Today is the day that DFS’ers and daily lineup setters alike have been waiting for – the first series of the year at Coors Field. In case you’re not familiar, Coors is the ultimate hitter’s park and the best run scoring environment imaginable. On FanDuel, literally every hitter in either the Padres or Rockies lineup is in play. That makes Tommy Pham (3,800) and Trent Grisham ($3,300) top targets at their prices. And if someone like Matt Kemp ($2,800) makes his way into the lineup, he’s worth playing too. Coors hitters are a popular strategy, but it’s for good reason, so expect plenty of production from a Padres or Rockies stack.
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Yu Darvish, SP: $9,100 –Darvish had a rough start in his first time out, allowing three earned runs in just four innings, although it’s encouraging that he struck out five with no walks. Regardless, there’s no reason to panic over one start, and this is a perfect opportunity for Darvish to bounce back against a weak Pirates lineup. Pittsburgh has been the worst offense in the league against right-handed pitching this year with a pathetic .226 wOBA and a 27.9% K-rate.
Sean Manaea, SP: $7,500– Manaea is the cheaper and lower upside version of Darvish. He’s also coming off of a poor first start but gets a Mariners lineup that has just a .247 wOBA versus lefties through the first week of the season. We can only hope that other fantasy players are scared off by the first time through the rotation, as it will make Manaea’s start even more valuable.
Jose Abreu, C/1B: $3,100 – It’s surprising to see Abreu at such an affordable price batting third for the White Sox, as they’ve built a really strong lineup around him which will result in lots of run and RBI opportunities. Abreu feasts on lefties, as last year he posted an absurd 168 wRC+ against southpaws. He’s facing a lefty making his MLB debut in Kris Bubic, which is a mouthwatering spot for Abreu and a White Sox stack.
Jurickson Profar, 2B: $3,000 – Basically every position can be filled by a Coors hitter, as I mentioned above. So this will be the last mention of any Padres or Rockies hitter, but just know that they should be projected among the top contributors at every spot in your FanDuel lineup. Profar is a particularly cheap example at a weak second base position
Kris Bryant, 3B: $3,400 – Batting in the leadoff spot is fantastic for Bryant’s value, as he can add an additional plate appearance late in the game and will see many chances to score runs. The Cubs should do plenty of damage against Pirates starter Trevor Williams, who is one of the weakest starters on the slate after posting a 5.12 FIP last year.
Francisco Lindor, SS: $3,300 – Lindor went deep for his second home run of the season on Thursday. He’s in a hitter-friendly park and feels like a no-brainer at this price.
Yoshi Tsutsugo, OF: $2,800– Tsutsugo is a power flier to look at in GPP contests. He bats cleanup for the Rays and is in a great spot against Alex Cobb in Baltimore, which is one of the best hitter’s parks in the league.
Michael Brantley, OF: $3,400 – Brantley is the type of player who is super boring in yearly roto leagues but can be quite valuable in daily formats, as he gets on base a lot in the middle of a stacked lineup. Brantley is off to an extremely hot start, batting .435.
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