Sure, you’re probably deeply involved with what’s going on after the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, with two more rounds coming tonight. But while you’re watching the draft, how about filling out a couple lineups, using our FanDuel picks for Friday, April 29?
In late April, you have baseball, NBA and NHL Playoffs and that’s about it (outside of some NASCAR and golf).
We’re one month into the baseball regular season and we’ve already had some really nice surprises (Dexter Fowler, Aledmys Diaz and Kenta Maeda to name a few) and a couple big early busts (lookin’ at you, Chris Archer and Adam Wainwright).
But for some players, they’ve had a chance to work out the kinks from the start of the season. Maybe it’s learning their role on this year’s team, or getting back into shape after a lingering injury hampered them in spring.
So join a FanDuel game, make sure it’s a single-entry tournament for your best chances, and check out these 32 Daily Fantasy Baseball tips when you’re done here.
FanDuel Picks for Friday, April 29
Top Starting Pitchers
There’s just one afternoon game on Friday, so there will be 28 MLB pitchers to choose from on FanDuel for the night games. We like!
Masahiro Tanaka, N.Y. Yankees at Boston ($9,500): He’s pitching well lately, going seven innings, not walking a lot of players and keeping the game in hand for his bullpen. He’ll face off against Henry Owens, and Vegas had this game as a pick ‘em, initially, but the line has moved in favor of Tanaka.
Longest active streaks of consective starts with 5+ IP:
A.J. Griffin 32
Garret Richards 27
Masahiro Tanaka 27
— Kazuto Yamazaki (@Kazuto_Yamazaki) April 27, 2016
Adam Conley, Miami at Milwaukee ($6,400): In GPP play, Conley looks like a solid gamble against a Brewers team that’s currently batting under .200 against left-handers this season. He has allowed four earned runs in his past couple starts, but he also has at least eight strikeouts in two of his past three outings.
Cheaper Pick: Aaron Sanchez, Toronto vs. TB ($7,100)
Top Hitters for Friday, April 29
Here’s my favorite pick at each position for Friday night’s games.
Yan Gomes, Cleveland at Philadelphia ($2,800): If you don’t want to pay up for a catcher (who does?), then going with Gomes is a good idea, as he faces a lefty, in a great hitter’s park, and he has two homers in his past five games.
Other Cheap Pick: Stephen Vogt, Oakland ($2,800)
Lucas Duda, N.Y. Mets ($3,300): His bad numbers against left-handers is depressing his salary even against right-handers, like Friday’s game against Jake Peavy, who has given up four earned runs in three of four starts this month.
Cheaper Pick: Joey Votto, Cincinnati ($3,200)
Robinson Cano, Seattle vs. Kansas City ($3,900): I’m usually not a fan of paying up for second baseman, but this is a nice matchup for Cano against RHP Kris Medlen and his 6.00 ERA. Cano has started the season super strong, with eight homers, and two of those came in the past few days.
Cheaper Pick: Jonathan Schoop, Baltimore ($2,200)
— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) April 27, 2016
Todd Frazier, Chicago White Sox at Baltimore ($3,900): Frazier’s reverse splits are stupendous right now, and he faces a great matchup against Mike Wright on the road Friday night. Wright has allowed an average of four earned runs in each start this season.
Cheaper Pick: David Wright, N.Y. Mets ($2,900)
Francisco Lindor, Cleveland at Philadelphia ($3,500): Just one home run on the season so far, but he gets a stellar matchup against a rookie lefty in Adam Morgan in a great hitter’s park. Lindor is batting over .400 against lefties so far.
Cheaper Pick: Jose Iglesias, Detroit ($2,300)
#Indians Francisco Lindor is batting .355/.405/.542 over his last 315 PA. He has 19 2B, 4 3B, 8 HR, & 13 SB in 71 games during that span.
— Ace of MLB Stats (@theaceofspaeder) April 24, 2016
Bryce Harper, Washington ($5,700): I don’t mind paying up for Harper – against right-handed pitchers specifically – on days when there are a ton of games going on. That means there are plenty of cheap outfielders to use to offset Harper’s price.
Kevin Pillar, Toronto at Tampa Bay ($2,700): Still just a great price for a speedy guy in the Blue Jays lineup against a left-hander.
Anthony Gose, Detroit ($2,200): I feel like Gose doesn’t get enough credit for his play. While it’s true, he has just one multi-hit game in his past 10 outings, he gets plenty of at-bats while Cameron Maybin’s hamstring heals.
Cheaper Picks: Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati ($2,300), Adam Jones, Baltimore ($2,500)
Looking forward to seeing you cash in on our FanDuel picks for Friday, April 29!
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