Happy Friday, baseball fans! You have to love how the schedule sets up to give us a full set of games on Fridays -- the perfect way to unwind at the end of the week. Tonight is a special night in the daily fantasy baseball world, as DraftKings celebrates its fifth anniversary and is offering up some great tournament to take advantage of -- you know, assuming you put together the right strategy and make the correct picks.
There are huge-money prize pools to mass enter and potentially change your life, but there are also some unique contests where you can only play against people who joined the same year as you. Either way, there is some money to be made, so let’s take advantage of their anniversary and create our own reason to celebrate.
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Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks: Friday, April 28
Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals (DraftKings: $12,700; FanDuel: $11,600)
Mad Max is hands down the top pitcher on tonight’s slate, and while you’ll have to pay the premium to get to him, it makes sense to do so with the Nationals at home against a watered-down Mets lineup. Yoenis Cespedes got hurt yesterday, taking a power bat out of the equation in tonight’s matchup. Scherzer is the definition of strikeout pitcher, one of the best in the game who is an elite fantasy producer. Scherzer’s 10.7 K/9 is not only one of the highest on the slate, but it's also one of the highest in baseball, period. The Mets opened with the lowest implied run total of anyone on the night, and I fully expect Scherzer to shut them down. Scherzer is one of the few pitchers in baseball with the upside to single-handily dominate a slate, so this is not just about a safe floor. He’s one of the most fun guys to roster on your lineups, and he will solidify the most important position, getting you on the right path to a fun Friday night in the MLB.
Other Options: Carlos Carrasco, Kenta Maeda
Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels (DraftKings: $5,600; FanDuel: $5,000)
I love when the Angels go on road trips. Not only does Trout get the park factor boost, but I also don’t have to stay up past 1 am ET sweating at-bats! You’re going to pay for Trout on both sites, but it’s not every day you see the Angels have an implied run total of five runs. While similar priced bats are going up against some of the better pitching, Trout gets to pick on Nick Martinez -- a much better matchup than, say, the expensive Nationals, Cubs, or Rockies options. We know Trout is arguably the best player in baseball who can always explode for a big night with his combination of speed and power. I think he’s in for a good series in Texas and gets off to a hot start there tonight.
Other Options: Paul Goldschmidt, Ryan Braun
Corey Seager, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers (DraftKings: $4,300; FanDuel: $3,500)
Seager is a top-notch talent, and it just feels like an efficient play to lock him in at a shallow position at this price. Jerad Eickhoff hasn’t been bad at all this season, but Seager has been on an absolute tear to start the year. His numbers against righthanded pitching are just ridiculous. A .470 wOBA screams out to remind you just how good this guy is playing, and his 198 wRC+ against righties is silly. Seager is clearly doing it all, owning righthanded pitching from all aspects. His insane splits are due to come down at some point, but then again, I think he’s an elite talent and he’s still likely to maintain a high level of offensive productivity.
Other Options: Nick Castellanos, A.J. Pollock
Mike Moustakas, 3B, Kansas City Royals (DraftKings: $3,100; FanDuel: $3,300)
Moustakas just feels like a safe play every time the Royals play a righthanded pitcher. I don’t know if ownership numbers just haven’t been there or the sites are just being stubborn, but it’s been interesting to see a player performing as well as Moustakas remain consistently cheap. I understand the Royals are among the league’s worst offenses through April, so I’m not saying to stack them, but regardless of what the team has been able to do, Moustakas has been a bright spot in their lineup with seven home runs and a .316 iso. Moustakas is a cheap option with HR upside at third who makes a ton of sense on a night where you will likely need the salary relief.
Other Options: Tyler Collins, Robinson Chirinos
Stack of the Day: Detroit Tigers vs. Mike Pelfrey
After letting a lot of people down in our last slate, I’m going back to the Detroit Tigers, who face fly-ball pitcher Mike Pelfrey tonight at home. The Tiger’s Vegas run total opened as the second highest on the slate, and while we’re not looking at the most ideal baseball weather, they are going up against one of the pitchers most prone to giving up home runs. The Tigers' bats come in at very affordable, stackable price and do not force you to go bargain hunting in the pitching department. I also like the idea of using three- and two-man Detroit pairings as fillers in other tournament stacks. Kinsler-Collins-Castellanos-Upton-Avila are the bats to look at, as all have the potential to hit one deep tonight.
Daily Fantasy Baseball Optimal Lineup Example (FanDuel contests)
*NOTE: The above lineup was created at 12 PM ET and is an example of how to plug a core into the RotoQL Optimizer and build around it. Do NOT ever play a lineup without checking injury/lineup/weather news before lock.