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Daily Fantasy Baseball: FanDuel Strategy and Picks for 4/15, Wednesday

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What could be better on Jackie Robinson Day than to use our FanDuel strategy and picks for 4/15, Wednesday, to build up your bankroll with a hump day win!?!

What could be better on Tax Day than to win some extra dough on FanDuel with a winning lineup!?!

We’re 10 days into the Major League Baseball season, and we’re starting to learn more and more about this year’s version of all 30 baseball teams.

For Daily Fantasy Baseball sites, like FanDuel and DraftKings, they’re player salaries are starting to normalize. The start of the season is like a big tidal wave of information, and now that wave has calmed a bit and the high watermarks (bad prices and values) are coming back down and low watermarks (great prices and values) are rising back up as the water settles.

That’s deep, bro.

Starting Pitcher Rankings: FanDuel Picks for 4/15, Wednesday

With four afternoon MLB games, we’re going to focus our attention on the night games that start at 7pm ET or later.

Rank Starting Pitcher, Matchup FD Price
1 Drew Pomeranz LHP, OAK at HOU $6,800
2 Edinson Volquez RHP, KC at MIN $8,900
3 Mark Buehrle LHP, TOR vs. TB $7,700
4 Francisco Liriano LHP, PIT vs. DET $8,200
5 Lance Lynn RHP, STL vs. MIL $8,700
6 Alfredo Simon RHP, DET at PIT $6,900
7 Brett Anderson LHP, LAD vs. SEA $6,300
8 Taijuan Walker RHP, SEA at LAD $7,200
9 Tyler Matzek LHP, COL at SF $5,800
10 Jonathan Niese LHP, NYM vs. PHI $7,800
11 Tim Lincecum RHP, SF vs. COL $6,900
12 Bud Norris RHP, BAL vs. NYY $7,500
13 Jerome Williams  RHP, PHI at NYM $6,400
14 Wily Peralta RHP, MIL at STL $7,500
15 Collin McHugh RHP, HOU vs. OAK $8,300
16 Travis Wood LHP, CHC vs. CIN $5,900
17 Nathan Eovaldi RHP, NYY at BAL $7,500
18 Brandon Morrow RHP, SD vs. ARI $6,600
19 Chase Anderson RHP, ARI at SD $6,500
20 Erasmo Ramirez RHP, TB at TOR $5,000
21 Jason Marquis RHP, CIN at CHC $5,500
22 Kyle Gibson RHP, MIN vs. KC $6,100

Interesting Notes About Today’s Starting Pitchers

Here are a few things that stand out to me about the above list of SPs, and why you should or shouldn’t consider using some of these players.

  • You LOVE days like this, where there is no true superstar ace taking the hill in any game. This gives the non-sharks a much better chance at a big tournament win. There’s so much more variance here, you can really do some damage.
  • There seems to be an inordinate amount of left-handed pitchers starting today, especially for the late games. Of the 11 games (22 starters), there are seven lefties toeing the mound. Depending on the matchups, obviously, that could spell big days for right-handed power hitters.

Weather Notes

It’s an absolutely beautiful day across the country, and there are no games with a 50-percent chance of precipitation (or higher). There isn’t even a game with more than a 10-percent chance of rain today!

FanDuel Picks for Wednesday, 4/15

I’ll try to give you a regular choice (mid and expensive), with a bargain option as well, for each position. As always, check the team’s lineups as you get closer – a great spot to do that is on MLBStartingNine.com.

Starting Pitchers

Drew Pomeranz, Oakland at HOU, $6,800

The Astros have scored just three runs against left-handed pitchers, with a brutal .190 batting average this season. Sure, it’s a super-small sample size, but Houston is a free-swinging bunch, and their biggest threats, Jose Altuve (reigning 2014 batting champ) and George Springer are batting .257 and .133 respectively this year. They haven’t found their strokes yet, making Pomeranz a great low-priced value.

Edinson Volquez, Kansas City at MIN, $8,900

It’s tough seeing someone like Volquez at the top of the salary chart on FanDuel today, but the Twins have the lowest batting average (.198) and slugging percentage (.278) against right-handed pitching in the majors. Volquez might just be a sneaky tournament play, considering most of the other competitors will scramble for lower-priced pitchers. Also, figure in that the Royals hitters lead the league with a .412 OBP and a .563 slugging percentage against RHPs, and this is as close to a sure win as you can hope for in DFS.

Mark Buehrle, Toronto vs. TB, $7,700

FanDuel only allows for one starting pitcher in your Daily lineup. One of the most important things you need out of your starting pitcher on FanDuel is a win. A win on FanDuel scores you four points – which is how many points are deducted if your pitcher gives up four earned runs. On other sites, the discrepancy is much smaller between earned runs and wins, like with DraftKings, where a win gets you four points, but four earned runs takes away eight points. With that in mind, Vegas likes lefty Buehrle the most against the Rays’ young lineup, with a money-line of -157.

Catchers

Salvador Perez, Kansas City ($3,800)

The Royals are hitting so well right now, and Perez’s 54 RBI ranks fourth among RH-hitting catchers vs. RHP last season.

Jason Castro, Houston ($2,900)

While Castro hit just .211 against right-handers last season, he did provide some power (12 HR, 44 RBI). While I’m still a huge fan of Pomeranz today, I also like Castro as a cheap backstop option.

First Basemen

Adrian Gonzalez, L.A. Dodgers ($5,000)

A-Gon is seeing the ball well, and not only is he one of the hottest hitters this season, but he also led all LH 1B against RHP in RBI (86) last season.

Adam Lind, Milwaukee ($3,700)

Lind has reached base safely in every game this season, and he led all left-handed 1B against RHP last season, with a .354 batting average.

Second Basemen

Howie Kendrick, L.A. Dodgers ($3,200)

No right-handed second basemen had more RBI last season against RHP than Kendrick’s 58.

Joe Panik, San Francisco ($2,500)

With very good reverse splits, Panik (a left-handed hitter) smacked around LHP to the tune of a league-leading .373 batting average in 83 at-bats last season.

Shortstops

Jimmy Rollins, L.A. Dodgers ($3,700)

Rollins is enjoying life in L.A., and he enjoyed life against RHPs last season, with 14 HR and 41 RBI in 386 at-bats. He also stole 19 bases against righties last year.

Alexi Amarista, San Diego ($2,200)

He’s the cheapest you can get, and while he only has one RBI this season, Amarista did hit well against right-handers last season, with 5 HR, 34 RBI with 6 SB in 318 at-bats.

Third Basemen

Nolan Arenado, Colorado ($4,200)

The Rockies burgeoning superstar hit right-handed pitchers well last season, with a .278 batting average and 44 RBI.

Cody Asche, Philadelphia ($2,500)

He’s batting .429 on the young season – and he actually hit better against lefties last year (.268) than he did against right-handers (.248).

Outfielders

Jose Bautista, Toronto ($4,300)

It’s understandable that DFS owners feel somewhat burned by Tuesday’s effort from the Blue Jays against the Rays, but they get another shot Wednesday against a subpar pitcher. Joey Bats had the fourth-most RBI as a righty vs. RHP last season.

Matt Kemp, L.A. Dodgers ($3,700)

Kemp hasn’t homered yet for the Padres, but that fact has kept his FanDuel salary pretty low – 21 outfielders have higher salaries for April 15. He hit .295 with 19 HR and 63 RBI in 393 Abs against RHP last season.

Rajai Davis, Detroit ($3,300)

Sure, Liriano can be a tough pitcher, and FanDuel likes him as the most-expensive pitcher today. But Davis has speed to spare, and only nine other pitchers allowed more stolen bases last year than Liriano’s 19. (FanDuel rewards two points for SBs, and DraftKings rewards 5 pts.)

Good luck with your 4/15, Wednesday, FanDuel Daily Fantasy Baseball lineup!

Rajai Davis Photo Credit: Tom Hagerty

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