4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Value Plays for 4/25/16
Building daily fantasy baseball lineups can be intimidating. On any given slate, you have a massive number of options in front of you and a ton of factors to consider.
We're here to help take some of that burden off and break down some hitters who you can slot into your lineup for nice and cheap, while still being well-positioned to provide your lineup with solid fantasy production.
Let's take a look at where we can find value on today's slate.
Mike Napoli, 1B, Cleveland Indians
FanDuel Price: $3,200
Though two games don't yet have an over/under set, Cleveland currently has the fifth-highest implied total on today's full slate against Tommy Milone and the Twins.
Milone's numbers are pretty ugly, with a career 4.22 SIERA, 16.9 percent strikeout rate, and 1.25 home runs per nine. He struggles against hitters on both sides of the plate, giving up a .324 wOBA to lefties and a .323 to righties.
Mike Napoli is a guy who has hit lefties really well through his career, with a .393 wOBA and .248 ISO. With a great matchup and hitting in the heart of a well-positioned offense, Napoli feels nice and under-priced today.
Mark Reynolds, 1B, Colorado Rockies
FanDuel Price: $3,300
I talk about Mark Reynolds a lot, but realistically, as long as his price stays this low and if he's hitting at Coors, he's almost always in play.
Reynolds does strike out at a high rate, but his other numbers make that easily forgivable, especially when the Rockies are at home. He has a career .348 wOBA and .223 ISO against left-handed pitchers, with a 43.1 percent fly ball rate and 35.4 percent hard hit rate, giving him huge upside at Coors.
He doesn't have a worrisome pitching matchup, and the Rockies have an implied total hovering around six against lefty Jeff Locke, who has really struggled through his first three starts this season and who sports a career 4.33 SIERA.
Mitch Moreland, OF, Texas Rangers
FanDuel Price: $3,100
Eovaldi's platoon splits are pretty drastic, and he has allowed a career .341 wOBA with a 15.6 percent strikeout rate and 4.32 xFIP against left-handed hitters through his career.
Moreland's splits are similarly pronounced, and he has hit a solid career .342 wOBA with a .203 ISO against righties. It's nice to get him so cheaply in a very favorable matchup.
Enrique Hernandez, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers
FanDuel Price: $3,000
This is another spot where drastic platoon splits have created a pretty big disparity between a player's salary and his fantasy value.
Enrique Hernandez hasn't done much against righties in his young career, but his numbers against left-handed pitching are incredibly encouraging. Though it's only a sample size of 137 plate appearances, he has a massive .482 wOBA and a .292 ISO, with a 16.1 percent strikeout rate and 10.9 percent walk rate.
Wei-Yin Chen has allowed a career .334 wOBA and 1.35 home runs per nine to righties, with a 4.19 xFIP. Those are not exactly horrible numbers, but they are weak enough to make Hernandez a very appealing option at only $3,000