Welcome to our FanDuel picks for Thursday! We have 12 games to choose from today and Vegas thinks there will be plenty of scoring going on with six games projected at eight or more runs.
The San Diego/Colorado matchup has the highest over/under at 10.5 so it will be in your best interest to try to grab some action from batting practice in Coors Field.
We don’t have much in the way of lefties going today, with Jeff Locke and Chris Sale as the only southpaws, since C.J. Wilson is being moved back a day.
Luckily, we have a lot of other options on FanDuel.com, since there are plenty of questionable pitchers stepping onto the mound Thursday.
We also have a handful of top-tier aces, including Max Scherzer, Masahiro Tanaka, and Chris Sale getting their turn, so it’s a good day to play some Daily Fantasy Baseball!
FanDuel Picks for Thursday, 4/23
Here are today’s FanDuel picks for Thursday, along with their salaries.
Max Scherzer, Washington, $ 11,000
Mad Max is the biggest favorite to get a win today, and a win is huge on FanDuel. At $11,000 he is expensive but gives you the best chance to get innings, strikeouts, and a W to get you well on your way to making money in a cash game.
I also like Scherzer better than Chris Sale and Masahiro Tanaka, the other big name guys going. Sale is awesome, but goes up against Kansas City, a team that refuses to strike out. Tanaka just makes me nervous so far this year and he has to face Detroit’s offensive juggernaut.
Bartolo Colon, N.Y. Mets, $8,600
I can’t believe I’m recommending Andre the Giant’s stunt double but I have to. He’s 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA and 18 K’s in three starts so far this year. I have no choice but to say he’s an option. I don’t know how long this will last but Vegas gives the Mets and Colon the third best odds of winning behind only Scherzer and Sale’s teams.
Michael Wacha, St. Louis, $8,500
Want the ultimate contrarian pick for a tournament? The Cardinals play the Nationals today and Wacha’s team is a big underdog. Picking Wacha could very easily blow up in your face, so you were warned. However, if Scherzer somehow short circuits a good chunk of the tournament field will be at a disadvantage.
Wacha has thrown the ball well so far this season and the Nationals are striking out 23% of the time, second most in baseball. So, there is a slight chance this pick pays off big and puts you way ahead of the field, but only if everything falls into place just right. If you do go down this path, put a couple other lineups in and plan on this being a real long shot to succeed.
Stephen Vogt, Oakland, $3,500
The A’s offense has been better than advertised to start the year and they get Nick Tropeano today. He steps in after being called up from Triple-A to allow C.J. Wilson to be pushed back a day. Vogt has been hitting in the three hole and has a .366 average to date. I think he should be able to exploit this matchup.
Nick Hundley, Colorado, $3,300
Wilin Rosario was optioned to triple-A yesterday putting Hundley in the driver’s seat at the catcher position in Colorado. He probably won’t sustain his early season .310 average but you can use him while he’s hot in the highest scoring game of the day.
Jacob (J.T.) Realmuto, Miami, $2,200
Realmuto appears to have stolen the catcher’s job for the Marlins, although he hasn’t yet stolen a base like I keep hoping. He is batting .300 though and is contributing on offense. I think Miami can generate some runs today and it would make sense that Realmuto is part of this. At this price anything positive is gravy.
Joey Votto, Cincinnati, $4,800
Votto is batting .377 has an OBP of .492, has six home runs, 13 RBI and two stolen bases. Well, we might as well just crown Votto as MVP at this point, Kyle Lohse hasn’t been quite as dominant on his end. He has a 10.34 ERA and has struggled with his command. If you can fit his salary into your lineup, Votto is as close to a sure thing as you will find today.
Chris Davis, Baltimore, $3,500
He’s not going to hit for average, but there’s always the chance he bangs out a couple homers. His splits are not extreme, but he is better over his career against right handed pitching and Drew Hutchison is vulnerable.
Yonder Alonso, San Diego, $3,200
He doesn’t have the power Votto does, but he might not need it in Colorado. Alonso is still hitting .364, and is able to generate some offense. This should be a high scoring affair so when in doubt throw in some Padres or Rockies.
I keep thinking Travis is about to cool off but then he does something impressive. He hit another home run last night to go with a couple RBI and a steal. He’s also consistently hitting out of the two spot in the Jays lineup. I’m going to keep throwing him in until he craps out.
Micah Johnson, Chicago White Sox, $2,600
Johnson has quietly put together a five game hitting streak and has stolen a couple bases in the process. He started out slow and is at the bottom of the Sox order, but he is starting to pick it up.
I still don’t like to take someone batting ninth, but he’s cheap, if you need to save a couple hundred bucks to fit in Votto and Scherzer.
Josh Donaldson, Toronto, $4,500
The bat has awakened for Toronto’s new third baseman and he has been tagging baseballs for the last week or so. If you go expensive at third base Donaldson is hitting just as well as Nolan Arenado, is facing an average pitcher at best, and is $200 cheaper right now.
Cody Asche, Philadelphia, $2,500
Asche has been a little up and down so far, but he’s up again right now. While the Phillies don’t have the best offense out there David Phelps isn’t the best pitcher out there either. Asche is the cheap option with some upside if you are pinching pennies at the hot corner.
I really don’t like that Semien is hitting at the bottom of the lineup in Oakland. However, he’s been hitting the ball hard and should get some of those shots to drop in the coming days. Oakland should be able to put up numbers today, so Semien might be worth a shot at a thin position.
Everth Cabrera, Baltimore, $2,600
I like this pick a lot more if Baltimore bats him in the leadoff or second spot today. The battle of the birds could blow up and I like the idea of having some skin in this game. Cabrera is affordable and could net some positive return if he has Baltimore’s big bats behind him. If he bats ninth, he’s not a terrible play, but I like him less and might just move down to the pick below.
Alexi Amarista, San Diego, $2,200
Shortstop is the easiest position to punt due to the lack of good options after the no brainer all stars at the top. If you punt today, Amarista is the cheapest available and will be in Coors where lots of action is expected. You might just get a couple points at a discount here.
Will Myers, San Diego, $4,000
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You could really take your pick of outfielders on both the Padres and Rockies today. I would advise fitting at least one or two into your lineup if possible. You can trust that Vegas does their research and this is where they think the most runs will be generated. Myers has been hitting well and saves you a little change compared to other options when loading up on this game.
Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado, $3,600
He hasn’t looked great so far, but he’s a career .299 hitter against righties and with a 10.5 over/under I’m willing to throw him in on the chance he wakes his bat up today.
Joc Pederson, LA Dodgers, $3,500
While the ballpark may not be ideal but matching up against Ryan Vogelsong always is.
Joc is hitting right handed pitching much better than lefties so far in his young MLB career as evidenced by his .434 OBP against righties.
Dalton Pompey, Toronto, $3,200
Pompey has turned it on over the last week like much of Toronto’s lineup. With everyone on the Jays seeing the ball well they are going to put up runs against Baltimore.
Good luck in your FanDuel.com lineups Thursday!
Joey Votto Photo Credit: Keith Allison