2014 Fantasy Baseball Daily Fix: April 14
Welcome to Week 3. We’ll kick off this week of the baseball season with another edition of The Daily Fix. We’re playing at DraftStreet, and if you want to sign up and get a 100 percent deposit bonus on up to a $200 deposit use this link.
Today I’ll give you good value plays at each position to help you make your lineup decisions easier.
Starting pitcher: Chris Archer $14,938 at Baltimore
Jesse Chavez $12,625 at Los Angeles Angels
Zack Wheeler $13,579 at Arizona
There really aren’t too many big name pitchers going today, and the skill/potential earnings difference between these three and the ones priced above them wasn’t much at all. Baltimore ranks last in home wOBA and has only scored nine runs in five games at Camden Yards. Archer’s underlying stats say his 1.38 ERA and other surface stats are for real. The Angels have the sixth worst home wOBA and even though they put up a 14-spot Sunday they still have a ton of holes in their lineup. Chavez is getting a ton of ground balls, and his FIP and xFIP back up his 1.38 ERA, too. Wheeler has a 24 percent strikeout rate paired with a 4 percent walk rate, and the D’Backs have the eighth worst home wOBA so far.
Jonathan Lucroy $6,172 – Lucroy ranks third in points per game but is just the seventh priciest catcher. He’s got seven runs scored and is batting over .350.
First base: Joey Votto $5,214 – Votto’s priced really low, and while he’s facing a lefty he did homer off a southpaw Sunday.
Second base: Kolten Wong $5,135 – Wong has hits in five straight games as well as three steals in that time.
Josh Donaldson $6,534 – Hit lefties for a .335 average last year and almost half his home runs in only a fraction of plate appearances compared to appearances against righties.
Shortstop: Ian Desmond $7,178 – Third in points per game among shortstops and has three homers, nine runs and nine RBIs so far.
Troy Tulowitzki $7,828 – Pricy, but has a good matchup against a soft-tossing lefty.
Outfield: Giancarlo Stanton $8,794 – Stanton comes with some risk due to his strikeouts, but his power can single handedly carry you on some days.
Bryce Harper $6,692 – Didn’t cost too much, and he’s seeing the ball much better hitting in six straight.
Yoenis Cespedes $6,190 – Cespedes has a career .859 OPS against lefties.