FanDuel MLB Picks: 4/18
April 18, 2017 | Justin Klein
Good evening, morning or afternoon my fellow fake-baseballers. It’s Monday night and we have a full slate of baseball on tap tomorrow evening (or tonight, depending on when you’re reading this). The fifteen game slate of contests begins at 7:05 EST, so get those lineups locked in post haste, and try not to tinker too much. FanDuel has added the Late Swap feature for 2017; meaning your players aren’t necessarily locked into their respective slots until their game begins. That’s important to know for a number of reasons, but a big added bonus of this feature is having to worry less about guys being scratched late and the dreaded rain-out. Another thing to keep in mind about this feature is that it will certainly impact ownership percentages. Having West coast players in your lineup at the time the Main contests begin will give players the flexibility to change their mind and swap players once play has already begun on the East coast. Good luck!
Before we get into the player selections and analysis, let’s take a quick look at Vegas lines that could be of interest to us – especially if you’re looking to stack a team or two. From a run total standpoint (alternatively, the over/under) line, there are some nice lines. The Orioles at Reds have an O/U of 9 and the Indians at Twins are at 9 O/U with a bunch of other games at 8 and 8.5. As for money line favorites, the biggest ones for the Main contest are the Yankees at -170 and Toronto at -150.
In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for FanDuel on 4/18/17. The DFS lineup picks will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays on FanDuel. Good luck tonight! If you have any questions feel free to ping me on twitter.
Fanduel stack of the day
My favorite stack on Tuesday is the Baltimore Orioles vs RHP Bronson Arroyo. Especially lefties, because over his long career Arroyo has allowed LHH a triple slash of .282/.338/.484. This means that all of the southpaws on the Orioles are in play as well as some reverse platoon split RHH’s as well.
FanDuel DFS Starting Pitchers
Michael Fulmer – P, at TB ($9,100)
Fulmer has not been at his best this season yet he’s still managed a solid 22.2 FPPG. Although he’s been prone to get himself into some early trouble he has done well to get out of it in both starts thus far this season. I wish that I could pay up for Scherzer or Darvish, but instead I’m stuck with the mid-priced Fulmer. I’ll take it though, because it will allow me to pay up for some fantastic bats.
Luis Severino – P, vs CWS ($7,700)
Severino was fantastic in his last outing as he struck out 11 batters and he now has 17 K’s in just 12 IP this season. Moderately priced on Tuesday I like Luis to post solid numbers with a good amount of K’s. After the White Sox were beaten solidly for the Yankee’s eighth win on Monday it’s easy to forecast them another one with Severino taking the bump on Tuesday evening. It’s also easy to see why the Yankees are solid favorites on Tuesday.
FanDuel DFS Infielders
JT Realmuto – C, at SEA ($2,800)
Realmuto has been a force this season as he’s led all regularly starting catchers with an impressive 13.4 FPPG thus far. Priced at just $2,800 I can’t help but roster him. It almost doesn’t matter who he faces at that price. On Tuesday he’ll face Mariners RHP Yovani Gallardo. It’s a tiny sample this season, but JT has managed nine hits in 17 at bats against RHP this season and a third of those hits have gone for extra bases. On the road against RHP JT is hitting.529 with a .353 ISO. Those numbers are certainly not going to last, but it doesn’t hurt to ride him while he’s red hot.
Danny Valencia – 1B, vs MIA ($2,500)
Valencia is facing Wei-Yin Chen on Tuesday at home at Safeco Field. Chen is a LHP and you should know what that means by now in the DFS. If not I’ll kindly explain. In his career against LHP Danny has mashed LHP to the tune of a .320/.373/.498 triple slash and a .178 ISO. At home against LHP those numbers go up to .339/.386/.518 with an ISO of .179. At any price Valencia is a good play, but at a low price he is a great play, so join me and get him into all of your lineups.
Ben Zobrist – 2B, vs MIL ($3,000)
In his career against Jimmy Nelson, the pitcher that he’ll face on Tuesday night, Zorilla has notched four hits in 12 at bats with a HR and five walks. That’s good for an OBP of .556. I know it’s a tiny sample, but I expect more of the same on Tuesday. Ben is moderately priced with a solid floor and a fairly high upside that I simply can’t ignore.
Jake Lamb – 3B, at SD ($3,700)
Lamb has gotten off to a nice start this season and I expect that to continue on Tuesday as he faces off with RHP Jarred Cosart and the Dads at PETCO Park in San Diego. This bodes well for Jake and his owners in the fake game as he’s posted an OPS of .827 and an ISO of .213 against northpaws in his career.
Aledmys Diaz – SS, vs PIT ($3,200)
FanDuel DFS Outfielders
Ryan Braun – OF, at CHI ($4,400)
Ryan Braun faces the LHP Brett Anderson at Wrigley field on Tuesday and that basically makes him an auto play. If you though Nelson Cruz was a slam DFS play than Ryan Braun is a windmill jam from the free throw line. In his career he’s embarrassed southpaws to the tune of a .336/405/.625 triple slash with a .289 ISO. Oh, and in his career at Wrigley Field (over 66 games played and no this is not even counting his HR tonight) Brauny has posted an incredible .342/.359/.583 triple slash line. When it comes to platoon splits it doesn’t get much more obvious than this.
Nelson Cruz – OF, vs MIA ($3,700)
Nelson Cruz will join Danny Valencia in the quest to destroy LHP on Tuesday as his platoon splits should be well known to even the most inexperienced of DFS players. In his his career Nelson has laughed his way to a .299/.375/.561 triple slash with a .262 ISO. That’s a number that’s more fit to be an area code then an ISO for a 36 year old outfielder. At home vs LHP those numbers go up to a silly good .326/.393/.598 with an ISO of .273. Yowza!
Scott Van Slyke – OF, vs COL ($2,300)