Happy Easter everyone. Hopefully, your Easter basket is filled with goodies and not the gross Peeps or Candy Corn. As you search for eggs and sit down to eat copious amounts of food, especially chocolate, there will be plenty of baseball on today. There are 10 games on the slate that we will cover, and some real finds mixed in among the grass. Let’s dive right in and see if we can build a profitable DFS lineup.
*** All Prices are DraftKings
On the Mound
Alek Manoah vs. Oakland ($10,000)
The 24-year-old beast picked up where he left off last season. In his first start of 2022, Manoah went into Yankee Stadium and tossed six innings of shutout ball allowing just a measly single. This afternoon he gets to face an Oakland lineup that has scored some runs but also strikes out just over 10 times a game. For Manoah, the conditions are favorable. In day games he is 4-0 with a 2.48 ERA and a sparkling 35/7 K/BB rate in his young career. He also thrives at home with a 5-0 record, 2.32 ERA, and has allowed opponents a paltry .432 OPS. Lock him into your DFS cash lineups.
Nestor Cortes @ Baltimore ($8,200)
The former Oriole looked sharp against a tough Toronto lineup five days ago. Today he gets to face the most anemic offense in baseball as Baltimore has scored just two runs a game so far. The southpaw has some solid numbers against the hapless Orioles striking out 20 in 15.2 innings while allowing just four runs and a .574 OPS. Along with that, you can bank on the Yankees taking the rubber game of this series and Cortes should be allowed to throw more than the 72 pitches he tossed in his first start.
David Peterson vs. Arizona ($6,700)
Peterson is a great bargain here. He threw four scoreless innings on Monday when he came in for the injured Taijuan Walker. Now, the lefty gets to face the National League version of the Orioles. The Diamondbacks have struck out just over 10 times a game and whiffed 16 times last night. They have also managed just a .152 batting average this season. Peterson looked in mid-season form as his velocity ticked up from last year so far. It is something to keep an eye on as the southpaw will try to stick in the rotation going forward.
On the Dirt
Brandon Belt @ Cleveland ($4,700)
Belt rewarded us Tuesday night with 23 points on DraftKings. We are going to him again as the left-handed first baseman has been tearing it up. He has a 1.149 OPS on the young season. On top of that, Belt gets to face right-hander Aaron Civale today. He feasted on righties last season with a scorching 1.008 OPS in addition to blasting 25 of his 29 homers against them. With a few of the big guys priced over $5,000, save a little salary and go with Belt.
Tommy Edman @ Milwaukee ($3,900)
The Cardinals second baseman remains a bargain mostly due to him batting ninth in St. Louis’ lineup. However, Edman has been raking so far and has a solid matchup against left-hander Aaron Ashby. The switch-hitting Edman has excellent numbers batting right-handed. In his career, he has an .879 OPS with 13 home runs in 296 plate appearances. That includes this season where he is already 4-for-6 with a double and a homer. Take the discount and ride Edman and his seven-game hitting streak.
On the Grass
Austin Meadows @ Kansas City ($4,700)
Meadows had the day off against lefty Kris Bubic yesterday. He will surely be in the lineup today against right-hander Carlos Hernandez. Meadows has four multi-hit games this season already and he loves facing righties. In his career, the Tigers outfielder has an .877 OPS with 54 homers in just 943 plate appearances. Hernandez didn’t make it out of the fifth inning in his first start before giving up six hits and four runs. He also has a rough 5.12 career ERA at home.
Giancarlo Stanton @ Baltimore ($4,500)
Stanton has put up 11 DraftKings points in each game at Camden Yards so far this year. In fact, the slugger slashes .354/.425/.515 in Baltimore for his career. He also has an even 1.000 OPS against lefties, one of which he will face today in Bruce Zimmermann. The Orioles southpaw is prone to home runs, giving up 11 in 41.1 innings at home in his career. The fence might be a bit deeper in left field, but that doesn’t matter to someone like Stanton. He will be my DFS Home Run Call.
Good Luck in DFS today and Happy Easter.
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