A dispersed slate today sees the busiest contest slot start early, at just 12:35pm ET with the Pirates hosting the Tigers and the Braves playing in Cincinnati. While there are just a handful of games to choose from there are plenty of avenues to the pay window for players that are willing to take some risks. So who should be in your lineup today?
Noah Syndergaard @ St. Louis Cardinals ($11,600)
Thor hasn't picked up a win since April 9, but he has been racking up points despite that. With 39 strikeouts in 27.1 innings he is always a threat to hit double-digits and he is the clear ace tonight.
The Cardinals are no pushovers at the plate, ranking 11th in the Majors in runs scored, but Syndergaard has already hung ten K's on them on Opening Day.
Sean Newcomb @ Cincinnati Reds ($8,700)
He may not look like it, but Newcomb is the third-most expensive starter in this contest slot. The reason being that the Reds offense is not good. Their slump may have been busted earlier in the week when they beat up on other Braves starters, but They are still playing incredibly poorly, with an MLB-worst 5-19 record. Newcomb isn't great, but this matchup is too good to worry about that.
Michael Fulmer @ Pittsburgh Pirates ($6,900)
The young righty has been a solid option ever since he broke into the Majors in 2016. He comes into today with a 3.47 ERA, and while he is far from a strikeout god, his ability to control games and keep the ball in the park makes him a very nice buy-low option for today.
Paul Goldschmidt @ Philadelphia Phillies ($5,200)
If you are going to splash out on a star hitter today my pick would be Goldschmidt. Ben Lively is on the mound today for the Phillies along with his 4.64 ERA and 1.55 WHIP. There are hits a plenty to be had for Goldschmidt, who has struggled with strikeouts to start the year. He will come good though, and when he does watch out.
Starling Marte Vs. Detroit Tigers ($4,300)
Marte has found his rhythm now. Just two weeks ago he was hitting .234, that is now up to .280. The extra base hits are yet to fully arrive, but he has also been active on the base paths, giving him a very healthy 9.9 fantasy points per game, far better than his price tag today.
Miguel Andujar Vs. Minnesota Twins ($3,900)
Andujar has been on a tear of late, picking up six doubles and three homers in his last seven games. The Yankees third baseman is set to see plenty of playing time with Gleyber Torres patrolling second base too. Ride the hot streak.