DraftKings & FanDuel MLB DFS Lineups & Picks for April 3, 2018

Written By Chris Meaney on April 3, 2018
MLB DFS

DraftKings & FanDuel MLB DFS Lineups & Picks for April 3, 2018

14 games around the diamond as only the Pittsburgh Pirates and Minnesota Twins are left off the MLB DFS slate for Tuesday, 4/3/18. Weather is extremely important at this time of the season, and lineups are constantly changing. Make sure you keep an eye on both, but check back here for updates.

Below is a list of our top MLB DFS pitchers, hitters, and stacks to target in Cash and GPP lineups on DraftKings and FanDuel. The info below can also be used for creating your daily fantasy baseball strategy at FantasyDraft.

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Best MLB DFS Pitchers for April 3, 2018

Chris Sale @ MIA ($12.9 DK / $11.5 FD)

Chris Sale will put a huge dent in your wallet, but he’s by far the best option on the board today, even with Clayton Kershaw scheduled to take the hill. The matchup is easier as is the environment for Sale. Miami has created most of their offense so far by drawing walks and Sale has had a sub 2 walks per nine over the last three seasons.

Jordan Montgomery vs. TB ($8.3 DK / $7.3 FD)

The Rays ranked 26th in wOBA vs. LHP last season (.303), and their 25.9 K% against southpaws was the worst mark in the game. It’s only early, but things are looking very similar in 2018 as they are hitting .128 through 50 plate appearances against LHP. The average is the third worst, and their 28.0 K-rate ranks eighth. Overall, they are striking out 25.7 percent of the time, and have the third worst AVG (.190) totalling only nine runs through four games. Jordan Montgomery had 17 strikeouts over 13.1 innings against Tampa Bay last season.

Kyle Freeland @ SD ($8.2 DK / $5.6 FD)

Kyle Freeland has had two good strikeout showings in his career: 9K over 8.1 IP vs CWS & 7K over 5.1 IP vs MIL. He doesn’t strike many out, but he has done it before, and he has a good shot tonight to rack a few up. San Diego has a 30 K% against LHP over 36 plate appearances so far, and last year they had the third worst mark (24.9 K%). They also had a league-worst .292 wOBA against left handers. The Rockies should have their way with Tyson Ross and if Freeland can just get to the sixth maybe he can get you a win as well. All of that to go along with his price makes him appealing, especially on FanDuel.

Others to consider: Clayton Kershaw, Justin Verlander, Zack Godley, A.J. Cole, Jakob Junis

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Best MLB DFS hitters for April 3, 2018

Jose Abreu @ TOR ($4.4 DK / $3.9 FD)

Jose Abreu mashed left-handed pitching last season (.356 AVG, .428 wOBA & 10 HR) and J.A. Happ’s only mistakes in his first start of the season was to someone who also mashed LHP. OK, Abreu is not quite Giancarlo Stanton, but he has shown a strong average against lefties over his career (.304). Avisail Garcia – who has been hitting in front of Abreu – had a league-best .424 average against lefties in 2017.

Andrew McCutchen vs. SEA ($3.4 DK / $2.5 FD)

The Giants have scored two runs in four contests and have been shutout in back-to-back games. Andrew McCutchen has one hit and it came in the first game, so him and the entire Giants roster should be low owned in tournaments. McCutchen was tied for sixth with 11 home runs off lefties last season, and his .462 wOBA ranked fifth. Even further, he’s a career .317 hitter against LHP. Marco Gonzales has not impressed over his short time in the bigs walking 33 batters over 77.1 innings with an 80 contact percentage. This may be the time McCutchen breaks out.

Hanley Ramirez @ MIA ($3.5 DK / $2.8 FD)

The middle of the Red Sox lineup has been strong to start 2018 and that includes Hanley Ramirez. He has two multi-hit games, stolen bases in back-to-back games, and is fresh off a home run last night in Miami. Jose Urena struggled in his first outing as he walked four batters and gave up five runs on six hits (two home runs). Urena allowed a lot of free passes last season (3.39 BB/9) and had an 81.9 contact percentage, the 10th highest among qualified arms. The Red Sox are a strong stack, and a couple of their bats are affordable.

Khris Davis vs. TEX ($4.6 DK / $3.3 FD)

Cole Hamels’ ground ball rate and velocity continues to decline and it’s concerning. His 2018 velocity is at 86.1 mph compared to 89.5 mph last season. Frangraphs says his four-seam velocity never fell below 91.3 mph last season and it was at 89.4 in his first outing. It’s still early, but Hamels is coming off a career low 6.39 K/9 and 4.66 xFIP. His velocity took a big time hit last season, and it looks like it may ben ever worse this year. Khris Davis has 40 plus home runs in back-to-back seasons and he had seven dingers off lefties in 2017. He enters tonight’s game with three extra base hits including a home run.

Kole Calhoun vs. CLE ($3.9 DK / $3.0 FD)

Josh Tomlin has all the tools to make you want to stack against him: His 36.2 hard hit percentage would of ranked seventh if he had a few more innings last season. He doesn’t strike anybody out and he has career 83 contact percentage. The one thing Tomlin does well is limit walks, but he’s allowed 59 home runs over his last two seasons (tied for 5th most). Mike Trout and Justin Upton are your obvious power hitters and Zack Cozart is off to a great start, but Kole Calhoun is in a good spot in the lineup (fifth), and may get a few RBI opportunities.

Others to consider: Bryce Harper, Charlie Blackmon (leads MLB with 4 HR), Adam Eaton (leads MLB in runs), Rhys Hoskins (FD value), Zack Cozart, Eduardo Nunez (hitting leadoff), Brandon Drury, Yangervis Solarte (likely hitting cleanup vs. fly ball pitcher)

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MLB DFS Stacks to Consider for April 3, 2018

Red Sox @ Jose Urena (Marlins)
Rockies @ Tyson Ross (Padres)
Astros vs. Mike Wright Jr. (Orioles)
Angels vs. Josh Tomlin (Indians)
Nationals @ Julio Teheran (Braves)

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Chris Meaney is a successful DFS player across NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL, and has been faking hockey since the mid 90s. He finished 6th overall in the DFS NFL accuracy rankings on FantasyPros in 2016. You can watch and listen to Meaney daily at FNTSY Sports Network, where he gives NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB picks and advice. Follow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaney.

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