A new day begins in Major League Baseball with new opportunities to make money in daily fantasy contests. It’s important for players to keep weather conditions in mind this time of the season. A lot of teams are wrapping up their opening series, but that doesn’t mean that we have a large sample size to go off of. It’s going to be quite a while before we have something of significance to use. Because of that, it’s best to go with what we know, who we know, or tactics that we have used with success in the past.
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Here are the top teams to stack for April 6:
Philadelphia - Let’s get a little crazy today, shall we? I’m a big proponent of Brandon Finnegan for the future. In the present, however, he is a largely unpolished pitcher and it’s fair to wonder what type of performance we will get from the 22-year-old. Pitchers under pressure to keep rotation spots that they got early in the season or due to injuries may have some issues. I don’t put a ton of stock into Spring Training stats, but Finnegan didn’t win a job, necessarily. Injuries helped. Philadelphia has some decent right-handed bats to do some damage against him and you can rest assured that not many people will be interested in this stack.
Washington - Bud Norris gets his first start for the Braves as he comes off of the worst season of his professional career. With Norris, it’s hard to believe that he will be as bad as last season, but he’s not a particularly good pitcher and the Braves aren’t a very good defensive team with the losses of Andrelton Simmons and Jason Heyward over the last two years. The Nationals are going to hit when healthy, so you might as well take advantage while they still are.
Milwaukee - What is Jeff Samardzija? The expectation is that a move to the National League and a good pitcher’s park will help him. Well, this start comes at Miller Park, which is a NL park, but is not a good park for pitching. The biggest issue for Samardzija last season was command. It’s not a bad idea to fade pitchers throwing to a new catcher for the first time because there can be some miscommunication. The Brewers, despite the offseason overhaul, still have some guys capable of punishing mistake pitches.
Here are the top value hitters for April 6:
Seth Smith ($2,000) - We’ll start with a quality platoon bat against a subpar pitcher. Colby Lewis gave up almost a run per inning in Spring Training and has some very ugly splits against left batters. Lefties own a career .280/.349/.466 slash against him and Smith has been able to stay in the Majors because of his prowess against right-handers. Smith owns a .274/.356/.479 slash with the platoon advantage. In all honesty, Seattle is not a bad stacking option today, either.
John Jaso ($3,200) - John Jaso is a really underappreciated player, especially this season. He’ll be batting leadoff against righties in front of a pretty strong Pittsburgh middle of the order. That creates a lot of value, particularly at this small price. Jaso owns a career .273/.367/.428 slash against right-handed pitching. He’ll be a cheap option at first base here shortly once he gains eligibility, but when you’re looking for that cheap outfield value, look Jaso up with favorable matchups.
Khris Davis ($3,300) - The new Oakland outfielder has some pretty prodigious power. It will be watered-down a little bit by the unfavorable conditions in Oakland, but he owns a .491 SLG in just over 300 plate appearances against lefties. That SLG includes 18 home runs and, as we know, cheap power is a really fantastic thing to grab in daily fantasy formats. Long-term, Carlos Rodon should morph into an excellent starting pitcher. For now, inconsistencies with control and youth are at the forefront.
Here are the top value pitchers for April 6:
Carlos Rodon ($9,000) - You must be scratching your head given what I just said about Rodon, right? There’s a method to the madness. The A’s have a .655 OPS so far this season against lefties and this is the third straight left-handed starter that they will face. In those 54 plate appearances, Oakland has 15 strikeouts against just one walk. Rodon does have some control issues, so we’ll see if those come to the forefront here. If not, he could run up some really nice strikeout totals and taking guys pitching in extreme pitcher’s parks are never a bad idea.
Patrick Corbin ($7,600) - Through two games, the Rockies offense looks unstoppable. They’ll run into Patrick Corbin on Wednesday and that’s significant because the Rockies only posted a .677 OPS against southpaws last season, despite their dramatic and incredible hitting environment at home. Lefties are likely going to keep giving Colorado fits and Corbin was thoroughly impressive in his return from Tommy John last season. The strikeout rate climbed and that could net some serious value here and throughout the season.
Kenta Maeda ($9,200) - The Japanese right-hander will make his Major League debut against a pretty pathetic San Diego Padres offense. The Padres have played 18 innings this season and have scored one run and you can count the number of hits they’ve had on one hand plus one finger. Like most Asian pitchers, deception will be Maeda’s friend at the outset and that will elevate his stuff. We’ll see if the strikeouts are there, but scouts have raved about his control and command in the lead-up to his MLB debut.