MLB DFS: Targets for 4/25

Noah Syndergaard

It’s a pretty full slate for Monday night, and MLB DFS targets for today are heavy in quantity and salary for pitchers and outfielders.  Keep in mind, there were three extra-inning games yesterday and rosters and we may not see the usual batting orders what we are used to seeing.


Noah Syndergaard (NYM)

Moneyline: -200

Over/Under: 6.5

There are a lot of pitchers to pay up for today and Syndergaard is $11,400 on both FanDuel and DraftKings.  There’s no denying his dominance so far this season, but it is a high price to pay if you want to roster hitters playing at Coors Field.

Madison Bumgarner (SF)

Moneyline: -188

Over/Under: 6.5

For a little less on FanDuel, and a little more on DraftKings, you can roster Bumgarner pitching against the Padres at Petco Park.  He pitched well in his last start against the Diamondbacks, but Zack Greinke a little better for the win.  At his price point, Bumgarner is probably more of a tournament play.

Drew Pomeranz (SD)

Moneyline: +168

Over/Under: 6.5

On a slate with a lot of expensive pitchers and hitters, you will need to look at lower cost pitchers for salary relief.  Pomeranz has been pitching well, and this is a spot where he may not get the win, but can pitch well enough to score you the fantasy points you need for his price.

Other pitchers to consider: Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Danny Salazar (CLE), and Marcus Stroman (TOR).


Yan Gomes (CLE)

Gomes with the platoon tonight against Tommy Milone is a play at the position with his price just below $3,000 on both sites.

Russell Martin (TOR)

Miguel Gonzalez is making his first start of the season with the White Sox, and Martin has seen quite a bit of him in the American League East division.  This could be a nice spot for Martin to come around with his hitting at Rogers Centre, with Gonzalez giving up more home runs to right-handed hitters with 1.51 home runs per nine innings.

Other catchers to consider: Jarrod Saltalamacchia (DET), and Derek Norris (SD).

First base

Chris Davis (BAL)

Chris Archer doesn’t look right to start the season and Davis could exploit any mistakes made.  Davis tonight is more of a tournament play.

Edwin Encarnacion (TOR)

Like his teammate, Martin, we’re waiting for Encarnacion’s bat to come around.  The only hits Encarnacion has off of Gonzalez are three home runs, with only three strike outs which is really interesting.  Don’t put any stock into all his hits being home runs, but hitting one tonight is a possibility.

Freddie Freeman (ATL)

Freeman has been better at the plate as of late and at $2,900 on FanDuel, he can be a cheaper target at the position.  He’s facing Rick Porcello tonight who doesn’t pitch as well against left-handed batters away from home and you definitely need the platoon if you roster Freeman.

Other first basement to consider: John Jaso (PIT), Justin Smoak (TOR), and Eric Hosmer (KC).

Second Base

Neil Walker (NYM)

Here’s Walker again, as one of my targets.  He’s been in good spots against opposing pitchers lately and Raisel Iglesias is one of them tonight.  It’s a small sample size with Iglesias’ young career but he currently left-handed hitters are currently slugging .411 against him with a .330 wOBA.

DJ LeMahieu (COL)

It’s a Coors Field game and I like LeMahieu here at the position.  He’s been at different spots in the batting order in the last few games, but he’s especially favorable at or towards the top.  He’s at a nice price of $3,400 on FanDuel.

Other second basemen to consider: Rougned Odor (TEX), and Daniel Castro (ATL).

Travis Shaw

Third Base

Travis Shaw (BOS)

With the probability of David Ortiz sitting out today, there will be more offensive opportunities to go around for the Red Sox batters.  Left-handed batters against Julio Teheran is always appealing and Shaw is in a really good spot tonight.

Josh Donaldson (TOR)

The same price as Nolan Arenado on FanDuel, and $300 cheaper on DraftKings, Donaldson is always worth a look.  Not having the platoon isn’t a concern with Donaldson and with a run total of 8.5 for the game, there are fantasy points to be had.

Other third basemen to consider: Nolan Arenado (COL), and Manny Machado (BAL).


Jordy Mercer (PIT)

We don’t have the platoon here, which is what you really like when rostering Mercer.  It’s a Coors game and as usual, he’s at least worth a look.

Asdrubal Cabrera (NYM)

I don’t think Cabrera will be highly owned and at $3,000 on both sites, people may want to roster a shortstop a little higher or lower in price.  Cabrera has been hitting well, and like Walker, I think he’s in a good spot in a Mets lineup that has been producing.

Other Shortstops to consider: Francisco Lindor (CLE), Trevor Story (COL), and Brad Miller (TB).


Mike Trout (LAA)

Trout is the same price as Andrew McCutchen on FanDuel today and a $300 less on FanDuel.  Trout has reverse splits and makes for an interesting tournament option against Ian Kennedy.

Andrew McCutchen (PIT)

This is a favorable spot for McCutchen with a game at Coors Field.  Having just played an offensive-filled series in Arizona, the Pirates move to an even more hitter friendly park.  Chad Bettis has reverse splits and McCutchen has a chance to get the offense going against the righty.

Ryan Raburn (COL)

Raburn at Coors Field, against a southpaw, is always something to consider.  Let’s hope he’s in the starting lineup.  He may get pinch-hit for later in the game, but can certainly do damage even in limited at-bats.

Advanced stats against lefties:

  • Slugging percentage: .493
  • ISO: .228
  • BABIP: .301
  • wOBA: .359

Other outfielders to consider: Enrique Hernandez (LAD), Corey Dickerson (TB), Carlos Gonzalez(COL), Nomar Mazara (TEX), and Nick Markakis (ATL).

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


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