The weekend is here as the Major League Baseball delivers a full slate of games for FanDuel owners to cash in on tonight. The heavy slate offers us a ton of different options to look at including a few of the games top starters taking the mound for their respective clubs.
One of those options is Felix Hernandez for the Seattle Mariners as they head to Los Angeles to take on the Angels. To start the season the Mariners ace has been solid for his fantasy owners posting games of 33, 51 and 36 over his first three outings. Along with his solid start the Angels have struggled to open the season scoring just 47 runs over their first 16 games while the team has just hit .220 to start the season.
Along with Hernandez, the other top starters taking the mound tonight include Jon Lester for the Chicago Cubs against the Cincinnati Reds, Sonny Gray for the Oakland A’s against the Toronto Blue Jays and Matt Harvey for the New York Mets against the Atlanta Braves.
Here is our MLB FanDuel Lineup for Friday April 22nd, 2016.
SP – Felix Hernandez ($11,000): In the end we just couldn’t pass up on Hernandez tonight against the Angels. While the Angels do have Mike Trout in the middle of the lineup outside of that the team has struggled to produce on the offensive side of the plate. Entering tonight the Angels rank near the bottom of Major League Baseball in every offensive stat including home runs (7), runs batted in (45) and ops (.600).
Other starting pitchers we like are Matt Harvey and Martin Perez.
C – Yan Gomes ($2,500): Looking for a fantasy sleeper landed us with the Cleveland Indians catcher. Gomes has hit Justin Verlander well in his career picking up eight hits over his 23 at bats.
Other catcher we like are Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jonathan Lucroy.
First Base – Ryan Howard ($2,600): As we looked for a few FanDuel Bargains tonight we landed with the Philadelphia Phillies first baseman. While we suggest monitoring the lineup tonight we like his power hitting at Miller Park.
Other first baseman we like are Adrian Gonzalez and Chris Davis.
Second Base – Chris Owings ($2,100): We debated going with Jonathan Schoop for the Baltimore Orioles but I couldn’t pass up a solid fantasy sleeper. While Owings is a gamble he does however have three multi hit games over his last four games.
Other second baseman we like are Jonathan Schoop and Scooter Gennett.
Third Base – Evan Longoria ($2,900): This was a simple decision for us based on Longoria’s past success against C.C. Sabathia. For his career Longoria is 24 for 64 with six home runs and 14 runs driven in while posting an OPS of 1.268 against the Yankees starter.
Other third baseman we like are Nolan Arenado and Maikel Franco.
Short Stop – Freddy Galvis ($2,700): The Philadelphia Phillies short stop is currently riding a six game hitting streak with two multi hit performances over that stretch. A second option we like is Trevor Story for the Colorado Rockies hitting at Coors Field.
Other short stops we like are Trevor Story and Carlos Correa.
Outfielder – Coco Crisp ($2,300): The Oakland A’s outfielder finally broke out of his slump picking up two hits in his last outing against the New York Yankees. Tonight, Crisp can continue that success as the A’s travel to Toronto to take on the Blue Jays at a hitter friendly Rogers Centre.
Outfielder – Ryan Braun ($4,400): One suggestion here is to go with a sleeper option on the mound freeing up enough space to go with Bryce Harper and Mike Trout. For us Trout was not a option with Hernandez on the mound against him. In the end Braun has picked up at least 15 fantasy points in four of the last six Brewers games.
Outfielder – Carlos Gonzalez ($4,200): Anytime you have the opportunity to pick up Gonzalez at home at Coors Field is a great choice. One sleeper fantasy option we like is David Lough for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Other outfielders we like are David Lough, Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, Mark Trumbo and Kevin Kiermaier.