Hello my DFS friends. Welcome back to the daily fantasy baseball lineup picks and strategy article, brought to you by RotoQL. I love tonight’s 12-game slate, as there are a ton of good pitchers and plenty of great offensive options, as well. I’ll definitely be using the RotoQL Lineup Optimizer to mass-multi in some tournaments!
Before we get to the plays, I must ask: Why does it feel like I only write on Coors’ slates? Don’t get me wrong, I love stacking teams playing in Colorado as much as anyone, but you all don’t need me to tell you to play guys when they are in Colorado. I always feel obligated to mention them, as they usually are amongst the top plays, but there has to be a balance so I don’t just write up an all-Coors article. I’m still working on how best to approach putting these types of lineups together, but don’t think I’m overlooking the players in those games.
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Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks: Wednesday, April 26
Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets (DraftKings: $12,600, FanDuel: $11,500) This should be obvious, but I’m going to talk about Thor anyway. There’s no questioning who is the top option on tonight’s slate, as the Atlanta bats are not an offense to afraid of. Syndergaard has yet to give up a home run on the season, and I don’t see the Braves changing that with almost 50 percent of their contact coming in the form of ground balls. Atlanta is more of a contact team than one with a massive strikeout percentage, so Thor may lose a K or two, but he should make up for it by going at least seven innings and he's in a great position to pick up the win. Syndergaard looks to be in mid-season form, tossing 114 pitches in his last outing. Thor is going to pitch deep, get his eight strikeouts, and is facing a team that has a hard time scoring runs. You can always explore low-price pitching in GPPs, but don’t make this complicated in cash games. Update: Robert Gsellman is now listed as New York's starter.
Other Options: Dylan Bundy, Vincent Velasquez
Bryce Harper, OF, Nationals (DraftKings: $6,100, FanDuel: $5,200)
Harper is likely going to be chalk in Coors, but I don’t know how you could play a large volume of cash games and feel comfortable without him in your lineups. Considering matchup and park factors, Harper has to be the favorite to hit a homer tonight. Honestly, the way he’s been hitting the baseball, it wouldn’t surprise anyone to see him hit two. The Nationals have the second highest projected run total on the slate and get to face Tyler Chatwood, who struggles to generate strikeouts. It’s going to be difficult to pay up for Coors bats, but Harper is the guy I’d look to for one-offs.
Other Options: Nelson Cruz, A.J. Pollock
Jake Lamb, 3B, Diamondbacks (DraftKings: $3,900, FanDuel: $3,800)
Lamb had the night off last night when the D-backs exploded for nine runs and will be a popular play at 3B tonight. Trevor Cahill isn’t as good of a pitcher as his early season stats portray, and I believe he is due for some serious regression very soon. Tonight at Chase Field seems like the perfect place for the numbers to come to back to reality. I love Lamb on this slate, as it’s so hard to overlook his .432 wOBA and .302 iso against right handed pitchers. Plus, the Diamondbacks are projected to score more runs than any team playing outside of Coors. Lamb is an affordable 3B with what seems to be a good floor and massive upside.
Other Option: Seth Smith
Taylor Motter, SS, Mariners (DraftKings: $3,000, FanDuel: $3,200)
I’m a little confused to see Motter this cheap, especially on DraftKings. I liked the Seattle bats before I opened up the DFS sites, but I love Motter at this price. Motter is a guy who has won me some money early on in the MLB season, and if you take a look at his game log you’ll see he’s really put some things together since moving to Seattle. In fact, Motter is currently ranked in the top 10 in all of baseball in exit velocity. If you watch him hit, you can see the type of power he’s working with. Fast bat speed, paired with an extreme pull rate, brings a lot of pop to a position that often lacks home run options. I think Motter is really a great value play in an offense that can score some runs tonight against the struggling Daniel Norris.
Other Options: Austin Hedges, Dan Vogelbach
Stack of the Day: Arizona Diamondbacks vs Trevor Cahill
Arizona’s offense put up nine runs last night in another impressive offensive outing. I’m really liking the way the top of the order is seeing (crushing) the ball, and I expect it to continue its hot streak.
There has been a lot of talk out of Arizona about the addition of a humidor, which management is introducing to balance out Chase Field’s strong offensive advantage and reduce the number of home runs. Luckily for us, the humidor isn’t built yet, so we can keep stacking in sunny, 85-degree Phoenix while the rest of the nation plays in less-than-ideal baseball weather.
Chase Field bats are much more affordable than their Coors counter parts, and the D-backs are projected for only slightly fewer runs scored than the Nationals or Rockies. Looking at my personal projections, my top Arizona stack saves over $3K in comparison to my top Washington and Colorado stacks. Load up on the top of the order (Pollock-Peralta-Goldschmidt-Lamb) and hope for another huge night.
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.