DFS MLB Lineups for April 14, 2017 at Draftkings.com & Fanduel.com
For this baseball season, each day there’s a good slate of DFS MLB games, we’ll be writing up a group of pitchers and hitters that we’re considering for our cash and GPP lineups on DraftKings and FanDuel. We’ll also provide a list of stacks to consider, MLB start times, starting pitchers, and game run totals to give you a good idea of where the fantasy goodness might come from on a given night. Hopefully this leads you down the path to one of the gigantic paydays in tournaments on April 14.
Unlike DFS NBA which is generally somewhat predictable from night to night, DFS MLB is a game with a lot of variance. You can make a really solid lineup and still fall short of the cash line. Even the best pitchers have horrible starts, and the best hitters in the game can still go 0 for 4. Trust the process and know that if you’re playing quality lineups, you’ll be a winner in the long term.
Another thing to remember is to always check the weather. Always. Make this something that is part of your basic routine. Baseball games can get postponed! Your players receive no points from postponed games!
4/14/17 MAIN SLATE TOURNAMENT RUNDOWN
DraftKings Moonshot: $3 buy-in, $150k guaranteed (20 entry max)
DraftKings Sweet Spot: $33 buy-in, $800k guaranteed
DraftKings Perfect Game: $333 buy-in, $150k guaranteed
FanDuel Rally: $7 buy-in, $77k guaranteed
FanDuel Home Run: $150 buy-in, $200k guaranteed
FanDuel Squeeze: $4 buy-in, $200k guaranteed
DFS MLB START TIMES, STARTING PITCHERS & GAME TOTALS FOR TODAY’S GAMES
7:05p: Cardinals (Wacha) @ Yankees (Tanaka): 8
7:05p: Orioles (Miley) @ Blue Jays (Sanchez): 8
7:10p: Tigers (Norris) @ Indians (Bauer): 8.5
7:10p: Rays (Archer) @ Red Sox (Porcello): 8.5
7:10p: Brewers (Milone) @ Reds (Feldman): 9
7:10p: Mets (Syndergaard) @ Marlins (Volquez): 7
7:35p: Padres (Chacin) @ Braves (Teheran): 7.5
8:10p: White Sox (Covey) @ Twins (Mejia): 9
8:15p: Angels (Ramirez) @ Royals (Duffy): 9
10:05p: Astros (Keuchel) @ A’s (Graveman): 7.5
10:10p: Rangers (Perez) @ Mariners (Hernandez): 8
10:10p: Diamondbacks (Greinke) @ Dodgers (Kershaw): 6
10:15p: Rockies (Anderson) @ Giants (Cueto): 7
Best DFS MLB Pitchers for April 14, 2017
Noah Syndergaard @ MIA ($11.4k DraftKings, $11.2k FanDuel)
All things being equal, Syndergaard has as much upside as any SP in the league right now, yet he’s far cheaper than Clayton Kershaw in a tough matchup, while he faces a strikeout-prone Marlins lineup. Current Marlins are 17-for-61 (.279) in their careers against Thor, but are sporting a 37% K-Rate during those at-bats. Syndergaard just struck out 9 Marlins while eliciting 12 ground ball outs and allowing 2 runs (1 earned) over 7 dominant innings against this team and he’s clearly on a mission after getting snubbed for N.L. CY Young consideration last year. All said,
Dallas Keuchel @ OAK ($9.6k DraftKings, $8.9k FanDuel)
Another player who seems to be on a mission this year, Keuchel has been lights out over his first two appearances in similar fashion to how he performed while contending for a CY Young back in 2015. He’s excelled in a couple of matchups at home, where he’s dominated for a couple of seasons, but it’s hardly concerning to see him travel to massive Oakland Coliseum and face an A’s lineup that posted the lowest collective wOBA (.302) amongst A.L. teams last year. Oakland hit just .244 against lefties last season and current A’s are just 25-for-109 (.229) in their carrers against Keuchel.
Julio Teheran vs. SD ($8.5k DraftKings, $8.5k FanDuel)
Even in a relatively tough matchup at Pittsburgh, Teheran hung his own while pitching around some bad defense to allow 2 unearned runs over 7 strong innings. Now he returns home to face a Padres lineup that is annually one of the worst in the MLB and he’s posted a 3.02 ERA with a .223 BAA and an 8.54 K/9 ratio in his career at Atlanta’s Turner Field. He’s yet to allow an earned this season and is molding into a true ace for the Braves.
Other pitchers to consider: Johnny Cueto, Chris Archer, Aaron Sanchez, Trevor Bauer, Scott Feldman, Michael Wacha
Best DFS MLB Hitters for April 14, 2017
Joey Votto vs. MIL ($4.9k DraftKings, $3.8k FanDuel)
Votto might be overlooked to an extent in a LvL matchup against Brewers southpaw Tommy Milone, but he hit .314 with a .371 wOBA against lefties last year and is certainly capable of succeeding in this plus matchup. Milone has been a prime stacking target with a 9.00 ERA and 2.17 WHIP over two starts this season and there’s little reason to expect that to change, since regressing to the mean would simply mean coming closer to the 5.71 ERA and 21.4% HR/FB ratio he posted last year. Votto could do damage against Milone or the Brewers bullpen, but chances are he’ll be productive at home.
Corey Seager vs. ARI ($4.2k DraftKings, $2.9k FanDuel)
At a downright cheap price tag on FanDuel, it’s easy to take a chance on Seager against D’Backs RHP Zack Greinke despite the fact that the former ace posted good numbers in his last start. Greinke is still vulnerable with a declining fastball and he posted a 1.41 HR/9 Ratio with a 4.11 FIP against LHB last season. Seager happens to be 5-for-8 with 2 HRs and 2 walks in his career against Greinke and he’s starting to heat up with a HR or XBH in three straight appearances.
Hunter Pence vs. COL ($3.8k DraftKings, $3.3k FanDuel)
Pence is off to a great start this year and we can expect that to continue for as long as his tenuous health does. He’s facing a vulnerable LHP tonight in Tyler Anderson and has posted a .363 wOBA with a .218 ISO mark in his career against the platoon. Pence is 4-for-14 with a HR and a double against lefties this year and faces a southpaw who allowed righties to post a .363 wOBA with a 14.3% HR/FB ratio on the road last season.
Other hitters to consider: Miguel Cabrera, Nelson Cruz, Matt Carpenter, Eric Thames, Rougned Odor, Nomar Mazara, Mitch Haniger
Indians vs Daniel Norris
The reigning A.L. champions will be licking their chops to face a vulnerable LHP at home tonight. Norris struggled in his first start of the year and allowed righties to hit .287 with a .341 wOBA while giving up a 1.41 HR/9 ratio to the platoon last season. Francisco Lindor is one of the prime options as an elite switch hitter while Edwin Encarnacion has tremendous upside as a powerful RHB. Either Yan Gomes or Roberto Perez will start behind the plate and provide some value and Brandon Guyer could platoon in the outfield.
Cardinals vs Masahiro Tanaka
From ace to donkey, Tanaka is going to be a prime target for the rest of the season since his decision to forego Tommy John surgery appears destined to torpedo his career. He’s coughed up 10 ER on 14 H with 6 walks over 7.2 IP in his first two starts of the year and he’s been particularly vulnerable against the platoon, so Dexter Fowler and Matt Carpetner seem like great candidates at the top of this stack. Stephen Piscotty is coming off a huge game and Randal Grichuk is one of the most improved hitters in the league this year.
Reds vs Tommy Milone
As we mentioned, Joey Votto could lead a Reds stack against one of the most vulnerable pitchers on the slate. Jose Peraza seems like a good cash game play as a solid RHB while Adam Duvall has plenty of upside given his power from that side of the plate. Eugenio Suarez is a good mid-tier play with upside and Zack Cozart is a longshot as he’s begun the season hitting .417 and has surprising power against lefties.
Other Stacks to consider:
Tigers vs Trevor Bauer
Twins vs. Dylan Covey
Mariners vs. Martin Perez
White Sox vs. Adalberto Mejia