This will be one of the only times that we get a Friday slate that is spread out basically all day. Once the regular season gets rolling, teams usually have late Thursday night travels and they will not be punished by the MLB with an afternoon game. To be honest I was really caught off guard when I saw that the slate starts at 3:05 ET and offers us 5 total games that will start by 4:10 ET. We do have most of the major contests starting at the regular 7:05 ET time and offering us 10 games to choose from in that slate. This MLB Fantasy Strategy will focus on plays to consider throughout the day. Lets get into the picks.
Gio Gonzalez, Washington (FD $9400, DK $9100) – Gonzalez stands out as the number 1 option on the mound today. With him being the Nationals #4 starter, I have a feeling we are going to be seeing his name a lot in our articles. He gets to face the weak hitting Philadelphia Phillies lineup tonight who’s two best hitters are both left handed. He is a sizable favorite tonight and should be one of the best bets to get that much needed W tonight.
Derek Holland, Texas (FD $8000, DK $6900) – You will see both Holland and McHugh listed here as I think this game offers a lot of strikeouts as Holland gets to face an Astros lineup that has given up double digit K’s to each of the last 2 starters that they faced.
Colin McHugh, Houston (FD $8100, DK $7000) – McHugh has big strikeout potential and he had a great 2014 and will look to mirror that this season. Texas is the favorite in this one as they are at home, however I think both pitchers make great options and when it comes to FD, you have to go with the one that you think is going to get the win. With this game being part of the early slate that does not offer much pitching, I would not be against taking both pitchers on DK.
Hector Noesi, Chicago White Sox (FD $6400, DK $5500) – Noesi is a sneaky play for me today as he gets to take on a Twins offense that has put up 1 run through three games this year. I know the Twins had a pretty solid offense last year and at some point they are going to turn it around and put up some runs, however I am going to target pitching against them until they wake up.
Wade Miley, Boston (FD $7200, DK $6300) – Miley should be able to neutralize some of the Yankees dangerous left handed bats tonight and gets to be protected by the very dangerous Red Sox offense. I think Miley has a rebound season after being dealt from Arizona.
Mark Buehrle, Toronto (FD $7100, DK $6300) – Buehrle is just one of those guys that gets the job done and is capable of throwing a gem any time. You will notice that I have the Orioles right handed bats as one of my stack options which makes Buehrle extremely questionable as a pitching option. However, if you are running out multiple lineups I think you can take a shot with Buehrle as he tends to start seasons very well and could certainly shut down what will be a pretty popular stack. If he is capable of shutting them down, this could give you a leg up as he will get you points from a very low owned spot and also keep your opponents from scoring with their higher owned bats.
Drew Pomeranz, Oakland (FD $6800, DK $6400) – I really enjoyed using Pomeranz last year while he was in the rotation as he offered some excellent K games. I am just not sure what to expect from him today and that is why he is listed in the GPP plays for tonight. Seattle spent some money in the off-season in an attempt to make themselves stronger against LHP and tonight we certainly could see that show its head or we could see them continue to struggle against LH pitching.
Baltimore Orioles: Manny Machado (FD $2900, DK $4500), Adam Jones (FD $4100, DK $4900), Steve Pearce (FD $4100, DK $4300), Delmon Young (FD $2600, DK $3800) –
This team murdered left handed pitching in 2014 and this group of hitters should do the same against them in 2015.
Washington Nationals: Michael Taylor (FD $2400, DK $3700), Yunel Escobar (FD $2900, DK $3700), Bryce Harper (FD $4300, DK $4700), Ryan Zimmerman (FD $3700, DK $4700) –
The Nationals get to take on the gas can that is Jerome Williams tonight and should be able to get their offense rolling.
***With a game at Coors Field, you can certainly stack the Colorado-Chicago Cubs game and if you can make the salaries work I would suggest it. These are the obvious stacks so I thought I would list a couple other options.****
Arizona Diamondbacks: AJ Pollock (FD $3100, DK $4500), Aaron Hill (FD $2500, DK $4200), Paul Goldschmidt (FD $5300, DK $5600), Mark Trumbo (FD $3300, DK $4600) –
One of my favorite stacks when facing a lefty and on FD 3/4 are very cheap and will make it easy to add Goldschmidt in with them. On DK, all of their prices are elevated and really show some issues in the pricing for today on the site.
Tampa Bay Rays: Kevin Kiermaier (FD $2800, DK $4100), Asdrubal Cabrera (FD $2600, DK $4000), Evan Longoria (FD $4000, DK $4500) –
I think the Rays are a sneaky stack option going up against Dan Haren. The negative is the size of the ballpark in Miami, however I think that will add to the low ownership and could pay off handsomely.
St Louis Cardinals: Matt Carpenter (FD $3800, DK $4700), Jason Heyward (FD $3600, DK $4900), Matt Holiday (FD $3500, DK $4700), Matt Adams (FD $3400, DK $4800) –
I do love the Cardinals tonight going up against Jason Marquis. I could and probably should have included them in the top stacks option, however their offense has yet to explode and I think tonight could be the night.
Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox
George Springer, Houston Astros
Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers
Carlos Gomez, Milwaukee Brewers
Pedro Alvarez, Pittsburgh Pirates