There are a ton of games on the board for Friday night, and FanDuel is rolling out a lot of big-money contests once again. Here are my favorite picks of the day.
Alex Wood, Atlanta Braves, $8,200 – Yes, Felix Hernandez is a great play today, but the price is extremely high and it wouldn’t be much fun to write him up. Alex Wood is also in play for me today simply based on his opponent. The Phillies appear to have one of the worst offenses in all of baseball for the second consecutive season. Wood has shown signs of excellence in the past couple of seasons and has some decent strikeout upside as well.
Scott Kazmir, Oakland Athletics, $9,100 – Kazmir has gotten off to a hot start in 2015. He stymied this same Astros team over six innings earlier in the season and finished the game with eight strikeouts while picking up the much important win. The Astros continue to strike out at one of the highest clips in all of baseball, so I’m expecting a similar performance tonight in his home ballpark.
Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants, $4,400 – If you decide to go a little bit cheaper at pitcher, Posey is one of the first guys you should slot into your lineup. The Giants hitters will be receiving the best possible park shift in baseball when they travel from AT&T Park (very pitcher friendly) to Coors Field (the most hitter friendly). Posey is a top 10 overall hitting option tonight.
Evan Gattis, Houston Astros, $2,600 – While I do like Kazmir as a pitcher tonight, I don’t mind using Evan Gattis as a boom or bust catcher option at close to the minimum price ($2,600). Gattis will have a prime lineup spot (fourth) against the lefty, and if the Astros have any sort of chance of making some noise against Kazmir, he will likely be involved.
Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox, $4,400 – Abreu is easily a top five hitter on tonight’s slate. He will be at home, which is a very hitter friendly environment, and is facing a lefty. In 2014, Abreu posted a .462 wOBA and a .309 ISO versus LHP, which are both unfathomable numbers. His price of $4,400 is actually a nice value when you consider the matchup.
David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox, $3,600 – Ortiz also has a very favorable matchup today against Miguel Gonzalez. Ortiz was able to produce solid numbers last season against RHP (.364 wOBA, .248 ISO), and the Red Sox hitters will be experiencing a park shift as well when they travel to Baltimore.
Dee Gordon, Miami Marlins, $3,900 – Dee Gordon is a guy that I really like to target when I have the available cap space. Each and every time he gets on base, you have a high probability of receiving two additional points for a steal. His speed provides so many ways to produce a decent number of fantasy points, a very valuable asset.
Alberto Callaspo, Atlanta Braves, $2,200 – Second base is typically a very difficult position to fill, therefore going with a full out punt can make some sense. Callaspo fits the criteria for a solid punt option. He carries the bare minimum FanDuel price of $2,200 and usually lands in a great lineup spot (second). For these reasons, Callaspo is an adequate punt option.
Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays, $3,300 – After an early season slump, Longoria’s price has dropped all the way down to $3,300. While the hitting environment is less than ideal at Tropicana Field, the individual matchup with R.A. Dickey provides some upside. Dickey is pitcher that when his stuff is not sharp, the ball typically goes over the fence. Longoria is a solid price point play tonight.
Pablo Sandoval, Boston Red Sox, $3,200 – At a similar price point to Longoria, Pablo Sandoval is also a fine third base option. Panda will receive the same favorable ballpark shift as Ortiz and will be hitting from his stronger side of the plate (left). In 2014, Sandoval had a .359 wOBA against RHP. The BOS/BAL game has a relatively high over/under of 8.5 as well.
Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies, $5,100 – I’d be remised to not mention Tulowitzki when he’s playing at home against a below average pitcher. Don’t let the early season success of Chris Heston scare you away here. All three of Heston’s starts this season have come at the pitcher friendly AT&T Park. The Rockies currently have the highest team total on the board at five.
Jhonny Peralta, St. Louis Cardinals, $2,800 – The Cardinals hitters will be receiving a positive park shift in their favor tonight when they travel to Milwaukee to take on the Brewers. Peralta typically lands a great lineup spot (fourth or fifth). When you combine that with his decent price of $2,800, Peralta becomes a fine secondary SS option.
Lorenzo Cain, Kansas City Royals, $4,000 – Lorenzo Cain has gotten off to a hot start this season (.382 BA, .470 OBP, five steals) and the Royals hitters will continue to experience a positive ballpark shift in Chicago. Cain will also have the platoon advantage in his favor against a left hander.
Norichika Aoki, San Francisco Giants, $3,600 – As mentioned in the Posey writeup, the Giants will receiving one of the best possible park shifts in their favor tonight when they travel to Coors. Aoki is locked into the leadoff spot for the Giants and provides some stolen base upside as well.
Eric Young, Atlanta Braves, $2,400 – Eric Young is another viable salary relief option. He falls into the same criteria mentioned in the Callaspo writeup (cheap price and good lineup spot). The Braves will also receive a positive ballpark shift when they travel to Citizens Bank Park.