The Daily Diamond | Core Picks | 4.5.2018 Early Slate


David Price stands out as the must-have stud on this slate. Every other pitching option carries serious risk, so we can expect that Price will be extremely high owned in both cash games and GPPs. I’ll be rolling with Price here even though I don’t feel great about it. The wind in Fenway is blowing out over 20 mph out to right, so he’ll need to keep the ball down. What works to Price’s advantage here is that terrible Rays lineup. Even if he gives up a couple solo shots, he could still hit 50 points. In this same game, the Red Sox are my favorite stack. Tampa is sending out Yonny Chirinos on three days rest, so there is virtually no way he goes more than 4 innings. The Sox LHB have the advantage against Chirinos here, but they’ll see a bunch of different pitchers in this game – so roll out whichever bats best fit your roster. The only pivot off price I’m really considering is Nick Pivetta of the Phillies. He struggled in his first start against the Braves, but he has K upside and a plus match-up against this porous Marlins batting order. My favorite hitter on this slate is Miguel Cabrera against James Shields and the White Sox. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not huge on BvP. However, Miggy’s sample size against Shields is massive, and the Venezuelan has dominated him to the tune of a .371 BA in 70 ABs with 4 HRs and 10 doubles. He has been seeing the ball well, and I’m pretty confident in him crushing this rare sub-4k price tag.

Here are our DPA Core plays for the April 5th afternoon slate on FanDuel:


David Price | BOS | $9,400
Nick Pivetta | PHI | $6,700


Justin Bour | MIA | $2,400
Hanley Ramirez | BOS | $3,200
Joey Gallo | TEX | $3,600


Cesar Hernandez| PHI | $2,800
Brian Dozier | MIN | $ 3,200
Robinson Cano | SEA | $3,900


Trevor Story | COL | $2,700
Xander Bogaerts | OAK | $3,400


Rafael Devers | BOS| $3,400
Nolan Arenado | COL | $4,500


Mookie Betts | BOS | $4,100
Andrew Benitendi | BOS | $2,800
Khris Davis | OAK | $3,500
Hunter Renfroe | SD | $2,700

DPA Value/Punt Play(s) of the Day:

3B | Christian Villanueva | $2,500
2B | Dixon Machado | DET| $2,400
OF | Odubel Herrera | PHI | $2,100
2B | Jed Lowrie | OAK | $2,500
OF | Lewis Brinson | MIA | $2,300

DPA Play of the Day:

1B | Miguel Cabrera | DET | $3,900

Top Stack(s):

Red Sox vs. Yonny Chirinos | TAM
Tigers vs. James Shields | CWS

Good luck and remember to monitor those bankrolls!!

Nick Marro is the DailyPlayAction resident MLB expert, and shares his player projections for MLB on FanDuel. Nick plays FanDuel himself, and although he expresses his opinions, he may implement other plays and strategies without notice.