What is up party people? We have finally arrived at that magical day. Opening Day 2019 is upon us. This is one of the most exciting days of the year because it’s a clean slate, everyone starts fresh and everyone is a contender. Hopefully you all feel confident in your teams for season long fantasy, but if you don’t or if you just need even more of that fantasy fix… Strap in, we have a long, wild ride ahead of us. I hope you’re just as excited as I am and don’t forget to join us at Razzball all season to feed your fantasy baseball (and FanDuel) craving. So let’s get to it. Best of luck (not that you need luck when you have Razzball)
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Justin Verlander, SP: $11,400 – If you’re going to go big on Opening Day, you might as well spend up for an ace. The best part of leading off the season is that teams generally tab their best to take the mound. My favorite ace is Verlander, despite his steep price tag. Why, you ask? It’s simple, because stepping into the box are the Tampa Bay Rays. Now obviously, as we haven’t seen any real baseball from most teams anything can happen. But, I don’t expect the Rays to be an offensive juggernaut. Combine that with Verlander’s own talents and an Astros supporting cast that should put up runs and I think you have a recipe for success.
Jameson Taillon, SP: $9,400 – The Irish Whiskey may be may be better known, but today it’s the Canadian pitcher that I’m interested in. Last season he made some impressive strides by adjusting his pitch selection and adding a slider. I think we’re on the verge of seeing a true breakout. You don’t need a chaser with this shot of Jameson.
Luis Castillo, SP: $7,600 – Those of you that followed my DFS musings last season know that I wanted to believe in Castillo. Unfortunately, he often did not deliver the dominant performances that I was hoping for. I’m still a believer in the talent and expect a rebound season. He gets a spot for me today because he also gets to take on the Pirates and I’m not scared of them.
Brad Keller, SP: $6,200 – If you’re hunting for value at pitcher, I believe that Keller is the way to go. He had a strong finish to last season and holds a career ERA just north of 3. He won’t give you the strikeout upside of some other pitchers but this is a favorable matchup against the White Sox. He may not be an ace and the Royals may not provide a ton of run support behind him but if you spend big on bats, give Keller a look.
Buster Posey, C: $2,600 – As a life long Giants fan, I love me some Buster. Catcher is a brutal position but Buster will be back to his usual high average self. He doesn’t have the upside that he used to, but he should give you bankable production that you can count on.
Jorge Alfaro, C: $2,300 – If you feel like gambling a bit with your catcher, I invite you to look at Alfaro for the power potential. Sadly, his RBI numbers probably won’t be there unless the Marlins surprise us all. Hopefully someone can find a way to get on base for him to drive in.
Rhys Hoskins, 1B: $4,000 – Hoskins could end up being the big winner from Harper’s move to Philly. That lineup is strong and Rhys will be sandwiched between Bryce and Realmuto. We’re looking at some serious RBI numbers starting right now.
Ronald Guzman, 1B: $2,300 – Sleeper alert. Grey has pegged him as a bold breakout candidate. That’s good enough for me and it should be for you as well. He can’t get to 30 homers without starting early. Opening day seems like the perfect opportunity to knock one or two out of the park.
Jose Altuve, 2B: $3,700 – By his standards last season was perhaps a bit disappointing. Don’t sleep on him though as much of that was due to injury. Fully healthy he is still an elite option at second base, especially with a full strength supporting cast. He’ll look to kick off another elite season against the Rays.
Rougned Odor, 2B: $3,200 – We’re going after power here, with a sprinkle of speed baked in. In order to get in on Odor we have to get past the stench of recent memory (sorry, couldn’t resist) What you should remember is that he improved his average last season and he’s still only 25. He’s got a prime spot in the lineup and has had a good spring. I think that continues today against the Cubs.
Alex Bregman, 3B: $4,200 – I think we’re looking at one of the next true stars. He certainly has the swagger for it. Baseball needs more charismatic star power. Speaking of power, Bregman has that as well as speed. The elbow issue is behind him, fire him up with full confidence and start the season on the right note.
Travis Shaw, 3B: $3,400 – How is it that Shaw seems to be the forgotten man? Don’t make that mistake and get in on the power. The Brewers lineup should be strong again this season and Shaw will be a big part of that starting today.
Adalberto Mondesi, SS: $3,800 – Speed, speed, speed. He was a terror on the basepaths last season with 32 steals in limited action. Did I mention he also chipped in 14 homers? I always love a dual threat. Get him in your lineup today, most likely the first of many times he will appear in this space.
Fernando Tatis Jr, SS: $2,900 – Opening Day truly is great as we get to see one of the top prospects break camp with the Padres. He’s never played above AA but don’t let that stop you from being bold and firing him up. The Padres have a lot of potential this year and Tatis is the real deal. Go big or go home.
Bryce Harper, OF: $4,400 – The Show’s highest paid player for all of five minutes, Bryce has sky high expectations as he begins Day 1 of… however many days are in 13 years. (It’s 4745, I googled it) Anyhoo, it may be always sunny in Philly but Bryce will have to make it rain with the taters. That’s today’s forecast. Book it.
Juan Soto, OF: $3,700 – Now Bryce Harper has taken his talents to the City of Brotherly Love it’s time for Sexy Dr. Pepper to come in to his own. He took the majors by storm as a teenager last season and I think he’s ready for the spotlight.
Starling Marte, OF: $3,500 – He could be one of the few offensive bright spots for the Pirates this season, but his star could shine bright. He still brings that ever so tantalizing power-speed potential that we all crave. That right there is the sauce you need.
Jesse Winker, OF: $2,700 – Could we be looking at the next Joey Votto? After all, they do play on the same team. Injury cut short a promising season but Winker should be fully recovered and ready to pick up where he left off. Even better, he’s projected to lead off for the Reds. With his on base ability he provides some nice run scoring potential.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
Rain, rain go away. Fortunately there aren’t any games being played in Reno, NV where it is cold and rainy as write this. However, there is a game scheduled in Kansas City between the Royals and White Sox with high probability of precipitation expected. Other than that we should be in good shape weather wise.
Doing Lines In Vegas
Cubs v Rangers is expected to be barn burner, get in if you can. On the flip, Astros v Rays shold be more of a pitchers duel with the line at 6.5. I’d still probably take the over, but mostly on the Astros side.