This article aims to help you pin down the best overall plays (and values) for daily fantasy purposes. The following write-ups were constructed earlier in the day, meaning injury information, weather, and lineup cards could alter the fantasy landscape. Checking starting lineups and scanning our MLB Headlines Feed should keep you in the loop.
This article covers the main slate starting at 7:07 ET with six total games.
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Sean Manaea – Oakland (vs Texas)
I also wrote-up Manaea in today’s DRAFT MLB Strategy article, outlining the advantages he has tonight. In summary, the Oakland southpaw has the benefit of playing in a pitcher-friendly park against a Texas team that is predominately left-handed. If Manaea can work around Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus, he should be on his way to another gem – similar to his 7.2 IP, 4 H, 7 K, 1 ER season debut vs the Angels.
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Justin Smoak – Toronto (vs White Sox)
Toronto represents far and away the top projected run-scoring team of this evening slate. Needless to say, they make for a quality stack through all formats while facing the non-imposing likes of White Sox RHP Carson Fulmer – who was very shaky throughout the spring. As a result, Smoak is the top fantasy first baseman of the night, and you’d be wise to make him a priority.
Yangervis Solarte – Toronto (vs White Sox)
Sticking with the Blue Jays’ theme, Yangervis Solarte is a fine mid-range pick at a shallow second base position. The opportunity cost is low here, so stacking another Toronto bat seems like a good idea. On top of that, Solarte is a switch-hitter with some pop who will likely be hitting in the heart of the Jays order tonight.
UPDATE: Solarte is out of the lineup tonight. You can comfortably pivot to his teammate, Devon Travis, who is hitting leadoff for the Jays.
Also Consider: Kolton Wong (punt), Yoan Moncada (tournaments)
Josh Donaldson – Toronto (vs White Sox)
Let’s make it three straight Blue Jays! You had to see this one coming, as Donaldson represents the top overall hitter of this slate. With only six games in the evening set, he doesn’t have much competition for that crown either. There’s enough value on the board (and pitchers aren’t very expensive tonight) to make Donaldson an easy addition to your lineup.
Paul DeJong – St. Louis (@ Milwaukee)
I’m all about the birds tonight, as stacking Blue Jays and Cardinals serves as my primary strategy through all formats. I’ll sprinkle some A’s in there as well. DeJong is a little pricier than we’d like, but he still blends comfortably into a solid lineup in tonight’s slate. DeJong has been tearing the cover off the ball to begin the season, and a matchup against Jhoulys Chacin in hitter-friendly Miller Park should keep him going.
Curtis Granderson – Toronto (vs White Sox)
Curtis Granderson is still nearly minimum salary on FanDuel despite holding a premium lineup spot for the Jays. He broke out last night with a nice 2-5, double, triple, RBI, 2 run, 24.9 FP performance. Perhaps that momentum will spill into another advantageous matchup against the aforementioned-likes of Carson Fulmer.
Milwaukee pitcher Jhoulys Chacin is very hittable, as he proved by allowing seven hits and four earned runs through 3.1 innings in his season-debut at San Diego. The transition to hitter-friendly Miller Park reduces the probability of a bounce-back performance. There’s a decent chance the Cardinals’ potent lineup will jump all over Chacin, which is why Tommy Pham, Marcell Ozuna, and Dexter Fowler (super cheap on FanDuel) are all priorities in my lineups tonight.