Daily Fantasy Advice April 18th

Seeing as it’s a Saturday, the games are spread out rather evenly so both the early and late slate are pretty full. The only game where weather could be a factor is the Oakland/Kansas City game. It is all-in-all a jam-packed day where there should be plenty of chances to win DFS leagues. Here’s my advice for today’s contests.

Pitchers

Carlos Martinez vs Reds (FD: 7,900 DK: 6,800) Martinez was very good in his first start of the season against this same Reds team. Although it can been seen as risky that he is facing the same team again, the Reds have the fifth highest K% among all MLB teams. This bodes extremely well for Martinez when it comes to fantasy as he should be able to rack up the punch-outs. This time the game is in Saint Louis a better pitchers’ park than Cincinnati. This could factor in as the runs Martinez gave up were both on homers.

Chris Heston vs Diamondbacks (FD: 5,000 DK: 5,400) Heston has been really good thus far for the Giants throwing 13 innings with a sub-one ERA in two starts.  The Diamondbacks have a pretty good offense — tied for 7th most runs in the MLB — but anytime teams play in AT&T Park it favors the pitcher.  Heston has the lowest price of all pitchers and for that I think Heston is a good option for owners who do not want to pay for pitching.

Also Consider: Jeff Locke, Kyle Hendricks

Hitters

Yadier Molina vs Reds (FD: 3,000 DK: 3,500) Molina faces a familiar foe in Homer Bailey and the Reds. Bailey is coming back from injury so it should be interesting to see how sharp he will be. Molina has struggled to begin the season a bit but he still is among the best catchers in baseball and with his price as low as it is, he should be consistently used in DFS lineups.

Devon Travis vs Braves (FD: 2,800 DK: 3,300) Travis has a tough matchup in today’s game against Alex Wood, but at his price and how he has been playing he is well worth the risk. Travis moved up to the leadoff spot when Jose Reyes got injured. At the top of a very potent offense Travis should score a ton of runs and is a good bet to score in this one.

Wil Myers vs Cubs (FD: 3,100 DK: 4,100) FanDuel continues to price Myers cheaply and he continues to put up solid games at the plate. In his last ten games Myers has only scored less than two points on FanDuel three times. He is scoring a ton of runs hitting at the top of the Padres order and I expect the same today.

Stacks

Indians vs Twins Phil Hughes is starting for the Twins, and while he was fantastic in 2014 he has been plagued by the long ball basically his entire MLB career. This makes him a good target for owners looking for the long ball and the Indians have a few guys who can hit the long ball. For this reason I like both Brandon Moss and Carlos Santana. Lonnie Chisenhall could be a good play for owners who want to spend money on positions other than third. Jose Ramirez has also gotten off to a good start and has shown some power. The Indians’ lineup features several guys who are cheap and that makes for a very affordable stack.

Nationals vs Phillies Aaron Harang has gotten off to a sensational start in 2015, but the fact of the matter is that his great numbers will not hold up. The Nationals still feature a potent lineup even without Denard Span and Anthony Rendon and should put up big numbers against Harang. Stacking the Nationals is not easy as many of their best hitters are priced highly. Jayson Werth, Michael Taylor, and Wilson Ramos are a few of the Nats who are rather inexpensive.

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