Wednesday brings us a slew of daily fantasy options with a full card of games and most of them at night. We’ll omit the three day games tonight and focus on the tilts that will be completed under the lights. Remember that our column here at BangTheBook is centered exclusively on finding value. You know who the good players are. So does everybody else. It’s those under-the-radar guys that you pair with those high-salary players that allow you to come out on top.
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Here are the top teams to stack for April 13:
San Francisco – If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, it’s streaming the road team at Coors Field. With Jordan Lyles, a pitch-to-contact, ground ball specialist on the mound, it isn’t as great of a matchup as it could be, but the Giants have lots of guys that should thrive in a matchup like that. There are great contact hitters with barrel skills up and down that lineup and some speed to boot. You won’t get points in bunches with dingers, but you shouldn’t have to worry about getting points.
Los Angeles Dodgers – Being a right-handed pitcher against the Los Angeles Dodgers is no fun. Being Rubby de la Rosa against the Dodgers could really be no fun. RDLR was called on to work a bullpen inning on Saturday to stay fresh, which shouldn’t throw him off too much, but he’s been inconsistent with his control, command, and mechanics in his career. Lefties own a .293/.369/.508 slash against him over 820 plate appearances, so this is definitely a terrible matchup for him.
Toronto – Michael Pineda had some spectacular K/BB rates last season, but a deeper look at his batted ball profile showed some really big red flags. He gave up a lot of hard contact and a lot of home runs. Toronto excels at hitting balls hard and hitting them out of the park. You know that you pay a price every time you pick a Toronto hitter, but they should hit at least a couple of home runs and drive some balls in this game. I’m also worried about Pineda long-term after working the most innings he’s worked since 2011 last season.
Here are the top value hitters for April 13:
Travis Shaw ($3,500) – Travis Shaw is a guy that we had success picking and choosing spots with in the second half of last season. Against Ubaldo Jimenez, Shaw will have a platoon advantage and he’s been one of Boston’s more patient hitters thus far. Shaw has not hit a home run yet this season, but there’s hope that he will get it going soon because his plate appearances have been high-quality. He’s working counts, he’s hitting balls with authority, as evidenced by his three doubles, and he’s in a good spot in the lineup to drive in runs.
Nick Hundley ($3,600) – The Rockies backstop really enjoyed his plate appearances at Coors Field. In the altitude, Nick Hundley posted a .355/.393/.563 slash line in 2015. Jake Peavy is a guy with declining command and generally allows a lot of balls in the air. Catcher is such a tough position to get good value from and Hundley presents a lot here at a low price in an optimal hitting environment.
Corey Seager ($3,900) – You really can’t go wrong with Corey Seager any right-hander. That’s especially true of Rubby de la Rosa, who has allowed a .508 SLG to left-handed hitters over the course of his career. Seager, who mauled righties in the minors, owns a .365/.426/.588 slash against righties in his first 94 career plate appearances against them. It’s not a significant sample size yet, but he’s a special hitter and really dominates the fat side of the platoon.
Here are the top value pitchers for April 13:
Carlos Rodon ($9,500) – On Wednesday night, Carlos Rodon draws a lineup that has struck out in 30.4 percent of its plate appearances so far this season. That’s the Minnesota Twins, who are off to an absolutely terrible start. Rodon was good against a poor Oakland lineup in his first outing and there’s a lot to like about his upside and potential here this season. It’s a decent idea to take pitchers against the Twins until they start hitting better, but it helps to have one as talented as Rodon.
John Lackey ($8,300) – John Lackey’s stuff isn’t as great as it once was, but what he lacks in stuff, he makes up for in pitchability. Against a very young, very inexperienced Cincinnati Reds lineup, Lackey should be good for a strong outing. We get some value here because the Diamondbacks did some damage against Lackey last week and we’ll gladly take it. This is a guy with a good defense behind him and good K/BB rates. He’s a safe play and a good value because of it.
Stephen Strasburg ($11,300) – One of the beautiful things about this article format and theme is that we can advocate taking big money guys from time to time. Against the Atlanta Braves, Stephen Strasburg is a guy you absolutely want to have in your lineup. He’s struck out 28.6 percent of opposing batters in his career and that’s against all types of lineups. This is a Triple-A lineup plus Freddie Freeman.