We have a huge day of baseball here on DraftKings today with a nice eight game slate to start us off. We have PLENTY of players to be targeting in this one, so let’s jump right into it. As always, you can get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
David Price -BOS vs. TOR – $10,500 — I don’t want to go as far as to call this a revenge game. I mean, the Blue Jays were very upfront and said they wouldn’t be able to resign Price. But I will say I’m sure we have a little extra something in Price, pitching against this former team in front of his new home fans. It’s April 16th, so I don’t want to get overly heavy in stats from this year yet, but the Blue Jays do lead the league in strikeouts in the early going with 112. Price owned a dazzling 9.1 K/9 last season with a 1.9 BB/9. Overall, the Blue Jays are struggling a bit offensively, owning a .297 team wOBA, which ranks 20th overall.
Jake Arrieta CHC vs COL – $10,300 — So people look to me as a person who can give advice on their daily roster building. So when I pick the top two priced pitching options, doesn’t really make it look that way. What I love about Arrieta for today, is what he’s been getting on balls hitters are hitting. In his two starts this season, Arrieta has induced 23 ground balls compared to just five fly balls. That’s a crazy difference. He faces a Rockies lineup that is much more intimadting at Coors Field than they are away. They’ve been keeping the strikeouts down thus far, but that could change today with Arrieta and his 9.2 K/9 from last season.
Matt Harvey – NYM vs. CLE – $8,700 — Seeing the name Matt Harvey with a price of $8,700 next to it feels like an instant steal, doesn’t it? Overall, Harvey has not looked good in the early going. In two starts against the Royals and Phillies, Harvey has pitched 11.2 allowing seven runs (six earned) on 14 hits with a 5:4 K:BB ratio. Going against a relatively weak Indians team, who rank 19th in OBP in the early going of 2016 at .304, Harvey could end up being a steal. I have a feeling that many others will feel the same.
Nelson Cruz (OF) – SEA vs NYY – $5,100 — This is basically clockwork for me. Cruz faces a left handed pitcher, Cruz gets inserted into my lineup. Cruz faces CC Sabathia this afternoon, which is about as good as a matchup as I could ask for. Unless you’ve never read anything about DFS ever, Cruz is about as good as it gets when it comes to facing LHP. Last season, he owned a .459 wOBA against them with an ISO of .315. With Sabathia allowing a .370 wOBA against right handed hitters last season, it’s not even worth a fade to be different.
Josh Reddick (OF) – OAK vs KC – $4,000 — Reddick is basically a forgotten man over in Oakland. Unless he starts going on his home run barrage, he’s usually overlooked. He faces off against RHP Chris Young today and his struggles against lefties are well documented. Young owned a .320 wOBA against them last season, compared to his .237 against righties. Reddick checked in with a .356 wOBA against righties and hit 16 of his 20 home runs off of them.
Evan Longoria (3B) – TB vs. CHW – $4,600 — I think Longoria is a bit overpriced if we’re being honest here. But I still love his matchup today against John Danks. Longoria has hit lefties extremely well his entire career and today’s matchup should be no different. With a career .384 wOBA against lefties and .342 last season, Longoria faces Danks with his .353 wOBA against righties last season. Danks gave up 24 home runs last season with 16 of them coming off of a right
Yoenis Cespedes (OF) – NYM vs CLE – $4,700 — He barely saw any of Cleveland pitcher Josh Tomlin in 2015, so we’re going off his 2014 numbers where pitched 114 innings. During that time, Tomlin had an incredible amount of trouble with right handed bats, owning a putrid .370 wOBA against them with seven of his 18 home runs allowed. Cespedes is a right handed killer with his .383 wOBA and .261 ISO. Without really knowing what we’ll get from Tomlin today, Cespedes is a guy were in on regardless.
David Ortiz (1B) – BOS vs. TOR – $4,900 — Ortiz is another guy on this slate that I like overall, but his price tag is a killer. Ortiz has gotten off to a great start, hitting .333 with three home runs, 10 RBIs, and a 1.244 OPS. He faces off against Marco Estrada today at Fenway, a situation he did extremely well in last season. At home against a RHP, Ortiz owned a .439 wOBA with an ISO of .330. Truly, if his price wasn’t as high, I’d rank him higher than he is.
Anthony Rizzo (1B) – CHC vs. COL – $5,400 — You’d think with the price tag they’d be playing in Coors Field. They aren’t they’re in Chicago. Hence why Rizzo is fairly low on this list. He’s been slow to get going so far, but I don’t hate this matchup against Christian Bergman today. Rizzo owned a .384 wOBA against right handed pitchers last season with an ISO of .255. Bergman was great against lefties last year, but this was in a small sample of 60 innings.
Eduardo Escobar (SS) – MIN vs LAA – $2,900 — Anyone who costs under $3,000 and is in a good spot brings tremendous value in my eyes. It helps with balancing your salary cap and you can still get something out of it. Escobar is a switch hitter taking on RHP Jered Weaver. Escobar against righties owned a .318 wOBA with five home runs. Not anything mind blowing, but for the price Escobar will run you, I love it.
Stephen Vogt (1B/C) – OAK vs KC – $3,400 — First and foremost, the split eligibility at catcher and first base is huge. That really gives us a lot of options to construct our roster if we’re trying to fit Vogt in. He faces off against RHP Chris Young, who allowed .320 wOBA against lefties last season. Vogt was much more productive against RHP, owning a .353 wOBA. Cheap money for a good matchup here.
Joe Mauer (1B) – MIN vs LAA – $3,700 — Remember this guy? Mauer has gotten off to a hot start in 2016, hitting .371 with a home run and three RBIs in the early going. He faces off against Jered Weaver, who hasn’t convinced me of anything in his first start of the season. Weaver allowed a .333 wOBA against lefties last season with 12 of his 24 home runs. At $3,700, Mauer should be under owned and overlooked.
Ketel Marte (SS) – SEA vs. NYY – $3,600 — Marte is a decent option to grab some exposure to CC Sabathia with someone who can go overlooked. Marte is a switch hitter who isn’t great agaisnt lefties, but isn’t terrible either. Marte owned a .316 wOBA against lefties with an ISO of .139. As stated earlier, Sabathia has his troubles against righties, with his .370 wOBA in 2015 when facing them.