We’re two weeks into the season, and the Rays haven’t lost yet. So if your MLB daily fantasy luck hasn’t been quite as good as theirs, maybe it’s time to look for some outside help. We’ve got you covered with a Friday evening breakdown of some of the best plays on the slate.
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MLB Daily Fantasy Lineup for Friday – April 14th
P – Kodai Senga – NYM – $10,400
I said it last Friday, and I’ll repeat it today – I don’t love dishing out the most expensive pitcher option on the market. However, you can’t leave Senga there considering all the factors. Not only has he mowed over 14 in 11.1 innings and put up 25+ fantasy points, a gem, but he’s also facing the lowly Athletics on Friday night.
P – Justin Steele – CHC – $7,900
Steele seems like a bit of counterintuitive play, but he’s posting great numbers early, and his stuff is clearly playing up. He’s striking out nearly one per inning. Some might be worried about him facing the Dodgers, but they’ve already struck out 121 times this year (5th most in the majors). So Steele should rack up quite a few Friday night.
C – Logan O’Hoppe – LAA – $4,100
Four straight games with a hit for the Angels’ rookie backstop. Two of those four games included a home run. It never really matters who’s going for the Red Sox because we will see that bullpen at some point, and O’Hoppe will take advantage somewhere in there.
1B – Matt Olson – ATL – $5,300
Nine of the fifteen hits that Matt Olson has accumulated this season have gone for extra bases. A nice fact when you face Brady Singer, who gave up 67% of his home runs to lefties last year (and did so in fewer innings than he faced righties in). He also gave up more doubles and triples to lefties.
2B – Ha-Seong Kim – SD – $2,700
Every time I see Kim priced low in MLB daily fantasy, I assume he must be in some brutal slump. Then I check in, and he’s actually quite hot. In his last four games, he’s averaging 11.25 fantasy points a game. He’s got three extra-base hits in that span and stole his first base last time out. How he’s being priced here is beyond me.
3B – Isaac Paredes – TB – $3,900
Paredes was given Thursday off in the Rays’ record 13th straight win. However, prior to that, he had nabbed eight hits in the last six games. The high-octane offense of the Rays should lead to him getting lots of plate appearances and probably some runs (he’s scored eight times already this year).
SS – Bobby Dalbec – BOS – $2,200
Yeah, that’s right. Bobby Dalbec is eligible as a shot stop now in MLB daily fantasy. He’s not the sexiest option here, but if you’re trying to save some money and play in the bargain bin, you could do a lot worse. Since coming up, he’s reached base in four of eleven plate appearances and even stole a base. Getting a chance at a lefty on Friday in Patrick Sandoval should only make things better.
OF – Luis Robert Jr.- CWS – $5,400
Lu Bob has been smashing the ball, and I don’t just mean lately. All season he’s lived up to the hype that was put on him when he was a top prospect. He’s averaging over 11 fantasy points a game for the season and has five dingers already. Tyler Wells gave up two deep balls against the Yankees last time out – so maybe he leaves a couple up on Friday night as well.
OF – Daulton Varsho – TOR – $4,600
Varsho is doing a bit of everything on offense for the Blue Jays. He’s scored a bunch of runs, he’s stealing bases, he’s hitting .317, and he’s walking a ton. Sure, Drew Rasmussen is a tough matchup for anyone, but the fact that he’s getting it done in so many different ways suggests a steady floor.
OF – Jordan Walker – STL – $3,500
That’s the current number of games that Jordan Walker has played in this year without a hit. Somehow he’s still listed at just 3.5k. The wildest part of that is that there is clearly some power in there that he hasn’t even used all that much of yet. Johan Oviedo is giving up a dinger roughly every four innings, which should be a good sign for the Cardinals rookie.
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