Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks: Pitching rankings, lineup advice for Tuesday, April 18

Everyone knows a winning daily fantasy baseball strategy starts with picking the right pitcher, which is why we start off Tuesday's DFS advice with our pitcher rankings. Unfortunately, on this full day of action, there are only two "true aces" on the mound (Max Scherzer and Yu Darvish), and they're likely to be in a lot of lineups, especially in cash games.

Of course, the way to win big in GPPs is to differentiate a bit. That doesn't necessarily mean you shouldn't have Scherzer or Darvish (you can differentiate with your hitters), but there are other hurlers out there who can help win you money. Michael Fulmerand Marcus Stromanare easily the next-best pitchers on the slate, and guys like Mike Leake, Jimmy Nelson, and Andrew Triggs have come out of the gates on fire. Talent-wise, we're big fans of Luis Severino and Zack Wheeler (though the latter is still working his way back from injury).

Shelby Miller might be the biggest boom-or-bust guy, as he's had a better-than-they-appear first two starts, racking up 12 Ks in 10.1 innings. Pitching in San Diego tonight should help him keep the ball in the park.

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If you're mainly chasing a win, you always have to like a Cubs pitcher (they're bound to break the losing streak soon, right?), even if it's Brett Anderson facing the red-hot Nelson. Houston's JoeMusgrovealso looks good opposite the Angels' RickyNolasco.

Daily Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Pitchers

OF - Steve Pearce (TOR) - FD

Rank Pitcher Team Opp.
1 Max Scherzer, RHP WAS at ATL
2 Yu Darvish, RHP TEX at OAK
3 Michael Fulmer, RHP DET at TB
4 Marcus Stroman, RHP TOR vs. BOS
5 Mike Leake, RHP STL vs. PIT
6 Luis Severino, RHP NYY vs. CWS
7 Zack Wheeler, RHP NYM vs. PHI
8 Jimmy Nelson, RHP MIL at CHC
9 Andrew Triggs, RHP OAK vs. TEX
10 Shelby Miller, RHP ARI at SD
11 Phil Hughes, RHP MIN vs. CLE
12 Brett Anderson, LHP CHC vs. MIL
13 Miguel Gonzalez, RHP CWS at NYY
14 Jason Hammel, RHP KC vs. SF
15 Joe Musgrove, RHP HOU vs. LAA
16 Kyle Freeland, LHP COL at LAD
17 Jarred Cosart, RHP SD vs. ARI
18 Josh Tomlin, RHP CLE at MIN
19 Mike Foltynewicz, RHP ATL vs. WAS
20 Wei-Yin Chen, LHP MIA at SEA
21 Yovani Gallardo, RHP SEA vs. MIA
22 Hyun-jin Ryu, LHP LAD vs. COL
23 Matt Andriese, RHP TB vs. DET
24 Ubaldo Jimenez, RHP BAL at CIN
25 Matt Cain, RHP SF at KC
26 Ricky Nolasco, RHP LAA at HOU
27 Chad Kuhl, RHP PIT at STL
28 Zach Eflin, RHP PHI at NYM
3B Miguel Sano (R) Twins Indians $3400 $4100 GO PRO !
29 Bronson Arroyo, RHP CIN vs. BAL
30 Brian Johnson, LHP BOS at TOR

Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks: Tuesday, April 18

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It's afull slate on aTuesday, with every game getting underway in the evening. That's a first this season, and it means there are a lot of players to choose from. We’re here to help you separate the real from the fake and set those winning lineups. Let’s get to it.

Weather wise, there's nothing major to report in terms of a postponement threat. The wind is supposed to be blowing out to left field at Wrigley, which is you’ll see Ryan Braun and Domingo Santana below. --Nick Berns

OF - Steve Pearce (TOR) - FD

Pos Player Team Opp. FanDuel DraftKings Yahoo Analysis
SP Max Scherzer (R) Nationals @Braves $11400 $12800 GO PRO !
SP Shelby Miller (R) D-backs @Padres $7400 $7500 GO PRO !
SP Kevin Gausman (R) Orioles @Reds $7600 $7100 GO PRO !
SP Luis Severino (R) Yankees White Sox $7700 $6500 GO PRO !
SP Marcus Stroman (R) Blue Jays Red Sox $8800 $8300 GO PRO !
SP Michael Fulmer (R) Tigers @Rays $9100 $8900 GO PRO !
SP Matt Andriese (R) Rays Tigers $7100 $6100 GO PRO !
SP Mike Leake (R) Cardinals Pirates $7900 $7600 GO PRO !
C Brian McCann (L) Astros Angels $3000 $3300 GO PRO !
C Salvador Pérez (R) Royals Giants $2900 $3400 GO PRO !
C Welington Castillo (R) Orioles @Reds $2800 $3800 GO PRO !
C Roberto Pérez (R) Indians @Twins $2000 $2600 GO PRO !
1B Edwin Encarnación (R) Indians @Twins $3400 $4500 GO PRO !
1B Joe Mauer (L) Twins Indians $2900 $3700 GO PRO !
1B C.J. Cron (R) Angels @Astros $2500 $3500 GO PRO !
2B Daniel Murphy (L) Nationals @Braves $3600 $4400 GO PRO !
2B Dee Gordon (L) Marlins @Mariners $3500 $3800 GO PRO !
3B Ryan Schimpf (L) Padres D-backs $3100 $3600 GO PRO !
2B César Hernández (B) Phillies @Mets $3500 $3000 GO PRO !
3B David Freese (R) Pirates @Cardinals $2600 $3000 GO PRO !
3B Manny Machado (R) Orioles @Reds $3900 $4900 GO PRO !
3B Justin Turner (R) Dodgers Rockies $3900 $3600 GO PRO !
28 Zach Eflin, RHP PHI at NYM
3B Miguel Sano (R) Twins Indians $3400 $4100 GO PRO !
SS J.J. Hardy (R) Orioles @Reds $2600 $3300 GO PRO !
SS Trevor Story (R) Rockies @Dodgers $3200 $4100 GO PRO !
SS Asdrubal Cabrera (B) Mets Phillies $3500 $3700 GO PRO !
SS Corey Seager (L) Dodgers Rockies $3600 $4400 GO PRO !
OF Nelson Cruz (R) Mariners Marlins $3700 $4300 GO PRO !
OF Domingo Santana (R) Brewers @Cubs $3200 $3600 GO PRO !
OF Lorenzo Cain (R) Royals Giants $3700 $4000 GO PRO !
OF Jay Bruce (L) Mets Phillies $3500 $3600 GO PRO !
OF Yoenis Céspedes (R) Mets Phillies $4200 $4600 GO PRO !
OF Adam Jones (R) Orioles @Reds $3600 $4500 GO PRO !

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Daily Fantasy Baseball Value Picks: Tuesday, April 18

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 - Nick Hundley (SF) - DK / FD

C - Jason Castro (MIN) - DK

1B - Kendrys Morales (TOR) - FD

1B - Justin Smoak (TOR) - Across-the-board value

2B - Raul Mondesi (KC) - ATB Value

2B - Brad Miller (TB) - FD

2B - Kolten Wong (STL) - FD / Y!

3B - Yangervis Solarte (SD) - FD

3B - Eduardo Nunez (SF) - FD

3B - Anthony Rendon (WSH) - Y!

SS - Alcides Escobar (KC) - FD / Y!

SS - Brandon Crawford (SF) - FD

SS - Wilmer Difo (WSH) - DK / FD

28 Zach Eflin, RHP PHI at NYM 3BMiguel Sano (R) Twins Indians $3400 $4100 $25 GO PRO !

OF - Steve Pearce (TOR) - FD

OF - Travis Jankowski (SD) - DK / Y!

OF - Kevin Pillar (TOR) - FD

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