Friday’s are the best time to play daily fantasy baseball, as every team is usually in action with all evening games. That is the case tonight, which should make for some fun FanDuel contests starting at 7:05 ET. So get to researching this bountiful slate, and check out the highlighted contests of the night:
- DFBC Qualifier — $14,000+ Prize Pool: DFBC Finals Ticket + Trip to Vegas for 1st place
- MLB Monster — $125,000 Prize Pool: $20,000 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. Enjoy, and best of luck in all your fantasy baseball contests!
Michael Wacha (STL) $8,400: The overall top pitching option tonight is Jose Fernandez (MIA) $10,600, and I definitely wouldn’t criticize you for taking him against a bad San Diego offense. However, I always like to give a mid-range, second-tier pick that is capable of contending for the top pitcher score of evening. Michael Wacha earns that honor today, as he has achieved double-digit fantasy points in every start this year, while only earning a win in two of those contests. I like the fact that he’s pitching against a subpar Pirates’ offense in a pitcher-friendly park. If the St. Louis bats can get to a struggling Francisco Liriano, Wacha would be in a great position to earn his third “W” of the season.
Tyson Ross (SD) $6,200: I’m fully expecting a pitcher’s duel in San Diego tonight, and Ross should be able to earn a quality start with strikeout upside against a Miami offense that ironically has struggled away from home. Ross loves pitching in Petco Park, and while earning a win seems unlikely, I still believe he can string together solid fantasy value for this economical price tag. He’s one of the safer cheap pitcher picks on the board this evening.
Buster Posey (SF) $4,100: Posey doesn’t come cheap, but you need to consider paying up for him today given his incredible .428 wOBA against left-handed pitching (past three years). His matchup against mediocre lefty Paul Maholm is a great spot to fully display that metric.
Quick Hitter — John Jaso (OAK) $2,400: If you are more inclined to save at the Catcher position, consider John Jaso as a solid cheap play in a nice lefty/righty matchup against the potentially rusty Doug Fister making his first start of the season.
Miguel Cabrera (DET) $4,700: The 1B position is loaded today, as Cabrera, Goldschmidt, and even Freddie Freeman make for quality picks. It all depends on how you want to allocate your salary cap, but you really can’t go wrong with Miggy this evening. He’s batting 15-28 with 5 HR and 12 RBI’s against Phil Hughes in his career, and he looks primed to launch another deep one against Hughes’ fly ball tendencies.
Quick Hitter – Juan Francisco (TOR) $2,200: It’s hard to find another minimum priced option who is swinging the bat this well, except maybe George Springer of the Astros (cue foreshadowing). There is some opportunity cost in taking Francisco at 1B, as it won’t allow you to grab a top stud at the position. However, he’s fully capable of putting up another solid performance given Garrett Richards’ susceptibility (.336 wOBA) to left-handed bats.
Anthony Rendon (WAS) $3,700: His price has increased quite a bit over the past several weeks, but it’s not enough to keep Rendon out of consideration tonight. He absolutely destroys left-handed pitching to the tune of .400 wOBA, and Oakland starter Tommy Milone doesn’t pose a large threat to shut him down.
Nick Castellanos (DET) $3,100: Detroit right-handed bats are a group to target this evening against Phil Hughes and his .367 wOBA and 1.89HR/9IP vs RHB. Castellanos hasn’t done much recently, but he has the power upside to cash in on this nice matchup against a fly ball pitcher.
Jose Reyes (TOR) $3,300: I believe I mentioned this on Wednesday, but Reyes’ talent level far exceeds this moderate price tag. He has been backing that statement up with 5 runs, 1 HR, and 3 SB in his past four games. His hitting hasn’t quite come around yet, but that leaves more room for upside to go along with his dangerous base-running ability.
Torri Hunter (DET) $3,500: Miguel Cabrera isn’t the only Tiger with excellent career numbers vs Phil Hughes, as Hunter has a nice 8-17 clip as well. As I already mentioned, this Detroit team is a top offense to target tonight, and Hunter is in a terrific position with red-hot sluggers like Miggy and V-Mart batting behind him.
Michael Brantley (CLE) $3,400: Tampa pitcher Jake Odorizzi has struggled against left-handed batters in his young MLB career (.382 wOBA). Brantley is the most capable true LHB in the Cleveland lineup, and he’s currently riding an eight game hitting-streak to go along with 6 RBI’s in his past three games.
Quick Hitters — Adam Jones (BAL) $2,700 is severely underpriced given his talent level, and he has a fine matchup against Houston’s Scott Feldman… The rookie George Springer (HOU) $2,300 is finally starting to figure it out, riding an eight game hitting streak extended by his first career HR yesterday. He is set up with a favorable scenario tonight with a nice righty/lefty matchup in a hitter-friendly ballpark.