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Daily Fantasy Baseball - FanDuel Picks April 22, 2015


Welcome back to our daily FanDuel picks for fantasy baseball. Reaching the midway point of the week, as the weekend seems painfully far, at least you can take solace in the fact that a few extra bucks are just a click away on FanDuel!

Wednesday is a tough day to make picks, as we have 14 games to choose in the afternoon slate (Indians @ White Sox starts early and is not counted for our purposes), with lots of them featuring top-tier pitchers. The prices reflect this, as we have 9 starters that cost at least $9,000, and with 13 out of 28 pitchers averaging at least 10 FanDuel points so far.

As we do every day, let's go ahead and make some value picks.

Yesterday's Recap

Drew Storen's bizarre blown save, which included two wild pitches against the same hitter, really put a dent in our day, as it denied Gio Gonzalez of a well-deserved win. Alas, 14 points turned into 10 for our pitcher. The offense went for 18.75 combined points behind big days from Derek Norris and Josh Donaldson. Some of our reserve picks like Jon Niese, Jose Bautista, and Wilmer Flores also had good days at the plate, and so we hope you won some money in the process.

Weather Considerations

The biggest rain threat will pop its head in Flushing Meadows, where the Mets will host the Braves. Still, the forecast calls for the skies to clear at around 8ET, so nothing more than a delay should be in the cards. Elsewhere, only the games played in Pennsylvania, both at Philly and Pittsburgh, appear to have damp weather, but not enough to affect the field.

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Biggest Money Line Favorites

Despite the high number of aces in play, most of them will be facing each other, thus creating evenly matched betting lines all over the place. The big outlier is Detroit, who stands at -195 to beat the Yankees behind ace David Price. Outside of that game, the Mariners are -155 to beat Houston, while the Royals stand at -150 against the lowly Twins.

The over/under totals stand out, as all games beside the Padres-Rockies contest in Colorado are listed at 8.5 or lower. Expect a low-scoring day overall.

The Picks

Pitcher – Cole Hamels ($9,800)

I was considering David Price, but he is just too expensive and faces a Yankee offense that has the potential to be well above average. Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner are facing each other (that should be a dandy), and James Shields is pitching in Colorado. To find value with a high floor, we have Cole Hamels, who every start will try to boost his value towards his inevitable trade to a contender.

Playing for the Phillies is a handicap, but Hamels gets to face the scuffling Marlins, who looked mostly lost at the plate yesterday against Jerome Williams, and are actually 21st in wOBA and are also the 4th-most strikeout-prone offense in the league. Look for Hamels to have a nice game and rack up many points.

Others to Consider: Doug Fister ($9,000), Price ($11,400)

Catcher – Derek Norris ($3,600)

The best stacking option for today remain the hot bats playing between Padres and Rockies (especially San Diego), with a step below coming from the game with the Orioles and Blue Jays. The Tigers, Royals, and Red Sox also have favorable matchups ahead. With this in mind, why not trust Derek Norris again? He has looked really comfortable at Coors, and should again get the start at the top of the lineup. The hike in his price is certainly justified.

Others to Consider: Russell Martin ($3,300), Ryan Hanigan ($2,500)

First Base – Kendrys Morales ($2,900)

Minnesota starter Mike Pelfrey owns a career 9.72 ERA in his two games at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals are taking every advantage of the soft slate they have faced so far, and today should be another chance to present a nice offensive effort. Morales hasn't stopped hitting since his controversial signing with the AL champions, and his cheap price should continue to be exploited. He starts today as the fourth-best first baseman in FanDuel.

Others to Consider: Yonder Alonso ($3,300), Mike Napoli ($2,900)

Second Base – Jedd Gyorko ($3,200)

Gyorko has also benefited from playing this series in Colorado, and for today represents a nice upside play with the potential of power. His season as a whole has been a disappointment, but that's the beauty of daily fantasy baseball, as all it takes is a nice day to make us forget the ugliness.

Others to Consider: Dustin Pedroia ($3,300), Danny Espinosa ($2,300)

Third Base – Kris Bryant ($3,800)

I'll go out on a limb and say that today will be the day in which Kris Bryant hits his first career homer. Even without the long ball, Bryant has been as good as advertised to begin his season, showing a good batting eye and driving plenty of runs. Outside of his oh-fer debut, Bryant has averaged nearly 6 PPG in his other 4 contests.

Others to Consider: Adrian Beltre ($3,400), Mike Moustakas ($3,000)

Shortstop: Clint Barmes ($2,300)

Yes, this is a serious pick. The problem of grabbing an expensive pitcher is that you have to punt somewhere. However, if you are going to do it, why not go for the guy playing in Colorado? Barmes should get the start after sitting on Tuesday, and he even hit a homer on Monday. At this price, any kind of upside is welcome.

Others to Consider: Xander Bogaerts ($3,400), Freddy Galvis ($2,300)

Outfield – Wil Myers ($3,800), Odubel Herrera ($3,000), Juan Lagares ($2,600)

Today we have a very weird outfield combination, highlighted by leadoff men. Myers is almost a no-brainer, as he could get 5 or six plate appearances in Colorado, and he is taking full advantage of this chance. He is the biggest power threat of this crew, and should be the starting piece to build your outfield today.

Herrera is also batting leadoff, and while hitting for the Phillies limits his options to produce, he has excused himself nicely with plenty of speed and enough contact to get on base. If we are already taking a gamble with their starting pitcher, picking the only bright spot in Philadelphia's offense sounds kind of poetic for today.

Finally, Lagares is always a nice stopgap option that is cheap and serviceable. The Mets simply refuse to lose nowadays and are hitting at a decent clip, which bodes well for their center fielder.

Others to Consider: Matt Kemp ($4,800), JD Martinez ($3,800), Dalton Pompey ($3,100)

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