Daily Fantasy Baseball: DraftKings Value Picks for April 7
Monday's daily fantasy baseball schedule is a bit unusual in that there are four afternoon games (Milwaukee game is rained out) and four night games, creating two relatively short slates with very few options available in each. That's why we post this column though, so you can find some value when it doesn't look like there is any to be found.
Early - Michael Wacha (STL@vs. CIN) - $8400
With 8 starters to choose from, Wacha is on the lower half of the value scale and is far safer than the mercurial Ubaldo Jimenez, for example. There is simply no reason for Wacha to be this much cheaper than the top option on Kings- Tony Cingrani. The two young studs dueled to a draw last week as Wacha held the Reds scoreless and only allowed 5 base runners over 6.2 IP. Now he's pitching at home, where he allowed opponents to hit just .174 and struck out 3.36 batters for every walk. He's more of a ground ball pitcher than a strikeout guy, but you can't ignore the talent and pedigree of a young arm that just led his team to the World Series and will look to continue that moment in St.Louis today.
Late - Corey Kluber (CLE vs. SD) - $7300
It seems that San Diego is the offense to pick on in DFS this season, as the Padres have managed to put up just 12 runs through their first 6 games. Kluber struggled mightily against the Twins in his first start of the year, but finished the second half of 2013 strong and is definitely capable of bouncing back. He seemed to pitch to contact more in the latter half of last season as he went 4-0 and his K/9 ratio decreased slightly, but he's had no problems facing National League opponents. In three 2013 inter-league starts, Kluber struck out 18 batters and walked just one. He allowed just three XB hits (all doubles) in 73 PA, so the light-hitting Padres may not be able to do much damage in Cleveland against one of the Indians' best pitchers tonight.
Batters (Early Slate)
1B/OF Brandon Moss (OAK@ MIN) - $3500
I can't understand why Brandon Moss is priced lower than the rest of the slugging 1B in this league. Granted, he has significantly less power against LHP, but Kevin Correia happens to be a righty that Moss is 3 for 9 against in his career. He has power to all fields and should be anchoring a feisty Athletics' lineup once again today in a ballpark where he's hitting .375 in 10 plate appearances.
SS Yangervis Solarte (NYY vs. BAL) - $3500
Ubaldo Jimenez had an incredible run last year, but I don't know if we're ready to consider the Orioles' signing him to a 4-year deal, $50M deal a great move just yet. He's a typical boom or bust option in fantasy, as he can either fan a ton of batters or implode in a hurry. Regardless, Solarte should find a way to produce as he is 5th in the majors in batting average (.471) and 8th in OBP (.526) on the young season. Jimenez has allowed 6 runs in 13 innings of work in Yankee Stadium, and if the Yanks get to him again, their young phenom should contribute to the damage.
Batters (Late Slate)
C A.J. Pierzynski (BOS vs. TEX) - $3400
Pierzynski has shown absolutely no plate discipline in his first few games for the Red Sox as he swings at pretty much the first strike he sees. That hasn't led to much success at the plate, but things could change for entire Boston offense as they face what could've been the worst starter to ever take the mound on Opening Day. Tanner Scheppers looked hopelessly outmatched when he faced the Phillies a week ago, and facing the Red Sox in Fenway is a much more difficult task. Pierzynski caught the young man last year, so he should know some of his tendencies and will fill in his new teammates. Boston was just shut down by Yovani Gallardo yesterday, so perhaps their bats are "due" to come alive tonight, but either way, it's hard to imagine Scheppers getting the better of his old teammate multiple times.
OF Charlie Blackmon (COL vs. CWS) - $3200
Who is Charlie Blackmon? Aside from being the current MLB leader in BA and the Rockies starting CF, Blackmon is a former Georgia HS legend and a lifetime .304 hitter in the bigs. His 6-hit game on Friday was somewhat of an outlier, but not a fluke, as he followed that up with a 3-hit outing and kept the streak going with a single last night. He's been up and down in the Rockies' system since 2011, yet he rakes against RHP and has a decent matchup against Felipe Paulino at home tonight. Paulino is not the most consistent pitcher, and could run into trouble facing a dangerous Rockies lineup at the elevated Coors Field. If Blackmon can set the table, he may be running around the bases and exceeding his cheap price tag once again.
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