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 an interesting night to say the least. Many of the highly owned plays fell flat, which allowed lineups with some differentiation to run away with things. In our cash games, we pivoted from Corey Seager and his goose egg to Carlos Correa, which basically in itself gave us the win.
With that out of the way, lets move on to the picks:
Danny Salazar – Let me start out by saying this slate of pitching is horrendous. If it wasn’t for the newness of the MLB, I certainly may have sat this one out. If I am going to spend up though, I’ll look for the upside of Salazar. He can certainly come out and get absolutely dominated today, but I think he should have a fair outing.
Alex Wood- After seeing how the Giants were dominant in the opening series against the Brewers, it is tough to advocate a pitcher against them. The Dodgers are not the Brewers though. I think the Giants could find some trouble against the lefty today, and he is a fair bet to post a decent score.
Robert Stephenson – On slates like this, my gut reaction is to just roll out the lowest priced guy, load my lineups up with hitters and cross my fingers. The all-day slate fits that bill pretty well. I don’t think Stephenson has really any kind of big upside, but pitchers against the Phillies can be successful. If he goes 6, 4 K’s, 2 ER and the W, that’s over 30 points, and if your hitters come through, you are in a good spot.
Matt Weiters – Catcher is a tough position to guess around 10 AM, as lineups are not even close to being out. I will update this position throughout the day. Weiters is in a good spot against Phil Hughes if he plays. He is one of the more expensive options, but still a good one.
Devin Mesoraco – On the all-day slate, I may just play whichever Reds catcher is playing against Charlie Morton. Mesoraco has big power upside and is not expensive either. This would be a great way to ensure your catcher will. UPDATE: Jordan Pacheco will be behind the plate today.
Anthony Rizzo – Is there a point in looking elsewhere? Rubby De La Rosa is an east target, and it only intensifies with the fact that Rizzo is off to a good start. I expect him to be both highly owned, and most likely to put up a monster score today.
Carlos Santana – I think Adrian Gonzalez is still in a good spot today, but if you want to go with a guy who is likely to be under owned, Santana is your man. He came through with a dong yesterday, and gets Joe Kelly today, who struggled massively in 2015.
Dee Gordon – I can’t help loving Gordon today against Tanner Roark. He is in a great positions, and should easily slide into a score over 10. I don’t really need to explain the upside of Gordon today to you though.
Starlin Castro – I like the start Castro is having to start the season, and look for him to continue that today against Mike Fiers. I’m guessing the Yankees will be somewhat highly owned after yesterday, and Castro is my favorite of the bunch.
Kris Bryant– I’ve already seen a lot of Machado talk, so that appears to be where the masses will go. I really like Bryant in the same price range tonight against Rubby. I think this Chicago team could certainly put up big numbers and I’ll take the potential lower ownership as well.
Anthony Rendon – If you really want to save, I love Rendon. I liked him yesterday and he really disappointed, but today is a new day, and NEW DAY ROCKS! He should match up well with Adam Conley, and could put up big numbers tonight.
Carlos Correa – With as hot as he is playing, there is no way I am fading him right now. He is looking to join the 20/20 club before the All-Star break, so I am going to continue to roll him out and make sure he is the first guy going into my lineup.
Francisco Lindor – I am a big fan of the Indians today against Joe Kelly, and Lindor is another guy I am looking to target. With both Correa, Seager and Segura in fair matchups, Lindor could go somewhat overlooked, and this is a great spot to buy a little low on him.
Giancarlo Stanton – I like the spot for Stanton today and don’t mind spending up for him, especially on a day where I plan on going dirt cheap at pitcher. With the new scoring on FanDuel we certainly see how important one player can be to your overall success [Story/Cano/Souza/Correa as examples], so I want to have him in a good matchup.
Mike Trout – Trout cannot be happy with his 0-8 start to the season. My guess is that he makes Derek Holland pay. I don’t mind running the Stanton/Trout combo, as it could be a tournament winning strategy.
Yasiel Puig– Puig is playing well to kick off the year, making his buyers in standard leagues very happy in the process. Jake Peavy will be unlikely to stop his hot start, and he is priced reasonably. Don’t pass on him today.
Miguel Sano – Sano is another guy who has struggled immensely to kick off the 2016 campaign, but Ubaldo Jiminez is a guy that could turn that around quickly. Ubaldo has either very good or very bad stuff, so if you catch him on his bad nights, he will reward you. Sano has multi HR upside in this matchup.
Joey Rickard– OK, two days in a row, I get it, but the kid is talented, and while he does make some questionable swings, he seems to do it competently. I don’t think he is a high upside guy, but I have a feeling he is going to come through one of these days with a 2-4, 1 2B, 2R, 2SB type games that put him on more peoples radars.