The Starting 5: Featuring pitcher and hitter MLB DFS picks for FanDuel & DraftKings cash game lineups on Monday, April 16, 2018 (4/16).
Sharing articles with picks and advice to help you build winning MLB lineups on FanDuel (FD) and DraftKings (DK).
Welcome to the Starting Five MLB edition. In this article, we will give you a pitcher to consider and three hitters in each salary range. The hitters will be broken down into the following categories stud ($4,000 plus in salary), midrange ($3,000 to $3,900 in salary) and value hitter (below $3,000 in salary). We will use FanDuel’s pricing as a reference. To end the article we will give you our top player of the day regardless if that player is a hitter or pitcher. These picks will also come from the main slate of games on FanDuel each day and may not include all games played that day.
Manning the Mound
SP to Target: Blake Snell, TB
Affordable price? Check. Facing a below average line-up? Check. Ability to miss bats? Check. There’s a lot to like about the spot Snell is in tonight, and I like his chances of picking up a win, pitching at home against a Texas squad that is projected to score only 3.5 runs. While I wouldn’t expect another 10 punch-out game, I do think there’s a good shot of him going 6 strong while fanning 7-8 Texas hitters tonight. He shouldn’t be too high owned, which is a nice bonus as well.
The Batter’s Box
Stud Bat to Target: 1B Rhys Hoskins, PHI
Hoskins and the Phillies go up against SP Julio Teheran tonight, and I love the spot that he’s in. He’s put up a .424 wOBA against RHP in his career, and Teheran’s struggles with the long-ball have been well documented, including allowing 35 HR in 202.1 IP over the past season and a few weeks (since the start of 2017). Hoskins is expensive, but has been swinging the bat well of late – and is in a great spot tonight. He’s one of my favourite plays on the board tonight and I love the spot that he’s in.
Mid-Range Bat to Target: OF Steve Pearce, TOR
For many years, Pearce has been a great bat to target when facing a lefty, and he should be locked into the clean-up spot for the Jays tonight, playing at home against Eric Skoglund and the Royals. He did have reverse splits last year – but that was an oddity when compared with his career slash line, which includes a .361 wOBA against lefties over his career. I like his chances of hitting value tonight, and he tends to fly under the radar in terms of ownership levels.
Bargain Bin Bat to Target: 1B Anthony Rizzo (FD), OF Teoscar Hernandez (DK)
Rizzo is inexplicably priced at the minimum today on FD. I’ll leave it at that. For DK, Hernandez should be locked and loaded into a key spot in the batting order for the Jays tonight, who are likely going up against Eric Skoglund at home. Priced at $2,600 – I love the spot he is in for a value play tonight, fresh off of a two-hit debut after being summoned from AAA. Both these players are great value plays tonight.
Top Play of Day
OF Khris Davis, OAK
Davis has 4 HR’s in his past 4 games, and the reverse split righty is in a good spot tonight, facing R.Lopez at home. He tends to fly under the radar in terms of ownership levels – but he is a great high ceiling play for the Main Slate tonight. He put up a .369 wOBA against righties a year ago – and I like his chances of going yard tonight against a hittable arm.
Best of luck in your contests today!