DraftKings MLB Lineup Advice: Thursday (4/25)

by Jeremy Maw | @j_maw | Featured Writer
Apr 25, 2019

AaronNola has the perfect bounce-back opportunity pitching against the Marlins on Thursday night.

As usual, we have another small Thursday main slate in DFS. Even though just five games are scheduled this evening, there happens to be plenty of great starting pitchers taking the mound. It seems like it has been a while since we have had the luxury of choosing from a variety of strong starters, which should diversify ownership across all formats. Let’s take a deeper look into some of the best options.

Check out today’s MLB Pickoff contest at DraftKings >>

Pitchers

Aaron Nola (PHI): $9,100 vs. MIA
The 2018 Cy Young Award candidate has had a rocky start to this season, owning an inflated 6.84 ERA. With a 4.32 SIERA and 4.11 xFIP, his ratios should normalize sooner than later, starting tonight. Nola has faced some tough teams in his first five starts, which may go overlooked by some. The Marlins come to Philly carrying the fourth-worst batting average, third-highest strikeout rate, and fourth-lowest wRC+. Simply put, Miami has a horrible offense. Nola is a top-tier starting pitcher who is worth considering any night he takes the mound. The matchup and discounted price tag make him the top choice this evening.

Marco Gonzales (SEA): $8,400 vs. TEX
Although a risk against the Rangers, Marco Gonzales is a great option at a lower price. Texas is a dynamic offense at home. On the road, however, they are very pedestrian. Seattle has one of the league’s best pitching parks, which creates a massive negative shift for the opposing offense. Gonzales has had a solid start to the 2019 campaign but should see an uptick in strikeouts against a team owning a 28.9% K rate on the road. While the Seattle starter has not shown immense upside yet, this could be a ceiling game on a night where he will see single-digit ownership.

Other Notables: 

Gerrit Cole (HOU): $10,200 vs. CLE
Trevor Bauer (CLE): $9,800 @ HOU
Trevor Cahill (LAA): $7,500 vs. NYY

Hitters

Mookie Betts (OF – BOS): $4,700 vs. DET
The Red Sox exploded for 11 runs last night against the Tigers and will look to continue swinging hot bats against Jordan Zimmermann. Mookie Betts is priced down on DraftKings at just $4,700 after starting the season a little cold. Now hitting second in the order, he should have more RBI opportunities, especially in this matchup against a weak starting pitcher.

Mitch Haniger (OF – SEA): $5,600 vs. TEX
Priced just $100 below Mike Trout, Mitch Haniger grades out as one of the top hitters on the night. Texas has called up Taylor Hearn for a spot start this evening, and he does not look like a very imposing pitcher. Haniger has been electric to start the season. Having already hit seven homers with 18 RBIs, the outfielder also owns a .911 OPS. Although expensive, the Mariners should have no issue scoring runs tonight, and Haniger is at the top of the powerful lineup.

Bryce Harper (OF – PHI): $5,000 vs. MIA
For GPPs only, I am willing to go back to the well on Bryce Harper. In their last series against the Mets, Harper struck out seven times in just three games. And he did not see Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard. That being said, the Phillies are back home in their hitter-friendly environment. Although Caleb Smith is a respectable pitcher with nasty stuff, Harper is an emotional hitter who will look to put on a show for the fans.

Tim Beckham (SS – SEA): $4,100 vs. TEX
The Seattle shortstop finds himself in a great spot tonight against a weak left-handed starter. To start the season, Beckham is crushing lefties with a .683 wOBA, 350 wRC+, and .500 ISO in just 16 plate appearances. A whole Mariners stack is viable tonight, but Beckham remains one of the top options.

Other Notables:

J.D. Martinez (BOS): $4,800 vs. DET
Edwin Encarnacion (SEA): $4,500 vs. TEX
Niko Goodrum (DET): $4,300 @ BOS
Maikel Franco (PHI): $4,500 vs. MIA
Xander Bogaerts (BOS): $4,600 vs. DET

Create Optimal DraftKings lineups using our DFS Lineup Optimizer tool >>


SubscribeApple Podcasts | Google Play | SoundCloud | Stitcher | TuneIn

Jeremy Maw is a correspondent at FantasyPros. For more from Jeremy, check out his archive or follow him @j_maw.

What's your take? Leave a comment

1Saquon Barkley (NYG)RB
2Ezekiel Elliott (DAL)RB
3Christian McCaffrey (CAR)RB
4Alvin Kamara (NO)RB
5Melvin Gordon (LAC)RB
6DeAndre Hopkins (HOU)WR
7Davante Adams (GB)WR
8David Johnson (ARI)RB
9Le'Veon Bell (NYJ)RB
10Julio Jones (ATL)WR
 View All Rankings 
11Todd Gurley (LAR)RB
12James Conner (PIT)RB
13Joe Mixon (CIN)RB
14Odell Beckham Jr. (CLE)WR
15Travis Kelce (KC)TE
16Michael Thomas (NO)WR
17Nick Chubb (CLE)RB
18JuJu Smith-Schuster (PIT)WR
19Dalvin Cook (MIN)RB
20Antonio Brown (OAK)WR
21George Kittle (SF)TE
22Mike Evans (TB)WR
23T.Y. Hilton (IND)WR
24Marlon Mack (IND)RB
25A.J. Green (CIN)WR
26Keenan Allen (LAC)WR
27Amari Cooper (DAL)WR
28Derrick Henry (TEN)RB
29Adam Thielen (MIN)WR
30Leonard Fournette (JAC)RB
1Mike Trout (LAA)CF,DH
2Christian Yelich (MIL)LF,CF
3Mookie Betts (BOS)CF,RF
4Nolan Arenado (COL)3B
5J.D. Martinez (BOS)LF,RF
6Max Scherzer (WSH)SP
7Ronald Acuna Jr. (ATL)LF,CF
8Alex Bregman (HOU)3B,SS
9Cody Bellinger (LAD)1B,CF
10Trevor Story (COL)SS
 View All Rankings 
11Javier Baez (CHC)2B,3B
12Justin Verlander (HOU)SP
13Trea Turner (WSH)SS
14Francisco Lindor (CLE)SS
15Jacob deGrom (NYM)SP
16Paul Goldschmidt (STL)1B
17Gerrit Cole (HOU)SP
18Chris Sale (BOS)SP
19Bryce Harper (PHI)CF,RF
20Charlie Blackmon (COL)CF
21Blake Snell (TB)SP
22Jose Altuve (HOU)2B
23Manny Machado (SD)3B,SS
24Freddie Freeman (ATL)1B
25Jose Ramirez (CLE)2B,3B
26Adalberto Mondesi (KC)2B,SS
27Whit Merrifield (KC)1B,2B
28Rhys Hoskins (PHI)1B,LF
29Trevor Bauer (CLE)SP
30George Springer (HOU)CF,RF
1Anthony Davis (NOR)PF,C
2James Harden (HOU)PG,SG
3Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL)SF,PF
4Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)C
5Kevin Durant (GSW)SF,PF
6LeBron James (LAL)SF,PF
7Stephen Curry (GSW)PG,SG
8Nikola Jokic (DEN)PF,C
9Damian Lillard (POR)PG
10Russell Westbrook (OKC)PG
 View All Rankings 
11Victor Oladipo (IND)PG,SG
12Paul George (OKC)SG,SF
13Joel Embiid (PHI)PF,C
14Kawhi Leonard (TOR)SG,SF
15Chris Paul (HOU)PG
16Jimmy Butler (PHI)SG,SF
17Kemba Walker (CHA)PG
18Kyrie Irving (BOS)PG,SG
19Ben Simmons (PHI)PG,SF
20Jrue Holiday (NOR)PG,SG
21Rudy Gobert (UTH)C
22Andre Drummond (DET)PF,C
23John Wall (WAS)PG
24Kyle Lowry (TOR)PG
25Khris Middleton (MIL)SG,SF
26Donovan Mitchell (UTH)PG,SG
27Bradley Beal (WAS)SG
28Kevin Love (CLE)PF,C
29Draymond Green (GSW)PF,C
30LaMarcus Aldridge (SAS)PF,C
Build winning DFS lineups

Use the FantasyPros Lineup Optimizer to build winning lineups based on expert projections.