MLB Around the Horn: April 28 DFS Plays w/ PitcherList

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8 games combine to make an excellent main slate Let’s get this weekend started off right with some lineups. Make sure your squads are set before 7:05 PM eastern and the starter are actually starting.

Must Play SP: Lance McCullers, HOU ($21,200) Vs OAK

Choosing pitchers shouldn’t be hard today as there are plenty of solid options and are all reasonably priced.  Lance McCullers is the most expensive option but also represents one of the highest upsides while having a great chance to earn a Win. Strikeouts are the key to FantasyDraft and Lance has huge potential against the A’s. In 2018, McCullers carries a 3.01 SIERRA along with a 12.33 K/9.

Lineup Honorable Mention: Masahiro Tanaka, NYY ($17,200) @ LAA

Value SP: Jack Flaherty, STL ($14,500) @ PIT

Cardinals put Wainwright on the DL which lead to Jack Flaherty getting the call-up. Flaherty flashed dominance in his first start of the year by striking out 9 Brewers. The slider is absolutely filthy and is an indicator of a strikeout upside just like McCullers. I am willing to roll the dice here since Flaherty has the potential for a huge game.

Honorable Mention: German Marquez, COL ($13,100) at MIA

 

 IF Nolan Arenado, COL ($9,800) vs MIA

Nolan Arenado is hitting .329 with 4 home runs, 3 of them coming after the suspension. Arenado gets a favorable matchup against Caleb Smith since he is a better hitter against LHP. Arenado always represents a high floor with the possibility of a breakout game. Don’t let the price dissuade you from selecting one of the elite hitters in baseball. Caleb Smith has had career era over 6 in the majors. Not much else to add other than Arenado is great.

Honorable Mention: IF Carlos Correa, KC ($9,000) vs OAK

OF Josh Reddick, HOU ($7,700) Vs OAK

In 2016, Reddick was lost at the plate against LHP. He has since made massive improvements to his game by hitting for average against lefties very well (not much for power). He doesn’t have to worry about this today because he faces RHP in Daniel Mengden. He has always had success against righties and 12 of his 13 home runs in 2017 came off of RHP. He is not fairly valued at only $7,7oo, which I will take all day.

Honorable Mention: OF Leonys Martin, DET ($8,100) @ BAL

Value OF:  Adam Jones, BAL ($7,600) Vs DET

Before going 0-4 yesterday, Adam Jones had been hot at the plate by having multiple hits in 4 out of the 9 games. The price is not too low and is only a $100 cheaper than Reddick but he should be affordable given the affordable pitcher salaries today. In his career, Jones is 10-27 with 3 Home runs and 10 (RBI + Runs) against Liriano. I don’t see any changes in either of their game so I would expect a home run today.

Honorable Mention: OF Gregory Polanco, PIT ($6,800) Vs STL

Top Stack: Cardinals at Pirates (RHP Trevor Williams)

Trevor Williams has been good so far in 2018 but this stack is recommended based on his career against the Cardinal hitters. Williams owns an “outstanding” 11.03 FIP fueled by his .419 Avg. The sample size is fairly small but the most of the Cardinals lineups has hit Williams pretty well. Here are some options:

Matt Carpenter ($7,600)

Marcell Ozuna ($7,400)

Jose Martinez ($6,600)

Harrison Bader ($6,400)

Paul Dejong and Tommy Pham were also considered but the price is a little too high for me on those two players.

Honorable Mention: Astros vs Athletics (RHP Daniel Mengden)

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