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Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks: Wednesday, April 19
Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers (DraftKings: $13,800, FanDuel: $12,900)
There are some good pitching options to choose from tonight, but the golden rule for DFS baseball is to pitch Kershaw in cash games. Kershaw’s consistency speaks for itself, and with pitching being the most crucial position to get right, there’s no reason not to play it safe. This Colorado team did manage a few home runs off of Kershaw earlier this month, but I’d say it’s common thought to disregard pitching stats in Coors Field. Plus, the Rockies have a 2.4 implied run total tonight, which is one of the lowest I can remember seeing this year. I think Kershaw is a pitcher with a lot of pride, and he’ll be locked in tonight to get some revenge. It could be a big night for Kershaw at home. You’ll need some value bats, but I believe it’s going to be worth it.
Other Options: Madison Bumgarner, Chris Archer
Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds (DraftKings: $5,000, FanDuel: $3,800)
I’m a sucker for park factors, and I really do love me some Great American “Small” Park, especially with one of my favorite pitchers to target,Ubaldo Jimenez, on the mound. We’ve seen Ubaldo get lit up plenty of times before, plus hehas a high walk rateand difficulty holding runners, which will turn to steals and runs against a speedy Reds team. Votto has been seeing the ball well lately, averaging .375 and hitting twohome runs in his past five games. I think Votto will have multiple opportunities with runners on base, and he is alsoone of the top candidates to hit one out. That sounds like the safe floor and the high ceiling we are looking for.
Other Options: Jose Altuve, Manny Machado
Corey Dickerson, Tampa Bay Rays (DraftKings: $3,300, FanDuel: $3,100)
I like the price tag on Dickerson on both sitesin what is a surprisingly high run total for the Rays at Tropicana Field. Dickerson continues to lead off and is guaranteed to see at least four at-bats tonight. The Rays go up against Jordan Zimmermann, who’s allowingsome of the hardest hit balls of all pitchers on the slate. Zimmermann also has a very low K/9 that should help a strikeout-prone Tampa team perform better offensively. Dickerson matches up perfectly against Zimmermann, as he’s hitting much better against righthanded pitching (.249 iso). If the Rays are going to score runs like Vegas projects, then the leadoff man will have a chance to scoreand drive in runs. Dickerson is a good one-off play at a very fair price.
Other Options: Greg Bird, Mitch Moreland
Chris Young, Boston Red Sox (DraftKings: $2,800, FanDuel: $2,600)
Oh yeah, with high-priced pitching on the mound you are going to need to nail a few cheap bats. Young is expected to start for the Red Sox, and while he’s not inthe most favorable spot in the lineup, I really like his performances against lefthanded pitching (wOBA over .400). The Red Sox are projected for 4.4 runs and are playing in the offensive-friendly Rogers Centre in Toronto. On a night where you’ll likely need more than one cheap bat, Young seems like one of the better options.
Other Options: Michael Conforto, Josh Reddick
Stack of the Day: Cincinnati Reds
This game is going to turn into a run-scoring fest real quick with the Redsspeed. Stacking Billy Hamilton – Joey Votto – Adam Duvall seems like a great core to build around in GPPs. You can go full stack and add in Jose Peraza and Eugenio Suarez to get the complete 1-5, orstart with the three main guys and counter with some Orioles bats to get a complete game stack in a great scoring environment.
Daily Fantasy Baseball Optimal Lineup Example (FanDuel contests)
*NOTE: The above lineup was created at 12 PM ET and isan example of how to plug a core into the RotoQL Optimizeand build around it. Do NOT ever play a lineup without checking injury/lineup/weather news before lock.