Welcome to Rounding the Bases for Tuesday, April 17th, 2017. In this article, I will list my four top plays of the day, regardless of pricing. I know that typically content is given in tiered formats to give you options at different levels, and I will try my best, but I’m not going to force myself into that model.
To keep with the theme of baseball, I’ll list four players, from first to home, in increasing order of interest for me tonight. These guys may or may not be usable in all formats. I have become more of a tournament player over the last year, so that is where my mentality is normally at.
Three out of four isn’t bad, as Nelson Cruz managed to mash his first long ball of the season and was ours on Friday night. Let’s start keeping track of this to see how it goes this season. Home Runs for the Long Ball: 3/4. With that said, here are my favorites today.
Yonder Alonso – OAK- $6,000
Single: I expect the Athletics to be a semi-popular stack tonight because the secret is out on A.J. Griffin: he’s just not very good.
What I do not expect is for Yonder Alonso to be in very many of those stacks. It’s kind of a shame too. He’s off to a good start this year, and the price on him is highly favorable. The lack of ownership will be a nice bonus too.
It’s not as imperative on FantasyDraft as it is some of the other platforms to “get first base right”, but it will never hurt to get a cheap player in a good matchup with nice upside in your lineup. This is one guaranteed way to differentiate yourself from the pack.
Lonnie Chisenhall – CLE – $6,400
Double: Ahhh, Lonnie ChisenDONG. I was actually wondering about a week ago where he was at, and he very quickly showed himself to the DFS world since my initial thought. He’s a high upside player that many longer term DFS players will regale you with stories of how he hit three home runs at no ownership and won them a tournament. That’s one of the few things that keeps me coming back to MLB DFS.
He’s only played in a few full games, but he has been productive in them. The Indians are going to be another trendy stack tonight, as Kyle Gibson also qualifies as a pitcher that just isn’t very good. The upside to Chisenhall is the price and the home run upside that he brings. He’s one of my favorite plays [if he plays] on the slate.
Jose Altuve – HOU – $9,900
Triple: There are a lot of plays that could have made it into the final two spots today. There is no shortage of hitting. I decided on Jose Altuve because I’m not having Jesse Chavez tonight.
Keeping with the theme of “this guy isn’t a good pitcher”, this guy isn’t a good pitcher. His stuff wasn’t there in his last outing, and even though he’s facing an Astros team can frustrate at times, I think this is a night where they will come through.
Altuve might be expensive, but I like the upside for him in this matchup tonight. Sure, he could go deep, but that’s not really what I am focused on. I am much more of the opinion that he has a solid all around outing, which works well for fantasy as well. There is a lot of value out there tonight, so I don’t think fitting him in is going to be an issue.
Giancarlo Stanton – MIA – $8,700
Long Ball: The Marlins will be headed to Seattle tonight to a poor hitter’s park. Good thing for us when Stanton hits a ball it goes hard, fast and far. That’s what the Statcast data tells us at least.
Ariel Miranda is not a bad pitcher, but he isn’t one that we are going to go out of our way to stay away from. At the same time, this whole “the Marlins aren’t a great team to use in DFS” is a pretty stupid narrative as well.
Miranda’s biggest weakness is the long ball. Stanton’s biggest [only?] strength is the long ball. Put two and two together, and you should have four bases tonight. The risk is there for him to go 0-4 with 3 strikeouts, but I’m looking at the upside here, and he’s got a lot of it.
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