The MLB season begins today with just three games, so it won’t be a particularly exciting Opening Day from a DFS standpoint. Nevertheless, the season is underway and we’ve all been waiting to jump headfirst into daily fantasy baseball. There are a handful of options to consider for today. We will have a slightly abbreviated piece today, with just two teams to stack, two value hitters, and two value pitchers with such a small card, but you can expect three of each throughout the season. Our DFS MLB write-ups will be provided every day to give you the insight you need to win your 50/50 and H2H matchups and to hopefully cash big in those GPPs.
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Here are the top teams to stack for April 3:
New York Mets – This one seems pretty obvious. Edinson Volquez is the worst of the starters on tap for today’s action. The Mets were a dynamic offense in the second half of last season, posting a .332 wOBA and a 114 wRC+. Only the Chicago Cubs were close to the Mets from a National League standpoint. Once Michael Conforto came up for good and Yoenis Cespedes was added, the healthier Mets lineup with David Wright and Travis d’Arnaud feasted on opposing pitchers. With a chance at a small measure of revenge against the Royals to kick off 2016, they’re probably your best bet at a stack.
Kansas City Royals – Matt Harvey allowed a .388 SLG with left-handed batters at the plate and Kansas City will throw a lot of those at the right-hander on Sunday night. The Royals had the sixth-best SLG against right-handed pitching last season and the second-best wOBA at .357 in matchups with a lefty vs. a righty platoon advantage. When people talk about how the Royals were able to win the World Series with a bad pitching matchup, it’s because of their defense and how they decimated right-handed pitching with their best hitters.
Here are the top value hitters for April 3:
Tommy Pham ($2,900) – Between Triple-A and the big leagues last season, Tommy Pham posted a .327/.430/.505 slash against southpaws in 121 plate appearances. That wasn’t a one-year blip, as Pham posted a .315/.379/.467 slash in 103 PA against lefties the previous season. Pham is hitting second for the Redbirds today, which turns him into a really great value piece in a Cardinals lineup that has a little bit of thump and some really interesting upside throughout the season.
Mike Moustakas ($4,000) – The man known as Moose trashed pitchers from both sides of the plate last season, posting OPS marks north of .800 regardless of platoon split. That allowed him to have a career year overall, but Moustakas has always had decent power against righties with a SLG north of .400. We may be buying too much into a career year after three straight poor offensive seasons, but he’ll be in the middle of this order and, as mentioned above, Harvey has had occasional issues with lefties.
Here are the top value pitchers for April 3:
Adam Wainwright ($8,700) – Adam Wainwright has to be chomping at the bit to get out there and start a game. He was injured in a freak accident leaving the batter’s box in his fourth start of the year last season and that was the last start he made. Wainwright is also the pitcher most likely to work deep into the game. Mike Matheny likes to push starters and some of the top guys on the board today are younger pitchers that may be treated with kid gloves. Wainwright may not have the strikeout upside of the rest of the guys on the bump, but he may have more opportunities at strikeouts.
Chris Archer ($9,400) – This could be the lowest price you’ll pay for Chris Archer this season. Archer draws the Toronto Blue Jays here in the Opener and pitchers are generally behind hitters at this point of the MLB calendar. Archer struck out 29 percent of opposing batters last season and held the Blue Jays to a .197/.265/.328 slash line last season in six starts. As awesome as the Blue Jays lineup is, it is very right-handed heavy and righties hit a miniscule .218/.293/.329 against Archer last season.