Baseball is back! Opening Day, which should be a national holiday, delivered once again.
There was something for everyone. We saw a thrilling late win by the Diamondbacks over the Giants after a two, yes two, home run game for MadBum. Carlos Martinez struck out ten in a pitcher’s duel as the Cards took on the Cubs in the night cap.
Monday, though overshadowed by the college basketball title game, was another great slate of games.
Tuesday figures to be the same with many great pitching match ups and games all day. With it still being early in the season, interest is high, and there are going to be a larger number of players on daily fantasy sites.
Having the right value plays, as well as the studs, is what makes winning lineups. These are the players that I believe will outperform their price, and other players that are priced higher.
MLB Daily Fantasy Value Plays 4-4-17
Matt Shoemaker, P, Los Angeles Angels | FD (8,000) DK (8,400)
Shoemaker was one of the hidden gems of the second half last year, until he took a line drive to the head in September, ending his season. Tuesday marks his return to the mound in a regular season game, with a nice match up against the Athletics awaiting him.
If spring training is any indication, Shoemaker projects to pick up right where he left off. He dealt four scoreless innings against the Royals in his most recent spring training appearance, and averaged ten strikeouts per nine innings for the spring.
With plenty of high priced names on the Tuesday slate, Shoemaker provides value at a very reasonable price.
Yan Gomes, C, Cleveland Indians | FD (2,600) DK (2,900)
2016 was not a pretty season for Yan Gomes. Gomes batted a horrific .165 and only knocked in 34 runs. His spring training numbers give fantasy players something to take note of, however, as his .370 spring average does stand out.
Spring training numbers aren’t everything, but it appears Gomes may have found a groove. At a position like catcher, I am willing to take a chance on a cheap guy like Gomes and see what he does. I like the match up with Texas’ Martin Perez, and could see Gomes contributing to a winning lineup on Tuesday.
Greg Bird, 1B, New York Yankees | FD (2,400) DK (2,800)
Bird was on an absolute rampage throughout spring training, and saw his season-long draft stock shoot up because of it. His pricing on FanDuel and DraftKings has not seen a similar spike. Bird remains relatively cheap, and batting 3rd in a sneaky good top of the order for the Yanks, could put up some big numbers.
The left-handed Bird will face righty Jake Odorizzi on Tuesday, and is the dirt cheap option you need.
Yunel Escobar, 3B, Los Angeles Angels | FD (2,800) DK (2,700)
Batting leadoff in front of Kole Calhoun, Mike Trout and Albert Pujols is not a bad place to be. Yunel Escobar takes full advantage of this luxury. Escobar is a guy I like not just on Tuesday, but someone I consider for my lineup every night.
Escobar is consistently undervalued in my opinion, and should be used regularly as long as he is batting 1st for the Angels.
Gerardo Parra, OF, Colorado Rockies | FD (2,700) DK (3,600)
Parra picked up right where he left off in spring training in the first game of the regular season. After batting .359 in spring training, Parra went 2 for 4 on Monday. If Parra continues to get on base at this rate, surrounded by the offense of the Rockies’ lineup, he could have a huge year.
At his cheap price, the lefty Parra is a good bet to get on base against young right-hander Zach Davies. It remains to be seen if his three steals in the spring are a sign of higher totals to come.