We have nine games on the slate today with the first pitch at 7:05 PM EST. Today’s slate of games is highlighted by Francisco Lindo and the New York Mets taking on Mike Yastrzemski and the San Francisco Giants.
We have a chance of rain for the Arizona Diamondbacks at Washington Nationals, and the Tampa Bay Rays at Chicago Cubs. So be mindful of using players in those games.
Here is a selection of today’s Core Players 50-50 MLB DFS lineup for 4/18/22 (using DraftKings Values)
Frankie Montas ($7,300) – We have seen two uneven performances from Montas early in the season, one where he gave up one run and one where he gave up five runs both starts were on the road. However, he will make this start at home, which will help, as should facing the Baltimore Orioles who are striking out 29 percent of the time so far this season.
Patrick Wisdom ($4,600) – Wisdom comes off a weekend where he had six hits, and five of those hits were doubles. The Cubs will head home for a series against a Rays team that has given up the 8th most runs so far this season.
Francisco Lindor ($5,700) – It was a nice weekend for Lindor who has a double, two home runs, and a stolen base over his last four games. The Mets continue their homestand today against the Giants, and with Lindor’s ability to affect the game in so many different ways he should be able to continue his hot streak.
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Tylor Megill ($9,300 DK) Through two starts this season Megill is yet to give up an earned run, and he has only given up six total hits. This will be Megill’s first home start, but with it being in the hitter-friendly confines of Citi Field I wouldn’t expect it to be an issue for him.
Clayton Kershaw ($10,300 DK) – It would be difficult to say that Kershaw’s first start of the season was anything less than spectacular, pitching seven perfect innings while striking out 13 batters. With that said I would be a little wary of paying his price today facing a Braves lineup that is capable of scoring lots of runs.
Michael Lorenzen ($7,100 DK) – Lorenzen was very good in his first start of the season for the Angels pitching six complete innings and striking out six. This start will be more of a test facing the Astros, but at his price and his ability to strike lots of batters out, there is lots of room for him to exceed his value today.
The Value Plays
Alec Bohm ($3,600) – The start of this season was what many were expecting from Bohm a year ago. He has a triple-slash to start the season of 636/588/818 and with the Phillies, in Colorado, it isn’t difficult to see a path where those numbers don’t fall off too much.
Gavin Lux ($3,300) – This is a great price for a player who plays in one of the best lineups in the league and has hits in six of his first nine games to start the year. I wouldn’t hesitate to get a few shares of Lux into my lineup as he could easily exceed his value today.
Rowdy Tellez ($2,800) – Any time you can get a middle-of-the-order bat, facing the Pirates for less than 3K you should consider that play. Tellez has just one double and one home run, but he does have hits in six of the seven games he has started this season, so he is a reasonable bet to get you some points, and he has the upside to give you a big game as well.
Philadelphia Phillies – To no one surprise the Phillies have the highest implied run total today in Colorado. We talked about the value of Bohm and with him,ty= you should be able to get either Rhys Hoskins or Kyle Schwarber into your lineup and add Jean Segura to them as well.
Milwaukee Brewers – With the Brewers taking on the Pirates there should be lots of options for building stacks. We discussed the value of Tellez, and you should be able to add Andrew McCutchen and Willey Adames to him to get a nice chunk of the top of the Brewers order in this matchup.
Houston Astros – The Astros can be a tough team to stack with so many high-priced players, but you are going to get good values from Michael Brantley and Yuli Gurriel which make it much easier for you to get Kyle Tucker, Alex Bregman, or Jose Altuve into your lineup.
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