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

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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

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

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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

Pos

Player

Team

Opp.

FanDuel

DraftKings

Yahoo

Analysis

SP

Max Scherzer (R)

Nationals

@Braves

$11400

$12800

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SP

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SP

Shelby Miller (R)

D-backs

@Padres

$7400

$7500

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SP

Kevin Gausman (R)

Orioles

@Reds

$7600

$7100

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SP

Luis Severino (R)

Yankees

White Sox

$7700

$6500

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SP

Marcus Stroman (R)

Blue Jays

Red Sox

$8800

$8300

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SP

Michael Fulmer (R)

Tigers

@Rays

$9100

$8900

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SP

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SP

Matt Andriese (R)

Rays

Tigers

$7100

$6100

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SP

Mike Leake (R)

Cardinals

Pirates

$7900

$7600

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C

Brian McCann (L)

Astros

Angels

$3000

$3300

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C

Salvador Pérez (R)

Royals

Giants

$2900

$3400

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C

Welington Castillo (R)

Orioles

@Reds

$2800

$3800

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C

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C

Roberto Pérez (R)

Indians

@Twins

$2000

$2600

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1B

Edwin Encarnación (R)

Indians

@Twins

$3400

$4500

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1B

Joe Mauer (L)

Twins

Indians

$2900

$3700

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1B

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1B

C.J. Cron (R)

Angels

@Astros

$2500

$3500

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2B

Daniel Murphy (L)

Nationals

@Braves

$3600

$4400

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2B

Dee Gordon (L)

Marlins

@Mariners

$3500

$3800

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2B

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3B

Ryan Schimpf (L)

Padres

D-backs

$3100

$3600

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2B

César Hernández (B)

Phillies

@Mets

$3500

$3000

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3B

David Freese (R)

Pirates

@Cardinals

$2600

$3000

GO PRO !

3B

Manny Machado (R)

Orioles

@Reds

$3900

$4900

GO PRO !

3B

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3B

Justin Turner (R)

Dodgers

Rockies

$3900

$3600

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28

Zach Eflin, RHP

PHI

at NYM

3B

Miguel Sano (R)

Twins

Indians

$3400

$4100

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SS

J.J. Hardy (R)

Orioles

@Reds

$2600

$3300

GO PRO !

SS

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SS

Trevor Story (R)

Rockies

@Dodgers

$3200

$4100

GO PRO !

SS

Asdrubal Cabrera (B)

Mets

Phillies

$3500

$3700

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SS

Corey Seager (L)

Dodgers

Rockies

$3600

$4400

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OF

Nelson Cruz (R)

Mariners

Marlins

$3700

$4300

GO PRO !

OF

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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 !

OF

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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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