DraftKings Plays of the Day – April 10

The Athletics lineup should have a big night against Dan Straily and the Orioles.

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Top SP: Noah Syndergaard, NYM ($10,400) vs. MIN


While Jacob deGrom got rocked by the Twins yesterday, it doesn’t mean that Thor will, as he’s an ace in his own right. In fact, it might make Syndergaard even more valuable as a contrarian play if others are scared off by the Twins’ 14 runs yesterday. Syndergaard has 13 strikeouts to two walks in 12 innings this year and is at home in pitcher-friendly Citi Field. He should be the best pitcher on the late slate, if not all day.

Honorable Mentions: Robbie Ray ($9,400) vs. TEX; Tyler Glasnow ($9,700) at CWS.


Value SP: Tyler Mahle, CIN ($8,200) vs. MIA


Tyler Mahle looked strong in his first start of the year against the Pirates, where he went six scoreless innings with five strikeouts and no walks. Mahle’s not a very good starting pitcher, but he can still have a lot of value tonight against an awful Marlins lineup. Miami currently has the highest strikeout rate in all of baseball against right-handed pitching at 31.4%, and they are bottom five in wOBA versus righties with their .264 mark. Mahle should provide plenty of value at this price.

Honorable Mention: Nick Pivetta ($8,500) vs WAS.


SS Adalberto Mondesi, KC ($4,400) vs. SEA (LHP Yusei Kikuchi)


Adalberto Mondesi’s extreme power/speed combo makes him one of the most exciting fantasy players and also means that he’s one of the highest upside options on any given night. Mondesi already has crazy-looking numbers this year, slugging .595 with zero walks. He posted a 123 wRC+ against lefties in his 2018 sample and may do some damage against Yusei Kikuchi, who didn’t look great his last time out. Mondesi is the perfect GPP play for his upside but should be avoided in cash games for his low floor.

Honorable Mentions: 2B/3B Mike Moustakas ($4,000) at LAA (RHP Felix Pena); 1B Joey Votto ($4,300) vs. MIA (RHP Trevor Richards).


OF: Andrew McCutchen, PHI ($4,300) vs. WAS (RHP Jeremy Hellickson)


Andrew McCutchen is in an awesome spot batting leadoff for the Phillies, as he will have lots of chances to score in one of the league’s best lineups. He’s got a .370 OBP despite a .217 average, thanks to his 19.6% walk rate. Cutch is a player to target in cash games, as he will get plenty of plate appearances atop the lineup, which gives him more chances to get on base and score points. He’s also got a great matchup against Jeremy Hellickson.

Honorable Mentions: OF Mallex Smith ($4,300) at KC (RHP Heath Fillmyer); OF Tommy Pham ($4,500) at CWS (RHP Reynaldo Lopez).


Value Bats: OF Starling Marte, PIT ($3,800) at CHC (RHP Yu Darvish)


Even with a cold start to the year, there’s no reason why Starling Marte should already be this cheap. He stole 33 bases with 20 homers last season, so don’t get concerned by his performance thus far. He’s in a great position batting second against Yu Darvish, who is having a nightmare 2019. Marte probably won’t be this cheap for long, so buy in while you can.

Honorable Mentions: 1B Justin Bour ($3,400) vs. MIL (RHP Brandon Woodruff)


Lineup Stack: Athletics at Orioles (RHP Dan Straily)


Is it really fair to pick on the Orioles starter every day? Everybody in Baltimore’s rotation is just so bad, and their home ballpark is an extreme hitters’ environment. Dan Straily just got obliterated for five runs in 1 1/3 innings on Sunday, so who knows how long he will last in this one. The Orioles bullpen is just as bad, though. Matt Chapman ($4,200) and Kendrys Morales ($3,700) are surprisingly affordable, while Khris Davis ($4,900) is a worthwhile investment as an elite bat. Basically anybody in the A’s lineup can be used tonight.

Honorable Mentions: Mariners at Royals (RHP Heath Fillmyer).


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Troy Klauder

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One response to “DraftKings Plays of the Day – April 10”

  1. j says:

    I would be wary of buying any batters in the Pirates-Cubs game today. Assuming it gets played, it’s going to be 40 degrees with the wind blowing in at 20 mph. It could be a very low scoring game.

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