Daily fantasy sports websites are all the rage nowadays as a form legalized sports gambling. Some people make a living off of daily fantasy sites, while others just play on them for fun. During the baseball season, we will take a look every day to try and find value for our readers in these daily fantasy contests at DraftKings and FanDuel.
It’s easy to fill in the lineup with high-priced talent and hope that it performs, but that’s not the way to win at daily fantasy sports. It’s important to take stud pitchers and find hitting value from guys with good platoon splits or low salaries and a lot of upside. There are a lot of strategies out there for daily fantasy sports, but one of the biggest ones is to stack lineups. The salaries listed are from DraftKings.
It’s a very small slate for Thursday night with just four late games, so this article will be a little bit shorter today.
Here are the top lineups to stack for April 16:
Arizona – Is this counterintuitive because Madison Bumgarner is on the mound? Maybe. The Diamondbacks roughed up Clayton Kershaw last week and have several right-handed bats capable of doing some damage against a guy like Bumgarner. With so few games and so few players to choose from, the best way to go about a GPP on a day like Thursday is to go contrarian. Nobody is going to go this route and you can possibly have a big reward out of it. Paul Goldschmidt is the only Diamondback that costs more than $4,000. Today’s the day to take a shot. Good luck.
Miami – Dillon Gee is not very good. Neither are the Marlins, but people are unlikely to be racing to use Marcell Ozuna or Michael Morse on Thursday. Most stacks are going to include Toronto Blue Jays against Chris Archer, so going against the grain could make a lot of sense once again in this situation. Giancarlo Stanton will probably be picked a lot, and possibly Christian Yelich, but there’s plenty of value in the cheaper guys on the Marlins.
Here are the top value hitters for April 16:
Mark Trumbo ($3,600) – The early-season lack of power has sent Trumbo’s salary tumbling. He started out well over $4,000 and is now just $3,600 with a platoon advantage. Trumbo is off to a decent start overall, there just hasn’t been a lot of power. I’m a believer for this season and this is a better matchup for him than the salary would suggest.
Devon Travis ($3,200) – Travis is off to a fine start and he’s one of the few players that has not seen even a small salary adjustment this season. He’s flashed some unexpected power in the Toronto lineup and he is tied for the eighth-most expensive second baseman on the board in the late games. In terms of fantasy points per game thus far, only Dee Gordon and Danny Espinosa surpass Travis on a regular basis among tonight’s players.
Here are the top value pitchers for April 16:
Archie Bradley ($6,400) – How can you not like Archie Bradley at this price? The rookie outpitched Clayton Kershaw in his Major League debut and the Giants offense has been deplorable so far this season. Bradley has some swing-and-miss upside and this is a great park for him to pitch in. The control was a little bit shaky in his first start, but this is a much softer lineup and the Dodgers didn’t barrel up many balls in his first start.
Jarred Cosart ($6,600) – Cosart’s problem is that he has not been able to turn his upper 90s stuff into strikeouts. He kept the ball out of the middle of the plate in his first start, which is a good sign moving into this start, and his swinging strike count was above his usual average. It’s a very small sample size, so don’t read too much into it, but in terms of pitchers with strikeout potential that don’t cost over $10,000, at least Cosart throws hard.