As you're putting the final touches on your daily fantasy baseball strategy for Tuesday, April here are some lineup picks to consider for FanDuelGPP tournaments.
We are rolling out a criminally underpriced pitching option with great upside for this slate. That will obviously open up the budget for several high-cost sluggers who are vital for raising the production ceiling for DFS tourney fields.
As always, we’ll finish the lineup out with a couple of bargain buys that should differentiate our roster on the whole.
Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup Picks: FanDuel tournaments
Sean Manaea, P, OAK vs. LAA ($6,800)
Manaea turned in a solid rookie campaign in Oakland last season, and he was particularly impressive during the final month. Over his last four starts, the young southpaw surrendered a mere three earned runs while posting a 0.83 WHIP and 20-to-5 K/BB ratio across 24.0 innings. Manaea’s price tag does not reflect his upside yet, so this is a great buying opportunity against a rather shallow Angels’ lineup.
Buster Posey, C, SFG at ARI ($3,300)
Posey went 0-for-4 with a walk in the Giants’ opener at Arizona this past Sunday. Do not let that deter you from rolling him out there Tuesday. The four-time All-Star has worn out lefthanded pitching throughout his career, and past meetings with Diamondbacks’ starter Patrick Corbin have gone quite well. Posey is 11-for-35 with a couple of doubles opposite Corbin.
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, CLE at TEX ($4,400)
Encarnacion got his Indians’ career started off with a bang Monday night, going 2-for-5 including a game-tying solo shot in the top of the eighth inning. The veteran slugger will take his hacks opposite soft-tossing lefty Martin Perez on Tuesday. Advantage Cleveland.
Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU vs. SEA ($4,100)
Altuve began the campaign with a single in four at-bats onMonday, but he's now gearing up for matchup that he has always enjoyed. Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma, like many others around the league, has yet to solve the Astros’ diminutive second baseman. Altuve has gone 16-for-38 with a homer and six doubles off of Iwakuma in his career.
Nolan Arenado, 3B, COL at MIL ($4,000)
The Rockies may not be in the hitter’s haven that is their Coors Field home, but Miller Park is always ripe for some roundtrippers. Arenado went 2-for-3 with a couple of singles Monday afternoon, and it should not be long before we see the NLleader in homers each of the past two season start clearing the fences. Brewers’ righty Zach Davies gave up 15 home runs across 108.0 innings at home in Milwaukee last season, so Arenado is a prime pickfor this slate.
Trevor Story, SS, COL at MIL ($3,600)
Story had an outstanding season abruptly ended due to injury at the end of July last year, so the question for everyone isif he can pick back up on the power surge that saw him belt 27 home runs across 415 plate appearances as a rookie. The 24-year-old shortstop doubled in Monday’s game, and as previously mentioned, the Rockies will face an opponent that has struggled to keep the ball in the yard at homer-happy Miller Park.
Franklin Gutierrez, OF, LOS vs. SDP ($2,600)
There are a couple of low-cost, split-dependent sleepers for Tuesday evening’s slate, but Gutierrez is the one that stands out the most to me. The long-time lefty killer will get his first opportunity to fill his calling-card role, as the Dodgers will see veteran southpaw Clayton Richard. Gutierrez rocked lefties to the tune of an .884 OPS across 217 plate appearances in 2016 and has gone 8-for-15 with a homer against Richard in his career.
Khris Davis, OF, OAK vs. LAA ($3,000)
Can Davis replicate the 42 bombs he launched in 2016? Well, if Monday’s performance was any indication, then it certainly seems so. Davis ripped a pair baseballs into the seats on opening day, andTuesday night, he will face a pitcher that he took deep twice last season in Matt Shoemaker.
Carlos Beltran, OF, HOU vs. SEA ($3.200)
Pairing up a couple of Astros at their home park for this slate, Beltran, like his aforementioned teammate Altuve, has hammered Iwakuma in their previous meetings. Beltran can still swing it, as evidenced by an .850 OPS and 29 homers in 2016, and has gone 6-of-11 with four extra-base hits lifetime against Iwakuma.