Tonight’s MLB slate brings us quite a few options as far as bats and a very un-appealing SP group. There is also a decent amount of weather concern in the Midwest as well as the east coast, so make sure you keep up with what is going on and are prepared to pivot off of some plays once we move closer to lineup lock and see what the weather is doing in those selected areas.
Carlos Carrasco, Cleveland (FD $8700, DK $8800)
Carrasco is my top pitcher of the day as he gets to take on a very young and strikeout prone Houston Astros team. Carrasco is coming off of an excellent 2014 and recently just inked a contract extension that will certainly help his bank account out. He struck out 20 Astros in 15 innings against them last year while allowing just 1 ER.
Jordan Zimmermann, Washington (FD $9900, DK $9200)
Zimmermann is definitely chalk, however I am just not enamored with the pitching options for tonight’s slate. Zimmermann may be Washington’s #2 starter, but that is only due to having a stacked rotation as he would be the ace of nearly every other rotation. This game has the lowest O/U of the day as the Mets are sending out deGrom. Washington is the favorite in this one and I think we see them pull out a close win by the score of 4 to 2 or something close to that.
Brandon McCarthy, LA Dodgers (FD $7600, DK $7900)
McCarthy takes on the new look San Diego Padres who have definitely looked a lot better so far. This game is tied with the Mets-Nats game for the lowest O/U tonight and even thought McCarthy did not look all that impressive this spring, he is still capable of some very nice outings and when a slate’s SP’s are not all that intriguing to me, I will always look the way of the teams with the strongest offenses in hopes of securing a W for my starting pitcher.
Tom Koehler, Miami (FD $6600, DK $6500)
Koehler is a home favorite against a Braves lineup that exploded yesterday, however it really does not scare me all that much. He is coming off a 2014 that saw him post a K/9 of 7.2 and offers a GB rate of 43.1%. Pitching at home in a spacious ballpark will definitely help as well and I think Koehler gets us a very important W tonight as I think their offense shows up against the unpredictable Shelby Miller.
Michael Pineda, NY Yankees (FD $7900, DK $7500)
I really like Pineda as when he stays healthy he is just filthy on the mound with or without pine tar. The reason he is listed in the GPP section today is because he takes on a very dangerous Blue Jay offense.
Andrew Cashner, San Diego (FD $8200, DK $7900)
Another guy that just can’t seem to stay healthy but that should not detour us in DFS as he can take the hill on any given night and strike out double digits and get us a 20+ on FD or a 30+ on DK. He has the GPP status tonight, much like Pineda, due to strength of opponent.
Boston Red Sox: Betts (FD $3500, DK $4300), Pedroia (FD $3700, DK $4000), Ramirez (FD $4300, DK $4800), Sandoval (FD $3000, DK $4300)
I am all over the top 4 in the lineup for the Red Sox as Harang just does not scare me and this offense should feast on whatever he throws up there. I noticed that David Ortiz was not in the initial lineup and that bothered me as he has hit Harang very well in his career but that is what bumped Sandoval up as it looks like he will be hitting in the 3 hole.
Cleveland Indians: Bourn (FD $2700, DK $3800), Kipnis (FD $3700, DK $4300), Santana (FD $3400, DK $4300), Brantley (FD $4100, DK $4600)
Feldman does not scare me at all and even though the majority of this Indians team has not had much success against him, I am expecting them to break out and put up a nice number tonight. You could certainly include Gomes in this stack, but I chose to go with Bourn because he has said he wants to get back to being a threat on the base paths and Feldman allowed 35 stolen bases last year.
Arizona Diamondbacks: Inciarte (FD $3000, DK $3200) Peralta (FD $2600, DK $3800), Goldschmidt (FD $4700, DK $5100), Lamb (FD $2300, DK $3700)
I am in love with this stack for tonight against a pitcher just called up to fill in for the injured Matt Cain. This stack is very cheap, especially on FD. You certainly could add in whoever they plug into the #2 spot tonight as well as Pollock in place of Inciarte should he get the start in CF.
San Francisco Giants: Panik (FD $2500, DK $3200), Pagan (FD $3100, DK $3900), Posey (FD $4200, DK $4400)
Hellickson has really fallen off since winning rookie of the year and the 3 P’s from the Giants are extremely patient at the plate and that could spell doom for a pitcher that has had a control issue over the last couple of seasons.
Billy Butler, Oakland (FD $3300, DK $3800)
Corey Dickerson, Colorado (FD $4200, DK $4800)
Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers (FD $4400, DK $4600)
Jose Abreu, White Sox (FD $4600, DK $4900)
Lorenzo Cain, Kansas City (FD $3200, DK $4000)
Salvador Perez, Kansas City (FD $3400, DK $3800)