2014 Fantasy Baseball Daily Fix: April 17
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I’ve got some early players in my list so check lineups as there may be a bunch of guys sitting out these early games for some early season rest. I want to try to get the Seattle v. Texas game into my lineups as the over/under is 9 – the highest on the board.
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I’m going to put a roster together with three starting pitchers again as there are some cheap offensive players with great match ups.
Yovani Gallardo | RHP | Brewers | $16,029 – Gallardo faces a Pirates team that he’s been pretty successful against in his career. He also has nine career starts at PNC Park with a .629 OPS. He’s looked great as well early in the year.
Madison Bumgarner | LHP | Giants | $17,749 – Bumgarner has a fantastic record against Dodgers’ hitters (career .568 OPS against). He picked up 10 strikeouts in his first meeting this year against the Dodgers.
Ian Kennedy | RHP | Padres | $13,426 – Kennedy was brought in because his fly ball tendencies are somewhat mitigated in Petco Park. He gets a Rockies team that is notoriously poor outside of Colorado.
Alternatives: Scott Feldman ($14,447) has been off the charts good this year (0.44 ERA, but a 4.34 FIP) I still think he has one more ride in his magic carriage against a Royals offense that is, well, offensive.
As for relievers, you shouldn’t need to speculate on relief pitchers today. There is enough value in the hitting realm to allow you to pick up three starting pitchers.
Buster Posey | C | Giants | $6,115 – Posey’s career OPS versus lefties is 1.001. Over one thousand! Run, don’t walk to Posey.
Alternatives: Evan Gattis ($6,284) has 25 career HRs. He’s hit five of them in Citizens Bank Park including one last night. Also, take a look at early lineups as this is an opportunity for back up catchers to get a start in a day game after a night game for many teams.
Nick Swisher | 1B | Indians | $5,217 – I don’t have a lot to say – Swisher is my fantasy white whale. I’m going to put him in many of my lineups throughout the year. He’s been OK in his career versus Justin Verlander (.722 career OPS), but nothing that will blow you away.
Alternative: The Astros’ Chris Carter ($2,500) is the cheapest player (almost the cheapest). He faces James Shields who likes to give up HRs. Carter likes to hit HRs. Tommy Medica ($3,781) also makes a good matchup play as he faces another lefty after hitting a HR off of one on Wednesday night
Nick Franklin| 2B | Mariners | $3,363 – You cannot pass up Franklin at this price. He was raking at AAA and was called up yesterday so that salaries haven’t adjusted yet. He was slotted in as the DH on Wednesday and should see regular playing time. He gets Tanner Scheppers who has a 7.88 ERA (though a 4.88 FIP – still not great).
Alternative: If you want to pay for a second baseman, take a look at Neil Walker ($7,308). He’s heating up with HRs in two of his last three games and he gets a righty on the bump on Thursday (career OPS .795 versus righties).
Evan Longoria | 3B | Rays | $ 6,334– Batter v. pitcher stats are generally useless as they are such a small sample. However, I’m going to break that rule and take Longoria almost exclusively based on his lifetime against C.C. Sabathia. He has six HRs and a career line of 396/515/849/1.364 in 53 ABs against CC. And CC isn’t the CC of old.
Alternative: No one else really excites me at third base today.
Alexei Ramirez | SS | White Sox $8,295 – Ramirez has been one of the best players in DraftStreet this season and gets to face a lefty in Jon Lester. His career .783 OPS against lefties isn’t great, but when he’s locked in (as he is now) he’s monster.
Alternative: Xander Bogaerts ($3,692) – Bogaerts took over 50 plate appearances to get his first RBI. And it looks like he may be ready to actualize on his great physical skills. At this price? You can’t pass him up even with the difficult match up with Chris Sale.
Hunter Pence | OF | Giants | $6,220 – Pence has started off ice cold, but it looks like he might be getting things figured out as he picked up three hits on Tuesday night and gets to face another lefty (his career OPS versus lefties is .865.
Michael Morse | OF | Giants | $5,646 – This is a hunch play as Morse hasn’t been great recently, but does like to see left handed pitching.
Alternatives: Desmond Jennings ($5,514) does much better against lefties in his career (.790 OPS). Michael Brantley ($6,101) has been hot early and seems to see Justin Verlander pretty well (.913 OPS in 38 ABs).
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