Welcome to our MLB Daily Fantasy Breakdown! Today, most of the games fall in the evening, so that is what we will focus on.
Last night was an exciting night for the sport. The Giants/Diamondbacks game offered some late night fireworks, and both Fernandez and Syndergaard had tremendous outings. Hector Santiago surprised a lot of people here because he was just dominant against the punchless White Sox. Tonight should be a fun night as well, with a huge slate lying ahead.
With that out of the way, let’s move on to the picks:
Francisco Liriano – Liriano is always a fun pitcher to target, because you never know what you’ll get from him. He was outright dominant in his first start of the year, and then less than stellar against Cincinnati. Today, he gets the Padres in their home park. Liriano has nice strikeout upside, and also plays better on the road. The Padres are, well, the Padres, and they aren’t very good.
Vincent Velasquez- I think a lot of people will see the score he put up last time and gravitate to Velasquez, but he is a good pitcher in a great matchup. The Mets have not been very consistent, and this could be a nice time to target them. Velasquez will likely be highly owned tonight, but is still a solid option.
Logan Verrett – On the flip side of the game, we have Verrett pitching for the Mets. The Phillies aren’t quite as bad as the Padres, but they are still worth targeting. He is very cheap, and should be a nice secondary pitcher on sites with two pitchers. Either way, he lets you stack some bats up and gives you a good shot at a nice score.
Yasmani Grandal – Grandal is coming off the DL on fire. He is capable of a tournament winning performance at a position that is less than stellar at points. Julio Tehran hasn’t exactly set the world on fire with his work, especially against lefties, making Grandal a player I want to target heavily tonight.
Buster Posey – There is a lot to like about San Francisco today, and Posey is one of them. First, he is much too cheap on DraftKings tonight, which makes him just about an auto play. Second, Robbie Ray isn’t stopping anyone, and that should give Posey a great opportunity to put up a nice score.
Edwin Encarnacion – Edwin is not exactly the best cash game play, but his upside in tournaments is undeniable. Tonight, he gets Mike Wright who has really struggled in his short time in the major leagues. I expect the Blue Jays to mash him and E2 should certainly be one of the top plays tonight.
Adrian Gonzalez – Sticking with the Grandal theme, I like Gonzalez here against Tehran. Gonzalez should be able to pick Tehran apart, and it is likely that he should get some nice RBI opportunities, and can threaten for a home run on any night.
Jose Altuve– Altuve has been a guy that I love targeting, and he is as hot as anyone in baseball right now. I cannot imagine Derek Holland doing anything to slow him down tonight, and while he may not hit a home run, he should be able to contribute to a big night for Houston.
Rougned Odor – Odor gets Scott Feldman tonight, and it is a matchup he should be able to have a high degree of success in. I don’t like that he normally bats late in the lineup, but he has really nice upside either way. I expect this to be one of the highest scoring games tonight, so you’ll want to grab a piece of Odor.
Eugenio Suarez – Suarez is in a good position tonight against the other de la Rosa. He can hit the ball hard, and de la Rosa is a guy who is known to give up big hits and is generally not very good. The Reds didn’t look great yesterday, but I think they will be fine today.
Adonis Garcia– Garcia is an absolute tournament only play. He has hit left handed pitching well in his career. He has not really put up a big game yet in 2016, and I’m not saying he will tonight, but he could be a low owned option with some power upside.
Corey Seager – Here is another left handed bat against Tehran tonight. Seager has started the year off well, and he should continue to hit from the two slot which gives him the likelihood of an extra at bat.
Elvis Andrus – Andrus has quietly been having a very nice year, and I don’t see any reason for that to stop tonight. Yes, he does hit lower in the lineup, but he should contribute in some way to help your lineup tonight.
Jose Bautista – I really like the Jays tonight, and I’m sure everyone else does too. Bautista should easily be able to dominate this matchup with Wright tonight. I’m expecting a dong tonight out of Bautista.
Carlos Gonzalez – Though the Reds have once again changed the starting pitcher from Alfredo Simon to Robert Stephenson, I still like CarGo. He was more quiet than expected last night, but I really expect him to have a nice night this evening. He will be high owned, so if he does go off, and you don’t have him, you’ll be playing from far behind.
David Peralta– Lamb had a big night last night, and I do still think he is in play at third base. I am liking Peralta as well playing behind Paul Goldschmidt. Goldie takes a lot of walks, which should give Peralta a lot of opportunity to drive in runs. Also, he has not hit a homerun yet this year. Look for that to change soon.
Corey Dickerson – The Rays had a few nice games in a row since being shut down by Chris Sale, and I think that can continue against Joe Kelly tonight. Dickerson is well known for eating bad right-handers alive. Tonight should be one of those nights.
Nomar Mazara– Mazara is still cheap on some sites despite his upside. I really like this game a lot tonight and would not be surprised if he ends up well over 10 points. Homerun and base stealing upside at an affordable price? I’ll take it all day.