MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 4/30/13

Yu Darvish's expected dominance highlights the first of many MLB Daily Fantasy Helpers.

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StarStreet Optimized Roster

PlayerPositionProjected FPCostValue
Jason HammelSP21.5$24,9000.86
Jaime GarciaSP19.23$23,4000.82
Andrew McCutchenCF12.77$6,4002.00
Ben Zobrist2B12.33$6,2001.99
Chase Headley3B13.3$6,1002.18
Dexter FowlerCF12.75$6,0002.13
Buster PoseyC12.32$6,0002.05
Lance BerkmanDH14.22$5,7002.49
Alejandro De AzaCF11.71$5,3002.21
Mike Napoli1B13.36$5,2002.57
Everth CabreraSS10.99$4,8002.29

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The Three Top Pitchers

Yu Darvish - The White Sox aren't exactly a strong offensive team - I'd say their dead-last-in-the-AL .280 on-base-percentage is a solid indicator. They also aren't too patient at the plate, drawing the least total walks in the AL so far this season. That fits Darvish quite perfectly, considering he's so adept with the strikeout (6.71 of those projected today) but normally has a higher projected walk total than today's 2.31 BB mark.

Hiroki Kuroda - Continuing with the theme of hitters that make my eyes bleed, the Yankees take on the Houston Astros today. That's almost a guaranteed win - in fact, Kuroda's 0.58 projected wins are the highest of any projected pitcher today and only one of two starters (Verlander) projected over 0.5 wins. His three straight starts of at least 6.0 IP helps as well - his 6.58 projected innings pitched are the second-longest of any starter, giving time for more of those juicy strikeouts.

Jason Hammel - Seattle's 12-16 record might not look that bad, but their fifth-most strikeouts in the majors (219) leaves something to be desired. Hammel's 4.7 SO/9 should regress to the mean here soon; he's averaged 6.5 SO/9 for his career and averaged 8.6 SO/9 in 20 starts last season. This game would be a good bet for him to get his start back on that track.

Top High-Priced Hitters

Chase Headley - 2013 has not been Edwin Jackson's best ride. However, it could even be worse. Jackson's home run/fly ball rate only sits at 3.3 percent, way under his 7.3 percent career average. His percentage of hits that have gone for extra-bases only sits at 5.4 percent, way under his 8.0 percent career average. With those numbers so low, it's a testament to how poorly Jackson has been pitching that his ERA is at 4.76 and his WHIP at 1.412. Headley's the best of a Padres squad that could go off tonight.

Dexter Fowler - This is not a drill: Dexter Fowler home runs are a thing that happens. His round-tripper yesterday against the Dodgers marked his eighth on the season, good for fifth in the entire majors. Couple that with 19 total runs scored (No. 11), and Fowler as a top ten fantasy guy doesn't look too out of place. It also doesn't hurt that Dodgers starter Hyun-jin Ryu has allowed 26 percent of his allowed balls in play to be line drives, far above the league average of 21 percent.

Mid-Range Cost-Effective Hitters

Alejandro De Aza - True story: De Aza currently holds a five-game hitting streak and hits in eight of his previous nine games. Granted, all but one of those games was a one-hit affair, but at least he's consistently making contact. Even against our top starter Darvish, that has a good chance of holding true today. De Aza's current 30 percent strikeout rate is not a true indicator of his value (career 20 percent rate) and has driven his cost much lower than it should be across most platforms.

Mike Napoli - What if I told you that Mike Napoli is in the top five of projected batter fantasy points for four of the five platforms we currently cover? You may not believe me, but his 0.84 projected RBIs - third among all batters - says otherwise. Opposing starter Brandon Morrow has allowed 10.9 hits per nine so far this season in five starts, and although that number is likely to regress to the mean, his low 6.3 SO/9 isn't projected to get much better. Napoli's power with 0.29 projected homeruns gives him high upside as well.