Daily Fantasy Strategy — April 22 — For Draftstreet

Dave Cameron tweeted something interesting yesterday. As of yesterday, the top three offenses in the major leagues were: Colorado, Oakland, and Miami.

Strange, right? Although, aside from the Marlins I’m not too shocked. After all, the Rockies’ roster still has Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez. Except, I am surprised that Charlie Blackmon has been their best hitter thus far. It’d be fun to see what that team could accomplish if they had a solid rotation, but alas. They’re not terrible, but they’re not very good either. As it stands, Colorado is one of the best offenses to stack – shocker. I’m buying into the Athletics’ offense a little more as well, especially versus right handed pitching. As far as the Marlins are concerned, I’m going to need to see a little more.

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Weather should only be a factor in a couple of games today. Forecasts don’t look promising for the Boston/New York tilt. Due to its proximity to Fenway, Citi Field is also forecasted to perhaps see a little bit of precipitation (60% at game time). I’m avoiding those games today. Tanaka would be interesting, but Fenway is always a tough place to bet on pitching.

So, that leaves us with 13 games to pick our lineup from. My favorite stacks of the day are: Athletics (all hands on deck), Giants (righties), Blue Jays (all hands on deck), and the Rangers (all hands on deck). I’m not particularly impressed with Nick Martinez’s pedigree, and as noted above, Oakland has been swinging it well. Franklin Morales struggles something awful with righties, and the game is in Coors. Miguel Gonzalez is very, very homer prone, and is facing a Blue Jays’ lineup with a ton of thump. Texas’ offense hasn’t gotten rolling yet, but they’ve been much better versus left-handed pitching so far, so they could be a nice play.

The Daily Five

Athletics stack

Brandon Moss – $7,650
Josh Donaldson – $7,009
Jed Lowrie – $6,520

I’ll admit that I don’t know a whole lot about Nick Martinez. I do, however, feel comfortable lining up A’s against almost anyone at this point, especially a young pitcher with one major league start under his belt. I also like Josh Reddick ($5,682) as a cheaper option, if you’re looking to save a little money on the stack.

Michael Morse – $5,886

Morse hits lefties well, and Morales struggles against righties. The game is also being played a mile above elevation, if you needed any more convincing.

Edinson Volquez – $12,009

This could backfire. It could backfire a good deal, but Volquez has made some interesting steps forward this year, so perhaps it won’t? Volquez is the fifth cheapest pitcher today, and he’s pitching in his home park, which suppresses homers a little. Hopefully he can navigate around Mr. Votto.

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Landon is a senior writer at The Fantasy Fix. You can follow and interact with him on Twitter (@joneslandon).

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