 average with 5 HR’s and 8 RBI’s. Pollock is a 5-tool player and now that he is healthy, is having an outstanding season as he is hitting .292 with 10 HR’s, 25 RBI’s, and 7 SB’s. Pollock will be up against the LHP Alex Wood who he is 8 for 19 against (.421 average) with 2 HR’s and 3 RBI’s.

George Springer (Houston Astros -$4,400) – Houston’s bats have finally woken up after struggling for the beginning part of the season and Springer has started to round into form as although he is hitting just .266 with 6 HR’s, 19 RBI’s, and 24 runs scored, he has hit .304 with 2 HR’s and 3 RBI’s over the past week. Springer will be up against Masahiro Tanaka of the New York Yankees who although can put together a nice start here and there, has the ability to get hit real hard and can give up HR’s as he currently has a 1.54 HR/9 ratio. Tanaka has struggled more against RHB’s on the season and as Springer is 4 for 9 lifetime with 2 HR’s and 5 RBI’s against Tanaka, he is worth a look if you want to spend up a bit tonight.

Ronald Acuna (Atlanta Braves -$3,800) – How exciting has Ronald Acuna been! Acuna was one of the top prospects in all of baseball coming into his season and he hasn’t disappointed since being called up a week ago as he is currently hitting .417 on the season with HR, 4 RBI’s, and a SB in just 27 AB’s. Acuna and the Braves have that great matchup against Vargas tomorrow and with how much talent this kid has, I don’t mind paying up a little for him on Friday.

Low Cost:

Jay Bruce (New York Mets – $3,100) – Jay Bruce is another one of the power hitters who although he go many weeks without much production, once he starts hitting the ball, he can go off for a big night. Bruce is hitting .350 over the past week and although he only has 2 HR’s on the season, I think the number will begin to rise. Bruce will be up against the RHP Juilo Teheran of the Braves on Friday and although he is just 7 for 31 against Teheran in his career, he does have 2 HR’s and a solid .800 OPS.

Gregory Polanco (Pittsburgh Pirates - $2,900) – Polanco has really struggled after a strong start of the season as the Pirates outfielder is currently hitting just .192 on the season. The good news is that Polanco’s price has plummeted and as he is too good of a hitter to stay below .200, I think this is perfect opportunity to get him in your lineups on the cheap. Polanco has 6 HR’s on the season, so he certainly has the power to take it out of the ball park and as he is 4 for 11 (.364 average) with a HR against Jeremy Hellickson in his career, I like the value Polanco brings on Friday. 

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