Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks: Lineup advice for April 9, 2018
It’s a busy Monday in baseball, meaning there are plenty of tricky decisions to be made for your lineup. Who should you spend your budget on?
The first full week of baseball is in the books, and we are starting to get a good idea of who is taking to the season well (Gerrit Cole) and who isn’t (Logan Morrison).
Today sees 13 games, with the Red Sox and Yankees getting the day off before they clash for the first time this season tomorrow, as well as the A’s and Dodgers.
The busiest contests for the day are the 7pm ET ones, which feature ten games to select from, so that is where we will be concentrating our efforts today.
Max Scherzer Vs. Atlanta Braves: $12,600
Scherzer is the cream of the crop today. He has started the season 1-1 with a 1.64 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 11 innings work. Atlanta currently lead the Majors in runs scored and are 25th in strikeouts, but it is early in the season and that trend should not continue.
While Noah Syndergaard and Justin Verlander are slightly cheaper and against less in-form opposition I’m still going with the Cy Young winner and master of the mound Scherzer.
Dylan Bundy Vs. Toronto Blue Jays: $8,700
Bundy is yet to log a win, but he has allowed just one run in 13 innings, struck out 15 hitters and walked just three. He controlled Houston’s impressive lineup last time out and has more than enough to dominate Toronto. If you don’t want to spend on the aces today then Bundy is a very good alternative. The Blue Jays have been strikeout-happy this season, giving a very good chance of a strong points haul for Bundy tonight.
Garrett Richards @ Texas Rangers: $6,700
I’m still riding the Richards bandwagon. His rough first outing was countered by a strong win over the Indians last week, and while he has allowed three homers so far he has also struck out 13 in 10.2 innings.
Richards is still extremely undervalued, and with the Rangers sitting in the middle of the pack offensively this is a good time to cash in on a very good pitcher that is at least $2,000 cheaper than he should be.
Bryce Harper Vs. Atlanta Braves: $5,800
If you are going to pay for an elite hitter today then pay for the best one. Harper has been in ridiculous form so far this season, blasting six homers with a .357/.535/.1.000 slash line. He has hit a homer in each of the last two games, and no pitcher is safe from him.
Trevor Story Vs. San Diego Padres: $4,400
When the Rockies are at home against a pitcher as shaky as Clayton Richard it is wise to get at least one of their hitters in your lineup. Charlie Blackmon ($5,900) and Nolan Arenado ($5,700) leave very little room for error, but Story’s big bat is decent value today.
He is the fourth-most expensive shortstop, but there is little offensive production behind him and he hit his first homers of the season on Friday and Saturday. If this is him getting his eye in and locking on, then bringing him in while at home is going to be highly profitable.
Shohei Ohtani @ Texas Rangers: $4,200
Can you really afford to leave Ohtani out at this point? Listed as an outfielder on DraftKings, the Angels SP/DH has been in remarkable form with three homers, seven RBI, and a .389 batting average.
After pitching last night he could be given the day off from hitting, so if you plan to use him hold off on entering your lineup until he is definitely in. If the Angels do decide to play him though, there is little you can do but plug him in and watch the points rack up.