There are multiple top flight pitching options tonight, a few underwhelming hurlers we can target, as well as a game in Coors Field. The $5 Super Rally is up to a prize pool of $200,000 tonight, with a top prize of a cool $20K. Let’s get to the good stuff and look over some of my top FanDuel targets!
Clayton Kershaw – LAD vs TEX - $12,300 – Kershaw is clearly the top option tonight, as he will be taking on a watered down Texas Rangers lineup that will lose the designated hitter position (with this game being in a National League park). They are also without Adrian Beltre and Delino DeShields Jr, who are both on the disabled list. Their best remaining healthy hitters (Shin-Soo Choo, Prince Fielder, Joey Gallo and Mitch Moreland) all bat from the left side of the plate. On the season, Kershaw has allowed lefties a miniscule .226/.284/.389 slash line with 22 strikeouts and just one home run in 62 at-bats.
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David Price – DET at CIN - $10,500 – Over his last six games, Price is averaging 16.5 FanDuel points, and while the shift to Great American Ballpark is a disadvantage, it is countered by the pitcher hitting in National League stadiums. With so many top pitching options tonight, there really is no reason not to take someone from the upper tier; otherwise, the risk of being down an insurmountable deficit will just be too much, since it would take a two home run performance just to make up the ground.
Jonathan Lucroy – MIL at KC - $2,700 – Lucroy has fared well against right-handed pitchers, with a solid .355 wOBA and a .802 OPS over his last 600 plate appearances. The Brew Crew will get a DH spot tonight in Kaufmann Stadium, so I expect Lucroy to be in the lineup.
Adam Lind – MIL at KC - $2,600 – Yes, back-to-back recommendations from Milwaukee! This is for good reason however, as the Royals are sending out RHP Joe Blanton from the bullpen to make his first start of the season. This should be a huge bonus for the Brewers hitters.
Wilin Rosario – COL vs HOU - $3,400 – It is surprising that Rosario isn’t a little more expensive today given his success against lefties. Over his last 138 at-bats dating back to the beginning of 2014, he has posted a .404 wOBA and an excellent .283 ISO versus southpaws.
Jimmy Paredes – BAL at PHI - $2,500 – If Kershaw is going to be our targeted pitcher, we need to have a few discounted players. Baltimore will lose the designated hitter spot for this matchup against RHP Kevin Correia in Philadelphia, however, I suspect the hot hitting Paredes will still be in the lineup tonight. If he is out, I will give Scooter Gennett - $2,200 strong consideration, but I will likely limit myself to just two Brewers tonight.
Ben Zobrist – OAK vs SD - $2,900 – In the event that Paredes is out of the lineup or you have a couple hundred dollars in cap space to spare, the Zorilla is an excellent option against RHP Odrisamer Despaigne, who has been getting by with luck over his last few starts. Zobrist has five hits in his last 10 at-bats and looks to be locked in at the plate right now.
Josh Donaldson – TOR vs NYM - $4,700 – He won’t be cheap, however, he has a dream matchup with LHP Jonathon Niese, who has already allowed eight home runs and a .301/.353/.484 slash line to right-handed hitters this season. If you can’t quite stretch your budget to work “Dongaldson” onto your roster, consider his teammate Danny Valencia - $2,600, who is significantly cheaper and a fine option against southpaws in his own right.
Troy Tulowitzki – COL vs HOU - $4,700 – Tulo will be an incredibly popular option tonight with a matchup against a middle-of-the-road LHP in Brett Oberholtzer. Dating back to the beginning of last season, he has compiled a .526 wOBA, .373 ISO and 227 wRC+ against southpaws. The numbers speak for themselves.
If Tulowitzki is too rich for your means, look to Jordy Mercer - $2,400, who should be batting in a favorable lineup position against LHP John “Diggity” Danks. Meanwhile, Ian Desmond - $2,500 draws a favorable matchup with RHP Matt Andriese, while extreme punt play Jimmy Rollins - $2,200 is back to the FanDuel bare minimum price following his recent slump.
Andrew McCutchen - $4,600 and Starling Marte - $4,000 – PIT at CHW – Both of these Pirates outfielders are excellent options, as they’ll be benefiting from a very favorable park shift to US Cellular Field and getting to face a deplorable lefty in John Danks.
Josh Reddick – OAK vs SD - $3,500 – Reddick has once again been outstanding against right-handed pitching, and we would be well served to pick on Odrisamer Despaigne on the road tonight. Teammates Billy Burns - $3,300 and Mark Canha - $3,000 are also solid options if they are in the top half of the batting order.