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Daily Fantasy Baseball DFS Value Update and Lineup – April 20

Michael Clifford looks at every MLB game to find the best daily fantasy baseball value picks.

David Hale
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Atlanta Braves starting pitcher David Hale. Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

When determining which way to go with my daily lineups, there are a couple of things that I look at before even both deciding which players to roll with.

First things first, I always check the Vegas odds, specifically the over/under. One thing to keep in mind is that Vegas line are made with the intention of getting the public to bet both sides. An over/under of 8.5 is meant to entice as many people who think there will be 7 or 8 total runs as opposed to 9 or 10. With that said, the higher the over/under, the better the chances of a successful DFS lineup selection. It’s a fairly basic concept, but failing to employ it is a quick way to deplete bankrolls.

Secondly, the probable pitchers and the ballparks are factors in every decision that is made. It’s obvious that playing Troy Tulowitzki in AT&T Park against Madison Bumgarner isn’t an ideal situation. It’s not a linear process though. It’s not a mindset of “never start players facing Pitcher A, B or C.” Clayton Kershaw’s career ERA at Coors Field is over 5.00; same goes for Justin Verlander’s ERA at Yankee Stadium over the last four years. This provides a value opportunity because some DFS players might shy away from big name pitchers.

With all this said, here my value plays for Draftstreet as well as which pitchers are favourable for today. There will be a lineup at the end of the article. As is always the case, be sure to check for up-to-the-minute lineup information and always double-check the weather.

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These lineups are made with 50/50 and heads-up games in mind.

Toronto Blue Jays (Morrow) at Cleveland Indians (Carrasco)

Brandon Morrow has looked very hot and cold to start the season. Some innings, he looks unhittable. Other innings, he looks like a scrub. His price today doesn’t warrant a start given how his season has gone so far. Most of their hitters are carrying a hefty price tag, though, so they make much better 50/50 targets than stack targets for GPPs.

Colby Rasmus (OF) – $6805

Juan Francisco (3B) – $5384

Carlos Carrasco also does not warrant consideration as a starting pitcher in lineups today, so that is a non-starter. Given how up and down Morrow can be, there is a possibility for some nice values today on Cleveland. The bats have gone a little cold, though, with just 13 runs scored in their last five games.

Jason Kipnis (2B) – $6856

Carlos Santana (3B) – $5142

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