DraftKings MLB Lineup Advice: Thursday (4/25)
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.
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.
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.