Let’s deal ‘em up!
From multiple rainouts to nary a weather concern out there. You gotta love it.
Michael Pineda – I like Tyler Skaggs a lot for value too today, but I feel a slight bit better about Pineda. He looks close to the pitcher we saw pre-injury. With 12 Ks in 12 IP and just nine hits and two ERs, I look for Pineda to control this favorable matchup.
Albert Pujols – Back again. Pujols is rolling (outside of last night) and is 7-for-14 with six doubles off Timmy Milone. The price for Pujols is still relatively low for how he’s been playing.
Howie Kendrick – Kendrick is off to a slow start, striking out too much. But like Pujols, he hits Milone well, and this matchup should allow you to save money and hopefully get Kendrick on track.
Elvis Andrus – Run! It’s Felix Hernandez. Hold on. Andrus actually does well against Hernandez with a .299 average and just as many RBI as strikeouts (11). Andrus is having a nice start to the season too with 17 hits already, including at least one in all but one game this year.
Leonys Martin – Like Andrus, you shouldn’t be afraid of the matchup. Martin can give you lineup value for the fact that he’s lower priced and does well against Hernandez too. Martin is 6-for-18 with a double, triple and homer off King Felix and hits righties much better than lefties.
Angel Pagan – Not only is Pagan rolling to start 2014, but his price still isn’t reflective of his value so far (not that he’ll finish as a Top 10 outfielder). In addition, Pagan hits Paul Maholm well at 8-for26 with two doubles and a homer.
Others: Brian McCann (at home? Thank you), Pablo Sandoval (good matchup), Giancarlo Stanton (manbeast)
Let’s deal ‘em up!
Good grief. Baltimore, New York, Philly – all have 100 percent chances of rain. Steer clear.
Yordano Ventura, SP, KC – You have to know my love of Ventura by now. Ventura has enormous upside and faces the Astros. Low price? Check. Stud pitcher? Check. Facing a weak team? Check.
Albert Pujols, 1B, LAA – Wait, I know, Pujols is supposed to be washed up. Funny. Pujols has four home runs in his last six games and looks locked in. He’s also 6-for-14 with a homer off Dan Straily.
Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM – I certainly didn’t expect Murph to repeat last year, but so far, so good. Murphy was off to a good start, then went 0-for-10 in two games but bounced back nicely last night. Now, he faces Bronson Arroyo, who he is 6-for-13 against with two doubles.
Chase Headley, 3B, SD – Headley’s average doesn’t look that good, but if you take just his last five games, things look much better. The big thing about Headley today is that he hits Juan Nicasio well, going 6-for-12 with two homers.
Michael Cuddyer, OF, COL – In my lineup AGAIN. Hot and facing a weak lefty in Robbie Erlin.
Mark Trumbo, OF, ARI – One of the best plays going right now, Trumbo is facing Jenrry Mejia. It doesn’t matter if it’s a righty or lefty, Trumbo is crushing pitchers right now and is playing at his hitter-friendly home.
Others: Russell Martin (I’m not bitter after yesterday given the matchup), Jimmy Rollins (rolling and good matchup), Giancarlo Stanton (really need explanation?)
Let’s deal ‘em up!
Looks as though the Reds game is dicey weather wise, so be on the lookout.
Jesse Chavez, SP, OAK – They just breed pitchers in Oakland don’t they? Chavez doesn’t have a win yet, but in 13.0 IP, Chavez has allowed two runs and struck out 13. The Angels bat awoke against the Mets, so this is a riskier play than Jordan Zimmermann or Homer Bailey; both whom I like. If you want low-price/high-upside, Chavez is the choice.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL – One of my favorite Fantasy players also plays for a team I loathe, so that tells you how good he is. Freeman is off to a torrid start, hitting .442 with four homers and 10 RBI. Plus, he’s only facing the mediocre Roberto Hernandez.
Chase Utley, 2B, PHI – Healthy and looking better than he has in a long time, Utley also hits righties much better than lefties (.849 OPS vs. .689 the past three years). With 10 RBI already and a .500 AVG (!), Utley is a great option.
Charlie Blackmon, OF, COL – Look, Blackmon is not going to keep this up. Not even close. However, as we say, you have to ride the hot streaks. Maybe it ends today, but Blackmon is still rolling and has a rather favorable matchup. With 20 hits on the year already, enjoy the value price.
Michael Cuddyer, OF, COL – He’s back in the lineup and has nearly the same Fantasy Points as Blackmon in less games. Cuddyer has been a beast this season, and like many so far, until he cools off and loses the hot streak, he should be in the lineup.
Justin Upton, OF, ATL – Someone hose the man down. Speaking of hot streaks, Upton has four homers in his last four games with eight RBI and eight Runs. Upton’s price isn’t that high yet as he started off hitting .200 through April 9.
Others: Russell Martin, Martin Prado, Brad Miller
Let’s deal ‘em up!
If you’re not going to be around late to adjust your lineups, I wouldn’t mess around with the games in Baltimore, New York or Philadelphia. All have a 70 percent chance of rain or greater. Don’t get caught with a zero!
Tyler Skaggs, SP, CLE – Even after last night, the Mets bats are still one of the weaker collections in the league. Skaggs looked to have his velocity and off-speed bite back on his pitches. Those are what made him a highly-touted prospect, and Skaggs is the best pitcher going that isn’t in the high price range of the Felix Hernandez, Madison Bumgarner, Jose Fernandez, et al, ilk.
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARI – Do you need an explanation? We saw what happens the last time Goldy owned a pitcher (see: Tim Lincecum vs. Goldschmidt earlier this week). Now, Goldy faces Ryu, who he is 8-for-16 with a homer against.
Brian Dozier, 2B, MIN – Dozier only has six hits on the year, but three of them are homers. Add in a low price (again, he’s only hitting .167) and a matchup that favors him – Bruce Chen – and you have a value pick of the day similar to Villar yesterday.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B, MIN – Plouffe has six hits in 22 ABs against Chen, and half of them are homers. Wait, no, this isn’t a recording. Plouffe is actually hitting twice as good as Dozier this year (.333) with seven RBI and six BBs to boot.
Melky Cabrera, OF, TOR – Nice to see what a healthy back can do for a player. Cabrera is playing great with a .333 AVG and .644 SLG% that includes four home runs. The game is in hitter-friendly Camden Yards, and he did well in his only matchup with Bud Norris.
Carlos Gomez, OF, MIL – We know he’s a stud. We know Gomez is doing great (.390/.432/.732). And we know he crushes Liriano (8-for-16 with a double, triple and two dingers). What more do we need to know?
Others in my lineup: Salvador Perez, Chris Owings, Alex Rios
Yep, three Athletics in there today… Let’s deal ‘em up!
Finally, a nice full slate of games with little to no weather concerns!
Dan Straily, SP, OAK – Minnesota is always a good place to pitch, and Straily’s only undoing in his first outing was home run trouble. That shouldn’t be as bad in Minny, and Straily brings high-K potential and a good chance for a win.
Derek Norris, C, OAK – Norris is a catcher with 20-homer power that few talk about. He’s already on a roll with a .429 AVG and two home runs this season. Plus, he costs very little on most sites.
Brandon Moss, 1B, OAK – Another underrated A’s player in Moss. The man has power for days, and after Belt just went a measly 1-for-5 yesterday, I’m looking elsewhere. Okay, kidding about my boy, Belt, but Moss is much cheaper and has a nice showing against Mike Pelfrey in limited appearances against him.
Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI – Gordon even took one out of the park! Speaking of until he cools, Gordon is hitting, and that means good things, especially when he’s on base for potential steals. At a cheap price on most sites, Gordon helps us spend elsewhere.
Jonathan Villar, SS, HOU – This is tricky, but Villar is Everth Cabrera-light with 30-plus SB potential, but he also has more pop… so maybe, Cabrera-heavy? In any case, the matchup with R.A. Dickey makes it tricky and boom or bust. If Dickey is off, Villar has a shot for a real nice day. If that knuckler is dancing, this pick probably fizzles.
Angel Pagan, OF, SF – Told people not to panic. Soriano has woken up with five hits and a homer in his last three games. All Soriano does is hit 20-plus homers every year… for the last TWELVE years just FYI.
Others in my lineup: Mark Trumbo (how can he not be with this start… and it’s just Ryan Vogelsong!), Melky Cabrera (wonders a healthy back will do for you), David Wright