What can you buy with $10? A bite to eat from a fast-food joint? Maybe. A couple of lattes? Only if you get the smallest size available. A trip to Vegas and a chance at $1,000,000? Yes, by entering the DFBC qualifier on FanDuel! You can find a link to that and other great fantasy baseball contest running for tonight’s loaded 14-game MLB slate, starting at 7:05 (ET):
DFBC Qualifier — $45,800+ Prize Pool: DFBC Finals Ticket + Trip to Vegas for 1st place
MLB Monster — $100,000 Prize Pool: $15,000 1st place
MLB Strikeout — $50,000 Prize Pool: $7,500 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 were worth the mention. Enjoy, and best of luck in your fantasy baseball contests!
Andrew Cashner (SD) $8,500: Make no mistake about it, Felix Hernandez (SEA) $10,300, is the #1 pitcher of the day. However, I decided to write-up Cashner, as I believe he can give you similar upside for a much smaller price tag. Cashner is money at home, dealing a 2.54 ERA in Petco Park, compared to 3.96 on the road (past three years). That trend has held true throughout this young season as well, as Cashner has posted three stellar games at home vs some potent lineups (10, 24, 15 FP vs LAD, DET, COL respectively). Arizona ranks in the middle of the pack when looking at hitting statistics, setting up as a nice spot for Cashner to do his thing.
Josh Beckett (LAD) $6,000: Picking on the Marlins hasn’t been the best strategy when selecting pitchers as of late, but this is a favorable spot for Beckett. He is listed as a slim favorite in a pitcher’s friendly park, aided by an offense fully capable of providing him the run support he needs. Beckett has been very good to start the year, giving up only 2 ER in his past 18 IP. He’s the mid-range/value option that I find most trustworthy this evening.
Yasmani Grandal (SD) $3,000: Who? Grandal isn’t a household name by any means, but he’s batting cleanup for a Padres team that is in a nice position tonight. Arizona’s pitcher, Bronson Arroyo, struggles mightily against lefties (.371wOBA, 2.03HR/9), and although the power upside is suppressed by Petco Park, I still like the switch-hitting Catcher’s chances of inflicting some damage in this matchup.
David Ortiz (BOS) $3,700: Big Papi is gonna eat well tonight. Facing Dan Straily (.341 wOBA vs lefties), who has propensity to give up the long-ball (1.75HR/9) is a great situation for Ortiz to blast a deep one, or at least pick up a couple extra base-hits.
Robinson Cano (SEA) $3,900: Robinson Cano going up against a subpar right-hander is money in the bank. Tonight, Cano will square off against Houston’s Peacock, who allows .360 wOBA (2nd worst amongst pitchers in action) to left-handed hitters.
David Wright (NYM) $3,400: Wright makes for an excellent play this evening, given his ability to crush left-handed pitching, and he receives a nice boost from the hitter-friendly park of Coors Field.
Quick Hitter — Adrian Beltre (TEX) $3,400: If you wanted to pivot off of the popular pick in David Wright, Beltre is an intriguing option to snap his cold streak against Hector Santiago, who is a homerun prone left-handed pitcher with blowup potential.
Erick Aybar (LAA) $3,300: The switch hitter has been much better from the left-side of the plate, and opposing pitcher, Colby Lewis, has a .354 wOBA against lefties, which works in Aybar’s favor. He has been jumping around in the LAA lineup, but I believe he is a fine option regardless of position in the order. He would receive a nice boost if promoted to the 1-4 spot.
Quick Hitter — Sean Rodriguez (TB) $2,400: If you want to dive deep into the bargain bin, you could fire up Rodriguez, but make sure he is starting first. Rodriguez is a platoon guy the Rays like to throw out against left-handed pitching, and he responded with a 3-4 performance last night. Don’t necessarily expect the same kind of output, but the opportunity is there against NYY pitcher Vidal Nuno in a hitter-friendly park.
Yasiel Puig (LAD) $4,000: Puig is on fire right now, and opposing pitcher, Tom Koehler, is actually a “reverse-splits” hurler who is more generous to right-handed bats. Puig was in a similar situation yesterday against Minnesota’s Mike Pelfrey, and he responded with a 4/4, 2RBI, SB line. Expect Puig to keep fanning the flames of his hotstreak.
Alex Rios (TEX) $3,300: I mentioned earlier that LAA pitcher Hector Santiago is fully capable of a blowup outing tonight. Alongside Beltre, Rios is the other most daunting RHB to take advantage of Santiago’s weakness, and his reliable nature makes him a solid pick for all contests.
Seth Smith (SD) $2,800: Take everything I said about Yasmani Grandal’s matchup and directly apply it to Seth Smith. However, Smith (LHB) actually hits righties better than any other Padre (.354 wOBA), leaving him as the leading candidate to exploit this favorable draw.
Quick Hitters — Grady Sizemore (BOS) $3,100 is another Boston lefty that should get in on the action against Dan Straily. He’s surrounded by great hitters who can drive him home as well, giving him some added security … Raul Ibanez (LAA) $2,900 is in a decent spot tonight against the homerun-prone pitching of Colby Lewis (1.77HR/9, 46% flyball-rate).