Daily Fantasy Baseball Targets For Thursday, 4/28
Thursday is a tough day for daily fantasy baseball for several reasons. For one, the pitching is atrocious. The weather might be, as well.
The slate is also split into two brutal four-game runs. You can gamble on the early slate or the late slate, but you may be best served to test your luck with the All Day option over at DraftKings.
We like to hand out DFS advice on bigger, more exciting days, but today feels like the day to end all days where our readers could use a little extra daily fantasy baseball insight.
With that, it’s up to you which studs to go after, but if you need some lineup freedom and/or some sneaky sleepers, you’ve come to the right place:
SP: Clay Buchholz – Red Sox ($8k)
Believe me, this one comes with a grain of salt. If you can get the hitting, you’re going to want to mostly hover around Jake Arrieta, Jose Fernandez and/or Kenta Maeda. Those are the only reliable pitchers on this entire slate and they also carry all of the upside.
That being said, Buchholz is facing a weak Braves offense, he’s at home and it’s fairly arguable he’s due for a solid outing. He’s also not a terrible price and he was cleaning up a bit in his last time out before giving up a grand slam late. There is downside and risk here, but this slate is brutal. He might be the best play after the three elites.
C: Nick Hundley – Rockies ($3.7k)
Catcher is about as bad as pitcher, except here there are zero elite or even really safe options. Hundley is your best bet, as he’s reasonably priced, playing in Coors and has a somewhat favorable matchup against the erratic Juan Nicasio.
Hundley can be very hit or miss, but Coors gives up the long ball and he certainly can go yard. His splits are in the green and he’s safely reached the bases in six of his last eight games.
1B: John Jaso – Pirates ($3.8k)
Jason doesn’t provide much pop (zero homers this year), but he’s been awesome atop Pittsburgh’s batting order this year (hitting a cool .329) and he’s playing in a park that tends to be good for distance and scoring in general.
He has an outside chance of getting his first jack of the year, but the value comes in his price and his consistency. He’ll get on base probably twice today and if he can get batted in for a score or two, even better.
2B: Chris Coghlan – Athletics ($3k)
Coghlan has actually been quite brutal so far (batting .161), but his splits against right handed pitchers are quite strong. We have to consider that based on his cheap price and the fact that he draws Anibal Sanchez, who can be good but has been giving up a ton of contact on the year. Coghlan can easily go down in flames, but he helps you save elsewhere and his splits are quite appealing.
3B: Travis Shaw – Red Sox ($3.7k)
Jhoulys Chacin does not fare well against serviceable left-handed bats, so stacking up the lefty Red Sox hitters sounds like a solid plan today. I like Shaw specifically, as he connects at a good rate, has a little pop and provides more value than the usual Boston suspects.
SS: Aledmys Diaz – Cardinals ($3.6k)
Diaz has positive splits against right-handed pitchers and is simply mashing right now (batting .414 with 4 home runs). Rubby De La Rosa is certainly one of the shakier young pitchers you can face, while Arizona’s stadium can yield to a good amount of power. Diaz also seems to specifically thrive on the road, as he’s bringing in 13+ fantasy points per game away from home.
OF: Matt Joyce – Pirates ($2.6k)
Opportunity is key for Joyce, who usually only gets a good amount of plate appearances against righties – who he proceeds to murder. Joyce has been great on the year overall (.333 with two homers), but tonight he’s got positive splits and Coors hopefully coaxing a huge game out of him. Just make sure he’s in the starting lineup and doesn’t have a terrible spot in the batting order.
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