The first month of the 2017 MLB season is in the books. Hopefully, it was good for all the daily fantasy baseball enthusiasts out there. Now, it is time to turn the page to May and keep on grinding with new lineup picks for GPP contests.
The first day of the new month features a larger-than-normal slate for most Mondays. Eleven games are on the docket, and with our GPP FanDuel lineup for May 1, a couple of teams with seemingly favorable opposition on the mound come squarely into focus.
Combining those bats from Kansas City and Atlanta with a post-hype hurler in New York, we are prepared to take on some of the larger tourney fields that FanDuel has to offer.
Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks: Monday, May 1
These picks are for FanDuel GPP contests.
Luis Severino, P, NYY vs. TOR ($8,500)
Severino has been flat-out remarkable over his past three starts, posting a 2.05 ERA, 0.64 WHIP and 27-to-3 K/BB ratio across 22.0 innings. The 23-year-old flamethrower seems to be on the cusp of a major breakout, which is easy to see continuing opposite a Blue Jays’ lineup that is slugging a meager .349 with a 22.7-percent strikeout rate against righthanded pitching.
Salvador Perez, C, KC vs. CWS ($3,000)
The first of three Royals we are stacking up, Perez put together a solid April, finishing it up in fantastic fashion this past weekend. Over the past two games, the All-Star backstop has gone 5-for-8 with a homer and three doubles. Dylan Covey will oppose the Royals in KC, and that should scare no one off. Perez sports a .974 OPS against righties and 1.033 mark in Kauffman Stadium so far this season.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL vs. NYM ($4,600)
The price tag is quite lofty for Freeman, but he has been more than worth it lately, as he is simply tearing the cover off the ball. Over the past five days, Freeman has gone 8-for-21 with two homers and two doubles. The Braves tagged Robert Gsellman for six runs (five earned) on 10 hits across four innings this past Wednesday. They will see him in Atlanta this time around.
Brandon Phillips, 2B, ATL vs. NYM ($3,300)
Phillips has been out of the Braves’ starting lineup for three of the past four games due to a groin issue, but he is expected to be ready to go Monday night. Following a 3-for-15 start to the campaign, Phillips has been on a serious roll for his new club, posting a .393/.422/.574 slash line while hitting safely in 16-of-17 games and each of the past 13.
Jedd Gyorko, 3B, STL vs. MIL ($3,000)
Gyorko is certainly relishing the cleanup role for the Cardinals, as he has put up a 1.124 OPS across 27 plate appearances in that spot. Across the past eight games, Gyorko has delivered five multi-hit performances while going 13-for-29 with seven extra-base hits. In addition, he is 7-for-10 with three doubles and a home run against Monday’s adversary, Zach Davies.
Corey Seager, SS, LA vs. SF ($3,000)
Seager got a day off Sunday, but expect him right back in the top half of the Dodgers’ batting order against Johnny Cueto. Seager has belted three homers over his past nine games, slashing a ridiculous .400/.526/.733 during that span. The young shortstop has gone 8-for-20 with a double and a roundtripper off of Cueto in his career, so this could be a great bargain.
Lorenzo Cain, OF, KC vs. CWS ($3,400)
Cain has picked up only two hits over his past 21 at-bats, so the hope is for a low-ownership total for a high-upside player in a seemingly great matchup. Cain popped his first home run of the season Sunday afternoon and now holds a .306 batting average along with a .386 OBP against righties. He brings that coveted power-speed combo into play, so Cain is a nice value opposite Covey in Kansas City.
Billy Hamilton, OF, CIN vs. PIT ($3,100)
Speaking of speed, there is no one stealthier on the basepaths than Hamilton, and he has given Pittsburgh starter Gerrit Cole fits in their previous meetings. Hamilton has gone 5-for-14 with two doubles and 10 stolen bases in his career off of the Pirates’ righty. A .213 average definitely looks like something to steer clear of, but this could be one of the good games for Hamilton.
Corey Dickerson, OF, TB at MIA ($3,100)
Don’t be that guy, or girl, that has yet to realize that Dickerson learned to hit lefties at some point this offseason. The Rays will face off with Wei-Yin Chen, but unlike past years when Dickerson would become a DFS afterthought against southpaws (.315 SLG, .074 ISO), he has been a great option in this scenario so far in 2017 (.826 SLG, .391 ISO), albeit in a small sample size.