FanCave Favorites: MLB 4/30/18

As my NBA season comes to an end with the Bucks getting bounced in Game 7 on Saturday, I’ll be turning my full attention to the MLB season, specifically MLB DFS.

Today’s slate is rather unusual, as we have a nice sized slate (10 games), but not-so-nice pitching options across the board. With that being said, pinpointing the best point-per-dollar option at the position is crucial so you can pair him with the best possible stacks.

Below are the plays that I will be constructing my MLB DFS roster on FanDuel around. If you have questions, shoot me a message on Twitter @JMetz34 or better yet, get feedback from ALL of our staff members in our premium Discord chat for as little as $5 per month here.


Pitcher – Eduardo Rodriguez | $7,400

The fact that Rodriguez is my top option for cash games tells you all you need to know about the slate of pitchers tonight, but I think he’d be a strong play even if there were true aces today.

He’s been dominant at home this season, pitching to the tune of a 35.7% K-rate, a 3.09 xFIP and a 26.1% hard-contact percentage. He’s also had some nasty stuff, giving him an elite 14.3% swinging strike %.

When look at the Royals on the opposite side of this match-up, they rank 21st in the league in wOBA (0.312), 19th in ISO (0.144) and have the 9th highest K-rate (25.4%) vs left-handed pitchers this season.

This is by no means a home-run play or even close to uber-safe, but on a slate deprived of reliable pitching options, I have no reason using E-Rod in all formats as my top option.


Core Stack – Milwaukee Brewers Righties

DFS is always more fun when you can justify stacking your home team and tonight they don’t need much explanation.

Brandon Finnegan has been downright BAD this season, sporting a 1.6% K:BB ratio, a 5.78 SIERA and allowing his highest fly-ball rate since 2016 (38.6%).

This is a spot in which I want to target the power-hitting righties that the Brewers will roll out and frankly, they’re not an expensive stack. Ideally, I’m looking at the 1-3-5 stack below:

*2018 numbers vs LHP

  • Lorenzo Cain ($3,900) – 0.538 wOBA / 0.320 ISO / 39.1% HC%
  • Ryan Braun ($3,300) – 0.350 wOBA / 0.320 ISO / 43.5% HC%
  • Jesus Aguilar ($2,800) – 0.515 wOBA / 0.214 ISO / 45.5% HC%

I also don’t mind mixing in Hernan Perez for value, or even throwing Christian Yelich or Travis Shaw in there to attack Finnegan from the left side.

You really cannot go wrong with this stack in cash or GPP formats tonight. Lock them in as my top overall option.

Other stacks to consider: CIN, TAM, WAS (GPP)


Top Bats (One-Offs)

Matt Adams ($2,000) – If you need salary relief, Adams gets the platoon advantage in the heart of a potent lineup against a pitcher who’s struggled mightily over the last two weeks (Taillon).

Hanley Ramirez ($4,000) – In addition to being red hot to open the 2018 campaign, Ramirez is a lifetime 9-19 off of Jason Hammel with 1 home run and a 0.512 wOBA.

Kris Bryant ($4,200) – Owns a career 0.406 wOBA and 0.257 ISO against left-handed pitchers and takes on another one tonight (Kyle Freeland).

Charlie Blackmon ($4,400) – My favorite GPP play, 3-7 career against Lester and also provides speed which we all know is Lester’s kryptonite.

Giancarlo Stanton ($4,600) – If you need any more reason to consider this monster on a nightly basis, he’s a career 9-18 vs Charlie Morton with 2 doubles and 1 home run.

 

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