WATCH: BvP OWNAGE – APRIL 11th
After a pair of afternoon midweek matinees in Detroit and Cleveland, there are ten Major League matchups tonight with plenty of intriguing options for fantasy baseball. Here are the players I think are worthy of consideration on this 20-team Tuesday night:
Cole Hamels – TEX @ LAA – $10,000 – Hamels is the only starting pitcher with a five-figure salary, but he’s clearly the biggest name on the board in the best matchup. He did struggle in his first start of the season allowing four runs (three earned) to the Indians in Texas. Last season, he was 5-2 with a 4.40 ERA at home but was much better on the road going 10-3 with a 2.40 ERA. He’s on the road tonight as the Rangers face the Angels in Anaheim. Last year, Hamels went 1-0 with a 3.71 ERA in three starts against the Angels striking out 14 in 17 innings pitched. He’s typically good early in the season, so he should bounce back tonight.
Other Options – Jameson Taillon ($8,400), Gio Gonzalez ($8,100)
Dylan Bundy – BAL @ BOS – $6,800 – After a rocky spring training, Bundy started his season with a great outing against the Blue Jays allowing just one run on four hits in seven innings while striking out eight. His 31.4 DKFP were more than any other pitcher on tonight’s slate had in their first start. He is in seemingly a tough matchup in Boston tonight, but the Red Sox lineup has been decimated by the flu recently. Even if Boston’s regular lineup is back tonight, they are definitely not firing on all cylinders yet which sets up well for Baltimore’s promising young prospect.
Other Options – J.A. Happ ($8,000), Bartolo Colon ($6,600)
J.T. Realmuto – MIA vs. ATL – $3,500 – Realmuto is one of the few catchers who hits near the top of the batting order which gives him a huge boost to his at-bats and run production. He has started the season with a blistering 9-18 (.500) with a triple, two homers, five runs scored and six RBI. He and the Marlins will face Bartolo Colon in their home opener tonight, and Realmuto has crushed Colon going 9-21 (.420) with four doubles, a homer and a pair of RBI against the NL East veteran.
Other Options – Welington Castillo ($3,800), Brian McCann ($3,100)
Tony Wolters – COL vs. SD – $3,100 – Wolters went 0-2 last night before being lifted for a pinch-hitter, but his replacement Dustin Garneau also went 0-2 with a pair of strikeouts. It was an unusually low-scoring game for Coors Field, but tonight’s should be full of fantasy points with Jered Weaver and his 7.20 ERA on the mound for the Padres.
Other Options – Sandy León ($2,900), Chris Herrmann ($2,600)
Freddie Freeman – ATL @ MIA – $4,400 – The Braves have started the season just 1-5, but Freeman’s bat woke up on Sunday with a huge day as he posted 43 DKFP going 4-5 with a double, two homers, two RBI and three runs scored. He will look to carry over that form to today’s matchup against Dan Straily and the Marlins in Miami. Freeman is 2-3 with a homer against Straily in the past, and Straily comes into tonight’s start with a 13.50 ERA after his first start of the season.
Other Options – Adam Duvall ($3,800), Kendrys Morales ($3,700)
Ryan Zimmerman – WAS vs. STL – $3,400 – Zimmerman has started off the season seemingly intent on putting a disappointing 2016 in the rear view mirror. He has at least 18 DKFP in four of his last six games after going 3-4 last night to raise his average on the year to .400 (8-21). Five of those eight hits have been for extra bases and he even threw in a stolen base last night for good measure in the Nats’ 14-6 win. Tonight, he’ll be back in the middle of the lineup as the Nationals take on Lance Lynn.
Other Options – Brandon Belt ($3,500), Mitch Moreland ($3,300)
Daniel Murphy – WAS vs. STL – $4,500 – Murphy started the year red hot with five straight multi-hit games. His last two games he has slowed a bit going 1-4 and a 1-6. However, he should be back at full speed tonight against Lance Lynn who he has gone 6-17 against in his career with a pair of doubles and three RBI. Murphy will look to extend his season-opening hitting streak to eight games.
Other Options – Dustin Pedroia ($4,100), Dee Gordon ($4,100)
César Hernández – PHI vs. NYM – $3,300 – The Phillies have gotten great work from Hernández at the top of their lineup, and he comes into tonight’s game with a five-game hitting streak. Hernández and the Phillies face Matt Harvey tonight as they look to even their series with the Mets, and Hernández has gone 3-6 with a walk against Harvey in his career.
Other Options – Joe Panik ($3,300), Wilmer Difo ($2,700)
Nolan Arenado – COL vs SD – $5,200 – While he’s an expensive and obvious choice at home against Jered Weaver, Arenado is one of the most productive bats you can grab tonight. After a successful WBC, Arenado has started the season 10-30 (.333) with two homers, six runs scored and four RBI.
Other Options – Kyle Seager ($3,900), Jedd Gyorko ($3,500)
Eugenio Suárez – CIN @ PIT – $3,300 – Suárez has put up double-digit DKFP in three straight games and four of his last five after posting 27 DKFP last night with a homer, three walks and a stolen base. He is in a tough matchup tonight against Jameson Taillon of the Pirates, but his hot bat makes him a good investment under $3.5K.
Other Options – Jake Lamb ($3,300), Yunel Escobar ($3,000)
Asdrúbal Cabrera – NYM @ PHI – $3,800 – Cabrera has been a regular in the second spot in the Mets’ lineup and has started the year 8-28. Last night, he went 1-3 with a double, walk and run scored, but he could be set up for even better things tonight as he faces Clay Buchholz and the Phillies. Cabrera is 6-14 against Buchholz in his career with a double and a pair of home runs.
Other Options – Manny Machado ($5,100), Carlos Correa ($4,500)
Chris Owings – ARI @ SF – $2,900 – Owings has hit safely in six of his first seven games to start the season and has been a key contributor to the D-Backs surprising start to the season. He went 1-4 with a double yesterday, but he was even better on Sunday when he went 3-4 with two runs scored, a home run, and a pair of stolen bases for 32 DKFP. He’ll probably drop back in the order against righty Jeff Samardzija tonight after hitting second last night, but he’s still worth a look since he has managed to go 3-9 against Samardzija in his career.
Other Options – Dansby Swanson ($3,200), Brandon Crawford ($3,200)
Ryan Braun – MIL @ TOR – $4,300 – Braun returned from being a late scratch Saturday with his second homer of the season Sunday against the Cubs. He is flying a little under the radar at this salary but has started 5-20 with six runs scored and four RBI. He also gets a great matchup tonight against J.A. Happ who he has pounded for three home runs and nine RBI as part of his 9-28 (.321) career average with a 1.152 OPS.
Other Options – Bryce Harper ($5,000), Dexter Fowler ($4,300)
Cameron Maybin – LAA vs. TEX – $3,400 – A cheaper alternative with a good history against his opposing starter tonight is Cameron Maybin. After getting Sunday off, he should be back in LF tonight against Cole Hamels. Maybin hit lefties well last year and is 13-35 (.371) with four doubles and a triple against Hamels in his career.
Other Options – Mitch Haniger ($3,400), Yasmany Tomás ($3,200)
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