Separating trends from anomalies is a crucial aspect of staying profitable with our top daily fantasy baseball plays.One pitcher we’ll talk about a little later has begun piecing together the foundation for a career season, and it’s important to distinguish between legitimate improvement and statistical outlier. This is true in every daily fantasy sport, as being among the first to recognize real progression means the opportunity to roster an underpriced performer. You’ll need to look deep at the careers of our top daily fantasy baseball plays in order to uncover the truth, as simply examining the last few box scores will not be enough to tell the entire story.
There’s an added benefit to recognizing true improvement as well, as you’ll be able to fade players who are simply performing over their heads. Many daily fantasy baseball players will include these options in their lineups, and will inevitably be burned by them. This will place you in an excellent spot to succeed with our top daily fantasy baseball plays.
Five Guys Top Daily Fantasy Baseball Plays
Stephen Strasburg $17,150 - The last time we saw Strasburg he was dealing against the fish in a crazy sorta way. Suffice to say the Marlins have yet to recover, dropping eight straight since their silencing. We talked earlier this season about the likely Miami regression, and their early-season pace was simply unsustainable. The law of averages has finally caught up with them, and you can expect this young fireballer to flirt with double-digit strikeouts tonight.
David Ortiz $11,650 - Ortiz is hyper-elite against right-handed pitching, and when you consider the opposing hurler is Erik Johnson you quickly begin to see how this could get ugly quickly. Johnson has struggled mightily to retire left-handed bats, and Papi is as likely as anyone on the board today to go deep. As a side note I completely advocate targeting multiple Red Sox bats in your lineups tonight.
Garrett Richards $10,400 - Richards is cheaper than our top hitter listed in today’s top daily fantasy baseball plays, and that’s nearly unheard of for a pitcher who comes into the evening with such high prospects. Time will tell before we see the full scope of his progression, but I think it’s fair to say he’s improved off last year’s serviceable campaign. As long as he navigates the handful of strong lefty bats with confidence there should be a solid outing in store for Richards against Oakland.
Alex Gordon $9,450 - As with Big Papi and the Red Sox above, I believe the Royals will be a strong team to target this evening. I’ve chosen Alex Gordon as my representative for the club due to his strong numbers to start the season. Billy Butler’s price is extremely nice, but he also comes into the game slumping hardcore.
A.J. Pierzynski $9,750 - Despite his age, Pierzynski is still an elite righty-smasher. He’s had a few solid games to start the season, and all of those outings have been predicated upon handedness advantage. You too should be looking to take advantage of his reasonable salary at the catcher position tonight.