We have a full slate of games on tap tonight, with all 30 MLB teams in action. Even though this is a full slate, there aren’t many aces that are pitching, which means we could see a very high-scoring night in daily fantasy baseball. Here are my favorite FanDuel cash game targets at each position.
Stephen Strasburg: $9,500 (vs. Miami Marlins)
Strasburg is coming off one of his better starts of the season. He outpitched Matt Harvey in Citi Field, striking out seven batters in 5.1 innings of work. Through his first five starts, he has posted a 3.45 SIERA with a K/9 of 9.2. The strikeout numbers are down a bit, but a matchup against the Marlins should help. Miami strikes out at the eighth-highest rate of any team against right-handed pitching this season. Strasburg is also pitching at home at Nationals Park, where he has had great splits throughout his career.
Vogt hit a grand slam in the first inning against the Twins last night. While it’s hard to expect a repeat performance, he draws a terrific matchup against Trevor May tonight. May is coming off of a 2014 campaign in which he gave up a .393 wOBA to batters that hit from the left side of the plate. Vogt has been red-hot to start the season, posting a .477 wOBA and a .317 ISO against right-handed pitching.
Gonzalez is the ultimate cash game play. While technically every hitter has a floor of zero fantasy points, Gonzalez is one of the most consistent players in baseball. He is off to a quick start this season, posting a .512 wOBA and a .416 ISO against right-handed pitching. He draws a favorable matchup against Matt Garza, who is not the same pitcher that he once was. He also gets to face him in the hitter-friendly Miller Park, which ranks in the top ten in run production.
Altuve may be expensive, but he’s as reliable of a second baseman as you are going to find in daily fantasy baseball, especially when there is a left-handed pitcher on the mound. Altuve currently boasts a .533 wOBA and a .161 ISO. He’s also one of the fastest players in baseball that can steal a base at any time. He draws a favorable matchup against Wandy Rodriguez, who gave up a .463 wOBA to right-handed hitters last season.
Freese is one of those players that we specifically target when the handedness matchup is in his favor. He doesn’t hit right-handed pitching that well, but he has terrific power against left-handed pitching. This season he has a .598 wOBA against southpaws. He draws a favorable matchup against a young, left-handed pitcher in James Paxton, who is off to a slow start this season.
Tulowitzki may be priced well above the other options at shortstop, but that’s because he is head and shoulders above them in potential fantasy production. Tulowitzki is always in play when the Rockies are playing in Coors Field. Last season, he posted a .530 wOBA at home. He also posted a .404 wOBA against right-handed pitching. The Rockies have the highest team total on the board tonight and Tulowitzki is primed for a big fantasy outing.
Dickerson has everything that we are looking for in DFS. He has good power against right-handed pitching (.419 wOBA in 2014), he draws a favorable matchup against Josh Collmenter, and he is playing in the best hitter’s venue in all of baseball. As mentioned above, the Rockies are the top team to target offensively tonight. Don't be afraid to employ a Rockies’ stack or mini-stack tonight, even in cash games.
If Reddick were on NBA Jam, he would be “On Fire!” Over his last ten games, he has racked up 15 hits, 15 RBIs, and 12 runs. He has a .498 wOBA and a .290 ISO against right-handed pitching this season and he draws a favorable matchup against Trevor May, who gave up a .393 wOBA to left-handed hitters last season.
Raburn is always in play when the Indians are facing a left-handed pitcher. He’s not an everyday player, which keeps his price very affordable on FanDuel. He should bat in the heart of the order tonight against Jason Vargas, who has given up a .358 wOBA to right-handed hitters this season. Meanwhile, Raburn has posted a .508 wOBA and a .268 ISO against southpaws.