Daily Fantasy Baseball Core Plays for DraftKings and FanDuel - 4/16/19

Welcome back to another exciting evening of Major League Baseball. Tuesday brings us a full 15 games on the schedule but keep in mind FanDuel locks at 6:35 ET with the two earlier games. DraftKings is not including those games. Let’s junp in and take a look at my core plays at each position.

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With that, let’s jump into the picks.

Starting Pitcher

Kenta Maeda(LAD)

It has been an up and down start to the season for Maeda but there are signs that he will settle in and be the #2/#3 starter the Dodgers need. He gave up three solo shots in his first start and one in his last start but is only giving up an average exit velocity of 81.4 mph which is first among all starters. The key for Maeda is the fastball and getting ahead in counts as he can then turn to his above average slider and changeup to rack up the K’s. Speaking of K’s, he also gets a plus matchup against a Reds team that has combined to strike out 25% of the time so far while ranking near the bottom of the league in almost all offensive stats. Fire up Maeda in all formats, especially on Fanduel in the mid $8K range.

Also Consider: Jon Gray(COL) @ SD

First Base/Catcher

Willson Contreras(CHC)

Tonight I am going with a catcher in this position and rolling with Contreras of the Cubs. He has been the Cubs best hitter to start the season with his .341/.471/.829 slash line and he already has six home runs with 12 RBI and 11 runs scored. He is in his better split tonight and gets a plus matchup against Pablo Lopez. He is in play in all formats and is my top catcher on DraftKings.

Also Consider: Yuli Gurriel(HOU)

Second Base

Ozzie Albies(ATL)

This is probably more of a GPP play tonight against a high K pitcher in Robbie Ray but hear me out. Albies has been hitting at the top of the lineup against lefties this season and while Ray has they K upside, he also has a track record of walking lots of guys which opens up a ton of run scoring opportunities. More good news as Albies doesn’t K much at just 11% on the season so I think there is enough of a floor here at these prices to consider him in cash games as well as a part of some Braves stacks tonight.

Also Consider: Brandon Lowe(TB)

Third Base

Hunter Dozier(KC)

Hard to not like Hunter Dozier tonight as he checks off all the boxes. He comes in red-hot with five straight multi-hit games and after being moved up to the cleanup spot last night, responded with a double and his fourth home run of the season. Through 14 games, he is slashing .300/.379/.580 and has been a key contributor in the bottom half of the lineup. Tonight, he and the Royals get another plus matchup against Reynaldo Lopez who has been a dumpster fire to start the year. He has already allowed 18 earned runs(6 HR) in 13.1 innings pitched and is giving up an average exit velo of 94 mph which is second worst among starters. The Royals are one of my favorite teams to target tonight and Dozier will be a part of that core.

Also Consider: Anthony Rendon(WSH)

Shortstop

Carlos Correa(HOU)

Correa continues to be an excellent source of consistent PTS/$ value sitting at the top of the second tier of shortstops when looking at salary. He has hits in nine of his last 12 games and enters tonight with a terrific .313/.400/.542 slash line to start the year. The Astros are one of the top projected teams on the slate in a good spot vs. Marco Estrada who has given up 18 hits, 11 earned runs, and five home runs in his first three starts. Correa is in play in all formats.

Also Consider: Corey Seager(LAD)

Outfield

Austin Meadows(TB)

He is now priced with the big boys and for good reason. He has been a key contributor for the AL East leading Rays in his first full season with the team after being traded from the Pirates last season. Through 15 games, he is slashing .357/.438/.732 with six home runs and 17 RBI all while hitting out of the leadoff spot. The Rays are the top projected offense on the main slate in a matchup against Dylan Bundy who has already given up 12 earned runs(six home runs) in his first three starts while giving up an average exit velocity of 90.2 mph(270th among 382 pitchers). I will definitely have lots of exposure to the Rays in all formats and it starts with Meadows and if Pham is hitting second they make a nice 1/2 punch at the top of the order.

Also Consider: Whit Merrifield(KC), Randal Grichuk(TOR), Leonys Martin(CLE)