Welcome to the Monday edition of Daily Fantasy Baseball.
Tonight is all about pitching. The top guys are very expensive and I’m not sure I want to mess with the bottom tier.
I’m intrigued with Kendall Graveman, but the A’s bats are inconsistent and he faces a Tigers team who is always dangerous.
Another really cheap option is Ross Stripling. Miami has been horrible offensively so far this season and they are still on their west coast trip. I say this because if you must stack the Pirates and Rockies, those are the two pitchers I would target. Okay, enough about tournament pitchers.
Lets’ get to the Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks.
2016 Daily Fantasy Baseball: Picks for Monday, April 25
Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets vs. Cincinnati Reds ($11,400)
The Reds are awful. In my opinion, Syndergaard has more strikeout upside than Madison Bumgarner. You should be building your cash lineups around Syndergaard.
Danny Salazar, Cleveland Indians at Minnesota Twins ($10,700)
Speaking of teams that are awful, I present you the Minnesota Twins. Salazar has only allowed three runs in his last three starts while striking out 23. The Twins lineup is very right-handed and so is Salazar.
Whoever the Rockies start vs. Pittsburgh Pirates ($3,300-$3,000)
The catcher position has been something to be desired this year. So, why not a great punt play in the guy who is playing in Colorado. I know it’s the easy way out, but with pitching being expensive tonight, we have to save somewhere.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Detroit Tigers vs. Oakland Athletics ($3,100)
Salty has hit five home runs in his last 10 games. Time to jump on him now, because when he goes cold, he goes real cold. This is just in case you want an alternative to the Colorado game.
John Jaso, Pittsburgh Pirates at Colorado Rockies ($4,300)
Want a cheaper option than Wil Myers (who is facing Bumgarner in a big park) or Chris Davis (who is facing Archer in a big park)? I present you John Jaso. The price is nice on this bat, who is in Colorado. Make sure he is in the lineup.
Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves vs. Boston Red Sox ($3,700)
The price on Freeman is criminal. Yeah, we get it, the Braves stink. If I’m fading Coors, Freeman is a must.
Jedd Gyorko, St. Louis Cardinals at Arizona Diamondbacks ($2,700)
Is now the time Jedd Gyorko starts to blossom? Maybe going to St. Louis is just what Gyorko needed. Gyorko almost had the cycle on Sunday. I’ll gladly pay this price for the way he’s been playing.
Neil Walker, New York Mets vs. Cincinnati Reds ($3,500)
The Mets only know how to hit home runs. So, why not roster a guy who has hit six in his last 10? Oh and he faces a Reds pitching staff who only knows how to give up runs.
David Freese, Pittsburgh Pirates at Colorado Rockies ($4,200)
Not a lot to love here at third base tonight. It’s either pay up or punt. While, I love Nolan Arenado tonight, I’ll save the $800 and go to David Freese.
Adonis Garcia, Atlanta Braves vs. Boston Red Sox ($2,900)
Strictly a cheap tournament dart throw but he does have some opportunities with Freddie Freeman batting in front of him. Not viable for cash games, but if you need to make cap space, he provides it and bats fourth.
Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox at Atlanta Braves ($3,400)
Once again, not a lot of shortstops to love here tonight outside of the Coors game. Despite leaving the game early Saturday, Bogaerts did saddle up and play on Sunday. He’s batting .308 over his last 10 games. Since we are paying for pitching, Bogaerts fits our budget.
Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Miami Marlins ($3,400)
Coming off of a great weekend in Colorado, Corey Seager is also a nice pivot away from the Coors guys. The price is ideal as well. We aren’t exactly in love with the park shift, but Seager is a great option.
Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox at Atlanta Braves ($4,600)
Betts has been on fire lately averaging a whopping 17.7 Fantasy points per game over his last four. Once again we are recommending him if you want to fade the Colorado game to differentiate yourself a bit.
Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates ($4,500)
Cargo is a fine option tonight against the Locke-ness Monster. Cargo has come back to reality a bit and didn’t really set the world on fire over the weekend, save for Sunday night, but it’s hard to ignore his upside.
Nomar Mazara, Texas Rangers vs. New York Yankees ($3,500)
Mazara has been playing well recently and tonight he gets fed fastballs from Nate Eovaldi. Texas is a beautiful hitters park and we like pitchers who just throw fastballs!
So the stacking rules have changed a bit on DraftKings and I’m not quite sure if this makes me a sad panda (not like Pablo Sandoval)? We can only stack five hitters vs. six from last year. However, as I mentioned before, the three team requirement is gone.
- Colorado Rockies if you can make pitching work
- Pittsburgh Pirates (see above)
- Boston Red Sox
- Cleveland Indians
Best of luck today and I hope you enjoyed my 2016 Daily Fantasy Baseball picks for Monday, April 25.
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