Daily Fantasy Baseball is certainly not a ‘can of corn’. Never fear though, the Doctor’s here to cover all the bases for you. Each day, I’ll put the ducks on the pond for you by presenting you with “The Natural” plays at each position, as well as a few “Savoy Specials” for good measure. Boston Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia is Thursday’s top play.
Let’s play ball!!!
Pitcher: Chris Archer, TAM ($6,600): Chris Archer, a decent pitcher on most nights, can be considered an ace this evening when he takes on the Toronto Blue Jays. Last season,Archer performed well enough, posting a WHIP of 1.13 and a 3.22 ERA, while holding opponents to just a .223 BA, and performed even better at home. Additionally, Tampa Bay is the most heavily favored team at -147, giving Archer a good probability to pick up the all-important four points for the win.
Also consider, Ivan Nova, NYY ($6,400), who is similarly favored vs. the Houston Astros.
Savoy Special: Brett Olberholtzer, HOU ($4,700)/Roenis Elias, SEA ($4,000): Both of these picks are better suited as GPP plays, given the fact that they could both get lit up. That said, Olberholtzer could be an interesting play vs. the New York Yankees. He’s talented and the Yankees have been cold to start the season. If their cold streak continues, owning Olberholtzer in a few lineups could pay off big. Meanwhile, Elias will be making his first start in the big leagues, and could mystify the Oakland hitters with his deception.
Catcher: Jason Castro, HOU ($3,300): Castro will bat third vs. the New York Yankees this evening vs. right hander Ivan Nova. For his career, Castro owns a .276 BA vs. RHP overall, and a slightly better .284 BA vs. RHP at home. Additionally, he posts a career .352 wOBA vs. RHP, along with a .356 OBP and .810 OPS.
Savoy Special: None
First Base: Mike Napoli, BOS ($3,300): Baltimore starter, LHP Wei-Yin Chen, struggles mightily vs. righties. Conversely, Mike Napoli absolutely rakes vs. LHP. Over his career, Napoli has a .276 BA vs. left handed pitchers, while posting a .389 wOBA and .380 OBP. Add to that, a .908 OPS and it’s easy to see why Napoli should provide considerable bang for your buck.
Also consider, Chris Davis, BAL ($4,500)
Savoy Special: James Loney, TAM ($2,300)
Second Base: Dustin Pedroia, BOS ($4,100): Pedroia is an astonishing 11/19, with five XBH vs. Wei-YIn Chen over his career. If that’s not enough to whet your appetite, let his career .315 BA , .378 wOBA, .400 OBP and .466 SLG vs. LHP do it.
Also consider, Robinson Cano, SEA ($4,300)
Savoy Specials: None