Today brings us a fragmented MLB slate, with six afternoon and three evening games. This bargain bin column will cover all players in action. Before we get started, I wanted to point out a potential weather concern in Detroit, with a 80-90% chance of rain in the middle of this contest vs the Twins.
As far as matchups go, there’s to target with teams’ number three and four pitchers taking the bump tonight. John Danks against the red-hot bats of Kansas City looks like a particularly favorable situation to exploit. Danks is a lefty who hemorrhages substantial splits to the opposing hand. That bodes well for guys like Salvador Perez, Lorenzo Cain, Omar Infante, and Alex Rios. You would be wise to target the defending American League champs in this slate.
DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH
Pablo Sandoval – 3B – BOS: (FanDuel Price: $3,000)
Sandoval was our featured player in yesterday’s column, and he delivered (somewhat) with a steady 2-3, 1 RBI performance. I’m going back to the well again today, especially considering this extremely generous price point on FanDuel. Boston is set up in a good situation once again, projected to score 4.06 runs on the day (third highest total).
Sam Fuld – OF – OAK: (FanDuel Price: $2,800)
If you played daily fantasy baseball last season, then you know the Texas rotation is one to target. That sentiment definitely carries over to this season, and the A’s have made good on it in this opening series. I’m expecting that to continue today, as Nick Martinez has the worst splits (.366 wOBA vs lefties) of any pitcher in action today. Target Fuld (likely batting leadoff), Ben Zobrist, Brett Lawrie, Ike Davis, and potentially Stephen Vogt.
Ike Davis – 1B – OAK: (FanDuel Price: $2,900)
Speaking of Davis: I like Ike tonight. As I just mentioned, Martinez has horrible splits vs lefties, and Davis has the power upside (in a nice lineup spot) to cash in on the outstanding matchup. As a matter of fact, I could’ve very easily but Oakland in the introduction as the featured team to target.
Omar Infante – 2B – KC: (FanDuel Price: $2,500)
Infante was highlighted in the opening stanza, and now I’ll tell you why. The lefty, John Danks, is allowing an inflated .353 wOBA against righties over the past three seasons. In addition, there’s a reasonable chance Infante will move up in the lineup (from the 9-hole) while stepping in against a southpaw.
Xander Bogaerts – SS – BOS: (FanDuel Price: $2,800)
I already mentioned the favorable spot for Boston tonight, and Bogaerts could cash in on Buchanon’s .357 wOBA splits against right-handed bats. That’s second worst on the day, behind the aforementioned Nick Martinez. On top of Bogaerts, look towards Sandoval, Pedroia, Ramirez, and Betts for a Boston stack.
Joe Panik – 2B – SF: (FanDuel Price: $2,500)
It remains to be seen whether Panik will return to the lineup after getting the night off. If he does, he’ll likely be batting 2nd for this quality San Francisco offense, having Posey and Pagan backing him up. This creates some solid run scoring (and fantasy point) potential for a high OBP player like Panik.
Anthony Gose – OF – DET: (FanDuel Price: $2,500)
Gose profiles as an excellent play tonight, and he could realistically fall into the “Diamond in the Rough” or “Viable Punt” category. However, the weather in Detroit makes him more of a tournament gamble. Make sure he’s batting leadoff, as he was to the tune of 3-6, double, triple, 3 RBI, and 9.25 total fantasy points yesterday. Even though Kyle Gibson has improved over the past season, this potent Detroit lineup could still get to him.
Oswaldo Arcia – OF – MIN: (FanDuel Price: $3,300)
Arcia always has homerun upside, and that especially holds true against newly acquired Shane Greene. Greene has allowed a hearty .345 wOBA against left-handed bats, which Arcia and teammate Kennys Vargas (1B) could take advantage of.
Freddy Galvis – SS – PHI: (FanDuel Price: $2,400)
Galvis is a shortstop with some “pop”, so definitely keep him on your tournament radar. He’ll likely have a very low ownership percentage, following a rough 0-6 bout to start the season. However, Justin Masterson is allowing .353 wOBA against left-handed bats, creating a reasonable susceptibility for Philadelphia to exploit.