Hello, and welcome back to our daily dose of FanDuel fantasy baseball. Today we have a more traditional schedule on our hands, as there are 13 total games on the slate, with the 6:10 ET matchup between the Nationals and Red Sox being left off most formats. However, you can still opt for the Early Only contests locking with this game
Still, for today we are focusing our picks into the normal format that covers the 12 late afternoon and night games.
Tuesday April 14th
Locks at 7:05 ET (Yankees @ Orioles)
Boy, was Monday a nice day for our projections. In both formats, our starters were dominant and at decent prices, with Jacob deGrom earning 13.3 points, and Andrew Cashner garnering 16 points despite taking the loss.
All in all, the Early Only slate projected team produced a total of 33.05 points, while the Late format squad went for 37 if you were able to sub Jorge Soler for Billy Hamilton, who was a late scratch because of an injured finger. These results were enough to win many matchups and earn cash in larger leagues, so we hope you cashed in.
According to all forecasts, all 12 games in tomorrow's slate look to be on the clear regarding potential rain. Only the games at Baltimore and Atlanta present some sort of threat, but it should be mild and no more than a distraction. As always, try to read the latest reports before game time in case anything jumps out at the last minute.
Biggest Money Line Favorites
The first huge favorite of the season appears today, as the Mets and Matt Harvey are a whopping -230 overdogs against the Phillies. In fact, Harvey should see a lot of play on this date, so a matter of general strategy could be to find a value pick and try to differentiate your team.
Elsewhere, the Giants are -155 favorites over Colorado, and the Cubs stand at -150 over the Reds. The rest of the games are mostly evenly matched, though the A's are the only road favorite in the whole schedule.
Pitcher – Matt Harvey ($9,900)
Any way you want to put it, Harvey is head and shoulder above all the other Tuesday pitchers. He was masterful in his return to The Show, with 9 K's over six scoreless innings in Washington. Now he gets to feast on the weak Phillies, against whom he owns a career 4-0 record in 5 starts, with a whopping 1.08 ERA and 38 strikeouts over 33.1 innings. Seeing a 20+ point game from Harvey is not out of the question, though he will more realistically fall in the 16-18 range.
If you decide to go for value and exchange for a more expensive offense, Carlos Carrasco ($9,200) starts at home versus the potent yet strikeout prone White Sox. Also, the obscure Odrisamer Despaigne ($6,200), owner of a career 1.69 ERA in 58.2 innings at Petco Park, gets the nod against Arizona. At that price he may be worth a look, if only because he has a decent shot at a win.
Catcher – Miguel Montero ($3,100)
My favorite stacking options for today are Baltimore righties, and Mets, Cubs, Rangers, and Blue Jays in general. Among them, we have Montero, who got a day off on Monday (every Jon Lester start has David Ross as his personal catcher), and so should be fresh enough to face a righty. Montero has been relatively quiet in limited action, but with Chicago's offense clicking, he should see more chances to produce.
Others to Consider: Travis d'Arnaud ($3,000), Derek Norris ($2,500)
First Base – Anthony Rizzo ($4,200)
Continuing with powerful Cubs, Rizzo started to show on Monday a bit of better luck after a rough start. He is yet to have an extra-base hit, but now gets to face Reds youngster Anthony DeSclafani, who has suffered quite a bit against southpaws. In his short Major League career, the righty has allowed a .932 OPS versus left-handed hitters, with 8 extra-base hits in 81 plate appearances. Conversely, Rizzo has hit more than 50 points better against righties, and more than 100 points above at home than on the road.
Others to Consider: Edwin Encarnacion ($4,600), Mark Canha ($2,900)
Second Base – Ben Zobrist ($3,100)
I've said it before and I'll say it again: as long as Zobrist remains this cheap, he should be almost an automatic play on most days. With the A´s playing in the friendly confines of Minute Maid Park, Zobrist continues to be a great value with a high ceiling, as he showed on Monday´s 6.5-point performance. He faces better pitching today, but he should still be able to find ways to produce.
Others to Consider: Rougned Odor ($3,000), Jonathan Schoop ($2,600)
Third Base – David Freese ($2,900)
Believe it or not, Freese is close to being the Angels' best offensive player so far, hitting his third homer of the season on Monday. Getting another game in Arlington and hitting cleanup are factors certainly working in his favor, and at his cheap price he is worth a gamble. However, if you went with a cheaper pitcher and have the cap room, there are certainly superior options.
Others to Consider: Josh Donaldson ($4,000), Josh Harrison ($3,300)
Shortstop – Wilmer Flores ($2,400)
This is almost a clear punting of the shortstop position, but there is just much more upside to be had by doing this and going big elsewhere. Still, Flores is the clear starter in Flushing, and he gets to face the subpar David Buchanan and the Phillies. Even a couple of points would be a nice haul for this price, and remember that Flores was projected to blossom into at least an average hitter in 2015. Same as with Freese: if you have the money, seek a more established option.
Others to Consider: Jose Reyes ($3,900), Brandon Crawford ($2,500)
Outfield – Jorge Soler ($3,700), Curtis Granderson ($2,900), David DeJesus ($2,800)
Soler is coming off a mammoth 2-HR performance on Monday. Last season, he was a streaky hitter capable of torrid power stretches. As mentioned before, the Cubs are hitting like they were supposed to, and Soler is a huge reason for that. I like him to continue his hot streak and take advantage of the mediocre Cincinnati pitching staff.
In the case of Granderson, he is definitely not the same slugger with the potential of stealing plenty of bases, but he still hits high in the lineup and is also getting a favorable matchup. The Mets as a whole will not hit much this year, so they are in position to at least take advantage of games against the Phillies to produce.
Finally, the perennially underrated DeJesus has found himself as the leadoff man in Tampa Bay, following the injury to John Jaso. Over his career, he has a .808 against righties, and now he gets to hit at favorable Rogers Centre against a rookie. The Rays have shown some potential this season, and with DeJesus as the table setter, he could see some nice production on the days he gets the platoon advantage.
Others to Consider: Jose Bautista ($4,800), Steve Pearce ($3,900), Chris Coghlan ($3,600)