Today’s slate of games is a little bit different than the usual early/late split. The “early” games include the Red Sox-Nationals game which starts at 6:07 and then all of the 7:00 start times. The rest of the leagues begin at 7:00 and include all of the 7:00 starts as well as the late games. Let’s get to the advice for today’s games.
Shane Greene vs Pittsburgh (FD: 7,900 DK: 5,800)
Greene was excellent in his 2015 and Tiger debut, going eight innings with five strikeouts. Greene now faces a Pirates’ lineup that has struck out more than any other team in baseball. With the Yankees last season Greene showed the ability to rack up the K’s and at his relatively cheap price he could be a solid option to chase K’s. The Pirates’ offense is pretty good despite the high K numbers, so Greene is a risky play but his upside could really pay off.
Kendall Graveman vs Houston (FD: 5,500 DK: 5,100)
Graveman was terrible in his debut getting roughed up by the Rangers to the tune seven earned runs over 3.1 innings. However, he gets an Astros’ offense that has struggled thus far in 2015. Only the Pirates strikeout more than they do. As one of the lowest priced starters on FanDuel facing an offense that has scored the second least runs in baseball, Graveman is a very high upside starter who should bounce back from his rough 2015 debut.
*Obviously Matt Harvey vs the Phillies is a great play if you want to spend the money*
Derek Norris vs Diamondbacks (FD: 2,500 DK: 3,400)
Despite a very good beginning to his career, Diamondback starter Jeremy Hellickson has been extremely average to below average for the past few seasons. He has struggled with the long ball allowing more than one HR/9. Norris has been hitting near the top of the Padres order and as a cheap option hitting near the top of a somewhat talented lineup, Norris is a good play at a position I personally do not like to spend on.
DJ LeMahieu vs Giants (FD: 3,300 DK: 3,400)
LeMahieu has been excellent thus far this season scoring positive points in Fanduel every game he played thus far this season. His value has been driven mostly by his hit totals and although he will not hit over .500 all season, you might as well keeping riding him while he is hot. LeMathieu hits near the bottom of the order so his RBI and R totals have been low thus far. The Rockies’ offense is so potent that as long as he keeps getting hits those numbers should rise.
Steve Pearce vs Yankees (FD: 3,900 DK: 4,000)
CC Sabathia a left-hander is starting for the Yankees on Tuesday and for his career Pearce has mashed left-handed pitching. He has a wRC+ of 136 versus left handers and ISO of .232. Based off these career splits even though he has a slightly elevated price Pearce should be in your lineup as he has the potential to have a huge game.
David Freese vs Rangers (FD: 2,900 DK: 4,000)
Ranger starter Nick Martinez had a very good first outing but he was not very good in 2014. He had an ERA over four and gave up more than one HR/9. Freese is one of the more reasonably priced hitters in the Angels’ lineup and hits near the middle of the order so he could be a good option at third facing a below average starter in a hitters’ ballpark.
Cubs lefties vs Reds
The Cubs face Reds’ starter Anthony DeSclafani who despite a good start to his 2015 season was poor in 2014 with an ERA over six. Lefties massed against him in 2014 with a wOBA of .407. Lefties like Anthony Rizzo, Tommy La Stella, and Chris Coghlan could form a solid stack option.
Athletics lefties vs Houston
The A’s get to face the Astros and their starter Brad Peacock. While righties have also been above average against him, lefties has posted a wOBA of .357. Thus target left handed hitters in the Athletics’ lineup. Paricularly, guys like Ben Zobrist, Stephen Vogt, Ike Davis, and others are all good options for today’s games.