2014 Fantasy Baseball, Daily Double Switch for April 29th
Tuesday has a full slate of games and thank goodness for that. Yesterday’s lineup did just fine (43 points), but the amount of time it took to put together a team was just too long. The limited options yesterday were rough. Today on Draftstreet we get the full complement of games and plenty of options to hold us over.
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Jose Fernandez seems like the leader of the pack tonight and with good reason. He struck out this Braves team 14 times in his last start and honestly the Braves haven’t looked any better. Johnny Cueto owned them the other day, so a repeat performance for Fernandez is likely. Michael Wacha did great until his last inning, so I think Lance Lynn is certainly in play tonight. The Brewers scored five runs in 12 innings, so they have to be out of them for a while right? Lynn has four wins on the season and 36 strikeouts in 30 innings so far this season.
Jonathon Niese is a guy that nobody has talked about, but he’s having a great season. He’s got a 2.45 ERA, but is not a huge strikeout guy. For 13k, I think he could be a very good option against the heavy lefty Phillies lineup. Martin Perez is priced a little higher than Niese, but the guy has been even better this season. He’s thrown two complete game shutouts in a row and was one inning away from three in a row three starts ago. Perez has a decently tough matchup against the A’s, but he did just shut them out for nine innings in his last start.
One final value option and also GPP play would be Dustin McGowan tonight against the Royals. We all know how little power that lineup has, so that’s always nice to see. From first glance, his numbers look pretty brutal. They’re not though. He’ll be on the road tonight, a splits number that has resulted in just three earned runs in 10.1 innings so far this season.
Others to Consider: Cole Hamels, Alex Wood
With the Yankees facing a weaker RHP tonight, I think Brian McCann is in play at his 7k price. I typically refrain from spending on catchers, but he’ll be one of my top two options there tonight. This is more of a hunch play than a guy like Buster Posey tonight. He has five hits in his last three games including a double and home run plus gets to the face the LHP in Stults.
Derek Norris has heated up lately, so if you’re not a believer in Martin Perez then hop aboard the Norris train. He has a five game hitting streak and six hits in his last three games. Tyler Flowers remains super cheap and because of that you have to consider him a little bit. He’s still hitting over .370, which is very surprising. He has a tough matchup against Verlander, but he’s had plenty of tough options and has gotten hits.
Others to Consider: Miguel Montero
I haven’t been on Mike Napoli a whole lot this season, but I’m going to now. He’s hitting .304 with five home runs and faces a weak LHP tonight. He’s hitting .304 against RHP and LHP so far this season. Adam Dunn is a big GPP play for me tonight. Personally, I think he hits a dong off of Verlander, which would be his fourth of his career. I know the matchup is tough and strikeouts are likely, but I love his potential and price.
Adrian Gonzalez is expensive coming in at just under 8k, but with good reason. He has a .313 average and eight bombs so far. He gets a good matchup against Kyle Gibson and should take advantage of the young guy. Matt Adams is about as cheap as I would go today on Draftstreet. He’s great against RHP and gets a guy in Kyle Lohse that gives up hits, just not necessarily a whole lot of runs.
Others to Consider: Jose Abreu, Eric Hosmer
Don’t let a few days off in a row for Ian Kinsler make you forget about him. The guy is 8 for 20 against LHP with three extra base hits off them in 2014. He’s at a very reasonable price and should do extremely well tonight with a lineup that is loaded against LHP right now. Robinson Cano finally gets his revenge game tonight and I’m loving it. He faces CC Sabathia who Cano has known forever now. I think Cano goes yard tonight and makes the Yankees fans boo him even more.
Dee Gordon has a super sexy price coming in at just under 6k tonight. He has been great against RHP and gets another one tonight. If this Dodgers game plays tonight then he’ll be in my lineup. Steve Lombardozzi is a guy who won’t do a whole lot besides some singles, but is worth of a look at 4k. Maybe he runs into some RBI situations tonight and hits extreme value for us.
Others to Consider: Jason Kipnis, Aaron Hill
Matt Carpenter had himself a very nice game last night, so seeing him under 6k right off the bat makes me like him. He’ll be going against Lohse, a guy who I already said will give up hits. Will Middlebrooks against the weak Bedard is always going to make me consider him. He’s hitting just .250 on the season, but he’s 4 for 9 against LHP so far in 24 total at bats.
One final stud play is Adrian Beltre. I know he did nothing for us yesterday, but Sonny Gray was clearly on and he gets a better matchup going against Scott Kazmir. This Rangers lineup should rebound against him tonight. Carlos Santana is the best value on the board and it’ll probably be the last time. He’s struggled big time this season, but he did hit a home run and end the game with two hits last night. He has to be in play tonight against Jered Weaver.
Others to Consider: Pedro Alvarez, Josh Donaldson
So I guess Troy Tulowitzki put all those road splits haters to shame last night. By the time I went to sleep last night, he had already put up 1,000 fantasy points. He faces a weak RHP tonight and still sits at 9k. I think that’s a very affordable and legit price for him. When someone with the talent of Xavier Bogaerts is facing Eric Bedard then you must consider him. He’s hitting .287 on the season as a rookie and should do well in this one as a Boston stack seems inevitable.
Erick Aybar had an RBI double last night and is very hot. He faces Kluber tonight who is coming off a nice game, but this Angels lineup is loaded at the top. As long as Aybar is hitting leadoff, he’s a great option. Everth Cabrera is consistently a value option for me at this position. Tonight he gets Matt Cain and he’s under 4k. He has stupid speed, so if he gets on base a stolen base is likely. I like his chances to grab one tonight.
Others to Consider: Jeff Bianchi, Ian Desmond
I think Jacoby Ellsbury has a very nice matchup tonight against Young and has that short right field porch to maybe get him his first home run. Even if that doesn’t work out, he still has stolen base potential. He’s hitting .312 on the season with eight stolen bases. Rajai Davis is another speed guy and although he’s facing a LHP tonight, I do think he gets on base. He’s been crushing the ball lately hitting .359 in his last 15 days.
Matt Joyce is always in play when facing a LHP and such is the case tonight. He didn’t have a hit yesterday and is actually 1 for his last 8, but I do think he gets it going again here soon. Hunter Pence is hitting .267 against LHP with four extra base hits out of eight hits. He’s certainly in play against the LHP, Stults. I also like that he has a seven game hit streak totaling 12 hits. Of those 12 hits, he has five extra base hits. He’s a very solid option tonight.
Allen Craig is a solid value guy today and is coming off a home run last night. He had some solid at bats and took some tough pitches for balls yesterday. I think this is the date where we start to see him turn it around.
I know Jason Kubel has a tough matchup against Greinke tonight, but wow is he cheap. He’s under 4k on Draftstreet and that’s with a .303 average so far this season. If you’re punting and not a fan of a ton of these outfielders then Kubel has way more talent then some of these other punt options.
Others to Consider: Charlie Blackmon, Michael Brantley
Like yesterday, tonight might be a night to grab a closer and spend on starting pitching. My lineup with three starting pitchers would consist of Dustin McGowan and although I do like him, he’s certainly a risky choice. I think it’s safer to grab a closer who is likely to get an inning and pick a stud starter with big strikeout potential like Lance Lynn and Jose Fernandez.
San Francisco: Pence/Posey/Morse/Sandoval