The Daily Diamond | Core Picks | 4.5.2018 Main Slate


After Judge, Sanchez, and Stanton all homered yesterday – the Yankees are in another great position tonight against Andrew Cashner and the Orioles. Cashner gave up 3 HRs in his first start against the Twins, and its safe to expect more of the same this evening. The Yankee sluggers will be popular here, so there is merit in stacking some of the better value bats that won’t be as highly owned. It’s possible to roster all three of the big names and still field a decent team, but just know that you won’t be alone in this strategy. On this short slate, the pitching options are extremely limited. I’m going to roll out Tanaka against the free-swinging Orioles. He looked great in his first start and he’s reasonably priced. Robbie Ray is a decent pivot for his K upside, but the Cardinals lineup is dangerous and I’d really only go here in deep field GPPs. If you want to pay down at pitcher, Homer Bailey is probably the best option. Bailey was awful last season but he finally seems healthy and looked good against the Nationals on opening day. It’s going to be difficult to win today without considerable exposure to the Yankees. My play of the day is once again Gary Sanchez, due to his low-price and obvious upside. Of all the slates we’ve played this season, this is one of the ugliest. Play light, but have fun and gear up for a big weekend!

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


Masahiro Tanaka | NYY | $9,300
Robbie Ray | PHI | $9,600
Homer Bailey | CIN | $5,700


Paul Goldschmidt | ARZ | $4,100
Tyler Austin | NYY | $2,900
Eric Thames | MIL | $2,800


Josh Harrison | PIT | $3,100
Javier Baez | CHC | $ 3,000
Chris Owings | ARZ | $2,600


Addison Russell | CHC | $3,200
Nick Ahmed | ARZ | $3,200


Kris Bryant | CHC | $4,200
Colin Moran | PIT | $2,600


Giancarlo Stanton | NYY | $4,500
Aaron Judge | BOS | $4,100
Ryan Braun | MIL | $3,300
Billy Hamilton | STL | $2,800

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

OF | Dexter Fowler | STL | $2,500
3B | Miguel Andujar | NYY| $2,300
OF | Corey Dickerson | PIT | $2,500
OF | Albert Almora Jr. | CHC | $2,100

DPA Play of the Day:

C | Gary Sanchez | NYY| $3,100

Top Stack(s):

Yankees vs. Andrew Cashner | BAL
Diamondbacks vs. Adam Wainwright | STL

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.