2014 Fantasy Baseball Daily Fix: May 1
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I’m skipping the early games and focusing on the games from 7:05pm Eastern onward. With all of the rain around the country, make sure to check in a couple of hours before game times to ensure your players are starting and your pitchers haven’t cut themselves with kitchen utensils (thanks Matt Cain!).
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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 matchups.
Hiroki Kuroda | RHP | Yankees | $13,599 – Kuroda has struggled in the early going continuing a trend from the end of last season. His matchup up against the Mariners (the fourth worst in wOBA and the third highest K% against righties) offers a chance at redemption.
Chris Tillman | RHP | Orioles | $14,909 – Tillman faces a Pirates team that struggles against righties (.288 wOBA, – sixth worst in the majors). Moreover, with six or more days rest between starts he’s 11-3 with a 3.75 ERA over 127 1/3 IP and 23 starts. He’ll have seven days rest for this start.
Henderson Alvarez | RHP | Marlins | $10,883 – The Marlins seem to have the Braves’ number in Miami this year. The Braves haven’t been great against right-handers this year so take the plunge whose last home start was a shutout.
Alternative: Juan Nicasio ($12,646) has a great match up against the second worst team in wOBA (.277) in MLB against right handed pitching. The problem is he has struggled early on and can’t be counted to perform at a high level. He’s a risky choice, but the matchup is right.
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.
With the number of double headers, we’ll need to go cheap here. There will likely be a backup catcher or two getting a start in the late games, so go that route. I like Tony Sanchez ($2,729) or David Ross ($4,954) or Jose Molina ($2,679). Even Drew Butera ($2,500) might be an option against a lefty. We’re going cheap here so we’re just hoping for a lottery ticket.
Justin Morneau | 1B | Rockies | $8,059 – You’ll notice a pattern as we move along – we’re doing a bit of a mini-stack against Bartolo Colon in Colorado. Morneau has been mashing and gets to face a right-hander in the rarefied air (he has a .460 wOBA against righties this year).
Alternative: Lucas Duda | 1B | Mets $6,011 – Duda has the first base gig all to himself. He gets to travel to Coors as well and faces off against Juan Nicasio and is one of the few Mets who has been successful against righties this year.
Ben Zobrist | 2B | Rays | $6,445 – Zobrist is at a .408 wOBA this season vs. lefties (career .351) puts Zobrist in the lineup against Felix Doubront. He’s only got one game in the negative in his last 10 DFS games. He’s a solid anchor for your squad.
Alternative: Sticking with the Rays, Sean Rodriguez ($3,895) could get the start in the outfield. And for his price, he’s a great option if you want to beef up your lineup elsewhere. He has latent power and is a lefty masher.
Juan Francisco | 3B | Blue Jays | $5,363 – For some reason, Francisco is here as a third baseman. He couldn’t ply third now if you gave him a scooter. He’s been playing regularly against righties and gets a poor one in Jeremy Guthrie.
Troy Tulowitzki | SS | Rockies | $10,353 – Tulo is on fire – perhaps the hottest player in the entire DFS world. Take him at home against Bartolo Colon who was hammered in his last start (in 2012) in Colorado.
Alternative: You are likely going to need to pay here – the middle and bottom of the SS crop is poor. Hanley Ramirez ($8,131) and Xander Bogaerts ($6,297) make solid options with good matchups against terrible lefties.
Jonny Gomes | OF | Red Sox | $6,877 – Gomes gets a lefty (career .877 OPS against) and he’s been hitting fifth (a prime RBI spot) in the lineup against lefties since his outfield-mate Shane Victorino ($7,575) has returned from the DL. Victorino makes a reasonable option as well at the top of that Red Sox lineup.
Carlos Gonzalez | OF | Rockies | $6,662 – A career .440 wOBA against righties at home puts CarGo in my lineup. He’s not off to the fastest of starts, but he did hit a dinger last night so he could be on the way up.
Alfonso Soriano | OF | Yankees | $4,682 – Soriano hits clean up against left handers (career .870 OPS against) and gets a lefty today. He hasn’t been hot, but this could be the matchup to turn him around. And he’s extremely cheap – he’s easily worth the risk.
I do like the Rockies against Bartolo Colon. I also think either the Rays or the Red Sox could be good stacks against less than stellar left hand starters.
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