Another Saturday is upon us, and like so many days this season we have a split slate for our Daily Fantasy Baseball picks. Although I enjoy the split days for playing and breaking up contests it is more work to plan and prepare for both slates.
Either way, we have plenty of games to choose from and as always matchups to exploit to keep us in the green in our bankroll.
If you are in to player projections, lineup builders and other cool tools, you should be checking out rotoQL. I tend to use these on days when I am crunched for time, and I have to admit this tool is fast, easy and I look forward to seeing how it does. Just be aware and use some of the tools I provide you as usual with the weather and daily lineup cards.
Stay tuned for updates on all things such as weather prior to first pitch tonight here.
You should also monitor starting lineups, which thankfully are typically submitted well before the games. Many lineup sites also include weather forecasts as well.
Daily Fantasy Baseball: Picks for Saturday, April 23rd
Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees vs Tampa Bay Rays (EARLY SLATE)
Tanaka will be a top play for me today. Corey Kluber is the other option but I am leaning towards Tanaka due to price point today.
DraftKings: $10,800 FanDuel: $9,500
JA Happ, Toronto Blue Jays vs Oakland Athletics (EARLY SLATE)
Happ has been average but when he gets in a groove he is able to get K’s and pitch late in to games. On the early slate he is my value pick pitcher with the highest ceiling.
DraftKings: $7,400 FanDuel: $7,700
Steven Matz, New York Mets @ Atlanta Braves
Matz and the Mets should be in a splendid position to win this game. Anything can happen of course but having Matz as my starter or one of them is a certainty.
DraftKings: $8,700 FanDuel: $8,300
Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners @ Los Angeles Angels
I can’t see Felix having a terrible outing here today, but if you don’t need or want to spend up there are plenty of affordable options too on the night slate.
DraftKings: $10,600 FanDuel: $11,000
Mitch Moreland, Texas Rangers @ Chicago White Sox (Rodon)(EARLY SLATE)
Moreland put up a big ol’ goose egg last night so I am looking for a bounce back today.
DraftKings: $3,200 FanDuel: $3,300 (Outfield only on FanDuel)
Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers @ Colorado Rockies (Chatwood)
Holy cow do I love this matchup tonight. It is between Rizzo and Gonzalez for me and I am leaning Gonzalez for ownership and cost.
DraftKings: $5,300 FanDuel: $4,200
Daniel Murphy, Washington Nationals vs Minnesota Twins (Hughes) EARLY SLATE
You guys had to know I couldn’t keep him out of my posts for too long right. Murphy is my top choice at second base today if you are able to afford him. If he doesn’t play give Stephen Drew a shot as his replacement.
DraftKings: $4,600 FanDuel: $3,500
Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners @ Los Angeles Angels (Santiago)
Cano is a safe and expensive play tonight. I am mixing him in for sure in lineups I use some lower cost pitching. Want a cheaper play? Try Neil Walker
DraftKings: $4,400 FanDuel: $3,800
Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers @ Chicago White Sox (Rodon) EARLY SLATE
Beltre has been hot and he faces the lefty Rodon today. Let’s see if the timeless wonder can capitalize on a mistake or two…or three.
DraftKings: $4,400 FanDuel: $3,900
Mike Moustakas, Kansas City Royals vs Baltimore Orioles (Wilson)
Lefty vs righty, great cost and unestablished pitcher on the mound? SIGN ME UP!!
DraftKings: $3,900 FanDuel: $3,700
Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox @ Housston Astros (Fiers) EARLY SLATE
Xander is listed as day to day so it is critical to monitor lineups and be sure he is playing. If he is I am locked and loaded and ready to use him today against Fiers.
DraftKings: $3,600 FanDuel: $4,100
Jordy Mercer, Pittsburgh Pirates @ Arizona Diamondbacks (de la Rosa)
Mercer is affordable and is averaging just under 9 fantasy points a game. Not a bad idea to use him if you need to save some moolah.
DraftKings: $2,900 FanDuel: $2,600
Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals vs Minnesota Twins (Hughes) EARLY SLATE
Harper went for one four last night, but his one hit was a home run. Harper will cost you but so far this year he has been worth every penny. Hughes can make mistakes and Harper should pounce.
DraftKings: $5,400 FanDuel: $5,900
Adam Eaton, Chicago White Sox vs Texas Rangers (Lewis) EARLY SLATE
Eaton is able to fill up stat sheets like Mookie Betts but is a little bit cheaper so I will be using this and his plus matchup today to my advantage. If I can’t afford Harper I may actually pair Betts with Eaton.
DraftKings: $4,200 FanDuel: $2,900
Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies vs Los Angeles Dodgers (Maeda)
Gonzalez is not at home, but he is facing a right-handed pitcher in Maeda and I have an inkling he will be able to meet value tonight.
DraftKings: $5,100 FanDuel: $4,200
Domingo Santana, Milwaukee Brewers vs Philadelphia Phillies (Morton)
A value play who can do some damage tonight. Probably my riskiest pick for tonight but I like to live dangerously.
DraftKings: $3,400 FanDuel: $2,800
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He is a die-hard Minnesota sports fan, and equally as extreme when it comes to Fantasy Sports. When Chris isn't participating in Fantasy Sports, he is writing about them at SoCalledFantasyExperts.com, FakePigskin.com and FakeTeams.com. He also enjoys reading, spending time with his family and music -- but is commonly known as a music snob. He has a degree in Child Development, but is not working in the field, but in Supply Chain currently.
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