MLB DFS Picks for FanDuel and DraftKings – 4/27/17

Welcome to another edition of ResearchFantasy’s MLB Breakdown. These picks are what I consider to be the best play of the day, relative to their price. One of the most important things we must consider in daily fantasy is how many points a player gets per dollar. It helps us identify value plays to pair with studs that we know will produce in order to maximize our potential points in lineups. I also try to identify plays that can be used in either cash games or tournaments. Typically, when I build my cash games, I am looking for players that have the best floor combined with good upside. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please let us know!

Prices listed are FantasyDraft/FanDuel/DraftKings


Chris Sale (9999/9000/9000) – I’m sorry to say that I’m running up against some things with my full time gig, so analysis is going to be bare bones today. I understand the Yankees look good right now, but Sale is Sale. I like him more than the other top options tonight.

Carlos Martinez (9999/9000/9000) – It’s always tough to know what Martinez you’ll get, but the same can be said about the Blue Jays. After an awful start to the year, they look better, but I’m still not going to go off of Martinez. With that “awesome” comes big strikeout potential, and I think Martinez can benefit from that.

Taijuan Walker (9999/9000/9000) – Risky pick to be sure, but there is upside, because it’s the Padres. Don’t let him near your cash games, but he’s definitely worth a look in tournaments because he’s got some good strikeout upside as well.


Victor Martinez (9999/9000/9000) – Really like the spot tonight for the Tiger lefties against Hisashi Iwakuma. He’s been pretty home run prone, and sans Miguel Cabrera, the Tigers are scrappy.

Alex Avila (9999/9000/9000) – I hate to double dip, which is only an issue on FanDuel, but Alex Avila is a guy I can really see eating Iwakuma alive tonight. He always seems to come through for me when I want to play him. Stats back it up too.


Paul Goldschmidt (9999/9000/9000) – Jered Weaver is incredibly frustrating. He might or not be a good pitcher. We do know, though, that he’s in a bad park. Let’s use that to our advantage and get some exposure to a hot offense.

Brandon Belt (9999/9000/9000) – The Giants are awful right now, but yet here I am. I am a Brandon Belt truther, as evidenced by absurd ownership of him in season long leagues. He hits lefties pretty well, so I’m not afraid to go here against Julio Urias in tournaments.


Cesar Hernandez (9999/9000/9000) – The Phillies are an offense I don’t mind using on most nights, and tonight will be no different. I’d rather take some shots in tournaments more than anything else,  but there’s nothing to be considered about against Edinson Volquez.

Dee Gordon (9999/9000/9000) – Flipping to the other side of this game, I think we could look at Dee Gordon. He’s got upside with some power, as well as a ton of speed. Jeremy Hellickson is a guy I’ll use a lot in tournaments, as he isn’t as bad as he’s made out to be, but there’s still upside in Gordon.


Jake Lamb (9999/9000/9000) – Jake Lamb has been a guy I like to use, but am disappointed as his price climbs. I want to use guys cheap! That still isn’t going to discourage me, and neither will Jered Weaver. Feel free to go at him tonight.

Jedd Gyorko (9999/9000/9000) – I was thoroughly disappointed that I didn’t get to pick on Mat Latos last night, as the Cardinal bats do have some tournament appeal and are cheap. Gyorko has really looked good thus far this year, and does have a ton of power against a home run prone pitcher.


Francisco Lindor (9999/9000/9000) – BE WARNED: I literally cannot get Lindor right. He could be facing a little leaguer and if I played him, he’d go 0-4. Nonetheless, I think we want to get some exposure against Mike Fiers, who is a good bet to get rattled with his .438 wOBA to lefties.

Corey Seager (9999/9000/9000) – Always love going the lefty/lefty route in tournaments, because players often forget that if it’s a poor pitcher on the mound, he won’t be there for long. Moore also hasn’t fared well against lefties, so Seager has that going for him as well.


Michael Brantley (9999/9000/9000) – I will give props to Michael Brantley who has yet to be injured this year. He’s also playing very well. The cost is up there, but he makes a part of a great stack of Indians tonight.

Randall Grichuk (9999/9000/9000) – I think I’m going to be running a pretty high amount of Cards stacks tonight, and Grichuk is one of the guys that has my attention.

Hunter Renfroe (9999/9000/9000) – Even though I do really like Taijuan Walker tonight, we have to prepare for the possibility that he gives up some runs. In the past, home runs have been an issue. That’s not a good problem to have in this park.

Matt Joyce (9999/9000/9000) – Matt Joyce has not been as good as he was in Pittsburgh thus far, but there is still time. If Ricky Nolasco has issues tonight, it could be with a guy like Joyce, who always seems to come through once you have written him off.

Tyler Collins (9999/9000/9000) – The Tigers are another team I think you could look at to stack tonight, and Collins is priced well for the job. His upside isn’t monstrous, but he has enough power to send one over the fence.

Slate Strategy

Admittedly, this will be a day I just stay away from baseball. Neither slate is appealing to me, plus it’s the NFL draft. If you must play, there are clearly some strong options with both Sale and Kluber pitcher, plus some potential low key guys as well like Walker.

The bats are going to largely go in the favor of the Coors game and then likely the Diamondback game. I think even though this doesn’t have a ton of games, you can find some sneaky offenses tonight. Now that I realized, or rather remembered, that this is a small slate day, I am really pissed that I don’t get to pick on Mat Latos.

Top Stacks

St. Louis Cardinals [Diaz/Fowler/Gyorko/Piscotty/Grichuk]

Detroit Tigers [Martinez/Kinsler/Upton/Avila/Collins]


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