A handful of teams have Thursday off and it’s a tough schedule for daily fantasy purposes because of the number of day games. There are only four night games on the schedule for Thursday, so DFS players are left to choose between picking an all-day card or focusing on two separate sets of players for the early and late games. Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays can all be tough days because players often get rest on those days, so double check those lineups before locking in your DFS entries for April 23. Because of the timeframe of this article, at least one player/team from the night games will be included.
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Here are the top teams to stack for April 23:
Cincinnati – The Reds didn’t do much offensively against Jimmy Nelson on Wednesday night, but they have the chance to go off again against Kyle Lohse on Thursday. Lohse has been victimized by batted ball luck in his first three starts, but there’s more to it than just bad luck. His command has been awful. His strikeout-to-walk ratios are in their normal range, but his command has been subpar. Lohse is allowing a line drive rate of almost 26 percent and has given up four home runs in 15.2 innings. What makes Lohse good is keeping hitters off-balance and spotting his pitches. He’s not doing that right now. Reds hitters aren’t cheap, but they could be worth it.
Los Angeles of Anaheim – I bet this isn’t the route you expected me to take with this game. Nick Tropeano is making his first start of the season for the Angels, but Chavez is the guy with bigger blow-up potential in my mind. One major concern about this game is that the shadows can be a big problem in day games at Angel Stadium, but Chavez returns to the rotation due to a blister problem for Jesse Hahn. The Angels offense has been really inconsistent so far, but Chavez is around the plate a lot and is not a high-strikeout guy. With the exception of Mike Trout ($5,500), the Angels are reasonably priced for the most part.
Tampa Bay – Stacking in the night games is hard, and Anaheim isn’t even a great option, but the Tampa Bay Rays might be a bit of a contrarian pick. The Rays have not played well at home and have struggled offensively, but they’re a cheap stacking option for Thursday night. Steven Souza is the most expensive player at $4,300 and the Rays have some good platoon bats that can do some damage against Clay Buchholz.
Here are the top value hitters for April 23:
David DeJesus ($3,300) – On that note, let’s look at one of those platoon bats, David DeJesus. DeJesus costs a tidy $3,300 and has a tidy .370/.452/.556 slash in 31 against RHP this season. It’s a small sample size, but DeJesus has made a career out of being able to hit right-handed pitching, so it should come as no big surprise. The nice thing about DeJesus is that he doesn’t give away at bats. His chase rate is below 22 percent for his career and Buchholz can get wild.
Travis Snider ($3,900) – Travis Snider has been a productive replacement for Nick Markakis in RF for Baltimore so far this season. Drew Hutchison has struggled with his command for the Blue Jays and that should be to Snider’s advantage. The Orioles certainly don’t want to get swept after the fireworks on Tuesday night and Snider will be in a prime spot in the batting order against a struggling hurler.
Kevin Plawecki ($2,500) – Kevin Plawecki is the replacement for Travis d’Arnaud behind the plate for the New York Mets. He’s got a good hit tool and should be just fine in the short-term because pitchers don’t have a whole lot of information on his strike zone shortcomings. Plawecki is 2-for-7 to start his young career, but he puts bat-to-ball and that’s important. There’s a chance that he may not play on Thursday with the day game after a night game, but keep him in mind for the future, especially if he’ll be priced that low.
Here are the top value pitchers for April 23:
Michael Wacha ($8,200) – Max Scherzer will get all of the attention, but Michael Wacha has been fantastic so far this season. The strikeouts aren’t there quite yet, but the velocity is there and Wacha seems to be taking it a little bit easier with his arm in the early going. Today seems like a good day for Wacha to rely on his plus-plus changeup and that will be a big advantage against a Nationals team with a bit of pop.
Yordano Ventura ($7,100) – With this defense behind him and a fastball that touches triple digits, Yordano Ventura is underpriced at $7,100 and could be underpriced for a while. The Royals ace let his emotions get the best of him in his last start and that outing has skewed his numbers for the season. Against an offense that swings and misses quite a bit, Ventura should be able to rack up some good numbers on Thursday.
Bartolo Colon ($8,400) – The rotund right-hander doesn’t rack up the strikeouts you’d like in DFS, but he’s been very reliable and April has been his best month over the last few seasons. That’s hardly a surprise given his age. Colon has averaged 6.2 innings per start this season with a spike in strikeouts and he doesn’t hurt himself with walks. The home run issue is there, but the Braves don’t have a lot of power anymore and Colon is leading this dynamic Mets rotation by example thus far.