Greetings Gamers! There is a split slate of games today, so these FanDuel recommendations will be focusing on the player pool for the eight games beginning at 7:10 PM ET.
Felix Hernandez – SEA at TEX - $11,100 – King Felix has been holding court through the first four games of the season with a 3-0 record and a 1.61 ERA (with 32 strikeouts and a stellar .175 batting average against) through his first 28 innings. Current Texas hitters have been stymied by him to the tune of .235/.316/.341 and just 22 extra base hits in 328 at-bats. Hernadez is easily the top option on the late-game set.
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Mike Zunino – SEA at TEX - $2,200 – If we are going to pay a King’s Ransom for Felix, then some savings will need to be found too. Looking to his battery-mate, Mike Zunino, is a decent option. Big Z does have some decent pop in his bat when he makes contact, and he is serviceable against left-handed pitchers, especially ones like Wandy Rodrigue, who is probably not quite a MLB-caliber hurler anymore.
Matt Adams – STL vs PHI - $2,700 – At this price point, it is very easy for me to plug Matt Adams, aka Big City, in all of my MLB lineups. RHP Aaron Harang still has a little tread left on his tires, however, he gets knocked around by lefties. Adams posted a .367 wOBA and .854 OPS in lefty/righty matchups last season and has excellent power potential.
Daniel Murphy – NYM at MIA - $3,100 – Murphy is continually overlooked by daily fantasy gamers, which makes him a great differentiation play. He has been very successful over the last few seasons in lefty/right matchups, as highlighted by last season’s .332 wOBA and .749 OPS.
Matt Carpenter – STL vs PHI - $4,000 – A fun note: Carpenter has hits in 16 of the 19 games he has played in this season, and in the other three he actually got on base via a walk. That is quite a streak, and it makes him an excellent option since he very rarely gets zero or negative points. Over his last three seasons, RHP Aaron Harang has been susceptible to lefties, allowing a .271/.341/.427 triple slash line.
Erick Aybar – LAA at OAK - $2,200 – With the Angels facing RHP Jesse Hahn this evening, you can target several of their left-handed hitters. One guy I have been on all season is Erick Aybar. Now, I will admit I am being a bit stubborn, as he hasn’t really been rewarding his daily fantasy backers, however, it is a long season and I think he is about to take off. Furthermore, at the FanDuel minimum salary, there is not a lot of downside to this investment - even the most expensive hitters in the perfect matchup can and will go 0-for-4 quite regularly.
Corey Dickerson – COL at AZ - $4,600 – While he is certainly not cheap, he is an ELITE hitter when facing RHPs. Plus, Chase Field is often called Coors Light, as it is one of the most hitter-friendly ballparks not located in the Rocky Mountains. Last season Dickerson really broke onto the scene against right-handed pitching with a .328/.415/.547 triple slash line, which is just downright absurd. If you can squeeze in an expensive hitter on your roster with King Felix, this is the guy I would target.
Nelson Cruz – SEA at TEX - $4,900 – The hottest hitter in baseball against a weak southpaw in his old stomping grounds in Texas? Yeah, sign me up.
Matt Joyce – LAA at OAK - $2,200 – Joyce is an excellent discount option to target when he is facing a mediocre RHP like Jesse Hahn. Though he will likely be batting seventh, he is a bargain at the minimum price today. In 2014 he was solid in lefty/right matchups, with a .337 wOBA and .758 OPS.
Jason Heyward $2,800 and Jon Jay $2,300, STL vs. PHI – Again, Aaron Harang is a pitcher to pick on. Last night Jay actually was batting leadoff, and if he reprises that role again tonight, he will be in all of my lineups across the board. Jason Heyward is fitting in with his new team nicely and was outstanding against RHPs last season, with a .363 wOBA and .820 OPS.