FanDuel MLB Plays for Friday, April 25th
It’s another Friday night chalked full of MLB action, which is good for FanDuel players because more games = more contests and higher prize pools. Here are the key tournaments to take a look at tonight, but be sure to catch a glimpse of the FanDuel lobby to peruse the plentiful guaranteed contests and abundance of cash prizes offered this evening:
- DFBC Qualifier – 1st place = DFBC Finals Ticket + Trip to Las Vegas — $25 entry
- MLB Monster — $100,000 prize pool — $15,000 1st place – $200 entry
- MLB Strikeout — $60,000 prize pool — $8,000 1st place — $25 entry
- MLB Line Drive – $15,0000 prize pool — $2,000 1st place — $10 entry
- KOTD Satellites for every entry level: $2, $5, $10, $25, $50
- What is KOTD (King of the Diamond)? Get the details on this marquee fantasy baseball contest here.
Now, onto the advice that will help you win a piece of that cash!
The ensuing picks should help you construct a winning lineup for this evening. I wrote up some of my favorite players from each position, along with a few “quick hitters” that didn’t quite make my top plays list, but I still thought they were worth a mention. Enjoy, and best of luck in all your fantasy baseball contests!
Stephen Strasburg (WAS) $9,500: With an ERA over 5.00, Strasburg hasn’t had the start to the season that many people expected. However, the strikeouts have still been there (8 K’s per game), which should continue against a K-happy bunch from San Diego. He is the biggest favorite of the night, pitching at home, where he has had much better control so far in this young season. NOTE: Double check the forecast before plugging Strasburg in, as there are expected to be some showers in D.C.
Matt Garza (MIL) $6,100: Garza has been pretty mediocre to begin the season, but he has a few things working in his favor to post a solid line tonight. First off, he should be very motivated going up against his former team, the Chicago Cubs. Secondly, this Cubs lineup isn’t all that intimidating, as they rank in the bottom five in runs scored and batting average (overall and vs right-handed pitching).
Miguel Montero (ARI) $3,300: Philadelphia pitcher Roberto Hernandez has had his struggles vs left-handed batters in recent memory (.367 wOBA), putting Montero in a very favorable situation batting cleanup for the Diamondbacks. He should at least expand on his six game hitting streak, with upside for much more.
Brandon Belt (SF) $3,500: Speaking of pitchers that are generous to left-handed batters, Cleveland’s Carlos Carrasco falls into that category nearly better than any other hurler taking the mound tonight. Carrasco is a ground-ball pitcher, which limits some of the power-upside from Belt, but he’s still a great option as San Francisco’s best true left-handed bat to take advantage of Carrasco’s susceptibility.
Quick Hitter — Brandon Moss (OAK) $3,200 is in a similar situation as Belt, with possibly a little more homerun upside against a “flyball pitcher” in Houston’s Brad Peacock.
Dustin Pedroia (BOS) $3,600: Any time Pedroia is facing off against a left-handed pitcher, he needs to be considered. Toss in Mark Buerhle’s mediocre splits along with Toronto’s hitter friendly park, and the Boston second baseman looks like a very solid pick for this reasonable price tag.
Quick Hitters — Scooter Gennett (MIL) $3,100 and Eric Sogard (OAK) $2,500 are two platoon players who fare well against right-handed pitching. Gennett is the better play, given his spot in the batting order (2nd) has been much higher than Sogard’s (9th).
Adrian Beltre (TEX) $3,600: I originally had Kevin Kouzmanoff in this spot, but recent news suggests that he is doubtful tonight, while Beltre has been upgraded to probable. Regardless, I like both of the right-handed third basemen from Texas, squaring off against the young lefty in Roenis Elias from Seattle. Even though this will be Beltre’s first game back in over two weeks, I don’t mind taking him given the matchup and lack of other well-priced 3B options.
Jimmy Rollins (PHI) $3,400: The Philadelphia bats are finally starting to wake up, just in time for a potential “hit-parade” against Arizona’s reliver/turned starter, Josh Collmenter. Rollins got the day off yesterday, so he should be ready to go, hitting 2nd for the Phillies tonight. I like most of the Philly left-handed bats (Utley, Brown, Howard, Revere) in this game.
Quick Hitter — Derek Jeter (NYY) $3,200 has been very solid to begin the 2014 season, and he has a nice righty/lefty matchup against CJ Wilson tonight.
Matt Joyce (TB) $3,400: Joyce is starting to become one of my favorite “platoon guys” to use in the outfield. He’s so good against right-handed pitching (.360 wOBA to start the season), which has established him a spot 2nd in the order any time a righty takes the mound. The White Sox starter, Erik Johnson, has been very generous to left-handed batters in his young career, and there could be some blow-up potential with the wind gusting out at U.S. Celluar field this evening.
Jayson Werth (WAS) $3,400: Werth will square off against a left-handed pitcher for the second day in a row, and I’m expecting similar results to his 3-6 outing last night. Washington, as a team, hits lefties pretty well, which could help create some scoring/RBI opportunities for Werth. As indicated in the “Strasburg blurb”, double-check the weather first before taking anyone from this game.
Shane Victorino (BOS) $3,200: Victorino returned from injury yesterday, and he should be a solid fantasy option moving forward. His price is low relative to his expected output, so you would be wise to pounce on this suppressed salary before it goes up. As I mentioned before, the Red Sox crush left-handed pitching, led by Victorino’s .401 wOBA in the past three years. If he’s anywhere close to 100% following his injury (which appears to be the case), he’s a great play tonight.
Quick Hitters — Christian Yelich (MIA) $3,000 is a very solid pick for head-to-head and 50/50 style games, as he is very reliable against right-handed pitching, but doesn’t present a ton of upside. Jason Kubel (MIN) $2,800 represents more power-upside as a “boom or bust” pick, with great career numbers (and the splits line up in his favor too) against Rick Porcello.