Weather took out a pair of games (Cubs-Cardinals, Tigers-White Sox), but we’ll keep it moving with which players are the best DFS plays on the first Wednesday of the season.
Paul Goldschmidt ($9,900 at FantasyDraft) owns Giants P Matt Moore, going 5 for 9 lifetime against him. Goldschmidt hit his first homer of the season on Tuesday and drew a pair of walks, making him a great play. You’ll want to avoid Freddie Freeman ($8,000), who is 4 for 19 lifetime against Mets hurler Jacob DeGrom. Same with Chris Davis ($8,700), as the Orioles slugger has just three hits in 15 ABs against the Blue Jays’ J.A. Happ.
Gotta like the Nationals’ Trea Turner ($9,600), especially if you’re looking for someone to steal bases. Turner swiped his first bag on Opening Day and is a good option versus Dan Straily of the Marlins. Jose Altuve of the Astros ($9,300) is always going to be a popular play, more so when he’s playing in Minute Maid Park. Brewers pacesetter Jonathan Villar ($8,800) has just one hit in his first eight ABs, yet should be considered going against Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood.
Good choices abound at the position, starting with the Dodgers Corey Seager ($8,800), who presents a solid 4.4 Well Hit Rating and has 10 career RBI in 96 ABs against Padres pitching. Carlos Correa ($9,200) also delivers ribbies, having brought home 10 versus Mariners pitching and is a lifetime .289 hitter at home at Minute Maid Park with an .854 OPS. Francisco Lindor ($8,700) is just 1 for 7 against Rangers starter Cole Hamels, yet Hamels does have a 5.04 ERA versus the Indians, so this might be a night where Lindor starts trending in the right direction.
Diamondbacks standout Jake Lamb ($7,600) homered and drew a pair of walks along with scoring a pair of runs in Tuesday’s loss to the Giants. He has a pair of hits in six trips against Moore and his Well Hit Rating makes him an interesting play. Josh Donaldson is tied with the Orioles’ Manny Machado as the most expensive infielder at FantasyDraft.com, and his 3 for 5 outing on Opening Day makes the Blue Jays star an intriguing play at $10,000. Machado should be fine after rolling his left wrist on Monday and has two career homers off Happ, making him a worthy investment.
Mike Trout put up 21 Fantasy points against the A’s on Monday and it’s hard not to suck up the $10,200 and plug him into an outfield spot. Same with Bryce Harper ($9,600), who had 16 FP on Monday. Harper is hitless in four ABs against the Marlins’ Straily, but I’d still suggest him. On the other hand, I’d stay away from the Orioles’ Mark Trumbo ($8,400), who has yet to record a hit off Happ in 11 appearances against last season’s leader in wins. Billy Hamilton is interesting at $8,400 as he had 10 FP on Opening Day and has six steals in seven attempts against the Phillies. Domingo Santana ($7,600) is a sleeper of sorts as the big Brewers right fielder already has a stolen base and scored two runs in Tuesday’s loss to the Rockies. He also has a strong Well Hit Rating and can’t be ignored when dealing with Colorado pitching. Khris Davis ($7,600) swatted a pair of homers on Opening Night, totalling 31 FP, perhaps a sign the A’s slugger has more than the 42 bombs he smashed in 2016.
Catcher / DH
Evan Gattis ($7,500) got his first look of the season at DH for the Astros on Tuesday. He should be in the lineup tonight considering he is a .300 lifetime hitter against Mariners starter James Paxton. Dodgers C Yasmani Grandal had a 30 FP on Monday before going hitless on Tuesday. He’s an interesting $7,200 investment when throwing in the fact he has four hits in 10 ABs against Padres starter Trevor Cahill. Indians 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion already has a homer for his new team and could add another tonight. Encarnacion ($9,300) has five hits in 14 ABs against Hamels that includes a homer and also has drawn a pair of walks.
All eyes will be on Chris Sale‘s Red Sox debut as he takes on the Pirates. Sale ($21,200) is making the 222nd start of his career, yet tonight marks the first time he has faced Pittsburgh. DeGrom finished spring training strong and gets a Braves team he has held to a 1.90 ERA in eight career starts while limiting Atlanta’s bats to just a .236 batting average and .288 slugging percentage. I’d definitely run with DeGrom at $20,400. Coming off an impressive five-start debut late last season, A’s hurler Jharel Cotton ($15,000) makes his first 2017 appearance against the Angels. Danny Salazar had a brutal spring training and it might be wise to avoid the Indians righty at the Rangers, who have hit a combined .279 in four games against Salazar while also bloating his WHIP to 1.523. His $15,600 is best left alone tonight. If you’re looking for a possible sleeper, Diamondbacks righty Taijuan Walker ($15,000) makes his debut with the franchise that pried him from the Mariners last winter. Walker fanned 13 over nine spring training innings and could be a good play for strong K numbers against the Giants.