Fantasy Baseball Picks: Top Targets, Values for April 15

We have good news and bad news for Sunday’s slate set for 1:05 p.m. ET. The good news is, it’s a huge 11-game slate. The bad news is, almost every game has a threat of rain, making it tough to navigate rosters. I’m making this article as if we don’t have any weather issues, but today is certainly going to take some extra effort to see who plays and who doesn’t. As always, you can get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.

Games with no rain in the forecast:

PIT @ MIA (roof)
OAK @ SEA (roof)

Games that have been postponed:

TOR @ CLE
CWS @ MIN
NYY @ DET – both games
ATL @ CHC
LAA @ KC


Pitcher

Stud

Chris Sale, BOS vs. BAL, $12,400 – Sale headlines the slate as you’d expect, going up against a strikeout-prone Orioles club. Baltimore sports the lowest run total of the slate at 2.9. Sale has been razor sharp in terms of control, having not issued a walk in two straight starts against the Marlins and Yankees. In limited plate appearances against lefties, the Orioles have a 27.7 K%, which ranks seventh in the league.

Other Options – Corey Kluber ($11,600)

Value

Ivan Nova, PIT vs. MIA, $8,800 – The pitching selection is extremely top heavy and has a number of elite options, evidenced by six priced at least $10K. After that, the selection drops off dramatically. Nova is in one of the games that will be played under a roof, thus his start won’t be interrupted. He’ll take on the pesky Marlins club who single pitchers to death, but have a .273 wOBA with a 22.3 K% against righties. Nova is a risky option, but is safe in terms of weather.

Other Options – Ben Lively ($6,000)


Catcher

Stud

Gary Sanchez, NYY vs. DET, $4,300 – One tournament play for today will be going cheap at pitching and loading up on expensive bats. Sanchez would fit that mold in a matchup against LHP Francisco Liriano, who has historically struggled against righties, posting a .374 wOBA with a 33.2% hard-hit rate vs. RHBs last season.

Other Options – Yadier Molina ($3,900), Wilson Ramos ($2,800)


First Base

Stud

Carlos Santana, PHI vs. TB, $4,100 – It makes sense to go cheap at first base today, as so many top options are going up against tough pitchers. Santana makes sense for me against the lefty Ryan Yarbrough. The Rays are implanting today to be a bullpen game, which also works in our favor. Santana had a .335 wOBA against lefties with a .168 ISO last season.

Other Options – Hanley Ramirez ($4,700)

Value

Neil Walker, NYY vs. DET, $3,000 – If Walker lands in the lineup, I’d be very interested in him as a punt play. While he struggled against lefties last year with a .273 wOBA, the year prior he sported a .420 wOBA. In a much better lineup with the Yankees, his opportunities will be more readily available than when he was with the Mets or Brewers last year.

Other Options – Albert Pujols ($3,500)


Second Base

Stud

Ozzie Albies, ATL vs. CHC, $4,400 – Albies has been on fire to start the season, heading into today averaging 12.6 DKFP. He takes on Tyler Chatwood, who has historically struggled against left-handed bats, posting a .360 wOBA with 11 of his 20 home runs allowed.

Other Options – Zack Cozart ($4,500)

Value

Matt Carpenter, STL vs. CIN, $3,500 – I don’t care how good of a start Homer Bailey had last time, I still think he has nothing left in the tank. He’ll take on the Cardinals in Cincy today, a place where he had a .406 wOBA in 41 innings. Lefties here had a .379 wOBA with a 37% hard-hit rate. For all you BvP’ers, Carpenter is 18/33 against Bailey with three doubles.

Other Options – Scooter Gennett ($3,000)


Third Base

Value

Jefry Marte, LAA vs. KC, $2,800 – With Ohtani starting today, Marte should draw into the starting lineup at first base while shifting Albert Pujols to DH. If Marte does, he’ll be a rather popular option for an Angels club tabbed for 4.8 runs today. He takes on the lefty Skoglund, who only pitched 18 innings last year and posted a .441 wOBA against righties. It’s a very small sample size, but you’ll need that salary saving today.

Other Options Kris Bryant ($5,100), Ryan Flaherty ($3,000)


Shortstop

Value

Andrelton Simmons, LAA vs. KC, $3,700 – Simmons is most likely your best cheap option at shortstop. He’s hitting very well to start off the year and is in a potent Angels lineup. He’s been slotted in either the fifth or sixth spot in the lineup, giving him plenty of RBI opportunities.

Other Options – Dansby Swanson ($3,300)


Outfield

Stud

Justin Upton, LAA vs. KC, $4,600 – Always target Upton when he’s up against a left-handed pitcher. Last season, Upton sported a .472 wOBA with a .384 ISO against lefties. Don’t forget, this is one of few games that doesn’t have rain issues, so it should be worth paying the premium.

Other Options – Aaron Judge ($5,400), Ryan Hoskins ($5,000)

Value

Nick Markakis, ATL vs. CHC, ($3,200) – Keep riding Markakis while he’s hot, as he’s scored double-digit fantasy points in both games this series. As I mentioned, Chatwood had his struggles against lefties last season, and Markakis has a prime spot in the Braves lineup.

Other Options – Adam Duvall ($3,100) Jay Bruce ($3,800)


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