MLB DFS: Targets for 4/21

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It’s a split slate, but today’s MLB DFS targets will only include games on the main slate, starting at 7:05 PM (EST).

Pitchers

Jake Arrieta (CHC)

Moneyline: -200

Over/Under: 7

The most expensive option today, Arrieta also feels like the safest option.  It might be difficult to roster him if you need to pay up for offense, so Arrieta might be more of a GPP target for you today.

Edinson Volquez (KC)

Moneyline: -150

Over/Under: 8.5

This recommendation is based more on the Royals offense being able to score runs against Mike Pelfrey to get the win for Volquez.  Tigers’ hitters haven’t been hitting like they are capable of and Volquez could take advantage of that.

Other pitchers to consider: Dallas Keuchel (HOU).

Catchers

Salvador Perez (KC)

Perez does fine against righties and today is no exception, with today’s game having a run total of 8.5.  He is one of the higher priced catchers of the slate, so you may need to look elsewhere for salary relief.

Evan Gattis (HOU)

Gattis has been underwhelming to start the season but he’s bound to break out.  There isn’t enough of a considerable difference between his platoon splits and you can look to Gattis as a punt at the position (outfield eligible on DraftKings).

Other catchers to consider: Stephen Vogt (OAK).

First base

Chris Davis (BAL)

Opposing pitcher, Marco Estrada is more of a fly ball pitcher and Chris Davis is always worth a look for home run potential if you have a salary to spend.

Eric Hosmer (KC)

Hosmer is a nice target at first base, especially if you’re looking to save some salary and stack the Royals against the Tigers.

Other first basemen to consider: Edwin Encarnacion (TOR).

Second base

Ben Zobrist (CHC)

Unlike most switch-hitters, Zobrist is better from the right side of the plate.  He has a .454 slugging percentage, .330 BABIP, and .wOBA, and should find success against Reds lefty, Brandon Finnegan.

Josh Harrison (PIT)

Both Harrison and opposing pitcher, James Shields, have very little difference in terms of platoon splits.  I like Harrison as an under the radar option for some lineup differentiation.  If things go sideways for Shields, Harrison should have fantasy point opportunities even while batting sixth in the lineup.

Other second basemen to consider: Jonathan Schoop (BAL), and Jose Altuve (HOU).

Kris Bryant

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Third base

Kris Bryant (CHC)

In his young career, Bryant actually has slightly better advance stats against right-handed pitchers but I still like his matchup against Finnegan in Great American Ballpark.

Other third basemen to consider: Luis Valbuena (HOU).

Shortstop

Troy Tulowitzki (TOR)

Tulowitzki’s price has risen a bit on FanDuel and been able to get to double digit fantasy points for two games in row on the site.  Rostering him will be a nice way to get exposure to the Blue Jays lineup without having to pay the price of an Encarnacion or Josh Donaldson type.

Other shortstops to consider: Addison Russell (CHC), and Alcides Escobar (KC).

Outfield

Lorenzo Cain (KC)

With one of the higher scoring games of the night, Cain looks to be the best target from the Royals lineup as far as fantasy points are concerned.  You can take him into consideration if you need to spend down from Jose Bautista and Andrew McCutchen on FanDuel.

Dexter Fowler (CHC)

Fowler has being doing great this season and is showing a little more power potential.  As a switch-hitter, batting at the top of the lineup in a hitter’s park, Fowler is a top option at outfield tonight.

Jose Bautista (TOR)

It’s really hard not to mention Bautista day in and day out.  Oriole’s pitcher, Chris Tilman does have some reverse splits in some categories such as, a slugging percentage of .446, wOBA of .332, HR/9 at 1.55 against right-handed hitters.

Other outfielders to consider: Colby Rasmus (HOU), J.D. Martinez (DET), and Josh Reddick (OAK).

Thank you for reading, and good luck with your picks!

 

 

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