FantasyScore Daily Fantasy Baseball Primer: Tuesday 4/21/15
Season-long fantasy baseball can be tough to keep track of. As an alternative, why not give daily fantasy baseball a try? More specifically, why not play over at FantasyScore.com?
FantasyScore has tons of games to choose from -- including regular freerolls going on now -- and compete in for real cash prizes. And the best part is that you have zero season-long commitments -- you can draft a new team tomorrow if you want.
With an interesting slate going on tonight in baseball, it's a perfect time to try it out. And to help you, we're giving out our FantasyScore optimized lineup, which you can find below.
|Carlos Carrasco (SP, CLE)||$6,900.00||11.1|
|Gio Gonzalez (SP, WSH)||$6,500.00||11.41|
|Troy Tulowitzki (SS, COL)||$6,000.00||4.3|
|Paul Goldschmidt (1B, ARI)||$6,000.00||4.9|
|Matt Kemp (CF, SD)||$5,200.00||4.48|
|Justin Upton (LF, SD)||$4,900.00||4.5|
|Dee Gordon (2B, MIA)||$4,700.00||4.02|
|Charlie Blackmon (RF, COL)||$3,700.00||4.44|
|Derek Norris (C, SD)||$3,300.00||3.99|
|Lonnie Chisenhall (3B, CLE)||$2,300.00||3.71|
The pitching options aren't necessarily elite in tonight's slate, but the algorithm ended up picking our top-two hurlers for the FantasyScore optimal lineup.
The first is Carlos Carrasco, who's pitching despite an ugly line drive to the jaw last week. But if he's on the mound, he's a strong play. Carrasco finished with a 9.40 strikeout per nine last season, and is projected to hover around the 8.0 range according to many projection systems. Tonight he'll face a decent White Sox lineup, but one that's striking out at just an average rate.
Gio Gonzalez is the other pitcher in the lineup, as he'll face a Cardinals' lineup in Washington, a pitcher's park. Like Carrasco, Gonzalez is capable of striking out batters at a high rate, as shown by his 9.19 strikeout per nine last season. Another reason to be higher on Gonzalez is the fact that the Cardinals' lineup is pretty balanced in terms of handedness, with plenty of lefty bats that will give Gio the platoon advantage. He should be fine in game that Vegas thinks will see just seven total runs scored.
The rest of the lineup is filled with strong bats, focusing mostly on the Padres-Rockies game at Coors Field. Derek Norris, who's at a really attractive price point, gets to face off against another lefty pitcher, while teammate Matt Kemp gets the same. And we saw last night what that could mean.
The Rockies lineup, too, is always capable of scoring runs, especially against Brandon Morrow, who's going to see one of the most dramatic park shifts imaginable as he pitches in Colorado. That's a big reason we have Troy Tulowitzki and Charlie Blackmon in the lineup.
Perhaps the biggest question mark in this lineup is Lonnie Chisenhall, who will more than likely bat towards the bottom of the Indians' order tonight against the White Sox. However, he does get a nice righty matchup -- over his career, Chisenhall's hit to a .322 wOBA against righties, whereas that number has been under .300 against lefties. As a punt, you could do a lot worse.