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

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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

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 !

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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

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C

J.T. Realmuto (R)

TB@MIA

$2800

$3400

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C

Salvador Pérez (R)

CWS@KC

$3000

$3400

GO PRO !

C

Tyler Flowers (R)

NYM@ATL

$3000

$2900

GO PRO !

1B

GO PRO !

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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

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2B

Whit Merrifield (R)

CWS@KC

$2500

$3400

GO PRO !

3B

Kris Bryant (R)

PHI@CHI

$4300

$5000

GO PRO !

3B

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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

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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

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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 !

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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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