5 Daily Fantasy Baseball Studs for 4/27/16
In daily fantasy baseball, pitchers are the cornerstone of your lineups. Itâ€™s important to spend wisely at the position; if your pitchers fail, your lineup is doomed.
But in any slate, itâ€™s also important to select the correct top-priced hitters. Luckily for us, some top bats have excellent matchups today.
Letâ€™s take a look at the FanDuel studs for todayâ€™s main slate.
Jake Arrieta, Chicago Cubs
$12,900 on FanDuel
Jake Arrieta has now thrown two no-hitters in his last 17 starts. Look at these numbers:
Jake Arrieta last 17 starts (since last loss):
2 No hitters
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) April 22, 2016
While he probably wonâ€™t throw another no-hitter tonight, Vegas certainly believes heâ€™ll perform admirably. Heâ€™s a -330 favorite, which is one of the biggest you will ever find in Major League Baseball.
If you need another reason to roster Arrieta, his opponent tonight, Milwaukee, is second-to-last in the majors with a 26.0 percent strikeout rate.
Continue to ride Jake Arrieta while heâ€™s pitching this well.
Matt Harvey, New York Mets
$9,300 on FanDuel
Letâ€™s face it: Matt Harvey hasnâ€™t been great in 2016.
So far this season, heâ€™s posted three-year lows in both his walk rate and strikeout rate:
However, not all of it falls on Harvey, as heâ€™s been victimized by a .351 BABIP. But with a career-low hard hit rate of 25.3 percent, it shows heâ€™s just been purely unlucky on balls in play.
Heâ€™s also suffered from an unusually low strand rate of 63.6 percent.
Tonight, Harvey will face the Cincinnati Reds, who are 26th in the league versus right-handed pitching with a walk rate of just 7.0 percent. The Redsâ€™ free-swinging mentality will certainly help Harvey limit his free passes.
As a -215 favorite according to Vegas tonight, look for Harvey to bounce back to his pre-2016 form.
Michael Conforto, OF, New York Mets
$3,800 on FanDuel
As weâ€™ve detailed in this column in the past, Redsâ€™ pitcher Jon Moscot is a target every time he takes the mound.
Heâ€™s struggled mightily to limit the production of lefties in his short MLB career thus far, and his numbers have actually worsened since the last time we discussed him.
Heâ€™s struck out them out just 10 percent of the time and has allowed an ISO of .230, a wOBA of .362, and a fly ball rate of 45.7.
The last batter Moscot wants to see is Michael Conforto, who is a destroyer of right-handed pitching -- last season, Conforto posted a .256 ISO and a .371 wOBA versus righties. This season versus them, heâ€™s blasted three home runs and has increased his hard-hit rate to a ridiculous 59 percent.
Conforto is tonightâ€™s top option and thatâ€™s including everyone from the Coors game.
Lucas Duda, 1B, New York Mets
$3,400 on FanDuel
If youâ€™re a friend or family member of Jon Moscot (or if youâ€™re actually Jon Moscot and you like to torture yourself by reading these articles), it may be time to close this page.
Basically, you should target any left-handed Met versus Moscot tonight.
If you only decide to roster a couple of them, Lucas Duda is the next best option. Last season, he hit righties with a .236 ISO and .354 wOBA. And not much has changed this season, as heâ€™s already blasted three home runs off of right-handed pitching.
Take advantage of Moscot for as long as he is an MLB starter.
Byung-Ho Park, 1B, Minnesota Twins
$2,900 on FanDuel
By now, youâ€™ve probably seen Byung-Ho Parkâ€™s numbers from his time in the Korean Baseball Organization. If you havenâ€™t, be prepared to be wowed.
Last season, he hit 53 home runs and 35 doubles in 622 plate appearances.
Think the home runs were a fluke? Try again. He hit 52 of them the season before.
Many analysts and DFS players questioned how Parkâ€™s game would transition to the MLB. The answer so far has been â€œjust fine.â€
Heâ€™s crushed right-handed pitching in his short time here with a .304 ISO, 48.3 hard hit rate, and four home runs. His opponent tonight, Josh Tomlin, somehow managed to allow a massive .320 ISO versus righties in 32 innings last season.
If you're looking for a bigger sample, his career ISO allowed to righties is .201 and heâ€™s struck out just 6.48 of them per nine innings.
Park has gone under-owned every single day this season -- take advantage of that tonight until his ownership catches up with his production.