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.
Here are the top three lineups to stack for April 15:
Pittsburgh – Alfredo Simon had some good deception in his first American League start, but the Indians started to put together some good swings the second and third time through the lineup. The Pirates are quite familiar with Simon, so they should have a much better idea of what to expect. Andrew McCutchen ($5,400) is the most expensive outfielder, but players like Neil Walker ($3,900) and Pedro Alvarez ($3,800) are two tremendous values for Wednesday’s DFS lineups.
Baltimore – Nate Eovaldi was roughed up in his first start with the New York Yankees and a similar outcome may await him against the Orioles. Adam Jones is the most expensive Oriole at $4,900, but there are some great values including Steve Pearce ($4,300) and Travis Snider ($4,100). You could do a lot worse than Caleb Joseph ($3,100) at catcher. Eovaldi lacks a third pitch, so lefties could do some damage, not just in this start, but overall this season.
Chicago Cubs – Jason Marquis was pretty good in his first start, but it’s hard to believe that will be the real Marquis this season. The Chicago Cubs provide some value in this one, like Jorge Soler at $4,700 and Chris Coghlan ($3,800) is a solid platoon bat. He hit in the cleanup spot in Joe Maddon’s lineup this week and should be in a prime position to bat high against Marquis. Marquis is the cheapest pitcher, so the inflation on some Cubs hitters is easy to understand.
Here are the top three value hitters for April 15:
Charlie Blackmon ($3,800) – Blackmon and the Rockies face Tim Lincecum on Wednesday night. Lincecum is always a wild card, but Blackmon is in a great lineup and hits near the top, so there’s definitely a chance for some runs scored and some trips around the basepaths. This one seems almost too good to be true since the rest of the Rockies are priced a lot higher.
Jake Lamb ($3,700) – Lamb has gotten the bulk of the plate appearances against right-handers for the Diamondbacks so far and he should be in a prime position to drive in some runs against Brandon Morrow on Wednesday. Morrow had a great start his first time out, but Morrow is a ticking time bomb from a health standpoint and consistency will be an issue. Lamb has a 1.198 OPS in the early going and the Diamondbacks offense has been pretty decent thus far.
Adrian Gonzalez ($4,100) – Adrian Gonzalez was red hot in the first week of the season and appears to be underpriced here against Taijuan Walker. Walker has great stuff, but there are some command issues in his profile and Gonzalez can exploit those. Gonzalez is not among the 20 most expensive first basemen in DFS today, so there has to be some value in that. The Dodgers have gotten to the Mariners bullpen a couple of times as well, so Gonzalez will have plenty of opportunities.
Here are the top value pitchers for April 15:
Brett Anderson ($6,700) – Brett Anderson draws a very good matchup against the left-handed heavy Mariners lineup. Nelson Cruz has been swinging a hot bat, but I wouldn’t worry about other Mariners getting to Anderson. He has some terrific stuff, but injuries have derailed his career to this point. Dodger Stadium is a pretty decent park to pitch in and Anderson has a good matchup here.
Chase Anderson ($5,900) – I’m a big Chase Anderson fan and he has some highly underrated stuff. Anderson actually struck out more than eight guys per nine innings last season and struck out six in five innings in his first start. There’s a lot of value in Anderson against the right-handed heavy Padres lineup in this one. Anderson would allow you to spend more on hitters or take one of the top starters for today.
Edinson Volquez ($6,200) – Volquez is an enigmatic pitcher, but the Royals defense is going to be a huge help for him. It doesn’t hurt that this start is against the lowly Minnesota Twins. The Royals have been giving their mediocre starting rotation all kinds of run support and the bullpen is securing victories. Volquez has a chance to rack up some strikeouts against a Twins lineup that punches out quite a bit.