Fantasy Baseball Weekend Preview: 4/27-4/28

Twins Pitcher Jose Berrios

Twins Pitcher Jose Berrios

In this space each Friday, I’ll be previewing the weekend ahead in Major League Baseball. These will come from DFS, season long, and baseball fan enjoyment perspectives. At the end of each post I’ll add in some waiver wire pick ups to make before your deadline on Sunday.

Saturday

Pitching Matchups

  • Straily, BAL @ Berrios, MIN

  • Mahle, CIN @ Hudson, STL

  • Anderson, OAK @ Sanchez, TOR

  • Glasnow, TB @ Price, BOS

  • Lauer, SD @ Strasburg, WAS

  • Happ, NYY @ Holland, SF

  • Bieber, CLE @ Peacock, HOU

  • Richards, MIA @ Arrieta, PHI

  • Woodruff, MIL @ Syndergaard, NYM

  • TBD, DET @ Lopez, CHW

  • Barria, LAA @ Lopez, KC

  • Gray, COL @ Foltynewicz, ATL

  • Darvish, CHC @ Godley, ARI

  • Minor, TEX @ Leake, SEA

  • Musgrove, PIT @ Kershaw, LAD

There are four pitchers projected for a 60+ game score on Saturday. Strasburg, Kershaw, Happ, and Peacock. For DFS and betting purposes, Peacock will likely have all the value of this group.

Arrieta, Minor, Glasnow, Musgrove, Syndergaard, Berrios, Gray, Darvish, Price, Woodruff, Richards, and Folty are the 50+ game score guys. I’m expecting Berrios to be pretty overpriced in the matchup with BAL. I’m still not going anywhere near Darvish. He could ruin your entire lineup. Jon Gray is starting to show some signs of growing into a very good pitcher. I’m cautiously buying his stock. Folty is making his season debut. I do like the idea of using him against the road Rockies. Syndergaard is about to turn his season around but that Milwaukee lineup is so elite. Minor and Price are pretty blah to me.

The rest of the lot are projected for sub 50 game scores but that doesn’t mean that you can’t use any of them in DFS or bet on them. I think Barria could be a good value against the Royals. I’m also into Derek Holland against a depleted Yankees lineup. Stack against Straily, Mahle, and Leake.

Sunday

Pitching Matchups

  • Bundy, BAL @ Gibson, MIN

  • Gray, CIN @ Flaherty, STL

  • Bassitt, OAK @ Thornton, TOR

  • TBD, TB @ Sale, BOS

  • Luchessi, SD @ Hellickson, WAS

  • German, NYY @ Rodriguez, SF

  • Lopez, MIA @ Efflin, PHI

  • Davies, MIL @ Matz, NYM

  • Boyd, DET @ Banuelos, CHW

  • Harvey, LAA @ Bailey, KC

  • Anderson, COL @ Gausman, ATL

  • Quintana, CHC @ Weaver, ARI

  • Lynn, TEX @ Swanson, SEA

  • Williams, PIT @ Hill, LAD

  • Carrasco, CLE @ Miley, HOU

The star power isn’t quite as great on Sunday as Saturday but we still have two 60+ projected game score guys. Domingo German is projected for a 65 against the Giants in that spacious ballpark. If he’s not the most expensive pitcher on the DFS slate then that’s a mistake. Jack Flaherty is the other and he’s got a great matchup against CIN.

Swanson, Luchessi, Williams, Eflin, Bassitt, Matz, Hill, Miley, Boyd, Carrasco, Gray, Sale, Banuelos, Quintana, and Gausman are the 50+ game score pitchers. Rich Hill might be a must start in his first one back from the IL. You never know how many chances you’ll get to stick him in your lineup. Boyd, Carrasco, and Quintana are great options but they’re likely to be expensive. Under the radar choices from this group are Banuelos and Swanson.

Matt Harvey should have some value against KC.

Hitters to Use

Baltimore lefties have a good matchup on Sunday against Kyle Gibson. Dwight Smith Jr is apparently the only option from that putrid team. Twins hitters of all kinds are to be used this weekend. The Orioles stink.

Reds lefties have a great matchup on Saturday against Dakota Hudson. Winker, Votto, Detrich, and Schebler should crush Hudson. Cardinals lefties also have a great matchup on Sunday. Matt Carpenter will likely be in my lineups.

I’m avoiding both sided Cleveland hitters on Saturday and their left handers on Sunday. They’re going to be priced to highly and the matchups just aren’t good. Similarly, Houston righties are a no-no on Saturday against the Indians but the left handers are good to go. They don’t have many but Josh Reddick is a good play.

Use Royals righties on Saturday and lefties on Sunday against LAA. Use all the Angels hitters this weekend against the KC’s pitching.

I like Oakland lefites all weekend against the Blue Jays.

Phillies right handers have a good matchup on Saturday against Trevor Richards.

I’m avoiding Pittsburgh hitters this weekend.

San Diego hitters should have a field day on Sunday.

Waiver Wire Adds

Two-start pitchers

Below are low owned pitchers slated for two-start weeks during the week of April 1. Next to each pitcher are their matchups and ESPN ownership percentage.

  • John Means (@CHW/TB) 24.2%

  • Michael Wacha (@WAS/@CHC) 19.1%

  • Mike Soroka (SD/@MIA) 16.2%

  • Jeff Samardzija (LAD/@CIN) 10.4%

  • Anibal Sanchez (STL/@PHI) 8.8%

  • Tanner Roark (@NYM/SF) 7.9%

  • Jake Odorizzi (HOU/@NYY) 7.7%

  • Clay Buchholz (@LAA/@TEX) 2.4%

Soroka is my favorite from this list. He’s an awesome young pitcher and those are some great matchups. I wouldn’t rely on any of the others.

<30% owned hitters to add

  • Ramon Laureano, OAK (24.0%)

  • Willians Astudillo, MIN (23.5%)

  • Renato Nunez, OAK (21.7%)

  • Jorge Soler, KC (16.5%)

  • Mitch Garver, MIN (16.4%)

  • Carter Kieboom, WAS (13.3%)

  • Franmil Reyes, SD (12.4%)

  • Tommy La Stella, LAA (11.5%)

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