We’ll consider 14 of the 15 games and 28 of the 30 teams today in those daily fantasy contests. The Chicago Cubs and the Atlanta Braves throw a wrench into having a full slate of games to pick for the nighttime contests, but there are still plenty of options available for players looking to cash one of those big checks from the DFS outlets. Friday means a new set of series, for the most part, with only the Orioles and White Sox continuing a four-game set.
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Here are the top teams to stack for April 29:
Pittsburgh – Had the Pirates been forced to play yesterday’s getaway day game at Coors Field, this might not have been a bad spot to do some things involving the Cincinnati Reds. However, the Pirates game got banged early in the morning, so it may have shifted their travel plans a little bit. If nothing else, they didn’t have to play another game in the altitude. The ball is coming out of Dan Straily’s hand better, since he employed the help of Driveline Baseball, but the command and control still don’t seem to be there yet. In his two starts, Straily has given up four runs on six hits with five walks in just 9.2 innings of work. A very good Pirates lineup should do well here.
San Diego – Sometimes going contrarian can be a good thing. Perhaps the Padres will be a good thing. Their lackluster offense draws a similarly lackluster pitcher in Alex Wood, who has one decent start and three ugly ones on the season so far. The Dodgers are scuffling a little bit right now and Wood hasn’t gotten much batted ball luck this season. His 64.3 percent ground ball rate is excellent, but the walks and too much barrel have hurt him.
New York Yankees – I think it’s safe to say that Henry Owens is a stuff guy that doesn’t know how to pitch at this stage of his career. He has the capability to miss a lot of bats, but the 23-year-old doesn’t have a feel for the nuances of his craft just yet. Through 66.1 career MLB innings, he has a 4.75/4.47/5.11 pitcher slash. The stuff is very much there, but getting ahead of hitters is a problem and fastball command is still an issue. There’s a lot of potential here, but he seems like a guy that will have to take his lumps before developing into a quality MLB arm.
Here are the top value hitters for April 29:
Mark Trumbo ($4,000) – Just to clarify, Mark Trumbo hit his fifth home run of the season against left-handed pitching on Thursday night and his price went down $500 just because he’s facing a better lefty in Carlos Rodon? Trumbo now has five dongs in just 22 PA against lefties this season and his other hit is a double. Trumbo’s dinger elevated his career marks to .268/.313/.525 against southpaws. He’s a worthy consideration any time a lefty is on the bump.
Michael Conforto ($3,500) – Maybe the DFS algorithm hasn’t caught up to Michael Conforto yet. All Conforto has done this season is slash .345/.439/.673 in 66 PA against right-handed pitching this season. Including last season’s 179 PA, Conforto is at .293/.367/.567 with the platoon advantage. Jake Peavy isn’t exactly an overpowering right-hander and it’s always great to get middle of the order bats at prices like this. You really can’t pass it up.
Domingo Santana ($3,400) – The free-swinging right-hander is among the league’s elites in exit velocity this season and he’s got the platoon advantage we’re looking for on Friday night. Left-hander Adam Conley generated some buzz with a preseason velocity bump and his stuff has been good, but he has also lived in the middle of the plate with 21 hits allowed over 19.1 frames and three dingers in that mix. Santana has three extra-base hits in 29 PA against lefties and now owns a .286/.375/.524 slash in a 96 PA sample size at the big league level.
Here are the top value pitchers for April 29:
Michael Fulmer ($6,800) – We’ll give the Tigers rookie a look here in his Major League debut against the Minnesota Twins. Fulmer was one of the key pieces in the Yoenis Cespedes deal that got Dave Dombrowski fired from the Detroit Tigers and he’s making his MLB debut just a few months later. Fulmer has a Major League-ready fastball with some projection in his offspeed stuff. Against a Twins lineup walking back to the lineup at a 23.5 percent clip, Fulmer has some upside today.
Stephen Strasburg ($11,400) – Value picks at this price are not commonplace in this article, but Strasburg is in an ideal place. The Cardinals should be fatigued from their most recent road trip and likely got back to St. Louis very early in the morning. It’s not easy to get those quick-twitch muscles going against a guy with premium velocity like Strasburg. He may get nicked for a couple of runs because St. Louis has a great lineup, but he may also rack up some punchouts.
Mike Fiers ($7,800) – Those that have read this article or my picks and analysis piece know that I’m not a Mike Fiers supporter at all. But, the A’s return home after a long road trip out east and this is a good park for Fiers. He does get some strikeouts, he also issues some walks, but this is the type of place that can curtail his home run rate. Throughout his MLB career, Fiers has posted a 7.8 percent HR/FB% on the road. Considering his home parks are Miller Park and Minute Maid Park, that’s not a surprise. Those are two great venues for hitters. His road FIP of 3.38 is telling here.