This is a potentially tricky Monday night of daily fantasy baseball action at DraftKings. There are some tempting MLB aces on the board, but we find you the studs among the mid-level options and also warn you of some high-priced duds for May 11.
Stud Pitcher Selections
Jacob deGrom, New York Mets ($8,100)
The NL's reigning Rookie of the Year is not quite on the level of some aces on the board, but he is also cheaper than a lot of them. He had a couple of bad outings in late April to drag his price down, along with pitching here in a hitter's park, but he was outstanding his last time out and represents a top-of-the-board selection at this price. The Chicago Cubs are merely middle of the pack offensively, per DraftKings.
Shelby Miller, Atlanta Braves ($8,300)
We wrote before his past start that Miller was going to rise to daily fantasy acedom this year. He sure looked the part last time out, rewarding us with a three-hit, eight-strikeout, complete-game shutout against the Philadelphia Phillies. Pitching in Cincy's smaller ballpark is a bit less intriguing, but like the Cubs, the Reds have been middle of the pack offensively thus far, ranking 20th in team average, per DraftKings.
Ranking the Aces
- Zack Greinke, Los Angeles Dodgers ($10,200)
- Jacob deGrom, New York Mets ($8,100)
- Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals ($11,500)
- Shelby Miller, Atlanta Braves ($8,300)
- Gerrit Cole, Pittsburgh Pirates ($8,900)
Top Bargain Options
- Rick Porcello, Boston Red Sox ($7,700)
- Ubaldo Jimenez, Baltimore Orioles ($6,100)
- Colby Lewis, Texas Rangers ($7,200)
3B Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays ($4,200)
Longo has been in a buy position for most of the season, but you have to love him against left-handers. He has hit .291 with a .924 OPS in his career against lefties (versus .264/.817 against right-handers), per Baseball-Reference.com.
It shouldn't be a surprise he has owned CC Sabathia ($7,800) in his career, then. Longo has rapped the lefty around at a .414 clip (24-for-58) with six homers and eight doubles, per DailyBaseballData.com.
The Rays' top hitter has hit three homers in his past five games—oh, and Longo just happens to love hitting at home (.380) versus the road (.214). He is easily the most enticing hitter on the board.
2B Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox ($3,800)
Speaking of righties facing lefties, Pedroia is in that wheelhouse and is at a rare sub-$4,000 price because he is swinging in a pitcher's park. Pedroia is a career .307 hitter (.854 OBP) against lefties, and he has hit Scott Kazmir ($7,100) to the tune of 13-for-31 (.419) with four homers, five doubles and a triple.
OF Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays ($5,100)
Here is a bad way to spend money Monday night. Joey Bats is off to a slow start this season (.220) despite showing some life of late, but he has an awful history against the Orioles' Jimenez. He has been baffled by the right-hander, hitting just .077 (2-for-26). At this price, Bautista is a must-sit.
DH David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox ($4,300)
As much as you might think the price is right, the play is wrong with Big Papi. He has struggled in his career against Kazmir as a lefty on lefty, hitting just .167 (3-for-18). It will be more of a Pedroia night for the Red Sox.
SP Josh Collmenter, Arizona Diamondbacks ($6,300)
Facing the scorching Bryce Harper ($5,500) should scare anyone enough, but Collmenter is facing the equally hot Washington Nationals. They have won four consecutive and Collmenter is facing off against the top ace on the board, Scherzer. Yeah, not a good time to consider this bargain play.
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