Fantasy Baseball Picks: Best DraftKings MLB DFS Goals, Values for April 17
Happy Easter! Major League Baseball is ready to help you celebrate spring with a full 10-game mega slate at DraftKings. With 20 teams in action, it should be a great Sunday afternoon of baseball to accompany your Easter dinner, treasure baskets and egg hunts. Whether you prefer chocolate candies or fruity delights, there’s always plenty of sugar for everyone, and hopefully there are plenty of fancy spots to be found all over the slate, too.
Let’s take a look at some of the best treasures on Sunday’s slate. The players listed below are in the best positions to succeed based on current form and expected match. Throughout the day, stay locked in DK Live app for updates, and you can also follow DK live on Twitter @dklive for the latest news and analysis leading up to the first pitch. You can also tell me what you think of these picks, ask questions, and find more bargain-specific content on my Twitter, @ZT_Sports.
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Alek Manoah, Toronto Blue Jays vs. Oakland Athletics ($10,000) – The 24-year-old was impressive in his first start of the season, allowing just one hit in six innings against the Yankees while striking out seven on his way to 28.5 DKFP. He gets a much easier game on this outing and should get a lot of running support depending on the game (more below). He looked good throughout spring training with 12 strikeouts and only one run allowed in 14 innings. Last year he was much better at home where he went 5-0 with a 2.32 ERA. His career K/9 rate of 10.24 shows he has a high ceiling, and he should be ready to dominate this game and help the Blue Jays bounce back from a tough loss on Saturday.
Other options – Alex Wood ($9,500), Eliesar Hernandez ($8,400)
Drew Peterson, New York food vs. Arizona Diamonds ($6,700) – The Diamondbacks are hitting a meager .152 as a team in their first eight games and have scored 21 points, which is more than the Orioles. While Peterson is the Mets’ seventh starter, he entered that starting role after injuries to Jacob deGrom (shoulder) and Taijuan Walker (shoulder). Peterson stepped in after Walker quit his start on Monday and pitched four shutout innings against the Phillies. The 26-year-old southpaw had a solid 9.32 K/9 last year but struggled to hit a 5.54 ERA and 4.78 FIP in 15 starts. He had some solid outings, especially at home, where he went 2-2 and averaged 15.6 DKFP per start. In this game, he should be able to get back around that average and be a solid value play as a result.
Other options – Vince Velasquez ($7,700), Michael Wacha ($6,200)
Tim Anderson, Chicago White Sox vs. Tampa Bay Stingrays ($5,700) – After serving a two-game suspension, Anderson returned to his usual place at the top of the White Sox order. Hitting at the top of a stacked formation would make him attractive on his own, but his production was also exceptional, as he went 11 for 25 (.440) with three doubles and a home run due to a hard 55.6%. – success rate. He’s hit triple-digit exit speed at least once in each of his games and will look to keep playing as the White Sox look to complete a sweep of the defending AL East champion Rays.
Nolan Arenado, Cardinals of St. Louis to Milwaukee Brewers ($4,700) – I drove the Arenado hype train, and this should be another great game for him as he takes on a southpaw in the series finale against the Brewers. Last season, Arenado hit 0.295 against lefties with an ISO of 0.295 and a wOBA of 0.387. Going into Saturday’s game, he was 10 for 23 with four homers, 12 RBIs and a 40.0 percent hitting rate highlighted by a 25.0 percent barrel rate. Against a southpaw with a price tag under $5,000, Arenado is again a cornerstone game to consider.
Other options – Jose Ramírez ($5,400), Josh Bell ($4,300)
Jeff McNeil, New York Mets vs. Arizona Diamondbacks ($3,600) – In his last two games, McNeil has taken the Mets lead with Mark Canha and Brandon Nimmo on the COVID-19 injured list. He had two hits in each game, posting eight and 10 DKFP. He’s 11 for 30 (.367) on the season and 8 for 20 (.400) against right-handed pitchers. Throughout his career he has been much better against right-handers, so an opposite game against Humberto Castellanos ($5,400) will make him a solid game, especially if he stays at the top of the roster. Its eligibility for both 2B and OF gives it even more flexibility.
Bobby Witt Jr., Kansas City Royals vs. Detroit Tigers ($2,600) – Witt was the No. 1 prospect in all of baseball at the start of the year, according to MLB Pipeline, and so far he’s been locked in a regular second place roster for the Royals. Witt had the first multi-hit game of his career on Saturday to go 5-for-32 (.156). He also has a stolen base and has produced at least 8.0 DKFP in four of his last six games. He has shown power and speed throughout his rise to the Majors and therefore has a high ceiling, especially in second place in the order.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Today’s Tigers-Royals game has been postponed due to inclement weather.
Other options – Cesar Hernandez ($3,500), Cavan Biggio ($3,000)
Starling Marte, New York Mets vs. Arizona Diamondbacks ($6,000) – After signing a big deal with the Mets this offseason, Marte has started the season strong and looks worth the investment so far. He went 10 for 34 (.294) with two home runs and 10 RBIs in his first eight games with the Mets while also adding two stolen bases for an average of 12.3 DKFP per game. He managed each of the first two games of this series at home against his former team and posted 33 and 18 DKFP in those two games. Castellanos should be another good game for Marte on Sunday.
Bryan Reynolds, Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Washington Nationals ($4,900) – Reynolds has hit safely in seven of his first eight games this season and has gone 8 for 29 (.276) with two homers, a 43.5% hard hit rate, a .207 ISO and .355 wOBA entering the Saturday night game. He’ll have a good game against a southpaw (more on that below), and last year he hit .325 against southpaws with an ISO of .187 and a wOBA of .385. Him and Ke’Bryan Hayes ($4,400) are a solid 1-2 punch in an otherwise thin Pirates batting order.
Other options – Bryce Harper ($6,200), Aaron Judge ($5,500)
Joc Pederson, San Francisco Giants at Cleveland Guardians ($3,300) – Pederson went 0-for-2 before quitting Saturday’s game for a pinch hitter, but prior to that disappointment he had played a good role for his new team. Pederson started six games for San Francisco and hit the cleanup each time. Heading into Saturday, he had a hugely impressive 81.5% hard-hit rate while going 6-for-16 (.375) with two homers and averaging 9.2 DKFP per game.
Oscar Mercado, Cleveland Guardians vs. San Francisco Giants ($2,500) – On the other side of this same match, Mercado offers a high ceiling since it usually starts against LHP like Alex Wood ($9,500). In his seven games this year, he was 5-for-28 (.179) with a double, a triple and three homers. It has a 40.0% hard hit rate and an unsustainable ISO of 0.429. While he doesn’t maintain that power output throughout the season, he’s a very solid cheap play with a high ceiling after posting over 18 DKFPs in three of his last five contests.
Other options – Pavin Smith ($3,100), Manuel Margot ($3,000)
Toronto Blue Jays vs. Oakland Athletics – In their first nine games of the season, no team has hit more homers than the Blue Jays, who have 14 home runs and scored 38 runs with a .254 batting average. They have a juicy match against Adam Oller ($6,800), who joined the Oakland rotation after Sean Manaea was traded. In his first start of the year, Oller made his Major League debut and allowed five runs on five hits and two home runs while recording just four outs and giving up a 66.7% hit rate. hard. The two home runs he gave up were left-handed hitters, so the few left-handed bats like Raimel Tapia ($3,000), Zack Collins ($2,300) and Cavan Biggio ($3,000) get a boost. It’s also hard to argue against one of the Blue Jays’ bats that usually hit the top of the order since George Springer ($5,000), Bo Bichette ($5,000) and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. ($5,700) all started the season so strong.
Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Washington Nationals – Although the Blue Jays have a very high cap, they also have a high price tag. If you’re looking for a bargain to consider, check out the Pirates as they take on Patrick Corbin ($6,500) and Nationals. The veteran southpaw allowed six runs on nine hits for the Braves in his last start and allowed right-handed hitters to go 12 for 27 with four doubles and a .488 wOBA. While I would avoid lefties Yoshi Tsutsugo ($3,400)the right-handed bats of Ke’Bryan Hayes ($4,400), Bryan Reynolds ($4,900) and Michael Chavis ($2,600) definitely worth a look, especially since Reynolds and Hayes had so much success against southpaws.
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