The wait is finally over. The MLB is back and so is daily fantasy baseball. It’s one of my favorite sports to grind through the entire season and my bread and butter is cash games. You want to avoid taking a lot of risks in cash games and you always want to target a pitcher that should be able to pick up a win.
Here are my favorite FanDuel plays at each position for Tuesday’s eight-game slate.
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Zack Greinke: $10,000 (vs. San Diego Padres)
Greinke is the obvious cash game option tonight on FanDuel. He is coming off of a terrific 2014 campaign, where he posted a 2.72 xFIP and a K/9 of 9.2. He was absolutely dominant at home, holding his opponents to a .221 batting average while striking out 111 batters in only 98 innings of work. The MLB Vegas odds have him listed as a -160 favorite against the Padres at home. While the Padres have certainly improved their offense in the offseason, this is still a favorable matchup for Greinke.
Jesse Hahn: $7,600 (vs. Texas Rangers)
If you can’t find a way to fit Greinke in your lineup, Hahn is an appealing option at his price point. He will be making his first start as a member of the A’s, after having a solid 2014 campaign with the Padres. He finished the season with a 3.59 xFIP and a K/9 of 8.6. We typically don’t see pitchers with his strikeout potential at this price point. He draws a favorable matchup tonight against the Rangers, who looked lost at the plate last night against Sonny Gray.
Buster Posey: $4,300 (vs. Rubby De La Rosa)
Posey was quiet in the opener, but he remains an elite catching option tonight against Rubby De La Rosa and the Diamondbacks. Posey is known for his ability to hit left-handed pitching, but he’s no slouch against right-handed pitching either. Last season he finished with a .366 wOBA against righties. De La Rosa is an average major league pitcher and Posey gets a ballpark boost with this game being played in Chase Field.
Adam Lind: $2,800 (vs. Jordan Lyles)
There is no reason not to use Lind tonight in cash games. Regardless of the other options at first base, Lind is grossly underpriced and he also draws one of the best matchups on the board. In terms of a combined wOBA matchup, it doesn’t get much better than this. Lind is facing Jordan Lyles, who gave up a .372 wOBA to left-handed hitters last season. Meanwhile, Lind posted a .410 wOBA against right-handed pitching. At $2,800, he’s the best value on the board tonight.
Ben Zobrist: $3,100 (vs. Colby Lewis)
It didn’t take long for Zobrist to get acclimated to his new surroundings in Oakland. On opening day, he went 2-for-5 with a home run and a double. Zobrist remains an elite play tonight against Colby Lewis, who gave up a .373 wOBA to batters from the left side of the plate last season. Zobrist is a switch-hitter that derives most of his power from the left side. Don’t be afraid to load up on the rest of the A’s bats against Lewis as well.
Evan Longoria: $3,800 (vs. Wei-Yin Chen)
Longoria got off to a quick start this season, hitting a home run off of Chris Tillman in the opener. He has always had great power against left-handed pitching and 2014 was no exception. He finished the season with a .351 wOBA and a .175 ISO against left-handed pitching. Tonight he draws a favorable matchup against Wei-Yin Chen, who gave up a .326 wOBA to batters from the right side of the plate.
Troy Tulowitzki: $4,400 (vs. Matt Garza)
Shortstop is an awfully thin position tonight, but there is one player that really stands out. Tulowitzki is known for his ability to crush left-handed pitching, but he had a .404 wOBA against right-handed pitching last season. Tulowitzki got his season started off right, going 3-for-5 with 2 runs and an RBI. He draws a decent matchup against Matt Garza, who is not an elite strikeout pitcher at this point in his career.
Giancarlo Stanton: $4,900 (vs. Alex Wood)
If you are new to daily fantasy baseball, I will let you in on a little secret: Giancarlo Stanton is one great baseball player. He finished 2014 with a .403 wOBA and the Marlins awarded him with a HUGE contract in the offseason. He has always crushed left-handed pitching and last season was no different, as he posted a .453 wOBA against lefties. Tonight he squares off against Alex Wood, who has a history of challenging batters. Stanton will more than welcome that challenge.
Nelson Cruz: $4,200 (vs. C.J. Wilson)
The Mariners brought in Cruz for many reasons, but one of the most important reasons was his ability to hit left-handed pitching. The Mariners had a left-hand heavy lineup that was in dire need of a right-hand power bat before Cruz came to town. Last season Cruz posted a .416 wOBA against left-handed pitching. Look for a big outing from him tonight against C.J. Wilson, who gave up a .345 wOBA to right-handed hitters last season.
Angel Pagan: $2,900 (vs. Rubby De La Rosa)
Pagan is right behind Adam Lind as the best value play tonight on FanDuel. With Hunter Pence out of the lineup, Pagan is getting a chance to bat third. He didn’t mind batting third last night against the Diamondbacks, going 3-for-4 with 2 doubles and 2 RBIs. Pagan is a switch-hitter that hits well from both sides of the plate. Tonight he faces Rubby De La Rosa, who gave up a .364 wOBA to batters from the left side of the plate.