MLB DFS: Targets for 4/22

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It’s a full slate tonight and there are so many fun MLB DFS targets and a lot of ways to construct your lineup.  Before we get into it, congratulations to Jake Arrieta for throwing the first no-hitter of the 2016 season and his second no-hitter in the span of eight months!

Fun tidbit about the starting pitchers today: three of them have the first name “Jon,” and another “Jonathan.”

 

Pitchers

Jon Lester (CHC)

Moneyline: -210

Over/Under: 8

Lester gets the start tonight, following Arrieta’s no-hitter, and again are a heavy favorite for the win. Having faced the Reds at home two starts ago, the series is now at Great America Ballpark which we know is a hitters park.  Lester may give up a few runs but the Cubs should score a few more against Reds starting pitcher, Jon Moscot.  With Coors Field on the slate this weekend and other higher priced stackable options, Lester is not a must-play tonight.

Gio Gonzalez (WAS)

Moneyline: -190

Over/Under: 7.5

Gonzalez has pitched well to in his two starts for the season with only one earned run allowed with 12 strikeouts in 13 innings pitched.  The Twins do have right-handed power bats, but if Gonzalez can keep to his current form with the support of Bryce Harper leading the way for his offense, he is a pitcher to consider.

Jeff Samardzija (SF)

Moneyline: -167

Over/Under: 7.5

The moneyline moved from -165 to -167 overnight.  It doesn’t look like much, but keep an eye on which way it trends throughout the day as an indicator of what Vegas thinks of this game.  Samardzija has an advantage by pitching at AT&T Park and has also been able to tame Giancarlo Stanton.  In just 17 plate appearances, Samardzija has held Stanton to three hits and stuck him out six times.

Other pitchers to consider: Matt Moore (TB), and Felix Hernandez (SEA).

Catchers

Stephen Vogt (OAK)

Lefty hitter with the platoon, at Rodgers Centre in Toronto is always a nice start when looking for hitters with high upside fantasy potential.  There are a several games that can provide high run totals, and Vogt can be a target at catcher with a lower cost in salary if you want to target players at Coors Field.

Francisco Cervelli (PIT)

Cervelli and the Pirates are in Arizona playing at Chase Field, another hitter’s park.  To start the season, Cervelli has gotten hits in 10 of 14 games and has also taken 10 walks.  He’s putting himself in position to score runs and knocking in runs, which makes him another fine lower cost catcher on the slate.

Other catchers to consider: Yasmani Grandal (LAD), and Evan Gattis (HOU).

First base

Lucas Duda (NYM)

The Mets as a team have been swinging hot bats lately, and with power.  Many don’t believe in streaks but you can’t deny the momentum that it gives a team.  Mets lefties are stackable against the right-hander for the Braves, Bud Norris.  Turner Field isn’t a hitter’s park, but home runs can be had there with room in the outfield for extra base hits.

Adrian Gonzalez (LAD)

The Dodgers will be looking to strike early against Rockies pitcher, Jon Gray, who is making his first start of the season.  With the platoon at Coors Field and at only $4,200 on FanDuel, and $4,600 on DraftKings, Gonzalez will be a popular play at the position.

Miguel Cabrera (DET)

Cabrera’s bat has been quiet lately but that could change against opposing pitcher, Josh Tomlin.  His advanced stat splits are fairly even in most categories and you don’t necessarily worry about not having the platoon.  After all, Cabrera is a former Triple Crown winner

Other first basemen to consider: Chris Davis (BAL), and Chris Carter (HOU).

Second base

Logan Forsythe (TB)

Stack right-handed Tampa Bay hitters against left-handed pitchers, they say.  Just yesterday, Forsythe had two hits against David Price before Price got pulled in the fourth inning.  We’ll see if that same offense can erupt today against the Yankees and CC Sabathia.

Neil Walker (NYM)

Another day, another Walker recommendation.  Like first baseman Duda, Walker is in a good spot with other teammates for a stack against the Braves.  At $3,300 on FanDuel, he’s probably a better play there than paying $3,900 on DraftKings if you want to fit in the Coors Field game.

Scooter Gennett (MIL)

A favorite punt play of mine last season, Gennett is having a really good April.  He’s hitting second in the batting order for the majority of games and has the platoon today against Phillies pitcher, Aaron Nola.  With a run total of 8.5, it is one of the higher totals of the slate and Brewers hitters may go overlooked because of other, more obvious hitting options.

Other second basemen to consider: Robinson Cano (SEA), and Brian Dozier (MIN).

Evan Longoria

Third base

Evan Longoria (TB)

For the same reason I recommended Forsythe, Longoria is always a strong consideration at the position against southpaws, and today is no different.

Adrian Beltre (TEX)

Beltre had a big night last night against southpaw, Dallas Keuchel.  He and the Rangers face another lefty in Jose Quintana of the White Sox.  Beltre has been one of the better hitters in the game and is a strong play at third base tonight.

Justin Turner (LAD)

Turner actually has reverse splits and hits better against right-handed pitchers.  It’s a Coors Field game against southpaw, Gray so I think Turner will make a fine play here if you want exposure to this game.

Other third basemen to consider: Nolan Arenado (COL), and Todd Frazier (CHW).

Shortstop

Jordy Mercer (PIT)

Here we have the platoon, high position in the batting order, and a hitter’s park, which makes Mercer an affordable play on FanDuel at $2,500.

Corey Seager (LAD)

Seager is priced closer on on both FanDuel and DraftKings.  Even without the platoon, he is in a good position to do well, as this is another Coors Field game.

Other shortstops to consider: Eduardo Escobar (KC).

Outfield

Carlos Gonzalez (COL)

Another Coors Field target, Gonzalez is always a fine play at home.  Without the platoon, Gonzalez is a better hitter against, lefties at home rather than on the road.

Michael Conforto (NYM)

Yet, another target for a Mets stack against Norris.  Conforto is a much better play when hitting higher in the order with power potential.  He is priced the same and playable on both FanDuel and DraftKings at $3,400.

Brandon Guyer (TB)

Again, with the Rays stack against a lefty and not much more explanation needed.  He’s close to minimum salary on FanDuel and could very well be highly owned at $2,400.

Other outfielders to consider: Miguel Sano (MIN), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Bryce Harper (WAS), Ryan Raburn (COL), and Franklin Gutierrez (SEA).

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

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