MLB Fantasy Favorites - April 25, 2019

Yeah the NFL draft is tonight, and sure the NBA playoffs are still going on, but tonight is about BASEBALL!

Last Lineup’s Best Picks:

Vince Velasquez, Philadelphia Phillies (23.05 Fantasy Points vs 12.9 FPPG)

Andrew Benintendi, Boston Red Sox (13 Fantasy Points vs 7.8 FPPG)

Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers (9 Fantasy Points vs 7.1 FPPG)

Gleyber Torres, New York Yankees (8 Fantasy Points vs 6.9 FPPG)

Tonight’s Starting Lineup:

P – Caleb Smith, Miami Marlins (DK Salary $7,300, 18.8 FPPG)

Sure, the opposing Phillies team has a starting lineup that features multiple All-Stars, but their recent play has been both unimpressive and uninspiring. Over their last 4 games, Philadelphia’s offense has only been able to put up 8 runs, and 6 of those came last night against the Mets’ worst relievers. Against struggling pitcher Jason Vargas, the Phillies only put up 1 run. I’ll say it again: 1 freaking run against Jason Vargas. Caleb Smith has been much more dominant that Vargas, pitching to the tune of a very impressive 2.35 ERA. And for some reason, DraftKings is including a game on 4/2 against the Mets that Smith did not throw a pitch in, which means his ACTUAL average on the season is 23.5 FPPG! Despite being a joke in the MLB, the Marlins have picked up their play with 3 wins in their last 5 games, and that strong play should continue tonight with Smith on the mound against a flat Philadelphia team.

P – Julio Teheran, Atlanta Braves (DK Salary $8,100, 13.3 FPPG) 

Again, sticking with the NL East, Julio Teheran should have himself a nice game tonight in Cincinnati. Shocked in Game 1 of this series, the Braves bounced back to beat the Reds last night and look to take the series tonight on the road. Cincinnati’s offense is incredibly weak, ranking 25th in runs per game (3.5) and dead last in hits per game (6.4). Teheran’s ERA remains high to start the new season, but he is still capable of holding teams to low scores and raking in 20+ Fantasy Points. Especially in the rubber match against a low-hitting Reds team, Teheran is a player to invest in tonight.

C – Gary Sanchez, New York Yankees (DK Salary $4,400, 9.9 FPPG)

Sanchez has finally returned from the IL (NOT the DL) and played his first game in over a week last night against the Angels. Tonight, he’ll get the chance to face off against struggling pitcher Trevor Cahill and his 5.47 ERA. And now that he’s had a game to adjust, the powerful catcher should be able to return to his pre-injury form, where he was slashing .268/.333/.732 with 6 homeruns and 11 RBIs in 11 games. 

1B – Christian Walker, Arizona Diamondbacks (DK Salary $4,600, 10.0 FPPG)

Out of nowhere, Christian Walker has been a pivotal part of Arizona’s early success this season. In just in 22 games, Walker has hit 7 homeruns and 14 RBIs while slashing .333/.395/.690 with a 1.072 OPS. He has been especially dominant as of late, averaging 14.9 FPPG over his last 9 games. Expect Walker to help the Diamondbacks today as they look to sweep the Pirates on the road.

2B – Danny Santana, Texas Rangers (DK Salary $4,100, 11.2 FPPG)

With Rougned Odor out for Texas, Danny Santana has really stepped up to the opportunity. So far this season, Santana has averaged a very impressive 11.2 FPPG in 10 games. Most recently, he had a 22 Fantasy Point game against the Athletics that included 3 hits, 1 homerun, and 2 RBIs in 5 plate appearances. His switch-hitting ability makes him a threat from both sides of the plate, so regardless of who Seattle throws at him, Santana should respond nicely and perform well once again.

3B – Rafael Devers, Boston Red Sox (DK Salary $3,800, 6.1 FPPG)

It took him a bit of time to get going, but Devers has finally started to find his footing at the plate. Over his last 9 games, the young third baseman has hit 8-for-26 (.308) with 3 RBIs during that stretch. He may not have the most powerful bat in Boston, but now that the reigning world champions seem to have finally figured out how to score again, Devers should be able to capitalize on more chances to drive in runs. This should hold true tonight as the Red Sox aim to split the series at home against Jordan Zimmermann (4.94 ERA) and the Tigers.

SS – Carlos Correa, Houston Astros (DK Salary $4,300, 8.8 FPPG)

An All-Star in the Astros’ 2017 World Series season, Correa seems to have found his way this season after slumping in 2018. With 5 homeruns and 13 RBIs already to his name, he has been heating up at the plate for Houston, averaging 13.5 FPPG over his last 4 games. During that stretch, Correa has hit 5-18 (.278) with 1 double, 3 homeruns, and 5 RBIs. It’s scary when an All-Star gets going at the plate, especially at home like Correa and the Astros are tonight.

OF – Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox (DK Salary $4,700, 8.2 FPPG)

Last year’s AL MVP, Mookie is doing his absolute best to keep this Red Sox team afloat after such a slow start. Over his last 6 games, Betts has averaged a very impressive 11.3 FPPG. During that same stretch, Mookie has gone an insane 9-for-22 (.409) with 1 homerun, 2 doubles, and 4 RBIs. Now that one of the best players in baseball has found his groove, it’d be crazy to bet against him. 

OF – Josh Reddick, Houston Astros (DK Salary $3,800, 8.2 FPPG)

Ever since we picked Josh Reddick against Texas, he has been on an absolute tear.As it stands right now, the veteran outfielder is hitting for an incredible .386 average this season. Over his last 4 games, Reddick has been one of baseball’s best, batting 10-for-15 (.667) with 1 double, 2 homeruns, and 4 RBIs during that short stretch, good enough for an average of 17.5 FPPG. Until the water dries up on him, we need to include Reddick in our Fantasy Favorites, especially for the value he provides at such a low DK salary. 

OF – George Springer, Houston Astros (DK Salary $4,900, 10.7 FPPG)

Going 1-4 in last night’s game slightly decreased Springer’s stock, but that’s great news for us! Prior to last night’s game, the former UCONN Husky (shout out Connecticut once again) had been averaging 15.6 FPPG on 8 hits, 2 homeruns, 3 doubles, and 6 RBIs in 5 games. After another hit yet again in yesterday’s win, Springer now has himself a nice 6 game hit streak going at the plate. He may not have lived up to his fantasy value last night, but take another chance on the hot-hitting Springer tonight to make it up to all of us!

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Twitter: @ChazzLucenti