You’re here for the FanDuel picks for Friday, April 22, but let’s first talk about Thursday.
No-hitters have always been something fun to watch or hear about, but over the past couple decades, how we feel about them have slowly changed. When we started playing Fantasy Baseball 20 years or so ago, no-hitters likely meant a slight jump in your Rotisserie standings as your ERA or WHIP dips.
But once Daily Fantasy Baseball started, no-hitters took on a new meaning.
Outside of the fans of the team being no-hit, we have never seen as many “no-hit haters” in the world as we’re seeing now. That’s what was happening Thursday night, when Jake Arrieta threw the second no-hitter of his career against the Reds.
Every DFS player that didn’t play Arrieta was likely hating every inning, every strikeout and every pitch. In the end, Arrieta’s no-hitter put 57 points on the board for FanDuel users that started him, likely making them a winner in their DFS games.
FanDuel Picks for Friday, April 22
Top Starting Pitchers
You have to get a win from your pitcher to compete on FanDuel, and all 30 MLB teams are slated for night games. That means we have 30 pitchers to choose from!
Adam Wainwright, St. Louis at SD ($8,500): Take note of a few struggling aces we have on the docket this evening. From Matt Harvey to Adam Wainwright to Collin McHugh (not really an ace, but still), these guys take on an interesting look for GPP tournaments. They won’t get a ton of ownership, which is good, but they’ve been bad, which is bad. Finally, their salaries haven’t dropped enough compared to their slow start, which makes it tougher to roster them. But of the three, I like Wainwright pitching in Petco Park the best. Something is definitely off with him, but if he can right the ship in San Diego, GPP owners will make some big strides up the standings. Plus, he goes up against Andrew Cashner, whose 8.22 ERA is even worse than Wainwright’s 6.44. The Padres have scored just 26 runs against right-handed pitchers (second-worst in the majors), and their 114 strikeouts vs. RHP ranks fifth-most.
Gio Gonzalez, Washington vs. MIN ($9,000): In 50/50 games, I’ll take G.G., as he faces a Twins lineup that has big problems against left-handed pitching. No team in the majors has fewer runs scored against lefties (six), and the current team in Washington, D.C., has the advantage against the former team in Washington, D.C. (the Twins used to be the Senators!), in this interleague matchup, with no DH, forcing Kyle Gibson to hit.
Cheaper Pick: Aaron Sanchez, Toronto vs. OAK ($6,700)
Top Hitters for Friday, April 22
Here’s my favorite pick at each position for Friday night’s games.
Buster Posey, San Francisco ($3,400): It always seems like a typo when Posey isn’t atop the catcher salary listings, and Friday night, his salary ranks tied with two other catchers for third. He got a day off Thursday, so he’ll be fresh, and RHP Jarred Cosart’s 6.10 ERA scares no one.
Cheaper Pick: Francisco Cervelli, Pittsburgh ($2,700)
Adrian Gonzalez, L.A. Dodgers ($4,200): He’s a left-handed veteran that has heated up recently, facing a rookie right-hander that’s making his season debut coming off an abdomen injury (Jon Gray).
Cheaper Pick: Adam Lind, Seattle ($2,100)
Jonathan Schoop, Baltimore ($2,700): Why pay up for a second baseman with this bargain hanging out in the middle of the barrel. Schoop faces Royals’ RHP Chris Young, who has given up 10 earned runs in his past 8 2/3 innings. Schoop has three homers and Young has given up at least one home run in each outing this year. Schoop is hitless in his past four games, which won’t continue tonight.
Cheaper Pick: Chris Owings, Arizona ($2,100)
Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs ($4,100): Rather than pay an extra $1,000 or so for Nolan Arenado and Josh Donaldson, I’ll take Bryant, who cracked a pair of homers in Arrieta’s no-hitter last night. Bryant faces RHP Jon Moscot, who pitched well in his first start of 2016, but might be troubled after yesterday’s Cub-splosion.
Cheaper Pick: Maikel Franco, Philadelphia ($2,700)
Alcides Escobar, Kansas City ($2,400): His on-base percentage (.271) is painfully low for a leadoff hitter, but he gets plenty of at-bats, which is what you want with the new FanDuel scoring system. He faces Yovani Gallardo, who has given up more than one hit per inning so far this season.
Cheaper Pick: Tim Beckham, Tampa Bay ($2,200)
Bryce Harper, Washington ($5,900): With 30 teams playing tonight, you’re going to find tons of cheap plays, which means you can afford the Scrooge McDuck price on Harper against RHP Kyle Gibson. (“I Heart Harper vs. RHP Forever” is etched on the tree in my front yard.)
Yoenis Cespedes, N.Y. Mets ($2,900): The Cuban stud faces RHP Bud Norris in Atlanta, but you should take note that Cespedes is one of those rare guys with good reverse splits. He’s batting .286 with 5 HR and 13 RBI in 49 at-bats against righties this year.
Odubel Herrera, Philadelphia ($2,900): The only games expected to score more runs tonight are in Colorado and Arizona, with the PHI at MIL game getting an 8.5-O/U line Friday night. Herrera bats second for the Phillies, and he currently leads the majors in pitches per plate appearance (5.03), which causes pitchers problems.
Cheaper Picks: Byron Buxton, Minnesota ($2,200), Coco Crisp, Oakland ($2,300)
Check out the DFS tools over at RotoQL.com, which are a huge help with Daily Fantasy lineup management! Looking forward to seeing you cash in on our FanDuel picks for Friday, April 22.
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