Thursday brings the Daily Fantasy player another set of games, eleven to be exact.
We have five day games and six night games to choose from but I will focus on the evening’s matchups for my FanDuel picks for Thursday, May 7.
If you decide to throw your expertise into the afternoon tilts Oakland/Minnesota has an over/under of 10 and the surprising behemoth otherwise known as the Twins face a struggling Drew Pomeranz.
Mike Fiers looked like he might have found some rhythm during his last start when he K’ed 12 Cubs in six innings. Fiers is risky, but 12 strikeouts in six frames? Wow…
There’s something to get you started if you go afternoon today. Now, let’s take a look at what sort of options the night games bring.
FanDuel Picks for Thursday, May 7
Chris Archer, RHP, Tampa Bay vs. Texas, $8,900
While Archer had a down start last time he still has 42 strikeouts this year and has looked dominant for the most part. He’s a -160 favorite this evening, second only to the Pirates and A.J. Burnett at -162. The thing I like about Archer is he goes up against the hapless Rangers. They may have scored 11 runs last night but they still have a .220 batting average as a team that drops to .203 against right handed pitching. While they don’t K as much as you would think Archer’s swing and miss stuff coupled with the Rangers ineptitude should give the Tampa pitcher plenty of chances to bring home daily gold.
A.J. Burnett, RHP, Pittsburgh vs. Cincinnati, $7,100
Burnett is hot right now and FanDuel hasn’t caught up. He’s underpriced for a guy with a 1.45 ERA and a K/9 of 7.84 so far this year. Burnett still doesn’t have a win, but that is no fault of his own and might explain part of his low salary. He probably won’t sustain this all season but for now he’s in the zone, pitching in a good park, and Vegas likes his team more than any other tonight to get the win.
Nathan Eovaldi, RHP, New York vs. Baltimore, $7,600
The Yankees pitcher has never had a problem producing heat. He ranked fourth in the league last year in average fastball velocity at 95.7 MPH. His problem has been using his power to miss bats. If he can figure this out, he could be impressive. In his last three starts Eovaldi has produced two quality starts with a clunker in between. Baltimore looks formidable but Eovaldi could be used in a tournament set up today with the expectation that he will be owned by few and could pay off if he’s able to control his lightning.
Buster Posey, San Francisco, $3,500
With the cost savings today at pitcher you might be able to ante up for Posey. He gets Dan Haren who has been throwing well, which means he’s due for a blowup game. With just six games to choose from Posey is the safest play.
Even Gattis, Houston, $3,800
You get feast or famine with Gattis. He found his bat in a big way last week, but you never know when he goes back to an 0-for-4 day. He’s the priciest catcher today and is facing a lefty starting to have some issues in Hector Santiago. I will probably go Posey in a cash game and Gattis in tournaments for the upside.
Jacob Realmuto, Miami, $2,300
If you want to go cheap you can go with Miami’s young catcher. He has some skills offensively and while no Buster Posey he might be worth the bargain price. If he could duplicate last night’s 2-for-4 with a double and run scored that would more than justify this price.
Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona, $5,100
If you save on pitching Goldy is another target. He has been tagging the ball and is at home today against San Diego. Odrisamer Despaigne is a middle reliever that throws junk and his peripherals suggest he’s going to get lit up sooner or later. Goldschmidt is a good candidate to do just that today.
Yonder Alonso, San Diego, $2,600
Alonso is batting .341 so far this year and leaves home to visit hitter friendly Arizona. He hasn’t hit for power but he’s collecting RBI, getting on base, and scoring runs. He also hits from the left side so he gets the splits advantage against Rubby de la Rosa today. The Padres have been tinkering with their lineup and Alonso has had a sore back so make sure he’s in the Padres plan for the day after you pencil him in.
Dee Gordon, Miami, $3,800
Gordon is hitting an unsustainable .430 for the year which has given him plenty of opportunities to steal bases. I might sell high on him in a yearly league, but in daily he’s great in the short term. Plus he’s $1,000 cheaper than Jose Altuve for similar production.
Cory Spangenberg, San Diego, $2,200
Spangenberg has started to get some routine playing time, but you will still need to check the Padres lineup. He’s been slotting in the two hole ahead of San Diego’s big bats and has hit .289 with his limited opportunities to this point. If he’s in the lineup you get a top of the order guy that’s been producing for FanDuel’s minimum price.
Manny Machado, Baltimore, $3,500
The Orioles third bagger started slow but has hit the gas lately. He’s hitting .353 over the last week and is up to five homers. Baltimore has been throwing him all over the top half of the lineup including inserting him as a leadoff batter recently. The important thing is he’s finding himself in the top five most days now which increases his chances to score in daily games. He’s also swiped five bags already, a new skill for the young bird. If minor league Eovaldi shows up Machado is going to hit him.
Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay, $3,100
Nick Martinez is not that good a pitcher, I don’t care what his numbers say. He’s going to come back to Earth and I’m willing to bet Longo can help with this. He finally hit a couple dingers yesterday so maybe his power is cycling on. Tampa is a favorite to win today so someone is going to have to produce a run or two for the Rays.
Jung-ho Kang, Pittsburgh, $2,600
Kang has been getting some playing time and is hitting .417 with a homer in the last week with 12 at bats. Shortstop is usually a punt position, but you have a shot with Kang to gather some points as long as he plays.
Marwin Gonzalez, Houston, $2,200
Gonzalez is sticking near the top of Houston’s order and has his average up to .291 so far. While he historically doesn’t hit lefties as well, he’s got a .412 average against them this year. So, we have a cheap shortstop, batting second for the most part against lefties, and getting on base nearly half the time against left handed pitching to this point. If piling up superstars elsewhere this isn’t a bad option.
The Yankees have surprised a little and Ellsbury has quietly been a major factor in this while some other veteran Yanks get all the attention. He’s hitting .500 in the last week and already has 11 steals on the year. I like his chances today to continue his hot streak.
Justin Upton, San Diego, $4,200
With all the money you save everywhere else you can load up on some outfielders with potential today. Upton heads to Arizona where any fly ball can be a round trip on the bases at a time when he’s smacking the ball. He’s got seven home runs this year and I think he adds to that total in the desert.
Kevin Kiermaier, Tampa Bay, $2,200
Kiermaier has cooled down lately, but he historically hits righties much better and there’s a chance he’s back atop the Rays order again today. If he is he could be a cheap option for your third outfielder if you have spent in other places.
Hopefully, our FanDuel picks for Thursday, May 7, help put you on the winning side of the DFS ledger tonight!