Daily Fantasy GPP Plays for Monday, April 25
April 25, 2016 | Jason Bales
Welcome to Daily Fantasy GPP Plays. This title should be pretty self-explanatory, as this article will focus on a two or three tournament-style pitchers and four or five tournament-style hitters. Instead of looking for consistency, we will be looking for players with very high upside. Do not use any of these recommendations in 50/50 contests, as they will all be very risky. Let’s get down to it!
Ian Kennedy (at LAA, $8,800)
On a normal night of baseball, Ian Kennedy is probably going to be one of the best pitching options on the board, especially pitching against the Los Angeles Angels, who are currently the worst offensive team in the league. Tonight, however, is loaded with great match ups and aces. Madison Bumgarner is facing the San Diego Padres. Noah Syndergaard takes on the Cincinnati Reds. Danny Salazar is ready to strikeout the Minnesota Twins. That leaves Ian Kennedy as a great tournament option, as his low price tag will provide great salary relief for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ stack. He has been great this season, so he can be trusted in all formats.
Rick Porcello (at ATL, $8,100)
Rick Porcello should not be trusted in 50/50 contests. Despite his great fantasy success so far this season, he is allowing a lot of earned runs. His ERA is currently 4.66, but he has a 3-0 record and 24 strikeouts in 21.1 innings pitched. He has over 25 fantasy points in two straight games, even though he has allowed six earned runs through those two games. He has seven or more strikeouts in every game this season, and if he can strikeout the Atlanta Braves at around the same clip, he should have a fantastic night because the Braves will likely not score. He is one of the best tournament options set to take the mound tonight.
Drew Pomeranz (at SF, $6,600)
Drew Pomeranz is very cheap, and that is the only reason he is finding his way onto this list. He will almost definitely get the loss against Madison Bumgarner tonight, so do not count on those points. He does, however, have a 2.04 ERA, 2-1 record, and 25 strikeouts in 17.2 innings pitched. He has yet to score under 20 fantasy points, and in his last game, which was against the Pittsburgh Pirates, he posted slightly under 35 fantasy points. The San Francisco Giants hit the ball well at home, so this is playing with fire, but it could pay off huge if Pomeranz stays hot. Do not use him in 50/50 contests; tournaments only.
Christian Vazquez (at ATL, $2,600)
Christian Vazquez is starting at the catcher position for the Boston Red Sox right now, and he makes for a great tournament option tonight against the Atlanta Braves. The Red Sox will likely score quite a few runs, so Vazquez will have plenty of RBI opportunities. He is not hitting well right now, so do not use him in 50/50 contests, but he does have double-digit fantasy point potential with a very low price tag.
Jed Lowrie (at DET, $2,800)
Jed Lowrie is dealing with a calf injury right now, but he should find his way back into the lineup tonight against the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers are pitching Jordan Zimmerman, who has not allowed a run yet this season, so Lowrie is definitely not a liable option in 50/50 contests. He does, however, have a lot of power for a second basemen, and his price tag is low. Buyer beware! Also, double check his injury status prior to rostering him.
Travis Shaw (at ATL, $2,900)
Travis Shaw is entirely too cheap. He can be used in both 50/50 contests and tournaments tonight against the Atlanta Braves. He has a batting average of .345 with one home run and eight RBIs. In his last four games, he has three games over five fantasy points, and he has not put up a zero in four straight games. Shaw is one of the most consistent players in the league right now, and he also has home run power.
Brandon Crawford (vs SD, $3,200)
After winnings the Silver Slugger award for the shortstop position, Brandon Crawford is off to a dismal start to the 2016 season. He has a batting average of .230 with two home runs and four RBIs. He gets a solid matchup tonight against Drew Pomeranz and the San Diego Padres, so his upside is definitely there. He has a ton of power for a shortstop, and his price tag is low. See a pattern here?
Adam Jones (at TB, $3,500)
Speaking of players with a ton of power and a low price tag, Adam Jones is facing off against the struggling Chris Archer tonight. The Baltimore Orioles are liable to knock Archer around yet again, as they scored six runs in five innings the last time these two met. Archer is clearly dealing with some mechanical issues, so Jones may be able to take advantage of the great matchup. Use him in tournaments only, as his current batting average is .200.