Welcome to our MLB Daily Fantasy Breakdown! Today, there are several different slates, so I am getting this out early so you have time to play all of them.
Last night was a pretty good night in terms of our picks. While Strasburg didn’t play, both Carrasco and Eickhoff had nice nights. More than that, the Rockies absolutely destroyed, especially Arenado and I had about 30% ownership on all of them which really helped my lineups.
With that out of the way, let’s move on to the picks:
Stephen Strasburg [E] – We were all ready to go yesterday with Strasburg, until he was ruled out ill around 4PM. That ended up working out fine, as the natural pivot to Eickhoff paid off immensely. The Braves are still rather punchless, and Strasburg should be able to handle them easily tonight.
Jason Hammel [L]- I don’t love any of the options on the late slate, but Hammel looks like he has some upside. I think the biggest allure is the win bonus, and I think the Cubs should put up a ton of runs on them.
Vincent Velasquez [E] – I want to keep targeting this matchup as long as it exists, which means Velasquez is square on my radar. I believe he should easily get the victory tonight and will do it at an affordable price.
Buster Posey/Trevor Brown [E] – Posey has been dealing with some foot problems, so it is tough to say if he is going to be game today. Either way, I very much like the matchup for either of them. I am hoping for Brown again, as he is cheaper, but I will take either.
Jason Castro [L] – Castro has a nice string of games going, and he is doing with a low price. More importantly than that, he has nice homerun upside. When he finally does hit, he will probably be relatively low owned, making him a nice play for the price.
Brandon Belt [E] – Belt came through in a big way last night with a late inning jack, and here we are again, in another good spot. His price is much lower than it should be playing at Coors, so why not take advantage of it.
Price Fielder [L] – I certainly think you could go with one of the higher priced options here, but I really like Fielder tonight. His price is very good considering what his upside is, which makes him an appealing play on the late slate.
D.J. LeMahieu [E]– LeMahiue has been probably the most consistent hitter in this lineup. He seems to somehow always get on base. He has some power upside and can also steal bases. That is an excellent combination on a Rockies team that can put up runs without trying.
Jose Altuve [L] – Altuve has been strong in his series against Kansas City, and indications are strong that it should continue into the night. He will probably be highly owned on the late slate, but you don’t want to be without him.
Nolan Arenado [E] – Nolan probably won’t put up 60 points tonight like he did last night, but I think he could definitely have another good outing in him. The matchup is there and the stadium is there, so the opportunity is there.
Matt Carpenter [E] – If you want to save a little on Nolan, Carpenter is in a good position as well. Peralta is known to get lit up, so I really want to have some lefty exposure to him today.
Trevor Story [E] – Story almost hit another home run last night, but it was only a triple. That’s OK, we’ll take it! Today is another opportunity for him to crush the ball, and I think he just might this afternoon.
Corey Seager [L] – Seager is having a nice start to the year, and Story is the only reason he isn’t being talked about more. He is consistent in a position that can be difficult to trust, so he has to stay on your radar tonight.
Carlos Gonzalez [E] – CarGo was a homerun away from a cycle last night in what was otherwise an awesome offensive showing. I think today he will get that homerun and is a guy I want to have in many of my lineups.
Bryce Harper [E] – Harper is in a great position against Tehran who just gives it up to lefties. Harper is one of the best in the game, and while his price is sky high, the opportunity is there today as well.
Jeremy Hazelbaker [E]– Hazelbaker is still just above minimum price. He is facing a righty. He is fast and he has power. He should be in your lineup.
Colby Rasmus [L] – Rasmus is another guy who is rolling to start the year off. I like the position for him tonight, and love his price while hitting cleanup for an offensively strong team.
Billy Hamilton [L]– Hamilton got all of his points in his first at bat, and that is fine. I still like him tonight to get an opportunity to snag some bags. That is very important because of the amount of points you get for them, and he can do it with ease.