4/23 MLB DFS: (Max)imize your pitching on Thursday
Welcome to Thursday’s edition of the Daily Fantasy Rundown with “leonem”, “dinkpiece” and “thenumbersguy”. Each day throughout the MLB season our daily MLB scouting reports will highlight the best top, value and cheap plays of the day based on the Daily Fantasy Industry’s pricing for salary cap games. The goal of our analysis is to help you improve consistency and become a better player long-term.
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Additional catcher notes: I’m not a fan of how today’s slate was broken up. The catcher position is very ugly and that’s exaggerated due to a couple of factors. First, there’s a quick turnaround for most of these teams since they just played last night. Second, the first game starts at 12:35 EST and that means we might not get all lineups in time. I’m sure most of the catchers that started last night will rest today, which will likely open up value in some situations. The most intriguing situation this afternoon is Coors Field (shocker). Wil Nieves (SD) and Nick Hundley (COL) will likely draw the start for their respective teams and even though they will likely not have a favorable lineup position, they will be my preferred cash game options. The Rockies and Padres once again have the highest team totals today and I will consider both of these catchers since they give me a cost-effective route into the main offensive environment on this slate. They won’t have the platoon advantage but the offensive environment is enough to consider them viable cash game plays at a position that carries almost no opportunity cost. Yasmani Grandal (LAD) will likely start and be blessed with a top-five lineup position. If that’s the case, he becomes my preferred catcher option for cash games on FanDuel. The offensive environment is poor (AT&T Park) but the lineup position as well as good offensive skills (when obtaining the platoon edge) warrants enough attention at a barren position. Jarrod Saltalamacchia (MIA) is very likely to draw the start for the Marlins. He’ll be hitting from his better side (the left side) against a shaky pitcher in Dustin McGowan with a big park shift in his favor. He’s a cheap alternative to the Coors Field punts at catcher.