2014 Fantasy Baseball Daily Fix: April 28
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Value plays for 4/28
Starting pitchers: Yu Darvish costs the most for pitchers at over $24,000, but he has a very tough matchup against Oakland, which has the best wOBA against righties. Outside of the top four pitchers today there aren’t many studs going. Tyson Ross ($15,000) has one of the best matchups, against San Francisco, which is just 19th in wOBA against righties and has the fourth-worst strikeout rate against them. He’s also pitching at home, so I’d recommend playing him. Tyler Skaggs ($14,000) comes in just below Ross, but he also has a friendly matchup against the 23rd-ranked Indians, who also rank in the bottom third in ISO.
Alfredo Simon ($16,000) has the 29th-ranked Cubs and their sixth-lowest ISO against righties. None of those guys has very high upside in a single start, but they’ll give you enough cap room to fill in three starting pitchers with good matchups. Michael Wacha ($18,000) will face a Brewers lineup without Ryan Braun and possibly Jean Segura.
Catcher: Yan Gomes ($4,700) – I don’t like picking a hitter who’s facing one of my starters, but I needed to go cheap here and Gomes is one of the last options I felt comfortable with. He’s not hitting lefties well yet this year, but he hit .327 with five of his 11 homers against them last year.
Yadier Molina costs just $5,900 – the fourth highest among catchers – but he ranks first easily in points per game.
First base: Matt Adams – $4,900 – He absolutely crushes righties and has been swinging the bat well all season long.
Joey Votto – Only costs $6,600 despite also crushing righties and is hitting .452 at home this year.
Second base: Pickings are slim here, but DJ LeMahieu ($4,600) is in an awesome lineup against a less-than-stellar Wade Miley. Howie Kendrick ($6,600) is fifth in price but second in points per game at second base.
Third base: Matt Carpenter ($5,800) hits righties very well and with his run-scoring ability and on-base skills he has very little downside even on a daily basis. Aramis Ramirez ($5,600) has been producing even though he’s slumping a bit, but he has just as much upside as any third baseman playing today and is really cheap.
Shortstop: Erick Aybar ($6,300) is hitting righties well and did OK against them last year. There aren’t too many value play at shortstop today with a light schedule, but Aybar rarely strikes outs and is getting plenty of RBI opportunities.
Chris Owings ($3,100) has the platoon advantage today and is very cheap. He’s walking and producing in his past few games.
Outfield: Carlos Gomez ($6,700) – Capable of some huge games, he has a tough matchup but he produces so much and is too cheap to pass up.
Billy Hamilton ($6,100) – He hasn’t had a negative output in any of his last 10 games, while producing positive points in eight of his last 10. Too much upside to pass on here.
Matt Joyce is costly at $8,200, but he has a great matchup in a friendly ballpark.