SCFE is here to assist you with your DraftKings picks April for 5. Wednesday brings a big slate of games with a ton of options, so we’ll help you navigate through them all.
I love the hitting matchups for many teams like Boston, San Francisco, Arizona, and Los Angeles, which you’ll be able to tell after reading through my starts.
A lot of hitting stars don’t have many at-bats in their matchups, but stick with the studs.
The two pitching studs in the slate are Jacob DeGrom and Hill, who both have great matchups at home.
My recommendation is to pick one to start, and start another pitcher with a lower price that can succeed like James Paxton or Happ. I hope all this helps you set strong lineups and win some money today!
DraftKings Picks For April 5
Jacob DeGrom NYM vs. ATL ($10,600)
DeGrom is an easy pick against the Braves at home. The Braves starting lineup is hitting .240 against deGrom throughout his career, and the lineup didn’t look great against Thor on opening day. Ender Inciarte and Nick Markakis are the only two Braves’ players with more than 10 at-bats against deGrom who are hitting over .300 against him.
DeGrom has looked dynamic this spring, as Buster Olney has claimed deGrom will return to his 2015 form. Start deGrom with confidence on Wednesday against a sub-par Braves’ lineup.
James Paxton SEA at HOU ($6,900)
I’m high on Paxton this season, and I like him this Wednesday against Houston. Paxton has fared decently against this lineup in the past, allowing a .280 average. I’m not confident in a lot of the pitchers in this slate, so I’d rather go with one of the cheaper options that has good upside and is coming off a solid spring. I’m looking for Paxton to give up just two or three runs, strike out eight, and let the Mariners offense step it up after struggling on Opening Day.
Other Pitchers I Like
- Chris Sale BOS vs PIT ($11,200)
- Rich Hill LAD vs. SD ($10,800)
- Jharel Cotton OAK vs. LAA ($7,800)
- J.A. Happ TOR at BAL ($7,000)
- Bartolo Colon ATL at NYM ($6,700)
Yasmani Grandal LAD vs. SD ($3,600)
Grandal had a huge Opening Day, as he hit two home runs in a blowout win against the Padres. The Dodgers have had the Padres’ number in recent years, who are in serious rebuild mode. Grandal hit over .300 against the Padres last season over 45 at-bats, which is impressive considering he’s a career low .200 hitter. Go with Grandal for a middle of the pack option at catcher.
Stephen Vogt OAK vs. LAA ($3,100)
The A’s catcher is always an under-the-radar option, but he really is serviceable for Fantasy purposes. Vogt homered last night in his first at-bat, and has one of the lowest strikeout numbers each season at his position. Richards is coming off Tommy John surgery, and hasn’t looked good this spring, so start Vogt with confidence as a cheap catcher option.
Other Catchers I like
- Buster Posey SF at ARI ($4,100)
- Russell Martin TOR at BAL ($4,200)
- J.T. Realmuto MIA at WAS ($3,500)
Paul Goldschmidt ARI vs. SF ($5,000)
Goldy and this Arizona lineup looked great once Madison Bumgarner came out of the game on Sunday. He is also 5-for-9 against Matt Moore in his career, and other hitters in that lineup have also had success against Moore. Even though I like Moore to have a good season, an outing in the desert isn’t the game I’m starting him. Start Goldy even for a high price.
Joey Votto CIN vs. PHI ($4,900)
Another high priced batter I like here on Wednesday is Votto. This is definitely matchup based, as they are playing in Great American Ball Park, a hitter friendly park. Jerad Eickhoff has also struggled against lefties throughout his career, which puts Votto in position to have a strong day.
Other First Baseman I Like
- Edwin Encarnacion CLE at TEX ($4,800)
- Brandon Belt SF at ARI ($4,000)
- Adrian Gonzalez LAD vs. SD ($3,8000)
Dee Gordon MIA at WAS ($4,200)
Gordon is also a good pick here for DFS. The Marlins’ second baseman has had success against Tanner Roark, hitting .429 off him in his career. DraftKings also awards five points per stolen base, which puts speedsters like Gordon in a prime position for points. Start Gordon with confidence.
Dustin Pedroia BOS vs. PIT ($4,200)
Jameson Taillon doesn’t have experience going up against Boston’s lineup at Fenway, and I think Boston will get the best of him. With Pedroia batting first atop one of the best lineups in league, $4,200 is a good price for this matchup.
Other Second Baseman I Like
- Jose Altuve HOU vs. SEA ($4,800)
- Robinson Cano SEA at HOU ($4,400)
- Jose Peraza CIN vs. PHI ($3,700)
- Logan Forsythe LAD vs. SD ($3,700)
- Cesar Hernandez PHI at CIN ($3,600)
Justin Turner LAD vs. SD ($4,200)
Even though Turner doesn’t have a lot of at-bats against Trevor Cahill, it’s hard to find any reason to go against this Dodgers lineup against San Diego. Turner and the whole lineup had a huge Opening Day against San Diego. Look for more of the same throughout the series.
Nolan Arenado COL at MIL ($5,000)
Hard to pass up on an elite player like Arenado at third. Arenado hasn’t gotten a huge sample size against Peralta, but he’s hitting .375 against him in his career. Neither of these teams have great pitching, so expect it to be a pretty high scoring affair.
Other Third Baseman I Like
- Manny Machado BAL vs. TOR ($5,100)
- Xander Bogaerts BOS vs. PIT ($4,500)
- Jake Lamb ARI vs. SF ($4,000)
- Jose Reyes NYM vs. ATL ($3,900)
Brandon Crawford SF at ARI ($3,700)
In a likely high-scoring affair, Crawford is a great shortstop option. In limited at-bats against Walker, Crawford is hitting .667 against the new Diamondback. Crawford is looking to take another step forward on offense this season, as he is hitting in the fifth spot, destined for RBIs. Start Crawford as a good cheap option.
Corey Seager LAD vs. SD ($4,500)
Seager is here for the same reason as Turner. The potential MVP candidate will lead a hot lineup against a poor pitching staff. Even though Seager doesn’t have a lot of at-bats against Cahill, he’s worth his value.
Other Shortstops I Like
- Trevor Story COL at MIL ($4,700)
- Carlos Correa HOU vs. SEA ($4,700)
- Jonathan Villar MIL vs. COL ($4,600)
- Asdrubal Cabrera NYM vs. ATL ($3,700)
- Chris Owings ARI vs. SF ($3,500)
Steven Souza Jr. TB vs. NYY ($3,500)
For a cheap option in the outfield, look no further than Souza. The Ray’s outfielder has had success against Michael Pineda, hitting 9-for-19 against the Yankee. Pineda will get a bunch of strikeouts, but also give up some runs, which opens the door for Souza. Start him for a cheaper option on Wednesday.
Giancarlo Stanton MIA at WAS ($4,600)
Stanton is an intriguing pick because of his history against Roark. Over 25 at-bats, Stanton has six hits off him, with three of those being home runs. This makes Stanton a sort of boom or bust pick for DFS, but a little risk is all part of the fun in DFS.
Mike Trout LAA at OAK ($5,200)
Trout always has success at Oakland Coliseum, and Wednesday night shouldn’t be any different. Even though Trout doesn’t have any at-bats against Cotton, he should be in position for a big stat line. Start Trout with confidence in Oakland.
Other Outfielders I Like
- Mookie Betts BOS vs. PIT ($5,200)
- Shin-Soo Choo TEX vs. CLE ($4,200)
- A.J. Pollock ARI vs. SF ($4,100)
- Yoenis Cespedes NYM vs. ATL ($4,300)
- George Springer HOU vs. SEA ($4,400)
- Ender Inciarte ATL at NYM ($3,400)
I hope you all can tell how I’m picking batters, and can do your own research on matchup history. There are a lot of good options available today, so go with the players you feel comfortable with. I tried to give my best reasoning for why I’m starting certain players based on their matchups, so hopefully this all makes sense. Best of luck to all you DFS players out there, go win some money!
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