What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas…unless you qualify for the DFBC live event, in which case you wouldn’t feel compelled to keep it a secret. Another FanDueler will earn those bragging rights via the DFBC Qualifier this evening (listed below), punching a trip to Vegas and securing a chance to go for the $1,000,000 top prize. Be sure to check that out, along with the other top guaranteed tournaments on this MLB Wednesday night:
- MLB Monster — $125,000 Prize Pool: $20,000 1st place
- DFBC Qualifier — $45,800+ Prize Pool: DFBC Finals Ticket + Trip to Vegas for 1st place
- MLB Strikeout — $45,000 Prize Pool: $7,000 1st place
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. Today’s quick hitters are geared more towards “sleeper picks” with high upside to help you place in one of the previously cited tournaments.
Enjoy, and best of luck in all your fantasy baseball contests!
Jordan Zimmermann (WAS) $8,800: His 4.05 ERA is inflated due to a poor outing earlier this month, but Zimmermann has since righted the ship with three quality starts. If we take away that outlier, Zim is averaging 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 K’s in his other four games this season. He’s listed as a reasonable favorite to pull out the win this evening, and the friendly matchup against Houston provides a nice spot for him to build upon that average.
Tim Hudson (SF) $6,900: Hudson is listed as the largest favorite of any starting pitcher today, and this SF-SD game is expected to be one of the lowest-scoring affairs of the evening. Those two factors immediately vault Hudson into consideration. He has been pitching well to begin the season, and it helps that San Diego will likely roll out a “watered-down” lineup due to their plethora of injuries.
Buster Posey (SF) $3,800: As the famous Yogi Berra said, “It’s déjà vu all over again!” Posey has another nice matchup against a left-handed pitcher, earning him top play nominations at the Catcher position once again. He cashed in with a homerun yesterday, and he will look to continue his string of dominance over southpaws again tonight.
Quick Hitter – Wellington Castillo (CHC) $3,100: Castillo is a bit of an “off the board pick”, but I like his homerun upside tonight against Tony Cingrani in Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark.
Joey Votto (CIN) $4,000: Speaking of Cincinnati, Joey Votto has one of the best matchups of the day, considering opposing pitcher, Edwin Jackson, possesses a .344 wOBA against left-handed bats, which ranks as one of the worst splits of hurlers in action tonight. Combine that with Votto’s .423 wOBA against right-handed pitching, and you have all the makings for an excellent play in Cincy’s hitter-friendly park.
Quick Hitter — Justin Smoak (SEA) $3,000: Another sleeper pick; Smoak has been heating up in his past two series. He has a nice matchup against David Phelps, and Yankee Stadium’s short-porch certainly boosts his power upside.
Robinson Cano (SEA) $3,900: Excellent hitter in a great matchup, Cano is one of my top plays of the day, regardless of position. Yankee pitcher David Phelps has had some issues with giving up the long ball (1.4HR/9IP), so Cano has some HR potential on top of his always solid contact rate.
Quick Hitter — Dee Gordon (LAD) $3,600: I had Gordon written up yesterday, but the rain washed away his fantasy aspirations….so we’ll try this again: Minnesota pitcher, Kyle Gibson, has had problems with lefties, as his .382 wOBA split is amongst the worst of probable pitchers this evening. Dee Gordon is the perfect kind of contact hitter to take advantage of this, and he possesses great upside in runs and stolen bases.
Evan Longoria (TB) $4,000: Red Sox pitcher, Felix Doubront, has struggled early this season, and I’m expecting Longoria and the capable Rays’ bats to jump all over him tonight. Longo is in the best position of all of them, considering his excellent .395 wOBA against left-handed pitching.
Pedro Alvarez (PIT) $3,300: Alvarez is another top play who didn’t see the field due to rain last night, but he has the same fantasy potential this evening. Playing in a hitter-friendly park (Baltimore) against a fairly generous flyball pitcher (Chris Tillman) serves as a prime spot for Alvarez to snap his mini cold-spell with HR upside.
Ian Desmond (WAS) $3,200: Here we go again. I recommended Desmond as a semi-sleeper pick yesterday, and he didn’t come through. Don’t be discouraged though, as he has a better matchup today vs Brett Oberholtzer, who possesses a high 48% flyball rate that could lead to trouble in Minute Maid Park.
Derek Jeter (NYY) $3,100: Jeter has been fantastic against left-handed pitching in the past three years, owning an impressive .406 wOBA over that span. He doesn’t possess a ton of upside, but he’s a nice, consistent pick vs Seattle’s young Roenis Elias tonight.
Jayson Werth (WAS) $3,400: Take everything I said about Ian Desmond’s matchup and directly apply it to Werth. However, Werth is swinging a much hotter bat right now, collecting multiple hits in four of his last five games, including a homerun last night.
Wil Myers (TB) $3,000: I mentioned earlier that I love the Rays’ bats against Felix Doubront tonight, and Myers is #2 behind Longoria as the most capable hitter to take advantage of the struggling Red Sox pitcher.
Domonic Brown (PHI) $3,100: Here’s an “off the board” pick for you. Brown has really had his struggles as of late, but he still has decent power upside in Philadelphia’s home park. Throw in the fact that NYM pitcher, Bartolo Colon, is a fly-ball oriented hurler (44% FB) with propensity to give up the long-ball (1.44HR/9IP), and I believe D-Bo is a reasonable play if you are inclined to chase HR potential.
Quick Hitters: Jay Bruce (CIN) $3,700 is cold right now, but he’s back home after an extended road trip, where he has had significantly better split stats in his career. He has the same great matchup as outlined in the Joey Votto write-up … Desmond Jennings (TB) $3,300 ranks #3 in the pecking order of Rays’ bats that I like tonight … Billy Hamilton (CIN) $3,000 always has great upside in stolen bases, and he has a decent chance of getting on base against the mediocre pitching of Edwin Jackson.