Daily Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Pitchers for Thursday, April 6

It's a busy afternoon of baseball on Thursday, so get your daily fantasy baseball lineups ready early with the help of our pitcher rankings.

Thursday's MLB schedule is packed with day games (nineeight), so a good chunk of the daily fantasy baseball lineups out there will need to be ready by first pitch of the Phillies-Reds game at 12:35 pm ET. As always, finding the right pitcher is the most important part of any DFS strategy, so our rankings are a good place to start.

Take note that the Braves-Mets, Blue Jays-Rays, Mariners-Astros, and Giants-Diamondbacks are the four games starting after 4:05 pm ET. Unfortunately, that removes some of today's top options (Marcus Stroman, Matt Harvey, Jeff Samardzija, etc.) from afternoon contests, but there are still several high-upside hurlers who will be available.

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John Lackey is easily the safest choice among the afternoon starters, but boom-or-bust guys like Gio Gonzalez, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Tyler Skaggs could deliver big strikeout games while facing mediocre offenses. Once you get past the top 16 or so on our list, you're taking a major risk, but this is one of those uncertain days where a big risk could pay off in a big way in GPP contests.

Opp. at TB at STL 3 Matt Harvey, RHP NYM vs. ATL vs. ATL at MIN at ARI vs. NYM vs. MIA vs. PIT vs. SF vs. SD vs. SEA at OAK vs. TOR at WAS vs. CHC at CIN vs. COL vs. KC at HOU at CWS vs. LAA at LAD vs. DET vs. PHI at BOS at MIL

Daily Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Thursday, April 6

John Lackey is easily the safest choice among the afternoon starters, but boom-or-bust guys like Gio Gonzalez, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Tyler Skaggs could deliver big strikeout games while facing mediocre offenses. Once you get past the top 16 or so on our list, you're taking a major risk, but this is one of those uncertain days where a big risk could pay off in a big way in GPP contests.

John Lackey is easily the safest choice among the afternoon starters, but boom-or-bust guys like Gio Gonzalez, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Tyler Skaggs could deliver big strikeout games while facing mediocre offenses. Once you get past the top 16 or so on our list, you're taking a major risk, but this is one of those uncertain days where a big risk could pay off in a big way in GPP contests.

John Lackey is easily the safest choice among the afternoon starters, but boom-or-bust guys like Gio Gonzalez, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Tyler Skaggs could deliver big strikeout games while facing mediocre offenses. Once you get past the top 16 or so on our list, you're taking a major risk, but this is one of those uncertain days where a big risk could pay off in a big way in GPP contests.

John Lackey is easily the safest choice among the afternoon starters, but boom-or-bust guys like Gio Gonzalez, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Tyler Skaggs could deliver big strikeout games while facing mediocre offenses. Once you get past the top 16 or so on our list, you're taking a major risk, but this is one of those uncertain days where a big risk could pay off in a big way in GPP contests.

John Lackey is easily the safest choice among the afternoon starters, but boom-or-bust guys like Gio Gonzalez, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Tyler Skaggs could deliver big strikeout games while facing mediocre offenses. Once you get past the top 16 or so on our list, you're taking a major risk, but this is one of those uncertain days where a big risk could pay off in a big way in GPP contests.

John Lackey is easily the safest choice among the afternoon starters, but boom-or-bust guys like Gio Gonzalez, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Tyler Skaggs could deliver big strikeout games while facing mediocre offenses. Once you get past the top 16 or so on our list, you're taking a major risk, but this is one of those uncertain days where a big risk could pay off in a big way in GPP contests.

John Lackey is easily the safest choice among the afternoon starters, but boom-or-bust guys like Gio Gonzalez, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Tyler Skaggs could deliver big strikeout games while facing mediocre offenses. Once you get past the top 16 or so on our list, you're taking a major risk, but this is one of those uncertain days where a big risk could pay off in a big way in GPP contests.

John Lackey is easily the safest choice among the afternoon starters, but boom-or-bust guys like Gio Gonzalez, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Tyler Skaggs could deliver big strikeout games while facing mediocre offenses. Once you get past the top 16 or so on our list, you're taking a major risk, but this is one of those uncertain days where a big risk could pay off in a big way in GPP contests.

John Lackey is easily the safest choice among the afternoon starters, but boom-or-bust guys like Gio Gonzalez, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Tyler Skaggs could deliver big strikeout games while facing mediocre offenses. Once you get past the top 16 or so on our list, you're taking a major risk, but this is one of those uncertain days where a big risk could pay off in a big way in GPP contests.

John Lackey is easily the safest choice among the afternoon starters, but boom-or-bust guys like Gio Gonzalez, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Tyler Skaggs could deliver big strikeout games while facing mediocre offenses. Once you get past the top 16 or so on our list, you're taking a major risk, but this is one of those uncertain days where a big risk could pay off in a big way in GPP contests.

John Lackey is easily the safest choice among the afternoon starters, but boom-or-bust guys like Gio Gonzalez, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Tyler Skaggs could deliver big strikeout games while facing mediocre offenses. Once you get past the top 16 or so on our list, you're taking a major risk, but this is one of those uncertain days where a big risk could pay off in a big way in GPP contests.

John Lackey is easily the safest choice among the afternoon starters, but boom-or-bust guys like Gio Gonzalez, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Tyler Skaggs could deliver big strikeout games while facing mediocre offenses. Once you get past the top 16 or so on our list, you're taking a major risk, but this is one of those uncertain days where a big risk could pay off in a big way in GPP contests.

John Lackey is easily the safest choice among the afternoon starters, but boom-or-bust guys like Gio Gonzalez, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Tyler Skaggs could deliver big strikeout games while facing mediocre offenses. Once you get past the top 16 or so on our list, you're taking a major risk, but this is one of those uncertain days where a big risk could pay off in a big way in GPP contests.

John Lackey is easily the safest choice among the afternoon starters, but boom-or-bust guys like Gio Gonzalez, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Tyler Skaggs could deliver big strikeout games while facing mediocre offenses. Once you get past the top 16 or so on our list, you're taking a major risk, but this is one of those uncertain days where a big risk could pay off in a big way in GPP contests.

John Lackey is easily the safest choice among the afternoon starters, but boom-or-bust guys like Gio Gonzalez, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Tyler Skaggs could deliver big strikeout games while facing mediocre offenses. Once you get past the top 16 or so on our list, you're taking a major risk, but this is one of those uncertain days where a big risk could pay off in a big way in GPP contests.

John Lackey is easily the safest choice among the afternoon starters, but boom-or-bust guys like Gio Gonzalez, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Tyler Skaggs could deliver big strikeout games while facing mediocre offenses. Once you get past the top 16 or so on our list, you're taking a major risk, but this is one of those uncertain days where a big risk could pay off in a big way in GPP contests.

John Lackey is easily the safest choice among the afternoon starters, but boom-or-bust guys like Gio Gonzalez, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Tyler Skaggs could deliver big strikeout games while facing mediocre offenses. Once you get past the top 16 or so on our list, you're taking a major risk, but this is one of those uncertain days where a big risk could pay off in a big way in GPP contests.

John Lackey is easily the safest choice among the afternoon starters, but boom-or-bust guys like Gio Gonzalez, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Tyler Skaggs could deliver big strikeout games while facing mediocre offenses. Once you get past the top 16 or so on our list, you're taking a major risk, but this is one of those uncertain days where a big risk could pay off in a big way in GPP contests.

John Lackey is easily the safest choice among the afternoon starters, but boom-or-bust guys like Gio Gonzalez, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Tyler Skaggs could deliver big strikeout games while facing mediocre offenses. Once you get past the top 16 or so on our list, you're taking a major risk, but this is one of those uncertain days where a big risk could pay off in a big way in GPP contests.

John Lackey is easily the safest choice among the afternoon starters, but boom-or-bust guys like Gio Gonzalez, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Tyler Skaggs could deliver big strikeout games while facing mediocre offenses. Once you get past the top 16 or so on our list, you're taking a major risk, but this is one of those uncertain days where a big risk could pay off in a big way in GPP contests.

John Lackey is easily the safest choice among the afternoon starters, but boom-or-bust guys like Gio Gonzalez, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Tyler Skaggs could deliver big strikeout games while facing mediocre offenses. Once you get past the top 16 or so on our list, you're taking a major risk, but this is one of those uncertain days where a big risk could pay off in a big way in GPP contests.

John Lackey is easily the safest choice among the afternoon starters, but boom-or-bust guys like Gio Gonzalez, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Tyler Skaggs could deliver big strikeout games while facing mediocre offenses. Once you get past the top 16 or so on our list, you're taking a major risk, but this is one of those uncertain days where a big risk could pay off in a big way in GPP contests.

John Lackey is easily the safest choice among the afternoon starters, but boom-or-bust guys like Gio Gonzalez, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Tyler Skaggs could deliver big strikeout games while facing mediocre offenses. Once you get past the top 16 or so on our list, you're taking a major risk, but this is one of those uncertain days where a big risk could pay off in a big way in GPP contests.

John Lackey is easily the safest choice among the afternoon starters, but boom-or-bust guys like Gio Gonzalez, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Tyler Skaggs could deliver big strikeout games while facing mediocre offenses. Once you get past the top 16 or so on our list, you're taking a major risk, but this is one of those uncertain days where a big risk could pay off in a big way in GPP contests.

John Lackey is easily the safest choice among the afternoon starters, but boom-or-bust guys like Gio Gonzalez, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Tyler Skaggs could deliver big strikeout games while facing mediocre offenses. Once you get past the top 16 or so on our list, you're taking a major risk, but this is one of those uncertain days where a big risk could pay off in a big way in GPP contests.

John Lackey is easily the safest choice among the afternoon starters, but boom-or-bust guys like Gio Gonzalez, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Tyler Skaggs could deliver big strikeout games while facing mediocre offenses. Once you get past the top 16 or so on our list, you're taking a major risk, but this is one of those uncertain days where a big risk could pay off in a big way in GPP contests.

John Lackey is easily the safest choice among the afternoon starters, but boom-or-bust guys like Gio Gonzalez, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Tyler Skaggs could deliver big strikeout games while facing mediocre offenses. Once you get past the top 16 or so on our list, you're taking a major risk, but this is one of those uncertain days where a big risk could pay off in a big way in GPP contests.

Rank Pitcher Team Opp. at TB at STL
3 Matt Harvey, RHP NYM vs. ATL
vs. ATL at MIN at ARI vs. NYM vs. MIA vs. PIT vs. SF vs. SD vs. SEA at OAK vs. TOR at WAS vs. CHC at CIN vs. COL vs. KC at HOU at CWS vs. LAA at LAD vs. DET vs. PHI at BOS at MIL
1 Marcus Stroman, RHP TOR Opp. at TB at STL
3 Matt Harvey, RHP NYM vs. ATL
vs. ATL at MIN at ARI vs. NYM vs. MIA vs. PIT vs. SF vs. SD vs. SEA at OAK vs. TOR at WAS vs. CHC at CIN vs. COL vs. KC at HOU at CWS vs. LAA at LAD vs. DET vs. PHI at BOS at MIL
2 John Lackey, RHP CHC Opp. at TB at STL
3 Matt Harvey, RHP NYM vs. ATL
vs. ATL at MIN at ARI vs. NYM vs. MIA vs. PIT vs. SF vs. SD vs. SEA at OAK vs. TOR at WAS vs. CHC at CIN vs. COL vs. KC at HOU at CWS vs. LAA at LAD vs. DET vs. PHI at BOS at MIL Opp. at TB at STL
3 Matt Harvey, RHP NYM vs. ATL
vs. ATL at MIN at ARI vs. NYM vs. MIA vs. PIT vs. SF vs. SD vs. SEA at OAK vs. TOR at WAS vs. CHC at CIN vs. COL vs. KC at HOU at CWS vs. LAA at LAD vs. DET vs. PHI at BOS at MIL
4 Jason Hammel, RHP KC Opp. at TB at STL
3 Matt Harvey, RHP NYM vs. ATL
vs. ATL at MIN at ARI vs. NYM vs. MIA vs. PIT vs. SF vs. SD vs. SEA at OAK vs. TOR at WAS vs. CHC at CIN vs. COL vs. KC at HOU at CWS vs. LAA at LAD vs. DET vs. PHI at BOS at MIL
5 Jeff Samardzija, RHP SF Opp. at TB at STL
3 Matt Harvey, RHP NYM vs. ATL
vs. ATL at MIN at ARI vs. NYM vs. MIA vs. PIT vs. SF vs. SD vs. SEA at OAK vs. TOR at WAS vs. CHC at CIN vs. COL vs. KC at HOU at CWS vs. LAA at LAD vs. DET vs. PHI at BOS at MIL
6 Jaime Garcia, LHP ATL Opp. at TB at STL
3 Matt Harvey, RHP NYM vs. ATL
vs. ATL at MIN at ARI vs. NYM vs. MIA vs. PIT vs. SF vs. SD vs. SEA at OAK vs. TOR at WAS vs. CHC at CIN vs. COL vs. KC at HOU at CWS vs. LAA at LAD vs. DET vs. PHI at BOS at MIL
7 Gio Gonzalez, LHP WAS Opp. at TB at STL
3 Matt Harvey, RHP NYM vs. ATL
vs. ATL at MIN at ARI vs. NYM vs. MIA vs. PIT vs. SF vs. SD vs. SEA at OAK vs. TOR at WAS vs. CHC at CIN vs. COL vs. KC at HOU at CWS vs. LAA at LAD vs. DET vs. PHI at BOS at MIL
8 Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP BOS Opp. at TB at STL
3 Matt Harvey, RHP NYM vs. ATL
vs. ATL at MIN at ARI vs. NYM vs. MIA vs. PIT vs. SF vs. SD vs. SEA at OAK vs. TOR at WAS vs. CHC at CIN vs. COL vs. KC at HOU at CWS vs. LAA at LAD vs. DET vs. PHI at BOS at MIL
9 Robbie Ray, LHP ARI Opp. at TB at STL
3 Matt Harvey, RHP NYM vs. ATL
vs. ATL at MIN at ARI vs. NYM vs. MIA vs. PIT vs. SF vs. SD vs. SEA at OAK vs. TOR at WAS vs. CHC at CIN vs. COL vs. KC at HOU at CWS vs. LAA at LAD vs. DET vs. PHI at BOS at MIL
10 Brandon McCarthy, RHP LAD Opp. at TB at STL
3 Matt Harvey, RHP NYM vs. ATL
vs. ATL at MIN at ARI vs. NYM vs. MIA vs. PIT vs. SF vs. SD vs. SEA at OAK vs. TOR at WAS vs. CHC at CIN vs. COL vs. KC at HOU at CWS vs. LAA at LAD vs. DET vs. PHI at BOS at MIL
11 Joe Musgrove, RHP HOU Opp. at TB at STL
3 Matt Harvey, RHP NYM vs. ATL
vs. ATL at MIN at ARI vs. NYM vs. MIA vs. PIT vs. SF vs. SD vs. SEA at OAK vs. TOR at WAS vs. CHC at CIN vs. COL vs. KC at HOU at CWS vs. LAA at LAD vs. DET vs. PHI at BOS at MIL
12 Tyler Skaggs, LHP LAA Opp. at TB at STL
3 Matt Harvey, RHP NYM vs. ATL
vs. ATL at MIN at ARI vs. NYM vs. MIA vs. PIT vs. SF vs. SD vs. SEA at OAK vs. TOR at WAS vs. CHC at CIN vs. COL vs. KC at HOU at CWS vs. LAA at LAD vs. DET vs. PHI at BOS at MIL
13 Blake Snell, LHP TB Opp. at TB at STL
3 Matt Harvey, RHP NYM vs. ATL
vs. ATL at MIN at ARI vs. NYM vs. MIA vs. PIT vs. SF vs. SD vs. SEA at OAK vs. TOR at WAS vs. CHC at CIN vs. COL vs. KC at HOU at CWS vs. LAA at LAD vs. DET vs. PHI at BOS at MIL
14 Tom Koehler, RHP MIA Opp. at TB at STL
3 Matt Harvey, RHP NYM vs. ATL
vs. ATL at MIN at ARI vs. NYM vs. MIA vs. PIT vs. SF vs. SD vs. SEA at OAK vs. TOR at WAS vs. CHC at CIN vs. COL vs. KC at HOU at CWS vs. LAA at LAD vs. DET vs. PHI at BOS at MIL
15 Lance Lynn, RHP STL Opp. at TB at STL
3 Matt Harvey, RHP NYM vs. ATL
vs. ATL at MIN at ARI vs. NYM vs. MIA vs. PIT vs. SF vs. SD vs. SEA at OAK vs. TOR at WAS vs. CHC at CIN vs. COL vs. KC at HOU at CWS vs. LAA at LAD vs. DET vs. PHI at BOS at MIL
16 Clay Buchholz, RHP PHI Opp. at TB at STL
3 Matt Harvey, RHP NYM vs. ATL
vs. ATL at MIN at ARI vs. NYM vs. MIA vs. PIT vs. SF vs. SD vs. SEA at OAK vs. TOR at WAS vs. CHC at CIN vs. COL vs. KC at HOU at CWS vs. LAA at LAD vs. DET vs. PHI at BOS at MIL
17 Chase Anderson, RHP MIL Opp. at TB at STL
3 Matt Harvey, RHP NYM vs. ATL
vs. ATL at MIN at ARI vs. NYM vs. MIA vs. PIT vs. SF vs. SD vs. SEA at OAK vs. TOR at WAS vs. CHC at CIN vs. COL vs. KC at HOU at CWS vs. LAA at LAD vs. DET vs. PHI at BOS at MIL
18 Kyle Gibson, RHP MIN Opp. at TB at STL
3 Matt Harvey, RHP NYM vs. ATL
vs. ATL at MIN at ARI vs. NYM vs. MIA vs. PIT vs. SF vs. SD vs. SEA at OAK vs. TOR at WAS vs. CHC at CIN vs. COL vs. KC at HOU at CWS vs. LAA at LAD vs. DET vs. PHI at BOS at MIL
19 Ariel Miranda, LHP SEA Opp. at TB at STL
3 Matt Harvey, RHP NYM vs. ATL
vs. ATL at MIN at ARI vs. NYM vs. MIA vs. PIT vs. SF vs. SD vs. SEA at OAK vs. TOR at WAS vs. CHC at CIN vs. COL vs. KC at HOU at CWS vs. LAA at LAD vs. DET vs. PHI at BOS at MIL
20 Matt Boyd, LHP DET Opp. at TB at STL
3 Matt Harvey, RHP NYM vs. ATL
vs. ATL at MIN at ARI vs. NYM vs. MIA vs. PIT vs. SF vs. SD vs. SEA at OAK vs. TOR at WAS vs. CHC at CIN vs. COL vs. KC at HOU at CWS vs. LAA at LAD vs. DET vs. PHI at BOS at MIL
21 Andrew Triggs, RHP OAK Opp. at TB at STL
3 Matt Harvey, RHP NYM vs. ATL
vs. ATL at MIN at ARI vs. NYM vs. MIA vs. PIT vs. SF vs. SD vs. SEA at OAK vs. TOR at WAS vs. CHC at CIN vs. COL vs. KC at HOU at CWS vs. LAA at LAD vs. DET vs. PHI at BOS at MIL
22 Jered Weaver, RHP SD Opp. at TB at STL
3 Matt Harvey, RHP NYM vs. ATL
vs. ATL at MIN at ARI vs. NYM vs. MIA vs. PIT vs. SF vs. SD vs. SEA at OAK vs. TOR at WAS vs. CHC at CIN vs. COL vs. KC at HOU at CWS vs. LAA at LAD vs. DET vs. PHI at BOS at MIL
23 James Shields, RHP CWS Opp. at TB at STL
3 Matt Harvey, RHP NYM vs. ATL
vs. ATL at MIN at ARI vs. NYM vs. MIA vs. PIT vs. SF vs. SD vs. SEA at OAK vs. TOR at WAS vs. CHC at CIN vs. COL vs. KC at HOU at CWS vs. LAA at LAD vs. DET vs. PHI at BOS at MIL
24 Rookie Davis, RHP CIN Opp. at TB at STL
3 Matt Harvey, RHP NYM vs. ATL
vs. ATL at MIN at ARI vs. NYM vs. MIA vs. PIT vs. SF vs. SD vs. SEA at OAK vs. TOR at WAS vs. CHC at CIN vs. COL vs. KC at HOU at CWS vs. LAA at LAD vs. DET vs. PHI at BOS at MIL
25 Chad Kuhl, RHP PIT Opp. at TB at STL
3 Matt Harvey, RHP NYM vs. ATL
vs. ATL at MIN at ARI vs. NYM vs. MIA vs. PIT vs. SF vs. SD vs. SEA at OAK vs. TOR at WAS vs. CHC at CIN vs. COL vs. KC at HOU at CWS vs. LAA at LAD vs. DET vs. PHI at BOS at MIL
26 Antonio Senzatela, RHP COL Opp. at TB at STL
3 Matt Harvey, RHP NYM vs. ATL
vs. ATL at MIN at ARI vs. NYM vs. MIA vs. PIT vs. SF vs. SD vs. SEA at OAK vs. TOR at WAS vs. CHC at CIN vs. COL vs. KC at HOU at CWS vs. LAA at LAD vs. DET vs. PHI at BOS at MIL
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