Daily Fantasy Baseball Core Plays for DraftKings and FanDuel - 5/4/19

Welcome back to another busy Saturday in Major League Baseball as there is a full 15 games on schedule today. In this article, I will be breaking down my core plays at each position for the 10-game main slate tonight. Let’s get started.

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Starting Pitcher

Chris Bassitt(OAK)

He was on no one’s radar to start the year as he spent some time on the IL and started the year in the minors. An injury to Marco Estrada gave him the opportunity in mid April and he is proving he deserves a rotation spot. He went five innings of two-hit ball in his first start striking out seven and walking four picking up the win against the Rangers and then turned around and went seven against the Jays striking out nine and walking none. In those two games he produced a 50% ground ball rate but also registered an elite 14.4% swinging strike rate. Today he gets a nice matchup at home against a Pirates team that has scored the second-fewest amount of runs(97) on the season while striking out 23% of the time as a team. Bassitt’s best value comes on DraftKings at just $8K but he is still my top pitcher in all formats on both sites.

Also Consider: Patrick Corbin(WSH)

First Base/Catcher

Pete Alonso(NYM)

After making progressions at the minor league level for three straight years, Alonso go the Opening Day start for the Mets and has been more than promised. He won the April Rookie of the Month and and enters tonight with a .291/.383/.627 slash line with nine homers and 26 RBI. What stands out the most tonight is the matchup against lefty Gio Gonzalez who has seen his swing and miss profile drop off the table and is coming off a season where he posted a 4.21 ERA/4.44 xFIP. He isn’t terrible but could be in trouble as Alonso has feasted on southpaw pitching early in the season going 10 for 27 with four of those hits going for home runs. He also gets the park boost tonight and is my top first basemen on this slate.

Also Consider: Justin Smoak(TOR)

Second Base

Kike Hernandez(LAD)

Despite one of the lower game totals(7.5) of the slate, Hernandez stands out to me for a couple of reasons starting with the price which is outside the Top 5 at the position on both sites. The matchup may not look great as Lucchesi has been better at home but he still struggles against righties, That is good news for Kike who has been a lefty masher posting a .371 wOBA, 135 wRC+, and .246 ISO since the start of the 2017 season(.495/217/.324 in 2019). Fire up Hernandez in all formats.

Also Consider: Ildermaro Vargas(ARI) if he was to get the start in Coors in his best split

Third Base

Alex Bregman(HOU)

With the game in Coors and Rays facing dumpster fire Dylan Bundy, there are some teams who come at a discount today. The Astros are one of those teams and Bregman is an excellent value to build around at third, especially on DraftKings as the 9th priced player at the position. I am not at all worried about the low .260 average to start the year as he sits with a BABIP(.259) 30 points lower than last year and 60 points lower than his career number. Also, he is still getting on base at an elite .392 clip and has been much better against righties with a .403 wOBA and 161 wRC+. All things considered, Bregman is a core play for me in all formats.

Also Consider: Manny Machado(SDP)


Xander Bogaerts(BOS)

The shortstop position is deep tonight and if you have the salary, I have no problem paying up for Story, Andrus, or Anderson. From a PTS/$ perspective, I will be rolling with Bogaerts as my top guy tonight. He has been solid all season with a .270/.361/.452 slash line and has been tearing up left-handed pitching this season going 8 for 20 with just one K. The Red Sox face Manny Banuelos who has been solid since joining the rotation but is walking over 13% of batters on the season and Boston is one of the most patient teams in the league which could give Bogaerts lots of opportunities to drive in runs out of the 4 of 5 hole.

Also Consider: Elvis Andrus(TEX)


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