The daily fantasy world has turned their eyes to the diamond as the Major League Baseball schedule is in full swing. Tonight’s schedule features nearly a full slate as 26 teams are in action tonight providing a solid list of fantasy options to build a winning lineup around.
As we start to look at tonight’s slate of games the big question is what direction should we take to fill the pitchers slot from a group that includes Stephen Strasburg, Francisco Liriano and Jaime Garcia. Along with those three options another solid option based on his hot start is Vincent Velasquez for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Velasquez is coming off an impressive shutout against the San Diego Padres in his first outing after going six strong innings in his first start of the season. Over those two outings, Velasquez has thrown 15 total innings this season while compiling 25 total strikeouts. In those two outings the Phillies starter has rewarded his fantasy owners with 57 and 87 fantasy points.
Now looking a little deeper two fantasy options we like on the mound that would provide everyone with a little extra salary cap space are Alex Wood for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Matt Cain for the San Francisco Giants. Cain will get the benefit of pitching in a pitcher friendly AT&T Stadium while Wood will get a chance to face off against an Atlanta Braves team that is hitting just .208 with three home runs over their first 12 games.
In the end here is our MLB FanDuel lineup for Tuesday April 19th, 2016.
SP – Alex Wood ($7,300): Wood was just to hard to pass up as he goes up against his former team. Entering this game Wood is coming off a solid 39 point fantasy outing in his previous start. Add that to the fact that the Braves have struggled to hit to open the season.
Other top fantasy starting pitchers options include Matt Cain and Francisco Liriano.
C – Victor Martinez ($2,800): Looking at some of the top fantasy matchups landed us with the Detroit Tigers catcher. Martinez has picked up four hits in 13 career at bats against Yordano Ventura including two career home runs.
Other top fantasy catcher options include Yadier Molina and Matt Wieters.
First Base – Mark Reynolds ($2,900): The Colorado Rockies first baseman is our fantasy sleeper of the night. While Reynolds is a gamble most nights of the week we like our chances with him hitting at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.
Other top fantasy first base options include Edwin Encarnacion and Chris Davis.
Second Base – Jonathan Schoop ($2,900): After riding three straight games with at least one hit, Schoop failed to pick up a hit in the Baltimore Orioles last game. That being said, Schoop is hitting at Camden Yards tonight and has a huge power upside at the second base position.
Other top fantasy second base options include Jose Altuve and Rougned Odor.
Third Base – Manny Machado ($4,600): We could have easily gone with Josh Donaldson for the Blue Jays as well in this matchup. In the end we couldn’t pass up on Machado who has at least one hit in each of the 11 Orioles games this season.
Other top fantasy third base options include David Wright and Josh Donaldson.
Short Stop – Troy Tulowitzki ($2,900): Despite picking up only seven hits over his first 50 at bats this season Tulo is still a strong fantasy candidate tonight. Tulowitzki and the Toronto Blue Jays will get a chance to put up some solid power numbers hitting in the hitter friendly ballpark at Camden Yards.
Other top fantasy short stop options include Alexei Ramirez and Trevor Story.
Outfielder – Khris Davis ($2,600): Coming off an impressive 27 home run campaign last season the Oakland A’s outfielder has yet to hit a long ball over his first 40 at bats. That being said we could see Davis breaking out of that slump tonight hitting at Yankee Stadium (ranked 4th in home runs according to ballpark factors).
Outfielder – Giancarlo Stanton ($4,600): While Stanton might have one of the tougher matchups of the night going up against Strasburg he is a safe play. The Miami Marlins outfielder has picked up 13 hits in 32 at bats including six doubles and three home runs.
Outfielder – Carlos Gonzalez ($4,400): Now we debated going with Bryce Harper and Stanton in the same lineup while going extra cheap at the third base position. In the end Gonzo presented us with a solid fantasy option picking up six multi hit games over his last ten contests.
Other top fantasy outfielder options include Mookie Betts, Adam Jones, Matt Holliday and Jose Bautista.