We get to attack a 12 game slate tonight with very little weather to worry about, but that can always change so please make sure to monitor the weather and be prepared to pivot. Lets get into the MLB Fantasy Strategy for 4/14.
Miami (-114) @ Atlanta 7.5
Philadelphia @ Mets (-245) 6.5
Cincinnati @ Cubs (-165) 7
Arizona @ San Diego (-160) 6.5
Colorado @ San Francisco (-165) 7
Yankees @ Baltimore (-145) 8.5
Tampa Bay @ Toronto (-150) 9
White Sox @ Cleveland (-150) 7.5
Angels @ Texas (-120) 9
Oakland (-120) @ Houston 8.5
Tigers @ Pittsburgh (-115) 7.5
Seattle @ Dodgers (-106) 7.5
Carlos Carrasco, Cleveland (FD $9200, DK $8800)
Carrasco is coming off of a 10 strikeout performance and gets to take on a White Sox offense that is not scaring anybody right now. He has held the White Sox team to a .253 avg while striking out 1 of every 6 batters he faces. The top 3 pitching options are going to be very popular tonight but for excellent reason.
Matt Harvey, New York (FD $9900, DK $9300)
Harvey came back from Tommy John to strike out 9 Nationals hitters in just 6 innings of work and was held to just 91 pitches. I would assume they are going to keep him around 95 pitches for a number of starts to begin the season and while for most pitchers that can be worrisome from a fantasy point of view, Harvey is able to overcome that with his K rate.
Jake Arrieta, Chicago (FD $9400, DK $8600)
Arrieta struck out 7 Cardinals in 7 innings during his 2015 debut and gets to take on a Cincinnati Reds squad that has struck out 26 times in 65 at bats against him. He has had great success against the middle of the Reds order and I think he is in a great spot tonight.
Shane Greene, Detroit (FD $7900, DK $5800)
Greene gets to face a Pirates lineup that is leading the majors in strikeouts so far this season and in his short career has averaged basically a K an inning pitched across 86.2 innings. He will be somewhat popular tonight as the 4th option behind the three studs listed above, but I think he is in a spot that could pay off should 1 or 2 of the above falter.
Daniel Norris, Toronto (FD $6600, DK $5600)
I think Norris will be extremely low owned tonight thanks to the 4 pitchers listed above and could certainly throw a gem after looking very solid in his first start of 2015. He struck out 5 Yankees in 5.2 innings and gets to take on a lesser offense in Tampa Bay. Some will shy away as he is a fly ball pitcher in a park that gives up a lot of home runs. I just think that as long as he can avoid Longoria taking him deep, he should be solid tonight and allow you to roster some of his Blue Jay bats.
Odrisamer Despaigne, San Diego (FD $6200, DK $6400)
This game offers us the lowest O/U of the night and because of that, you have to take a look at the pitching. Despaigne gets his first start of 2015 after pitching in long relief when Kennedy had to leave early due to injury. He is not a high strikeout type of pitcher, however he is very efficient and has the ability to rack up innings with quick outs.
Kendall Graveman, Oakland (FD $5500, DK $5100)
Graveman is my sleeper of the night as most will be off of him due to recency bias as he was lit up in his first major league start. Add that with the fact that there are 4-5 solid options listed above and I can see Graveman being under 5% owned tonight and his price on DK will allow you to basically stack whoever you want tonight.
Toronto Blue Jays: Reyes (FD $3900, DK $5100), Pompey (FD $3100, DK $4400), Bautista (FD $4800, DK $5800), Encarnacion (FD $4600, DK $5500)
The Blue Jays get to take on a rookie hurler tonight while getting to swing at home where they basically are bombs away. This will be the most popular stack tonight, however it is tricky to pull off thanks to the adjusted DK pricing.
Baltimore Orioles: Cabrera (FD $2400, DK $3200), Pearce (FD $3900, DK $4000), Jones (FD $4700, DK $4600), Machado (FD $2800, DK $4100)
I love the Orioles lineup, especially any time they take on a lefty at home. Sabathia just does not scare me any more and they should be able to take a couple deep tonight against him as long as the weather allows this game to go off.
Detroit Tigers: Gose (FD $3400, DK $3500), Kinsler (FD $4400, DK $4100), Cabrera (FD $5300, DK $4900), Martinez (FD $4200, DK $4100)
I think Burnett is just an average to below average starting pitcher these days and with the way the Tigers offense has started 2015, I think he is in for a long night tonight. Guys like Gose, Kinsler and even Iglesias should be able to wreak havoc on the bases and Cabrera and Martinez are just on fire at the plate.
San Francisco Giants: Panik (FD $2500, DK $3200), Pagan (FD $3300, DK $4000), Posey (FD $4400, DK $4300)
I think the Giants will be over looked tonight taking on Bergman and that is just fine by me as I think they should be able to get to him. You could certainly add in Aoki to take advantage of the top 4 as he is getting on base twice a game so far to start the season.
Oakland Athletics: Canha (FD $2900, DK $3400), Zobrist (FD $3100, DK $4500), Davis (FD $2800, DK $4100)
One of my favorite stacks tonight is the A’s against Peacock. I really want to target their left handed hitters and am definitely not against adding in Fuld and Vogt. Canha does swing from the right side but he has been swinging a hot bat and should be in the 2 spot again tonight.
Chicago Cubs: Rizzo (FD $4200, DK $5100), Soler (FD $3700, DK $4800), Coghlan (FD $3600, DK $3700), Castro (FD $3800, DK $4200)
The Cubs stack certainly won some people some money last night and I am going back to it again tonight as they are in a great spot against DeSclafani.
Nelson Cruz, Seattle Mariners
Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
Dee Gordon, Miami Marlins
David Wright, New York Mets
Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays