Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks: Pitcher rankings, lineup advice for April 19

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If you want an ace, you can get an ace today. If you want a value pitcher, you can get a good value pitcher. It's a good day to play daily fantasy baseball if you can handle the possibility of going against people with Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner. Our advice remains consistent: Don't be afraid to pay up for one of these aces, especially in cash games, but make sure you're differentiating your lineup with hitter picksin GPP contests.

If you want to stay out of the Kershaw-Bumgarner-Chris Archer-Dallas Keuchel fray, there are plenty of options. Perhaps most intriguing among the upper-middle class guys are Zack Greinke and Masahiro Tanaka. Both have struggled this year, but with favorable matchups, both stand a better-than-average chance at a win, and we know they can dominate on any given night.

Vince Velasquez, as always, is a major boom-or-bust guy, as he's just as likely to strike out 10 as he is to get pulled in the third at 81 pitches. Joe Ross, who will be making his season debut, and Trevor Bauer, are somewhat similar. Ross is opposite the struggling Robert Gsellman, but faces a homer-happy Mets offense. Bauer has a much better matchup against the Twins and Adalberto Mejia. He might be the biggest value of the night (assuming the game is played. See below.)

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Finally, if you're really trying to be different but still get a decent pitcher, you can go with Tyler Anderson, who is going head-to-head with Kershaw. The Rockies hit Kershaw well a couple weeks ago, and while that was in Colorado, not LA, it still gives Anderson a glimmer of hope in his quest to get a win against the best pitcher in baseball.

Daily Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Pitchers

Rank

Pitcher

Team

Opp.

1

Clayton Kershaw, LHP

LAD

vs. COL

2

Madison Bumgarner, LHP

SF

at KC

3

Chris Archer, RHP

TB

vs. DET

4

Dallas Keuchel, LHP

HOU

vs. LAA

5

Felix Hernandez, RHP

SEA

vs. MIA

6

Gerrit Cole, RHP

PIT

at STL

7

Kyle Hendricks, RHP

CHC

vs. MIL

8

Julio Teheran, RHP

ATL

vs. WAS

9

Zack Greinke, RHP

ARI

at SD

10

Masahiro Tanaka, RHP

NYY

vs. CWS

11

Vince Velasquez, RHP

PHI

at NYM

12

Joe Ross, RHP

WAS

at ATL

13

Rick Porcello, RHP

BOS

at TOR

14

Martin Perez, LHP

TEX

at OAK

15

Trevor Bauer, RHP

CLE

at MIN

16

Jesse Hahn, RHP

OAK

vs. TEX

17

Michael Wacha, RHP

STL

vs. PIT

18

Jordan Zimmermann, RHP

DET

at TB

19

Edinson Volquez, RHP

MIA

at SEA

20

Robert Gsellman, RHP

NYM

vs. PHI

21

Tyler Anderson, LHP

COL

at LAD

22

Jason Vargas, LHP

KC

vs. SF

23

Amir Garrett, LHP

CIN

vs. BAL

24

Francisco Liriano, LHP

TOR

vs. BOS

25

Jhoulys Chacin, RHP

SD

vs. ARI

3B

Jake Lamb (L)

D-backs

@Padres

$3900

$3900

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26

Ubaldo Jimenez, RHP

BAL

at CIN

27

JC Ramirez, RHP

LAA

at HOU

28

Adalberto Mejia, LHP

MIN

vs. CLE

29

Dylan Covey, RHP

CWS

at NYY

30

Tommy Milone, LHP

MIL

at CHC

Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks: Wednesday, April 19

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There are 15 games on the MLB schedule today, with four getting underway in the afternoon and two starting after 10 pm ET.Today's DFS Playbook is centered aroundthe main slate, but I sprinkled in some afternoon guys if you're looking for a good distraction while working.

By and large, the weather forecast looks good. There are slight chances of rain in Atlanta (Nationals-Braves) and the north side of Chicago (Brewers-Cubs), but no postponements in either place look imminent. There isa chance of a washout in Minnesota (Indians-Twins), and they are calling for late storms in Kansas City (Giants-Royals). The SF-KC game shouldget in, but CLE-MIN seems iffy. -- Nick Berns

Pos

Player

Team

Opp.

FanDuel

DraftKings

Yahoo

Analysis

SP

Madison Bumgarner (R)

Giants

@Royals

$11100

$11700

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SP

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SP

Chris Archer (R)

Rays

Tigers

$9300

$9700

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SP

Zack Greinke (R)

D-backs

@Padres

$9700

$8700

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SP

Masahiro Tanaka (R)

Yankees

White Sox

$8600

$9000

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SP

Kyle Hendricks (R)

Cubs

Brewers

$9300

$10200

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SP

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SP

Michael Wacha (R)

Cardinals

Pirates

$7600

$7200

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SP

Amir Garrett (L)

Reds

Orioles

$7600

$4800

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C

Buster Posey (R)

Giants

@Royals

$3900

$4000

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C

José Lobatón (B)

Nationals

@Braves

$2100

$2200

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C

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C

Josh Phegley (R)

Athletics

Rangers

$2000

$3300

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C

Austin Romine (R)

Yankees

White Sox

$2700

$2700

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1B

Joey Votto (L)

Reds

Orioles

$3800

$5000

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1B

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1B

Justin Smoak (B)

Blue Jays

Red Sox

$2300

$2800

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1B

Logan Morrison (L)

Rays

Tigers

$2100

$3200

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2B

Dustin Pedroia (R)

Red Sox

@Blue Jays

$3000

$3700

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2B

Daniel Murphy (L)

Nationals

@Braves

$3600

$4100

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2B

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2B/3B

Jed Lowrie (B)

Athletics

Rangers

$2300

$3000

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3B

Nolan Arenado (R)

Rockies

@Dodgers

$3300

$4200

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3B

Justin Turner (R)

Dodgers

Rockies

$3900

$3500

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3B

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25

Jhoulys Chacin, RHP

SD

vs. ARI

3B

Jake Lamb (L)

D-backs

@Padres

$3900

$3900

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3B

Trevor Plouffe (R)

Athletics

Rangers

$2700

$3800

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SS

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SS

Asdrubal Cabrera (B)

Mets

Phillies

$3500

$3500

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SS

Erick Aybar (B)

Padres

D-backs

$2000

$2600

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SS

Troy Tulowitzki (R)

Blue Jays

Red Sox

$3300

$3600

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OF

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OF

José Bautista (R)

Blue Jays

Red Sox

$3300

$4200

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OF

Mike Trout (R)

Angels

@Astros

$4900

$5200

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OF

Bryce Harper (L)

Nationals

@Braves

$4700

$4900

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OF

Billy Hamilton (B)

Reds

Orioles

$3000

$4100

GO PRO !

OF

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OF

Eric Thames (L)

Brewers

@Cubs

$3600

$4400

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OF

Andrew McCutchen (R)

Pirates

@Cardinals

$3900

$4800

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OF

A.J. Pollock (R)

D-backs

@Padres

$3600

$4000

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Daily Fantasy Baseball Value Picks: Wednesday, April 19

Because we can't do a full write-up on every player, here are some value plays welike who mightmake it into our Optimal Lineups.

C - Mike Zunnino (SEA) FD/Y! Value

C - Austin Hedges (SD)

1B - Josh Bell (PIT)

1B - Albert Pujols (LAA)

2B - Rickie Weeks (TB)

2B - Adam Rosales (OAK)

2B - Devon Travis (TOR) - FD/Y! value

SS - Zack Cosart (CIN)

SS/3B - Taylor Motter (SEA) - Cash value

SS - Adam Frazier (PIT) - FD Value

25 Jhoulys Chacin, RHP SD vs. ARI 3BJake Lamb (L) D-backs @Padres $3900 $3900 $18 GO PRO !

3B - Travis Shaw (MIL) - DK Value

OF - Jarrod Dyson (SEA)

OF - Ender Inciarte (ATL) - Y! Value

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