DraftKings & FanDuel MLB DFS Lineups & Picks for April 29, 2018

Written By Nate Lawson on April 29, 2018

MLB DFS DraftKings.com & FanDuel.com Lineups & Picks for April 29, 2018

Baseball is back with a full slate of MLB DFS games scheduled for Saturday, 4/29/18. The main slate on DraftKings includes 12 games starting at 1:05 p.m. EST, while FanDuel’s main slate also includes 12 starting at the same time.

For today, we’re listing our top MLB DFS picks at pitcher, hitter, and stacks to target in Cash and GPP lineups on DraftKings and FanDuel. The info below can also be used for crafting your daily fantasy baseball strategy at FantasyDraft.

Please note the advice below is relevant for daily fantasy purposes. A player or team might be better or worse from a fantasy perspective than in real life due to matchup, price, and lots of other factors. This is important to consider when constructing a roster. Remember that more than in other sports, variance is a huge part of baseball. Even Mike Trout can go 0-for-4 on a given night, and Max Scherzer can get lit up by an unsuspecting team.

Weather can also play a huge role in MLB DFS on a nightly basis, and lineups are constantly shifting. So always, always check the starting lineups and weather reports when playing for an MLB slate.


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Best MLB DFS Pitchers for April 29, 2018

J.A. Happ vs. TEX ($9.2K DraftKings, $8.8k FanDuel)

Happ has been a strikeout machine as of late, with 36 over his last four outings. He also hasn’t scored fewer than 20 DK points, nor fewer than 36 FD points, in any of those four outings, all of which occurred this month. Looking to cap off a very strong April, Happ gets a Rangers team that really started off slow in terms of wins and fast in terms of strikeouts. Happ should pick up his fifth consecutive win in this one, and he has one of the higher strikeout floors on the slate. RotoQL ranks him as the second-rated pitcher at FanDuel and DraftKings, and I think you should strongly consider him in GPPs and Cash games on both sites.

Gerrit Cole vs. OAK ($12.6k DraftKings, $10.4k FanDuel)

Cole is a very strong Cash option today, since you can find savings elsewhere. The hard-throwing righty, who couldn’t quite put it all together in Pittsburgh, enters this contest with the most average fantasy points over his last 10 games compared to all others pitchers on this slate. He also grades out the best in terms of RotoQL’s scoring methodology. The Oakland Athletics don’t strike out any more or less than the average team this season, but Cole has 33 strikeouts in 21 innings at home this year. Something tells me he’ll be OK. I’d look to higher-ceiling players such as Ray in GPPs, but Cole is a very safe play as the Astros should get him a win.

Tyler Mahle @ MIN ($7.2k DraftKings, $6.8k FanDuel)

I think many will look to the other starter in this one, and Jose Berrios has been very good. I just don’t think he’s worth these elevated prices. However, Tyler Mahle is a very interesting option in the $7k range on both DraftKings and FanDuel. Minnesota is striking out, on average, 9.76 times per game, which is the fourth-highest mark in the league. In 27 innings this season, Mahle has racked up 31, but he’s allowed nine home runs. His inability to keep the ball in the park is troubling, and it limits him to GPPs only. But Target Field is in the bottom five in home runs allowed this season, so the Reds prospect could be able to limit any damage.

Robbie Ray @ WAS ($10.6k DraftKings, $9.3k FanDuel)

I never like to roster starting pitchers against this Nationals team, but Robbie Ray has insane strikeout potential anytime he takes the mound. Last time out, he struck out 11 Phillies but walked away without the win. The Nationals are oddly striking out more at home than on the road, and Ray has the most strikeouts per game out of any pitcher on the slate over their last 30 games. He also has the highest ceiling over at RotoQL. I’m targeting Ray in GPPs on both FanDuel and DraftKings. His double-digit strikeout potential gives him upside that you want (and probably need) if you want to take down a large field tournament. There’s high risk here, but GPP winning reward.

Tyler Chatwood vs. MIL ($7.3k DraftKings, $7.6k FanDuel)

Chatwood has struggled to go deep into games this season, having yet to see the seventh inning. But he’s striking guys out this year with a K/9 of 9.55, a career best, and he’s allowed just three runs over his last 10.2 innings. The Brewers were shut out by Jose Quintana and the Cubs yesterday, and over the first three games of this four-game series, Milwaukee has managed two total runs. This club doesn’t seem like one that can win on the road against one of the league’s better fifth starters. Chatwood is a strong play over on DraftKings, since you can lock in two starters there, but I’d stick to GPPs. The Brewers have struck out 20 times over the past two games, so I feel confident in a strong strikeout floor for Chatwood.

Other pitchers to consider: Gio Gonzalez, Luke Weaver, Jose Berrios, Rick Porcello, Daniel Norris


Best MLB DFS Hitters for April 29, 2018

Ryan Flaherty vs. PHI ($2.7k DraftKings, $2.9k FanDuel)

Vince Velasquez is allowing left-handed batters to hit for an OPS of .878 this season, and Ryan Flaherty is three-for-four lifetime against the Phillies starter, with a double and a home run. Flaherty has always been a specialist against righties, and the Braves have a handful of solid left-handed bats to complement him. You don’t have to go with Flaherty, but he’s extremely cheap given his .843 OPS against right-handed pitchers this season. You could do much worse at this price point.

Teoscar Hernandez vs. TEX ($4.2k DraftKings, $3.6k FanDuel)

With the highest projected points for DraftKings and FanDuel scoring over at RotoQL, Hernandez is on the top of my list heading into the slate. The Blue Jays prospect has racked up 15 hits in 50 at bats in the 2018 season, leading to a .995 OPS. His salary has caught up with the production, at least at DraftKings, where I think he’s a GPP play. However, on FanDuel, at $600 cheaper, Hernandez should be considered in both cash and GPP. The Rangers’ starter Martin Perez has allowed an OPS of 1.158 to right-handed bats this season. Hernandez might be the best right-handed bat in the lineup with Josh Donaldson hurt. He’s certainly playing like it.

J.T. Realmuto vs. COL ($4.1k DraftKings, $3.2k FanDuel)

Realmuto made the list yesterday and, go figure — he came through for anyone who rostered him. Today, he gets Chad Bettis, who has somehow been worse away from Coors Field this season. He’s also a righty, the handedness Realmuto is absolutely battering this season to the tune of a 1.204 OPS. I’m rostering Realmuto until he cools off, which shouldn’t be against Bettis. I think he’s an excellent play at FanDuel where he’s more contrarian given the 1B/C slot. At DraftKings, he’ll likely be chalk. But I still think you should be rostering him in Cash and GPP games.

Brad Miller @ BOS ($3.0k DraftKings, $2.7k FanDuel)

Miller may or may not suit up, but the Rays should find him at bats against righty Rick Porcello. Miller has 43 career at bats against Porcello, racking up five doubles and five home runs, good for an OPS of 1.055 against the former Cy Young winner. Porcello, who went two straight starts without giving up a run, allowed three last time out. I’m not expecting him to give up much more than that, but the hard-hitting infielder is the quintessential boom or bust play. He, like the aforementioned Flaherty, are interesting spots to find savings if you need them. I think Miller has a higher ceiling, though, considering his history against Porcello and very specific ability to absolutely destroy right-handers at times.

Kris Bryant vs. MIL ($4.8k DraftKings, $4.4k FanDuel)

Bryant is 0-for-3 since returning from a shot to the head a few weeks ago, but he’s absolutely crushed Zach Davies with 13 hits in 30 at bats against the Brewers righty. While Bryant has been better against lefties this season, he’s still tagging right-handers with an OPS of .902. However, it is a bit concerning that this far into the season, Bryant has just two home runs. Fortunately, he’s hit two home runs against Davies over those aforementioned 30 at bats, and he’s more than due for his first Wrigley Field home run of the season. Davies has allowed five home runs in five starts this season, and he’s generally unable to strike out opponents. Bryant should be able to put the bat on the ball and pay off his not-so-expensive salary. He’s very much in play on DraftKings and FanDuel in GPPs and Cash games, though I think he’s better as a GPP play.

Robinson Cano vs. CLE ($3.9k DraftKings, $3.8k FanDuel)

I worry about Josh Tomlin in this one. The Cleveland starter has allowed 13 runs in 12.2 innings this season, and the Seattle Mariners have the firepower to add to these woes. Lefty Robinson Cano has stood out in this Seattle offense, and he’s 8-for-20 in his career against Tomlin with three doubles and two home runs. Don’t like Cano? Then we’ll throw in a second pick.

Kyle Seager vs. CLE ($3.4k DraftKings, $3.6k FanDuel)

Like Cano, Seager is a lefty. He’s also going to be facing Tomlin today. If you want to spend down at 3B instead of breaking the bank for a Nolan Arenado, or the aforementioned Kris Bryant, Seager is an excellent option, especially at DraftKings. Seager, himself, is 6-for-14 against Tomlin, and he, also like Cano, has a career OPS above 1.2 against the Cleveland pitcher. Play Cano or play Seager. Or play both. They’re viable across the industry given the matchup and relatively low salaries.

Other hitters to consider: Ender Inciarte, Nick Markakis, Curtis Granderson, Rhys Hoskins, Nolan Arenado, Freddie Freeman, Jose Abreu, Yoan Moncada, Justin Smoak, Ronald Acuna Jr., Kyle Schwarber, Yangervis Solarte, Jose Ramirez, Brian McCann, Evan Gattis, Kevin Pillar, Jorge Soler, Cesar Hernandez


MLB DFS Stacks to Consider for April 29, 2018

Braves Lefties vs. Vincent Velazquez (Phillies)
Marlins vs. Chad Bettis (Rockies)
Blue Jays vs. Martin Perez (Rangers)
Mariners vs. Josh Tomlin (Cleveland)


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Nate began playing DFS back in 2013, focusing on low stakes MLB contests over at DraftKings. Now, the vast majority of his DFS time is spent identifying optimal picks and player exposure for NBA and NFL GPPs, though MMA and eSports are his DFS guilty pleasures. With a focus on constant iteration, Nate spends a lot of his non-DFS time reading books and essays by leaders in finance and entrepreneurship for application to his DFS strategies...with a bit of cryptocurrency trading on the side.

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