Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks: Rankings, lineup advice for Monday, May 1

Get ready for Monday's daily fantasy baseball contests with picks, advice and pitcher rankings courtesy of Sporting News and Fantasy Alarm.

Monday is going to be a tough one for those playing in daily fantasy baseball contests, at least when it comes to figuring out a pitcher strategy. Even with just 11 games on the schedule, there are a bunch of legitimate options -- many of whom are going head-to-head in tough matchups. Or you could just pick Clayton Kershaw and load up on value hitters -- your call.

While paying up for Kershaw might be the obvious choice in cash games, things might be a little tougher in GPPs. Four AL East pitchers -- Marco Estrada, Luis Severino, Dylan Bundy, and Rick Porcello -- are in play, but they're facing each other's loaded offenses. Gerrit Cole and Amir Garrett are going head-to-head in Cincinnati, and Johnny Cueto is going against Kershaw. That's seven of our top 13 pitchers in somewhat precarious positions.

Lance McCullers (vs. TEX), Julio Teheran (vs. NYM), Michael Wacha (vs. MIL), Jake Odorizzi (at MIA), and Brett Anderson (vs. PHI) stand out as guys with better chances at a win, though Odorizzi might be on a pitch count in his first start off the DL. Trevor Bauer (at DET), Robert Gsellman (at ATL), and Vince Velasquez (at CHC) are a decent trio of "boom-or-bust" options, and we have to mention Jason Vargas (vs. CWS) considering he's allowed one or fewer runs in three of his first four starts this year.

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Daily Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Pitchers

Rank Pitcher Team Opp.
1 Clayton Kershaw, LHP LAD vs. SF
2 Gerrit Cole, RHP PIT at CIN
3 Johnny Cueto, RHP SF at LAD
4 Lance McCullers Jr., RHP HOU vs. TEX
5 Julio Teheran, RHP ATL vs. NYM
6 Marco Estrada, RHP TOR at NYY
7 Dylan Bundy, RHP BAL at BOS
8 Luis Severino, RHP NYY vs. TOR
9 Michael Wacha, RHP STL vs. MIL
10 Rick Porcello, RHP BOS vs. BAL
11 Jake Odorizzi, RHP TB at MIA
12 Brett Anderson, LHP CHC vs. PHI
13 Amir Garrett, RHP CIN vs. PIT
14 Trevor Bauer, RHP CLE at DET
15 Jason Vargas, LHP KC vs. CWS
16 Wei-Yin Chen, LHP MIA vs. TB
17 Robert Gsellman, RHP NYM at ATL
18 Vince Velasquez, RHP PHI at CHC
19 Zach Davies, RHP MIL at STL
20 Andrew Cashner, RHP TEX at HOU
21 Daniel Norris, LHP DET vs. CLE
22 Dylan Covey, RHP CWS at KC

Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks: Monday, May 1

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We start the month of May with an 11-game slate and some colder temps around the league. That can potentially help out pitchers, and it's worth taking note of this for the Orioles-Red Sox, Blue Jays-Yankees, Brewers-Cardinals, and Phillies-Cubs. The Phillies-Cubs has potential for some real nasty weather, with the wind blowing IN heavily from right field. This could help keep that game from getting out of hand and gives Brett Anderson and Vince Velasquez a slight bump in value. Also of note is that the wind is supposed to be blowing OUT toward the Green Monster in Boston. -- Nick Berns

OF - Matt Holliday (NYY) - FD

Pos Player Matchup FD DK Y!
SP Clayton Kershaw (L) SF@LA $12600 $13900 GO PRO !
SP Lance McCullers (R) TEX@HOU $9000 $10700 GO PRO !
SP GO PRO ! GO PRO !
SP Johnny Cueto (R) SF@LA $9200 $11500 GO PRO !
SP Michael Wacha (R) MIL@STL $8000 $7200 GO PRO !
SP Brett Anderson (L) PHI@CHI $7700 $6400 GO PRO !
SP Trevor Bauer (R) CLE@DET $7900 $7800 GO PRO !
C GO PRO ! GO PRO !
C J.T. Realmuto (R) TB@MIA $2800 $3400 GO PRO !
C Salvador Pérez (R) CWS@KC $3000 $3400 GO PRO !
C Tyler Flowers (R) NYM@ATL $3000 $2900 GO PRO !
1B GO PRO ! GO PRO !
1B Matt Carpenter (L) MIL@STL $3600 $4200 GO PRO !
1B Anthony Rizzo (L) PHI@CHI $4700 $5200 GO PRO !
1B Hanley Ramírez (R) BAL@BOS $3600 $4600 GO PRO !
2B Starlin Castro (R) TOR@NYY $3200 $3400 GO PRO !
2B Josh Harrison (R) PIT@CIN $2900 $3900 GO PRO !
2B GO PRO ! GO PRO !
2B Whit Merrifield (R) CWS@KC $2500 $3400 GO PRO !
3B Kris Bryant (R) PHI@CHI $4300 $5000 GO PRO !
3B GO PRO ! GO PRO !
3B Manny Machado (R) BAL@BOS $3300 $4800 GO PRO !
3B Justin Turner (R) SF@LA $3200 $3900 GO PRO !
SS Carlos Correa (R) TEX@HOU $3500 $4800 GO PRO !
SS Corey Seager (L) SF@LA $3000 $4100 GO PRO !
SS GO PRO ! GO PRO !
SS Didi Gregorius (L) TOR@NYY $3100 $3400 GO PRO !
SS J.J. Hardy (R) BAL@BOS $2100 $3100 GO PRO !
OF Corey Dickerson (L) TB@MIA $3100 $3600 GO PRO !
OF GO PRO ! GO PRO !
OF Jay Bruce (L) NYM@ATL $3500 $3300 GO PRO !
OF Matt Kemp (R) NYM@ATL $3900 $4300 GO PRO !
OF Lorenzo Cain (R) CWS@KC $3400 $4100 GO PRO !
OF Curtis Granderson (L) NYM@ATL $2400 $3500 GO PRO !
OF GO PRO ! GO PRO !
OF Josh Reddick (L) TEX@HOU $3000 $3600 GO PRO !

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Daily Fantasy Baseball Value Picks: Monday, May 1

There are a few players that I didn’t do a full write-up on, but like for value plays and may make it into my Optimal Lineups. They include:

C - Geovany Soto (CWS) - DK / FD

C - Devin Mesoraco (CIN) - Y!

1B - Justin Bour (MIA) - DK / Y!

1B - Justin Smoak (TOR) - DK / Y!

1B - Eric Hosmer (KC) - FD

2B - Neil Walker (NYM) - FD

2B - Kolten Wong (STL) - DK

2B - Roughed Odor (TEX) - Y!

3B - Mike Moustakas (KC) - DK

3B - Adonis Garcia (ATL) - DK / FD / Y!

3B - T.J. Rivera (NYM) - DK / FD

SS - Asdrubal Cabrera (NYM) - DK / FD

SS - Tim Beckham (TB) - DK

SS - Dansby Swanson (ATL) - Y!

OF - Michael Conforto (NYM) - DK

OFCorey Dickerson (L)TB@MIA $3100 $3600 $18 GO PRO !

OF - Matt Holliday (NYY) - FD

OF - Carlos Beltran (HOU) - Y!

OF - Curtis Granderson (NYM) - DF / Y!

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