Daily Fantasy Baseball Targets For Tuesday, 4/12
We’re back for another round of daily fantasy baseball sleepers to target on Tuesday, April 12th. We handed out six such DFS sleepers last week and it ended up being positive overall, with Welington Castillo (out of the lineup) and Nick Castellanos the only fails.
Adrian Gonzalez chipped in a hit and a run, Joe Panik was strong with two hits and a run and David Peralta was even better with two hits, a run and a RBI.
Nick Castellanos was a bust (one RBI), but rolling with Trevor Story worked out beautifully, as he smacked a homer and chipped in a hit, RBI and run in the process.
There is a lot to like again tonight and DraftKings is hosting a sick $20 entry game with first place taking home $150k. Get in on the action and consider using our favorite targets for Tuesday night:
SP: Gio Gonzalez – Nationals ($8.6k)
Gio certainly isn’t “cheap”, but he is basically an elite option at less than elite pricing. This is pretty big when a guy like Corey Kluber is almost $4k more expensive, yet just as volatile. Starting pitching has been a nightmare this year and last night was perfect evidence: Colby Lewis was amazing compared to the likes of Jon Lester, Sonny Gray, Max Scherzer and Steven Matz.
Needless to say, unless paying up for an elite pitcher makes an insane amount of sense, it might be best to avoid it. Kluber is facing a beatable Rays offense, but he’s on the road and he just isn’t easy to trust at such a steep price. In fact, the only elite arm worth trusting in is probably Jose Fernandez (13 Ks last game).
Gio is more than just a price tag, of course. He’s well rested as he works his way into his first 2016 start, he’s at home and he gets a beatable Braves offense. His high strikeout rate (nearly 9 per 9 innings) also gives him upside. Let’s just hope he can keep it together better than Scherzer has against ATL so far this year.
C: Brian McCann – Yankees ($3.7k)
Everyone is going to be all over Buster Posey today, as he’s at Coors and is also easily the most steady catcher that also offers terrific upside. That could give you a good opportunity to gain an edge on the position if McCann can work out, as he’ll be taking on the inconsistent Aaron Sanchez in Toronto.
The hitter and park work great, McCann is cheap, offers upside and is on a roll (batting .467 with one home run). He’s a very nice pivot from Posey today.
1B: Ben Paulsen – Rockies ($3.2k)
You will still want some exposure to Coors Field and I can’t go against the logic for paying up for heavy bats (especially Cargo), but Paulseon (if he plays) is probably the best pure value you’ll find. He hasn’t been great this year and doesn’t have any long balls yet, but he’s got a decent matchup at home and he’s arguably due to smack one deep. If he’s in, he’s a very nice value play.
2B: Brock Holt – Red Sox ($3.4k)
Holt is certainly tough to trust and he could even sit this one out, but he’s facing a terrible pitcher in Mike Wright and is dirt cheap. He’s also been red hot to start the year (batting .367 with 2 homers), plus we all know Fenway is conducive to the long ball. He could benefit merely from his offense crushing today, too, so there are plenty of reasons to get excited about Holt.
3B: Cory Spangenberg – Padres ($3k)
Spangenberg doesn’t provide much power and could easily start to regress soon, but he remains quite cheap and has a good matchup tonight. He’s also been great the past few games, but it will be interesting to see if his hot run sticks or if it was simply a product of Coors Field. The latter is likely, but the value is hard to bypass tonight.
SS: Francisco Lindor – Indians ($3.7k)
Trevor Story is the top shortstop by a mile tonight, and then you’ll probably consider Carlos Correa. Both are fine options and probably ranked #1 and #2, but perhaps Lindor is worth a long look.
Not only has Lindor been carving up the plate (.333), but the switch hitter can dismantle lefties and he gets a hit or miss Matt Moore. It’s not an amazing matchup, but he’s been good, is a reasonable price and the matchup also isn’t impossible. It could be a good spot to go at SS if you’re not into paying up at the position tonight.
OF: Colby Rasmus – Astros ($3.4k)
Rasmus mashed a homer last night and his inconsistency makes him a tough sell on back to back nights, but the price, matchup and upside keep him in play. It’s no secret the guy destroys righties an tonight he gets a very beatable pitcher at home in Kris Medlen. You assume the risk with Rasmus, but you’re paying very little and the upside is obvious.
Hopefully you can fit these guys around some studs like Carlos Gonzalez, Bryce Harper and an elite pitcher tonight. Regardless the path you take, good luck in daily fantasy baseball leagues tonight!
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