The weekend is just a day away but that won’t slow down the action on FanDuel tonight. A day after a full slate of games taking place starting with a heavy afternoon lineup we are graced with another solid slate of games getting underway at 7:05pm ET.
Yesterday was an interesting day with all the rain that was in the forecast for the East Coast. Add in a vintage performance on the mound for CC Sabathia and it made for a difficult fantasy day for us. Entering his start yesterday Sabathia had been up and down failing to make it to the fifth in during two of his previous four starts while only posting over 30 points in one of those contests.
Along with that struggles the New York Yankees starter had struggled against the Baltimore Orioles over the past three previous seasons. Over those three seasons, Sabathia pitched to a 2-3 reccord in eight starts with a 4.59 earned run average against the Orioles. Those struggles were even a little deeper as all three of those losses came at Camden Yards while pitching to a 5.23 earned run average.
Now for us we just have to shake our heads and move on today’s lineup of contests to capitalize on. The downside to tonight’s lineup of games is the lack of top tier fantasy starters to build from. The top of that list is Jacob deGrom who has turned in two 40 plus fantasy performances over his last three starts.
On the downside deGrom carries a heavy price tag of $10,800 limiting the total options we would have to build our entire lineup around. In the end here is our MLB FanDuel lineup for Thursday May 5th, 2016.
SP – Adam Conley ($6,800): We strongly considered going with the New York Mets hurler but couldn’t pass up the fantasy value that comes with Conley. While Conley is a gamble he has been solid for fantasy owners in three of his four starts posting at least 32 fantasy points in each of those outings.
C – Jonathan Lucroy ($3,300): Despite failing to post any fantasy points in his last outing the Milwauke Brewers catcher is a great fantasy option tonight. Lucroy is six for 10 in his career with two home runs off of Alfredo Simon.
1B – Edwin Encarnacion ($3,400): Looking at the numbers the Toronto Blue Jays first baseman is a solid option tonight at home. Encarnacion is hitting .333 off of Derek Holland in his career with two home runs. A sleeper option we like tonight is Marwin Gonzalez for the Houston Astros tonight.
2B – Chris Owings ($2,100): Now we could have easily gone with a very expensive option at second base but we couldn’t pass up Owings. Owings has turned in at least six fantasy points in four of his last five games while posting double figures five of his last ten games.
3B – Kyle Seager ($3,600): This pick came down with going with Josh Donaldson for the Blue Jays and Seager for the Mariners. In the end we saved a few bucks with Seager as he will be hitting in a hitter friendly ball park in Houston.
SS – Carlos Correa ($4,100): Correa is the hot hand posting at least six fantasy points in seven of his last ten games while posting double digits in four of those. Those numbers were to hard to pass up on tonight.
OF – Ichiro Suzuki ($2,300): When we elected to go with Suzuki we could have only imagined the type of daily fantasy games he would have put up during his prime. In the end, Suzuki has put up at least 9.2 fantasy points in three of his last four games.
OF – Bryce Harper ($4,500): After a little struggle it is time for Harper to get back on track for his fantasy owners after hitting his first home run in nine games yesterday. As we have seen from him in the past is when he gets hot he gets hot in bunches.
OF – Giancarlo Stanton ($4,800): How can we not go with Stanton tonight as the main weapon to our lineup? The Marlins outfielder has hit at least one home run in six of his last ten games while posting double digit numbers in seven of those contests.