Thursday night features a small four-game daily fantasy baseball slate, but there are still some interesting stacks and solid pitching options. The Padres-Diamondbacks game intrigues me the most, with both teams having high Vegas projected run totals. However, don't sleep on the Cardinals, as they may go slightly overlooked and also have a great matchup at home against Toronto. Below I break down the stud picks you should be paying up for, the guys you want to include in the core of your lineups, and, finally, some value plays to give you some salary relief.
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Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks: Thursday, April 27
Jake Lamb, 3B, D-backs (DK: $4,600; FD: $3,800)
The D-backs draw the best matchup of the slate going against over-the-hill Jered Weaver at home. Lamb will be included in all of my Arizona stacks, as he kills righties with an impressive .291 ISO. Lamb has multi-homer upside and is my favorite play of the day despite his chalkiness.
Chris Sale, P, Red Sox (DK: $12,600; FD: $11,300)
Sale is the best pitcher going tonight by a decent margin, and it would be foolish to fade him on a small slate. Sale has been extremely impressive in his first few starts with the Red Sox and currently leads the league in strikeouts. He offers both a safe floor and a high ceiling, which makes him an auto play for me in both cash games and GPPs.
Jedd Gyorko, 2B/3B, Cardinals (DK: $3,600; FD: $3,100)
Toronto starter Casey Lawrence is a below-average righty who should get lit up by the Cards. Gyorko has consistently shown power against righties (.298 ISO) and will li kely bat cleanup on a team that has a solid 4.8 expected Vegas run total. He’s priced at a modest $3,600 on DraftKings, which is a steal for his possible upside.
Manuel Margot, OF, Padres (DK: $3,800; FD: $2,600)
With D-backs most likely to be the chalk stack tonight, it makes a lot of sense to run some Padres in your GPPs. Margot will bat leadoff and has offered steady production over the past week. Arizona will be pitching Taijuan Walker, who, while not terrible, doesn’t scare me at all. Walker is allowing a subpar hard-hit percentage of 34 percent this season, so it wouldn’t surprise me for the Padres to put up some runs with Margot setting the table.
Top Value Plays
Kendall Graveman, P, A's (DK: $7,900; FD: $7,800)
There’s no obvious value pitcher on the slate, but I think Graveman makes a decent SP2. He’s going up against an Angels lineup that is weak outside of Mike Trout. Graveman doesn’t offer a ton of strikeout upside, but he should be able to produce a quality start and return enough value to make him a worthy play.
Jaff Decker, OF, A's (DK: $2,100; FD: $2,300)
You’re going to want as many of those expensive Arizona bats in your lineups as possible, but to do that you need to have a few cheapies in there. Let me introduce you to Jaff Decker. Decker should bat leadoff for the A’s against Angels starter Ricky Nolasco, who has gotten shelled so far in 2017. Decker doesn’t offer much power upside, but he can meet value if he can get on base and set the table for his teammates. A leadoff hitter against a struggling pitcher for only $2,100 on DraftKings? Sign me up.
Daily Fantasy Baseball Optimal Lineup Example (FanDuel contests)
*NOTE: The above lineup was created by 12 PM ET and is an example of how to plug a core into the RotoQL Lineup Optimizer and build around it. Do NOT ever play a lineup without checking injury/lineup/weather news before lock.