Hello and welcome to another wonderful Wednesday slate on FanDuel. With so many options today, I struggled at first attempting to narrow it down for you beautiful people. After thinking long and hard I finally decided my GPP stack of the day is going to be Oakland. I’ll go into which guys to stack a little later, but I’m first going to start with the star of every lineup of mine today…drum roll please: Ryon Healy at $3,000 (yes thats how he spells Ryan…). I love this guy today. He should hit towards the middle of the lineup and is against a LHP I’ve watched quite a bit in Hector Santiago. RHBs are hitting well over .300 against him and Healy is hitting almost .400 against LHP…this is a receipt for success. He won’t be popular with Goldy and Rizzo having good match ups. Throw in some Josh Phegley at $2,500 if he’s in there along with Khris Davis at $3,700 and you have a recipe for success.
Now onto the picks…
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Jameson Taillon, SP: $8,100 – I will tell you right now he isn’t my first choice and I’ll probably use my second guy a lot more, but I do like Taillon today. He’s still one of the best young arms in the game and has great stuff; he’ll be facing a Reds lineup that isn’t all that scary besides Votto. Taillon will probably be less owned as well which is another reason to play him if you’re looking for a one.
Julio Urias, SP: $7,400 – Now this is the guy I will be probably go all in on, if not all in at least 85% of my lineups. There’s a few reasons I like him today; I think urias matches up well against a struggling Giants team. Vegas also loves him (7.5 over/under and a big ML.) Stream-O-Nator also likes him a lot. Finally, his price is just too nice to pass up! Play with confidence and ride him to the money line today.
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B: $4,600/Anthony Rizzo, 1B: $4,300 – I put them together because they really aren’t that different. They are two of the best 1Bs in baseball right now and they both have very easy match ups. They’re priced very similar as well and I also think they’ll be very chalky. This is why I like Healy so much at 1B today. I think he puts up similar numbers for a $1,000+ discount and less ownership.
Jose Peraza, 2B: $2,600 – I’m not a fan of them moving him down in the order, but he’s still a talented player with a great speed game. He is a cheap option that will help you spend up on the chalky OF plays if you want. He also has multi steal speed that always comes in handy for GPPs. Finally Taillon has been very wild to start the year, he always had good control in the minors. That control really isnt translating right now, if you aren’t using him you need to take advantage.
Ben Zobrist, 2B: $3,000 – This is kind of boring and you don’t get super excited to put Zobrist in your lineup but when a player has Schwarber, Bryant, and Rizzo hitting in front of them, you need to take notice. For the price hes a great play, even if you aren’t stacking the Cubs. Helps that he’s going up against a average SP in Eickhoff and one of the worst bullpens in the majors.
Evan Longoria, 3B: $2,900 -Probably the second easiest pick for me tonight (Healy being the first.) He should be back from his foot injury today and he gets to face off against one of the trashiest LHPers in baseball. Adam Conley is AWFUL, I’m shocked he still pitches in the majors honestly. Don’t overthink this and no need to go elsewhere; play the hitter who destroys LHP and thank me later.
Chris Owings, SS: $3,300 – This is another platoon play. Owings hits LHP well and Gio sucks at getting RHP out. Owings has also been one of the hottest SS in baseball over the last month (4th best.) He should bat in front of Goldschmidt as well which always helps.
AJ Pollock, OF: $4,000 – Another Diamondback I think has a good day, Pollock is having a great start to his season. He’s hitting for gap power (doubles) and stealing bases at an amazing clip. I’m a huge fan of Pollock and have been for some time. I love him at the top of this lineup. He’s again facing a trashy LHP who isn’t great at holding runners on base, take advantage.
Billy Hamilton, OF: $3,400 – I’m trying to not sound like a broken record but I’ve already explained why I like him for GPPs. The difference is Taillon has been wild to start the year. So he’ll either be wild again or give Hamilton some good pitches to hit. Either way I like it and you should, too.
Kyle Schwarber, OF: $3,100 – This is another plug n play today. You’re getting the Cubs lead off hitter at a pretty BIG discount. That isn’t the only reason to play him, though, as he can also hit a homerun at any moment.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
Let me first start the weather out with the game in St Louis. Its looking like another rainy day and probably a PPD. Even if it plays, it’ll be a very wet game with heavy winds blowing in. The wind is gonna play a big factor in New York. It’s already hitter friendly with the short wall in right field. The wind just helps out even more.
Doing Lines In Vegas
The two lines that stand out to me are the Cubs and Dodgers. Arrieta is very expensive, but he’s a big favorite in a very winnable game. Already told you how much I like Urias today, this just pushes me even more on him. I’ll probably be all in on him tomorrow. The third big line is Houston over Texas, doubt I use Charlie Morton because I think Texas can knock him around. I’d steer clear, but cant fault you if you decide to play Morton because of the line. As far as over/under go, nothing really stands out. One 9 over/under game and one 7.5 over/under. Other than that, everything is either 8 or 8 1/2. This is a wash to me and I wont look too much into it unless the line begins to move in the Yankees/Blue Jays match up.