FanDuel MLB Top Plays, Stacks and Starting Pitchers for Tuesday April 18, 2017

There are 15 games tonight on the MLB main slate at FanDuel. There are so many options to choose from tonight and a zillion ways to build lineups. Here’s what I have for you today.



Games Money Line Over Under Totals
White Sox @ Yankees Yankees -177 8.5
Red Sox @ Blue Jays Toronto -155 8.5
Orioles @ Reds Orioles -120 9
Phillies @ Mets Mets -147 8
Tigers @ Rays Tigers -125 8
Nationals @ Braves Nationals -112 7.5
Brewers @ Cubs Cubs -181
Indians @ Twins Indians -112 9
Angels @ Astros Angels -120 8.5
Giants @ Royals Royals -130 8.5
Pirates @ Cardinals Cardinals -131 8.5
Rangers @ A’s Rangers -130 8.5
Marlins @ Mariners Seattle -125 8.5
Rockies @ Dodgers Dodgers -170 7.5
Diamondbacks @ Padres Padres -115 8


Starting Pitchers

There are a handful of top options on this slate but the one I like the most is the Detroit Tigers SP Michael Fulmer ($9300) against a Tampa Bay Rays offense with a 28.1 percent strikeout rate, .308 wOBA and wRC+ of 101 this season against righties. This season Fulmer has a couple of Quality Starts, one win and 8.25 strikeouts per nine innings.

Los Angeles Dodgers SP Hyun-Jin Ryu ($6600) hasn’t lasted longer than 4.2 innings in each of his last two starts but he has a good opportunity tonight against a Colorado Rockies offense with a 24.5 percent strikeout rate, .316 wOBA and wRC+ of 84 this season against southpaws. This season Ryu boasts 9.64 strikeouts per nine innings with a 3.24 xFIP.

Colorado Rockies SP Kyle Freeland ($6300) might make for a cheap punt tonight on the road against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers are 21st against lefties this season with a 23 percent strikeout rate, wOBA of .286 and wRC+ of 81. Freeland struggled with his command his last time out but he did manage to strikeout six Dodgers hitters in his last start against them.

Stacking Opportunities

The Chicago Cubs have a good opportunity tonight against Milwaukee Brewers rightie Jimmy Nelson. I like Cubs hitters Kris Bryant ($4100), Anthony Rizzo ($4200), Kyle Schwarber ($3400)   and Ben Zobrist ($3000) tonight at home.

The Baltimore Orioles have a nice opportunity tonight against Cincinnati Reds SP Bronson Arroyo. Orioles hitters I would target are Manny Machado ($3900), Mark Trumbo ($3600) and Chris Davis ($3300) tonight on the road against Arroyo.

The Cleveland Indians have a good opportunity tonight against Minnesota Twins rightie Phil Hughes. Bats I would use from the Indians lineup are Francisco Lindor ($4100), Carlos Santana ($3700) and Michael Brantley ($3800).

The Houston Astros have a good opportunity tonight against the Los Angeles Angels rightie Ricky Nolasco. If I were to stack Astros bats tonight I would use George Springer ($4100), Carlos Correa ($3700), Jose Altuve ($4100) and Brian McCann ($3000).

Phil’s Top Three Plays for Tuesday

Los Angeles Angels OF Mike Trout ($4900) has a good opportunity tonight on the road against Houston Astros rightie Joe Musgrove. Musgrove has a .400 BABIP, .308 ISO, .441 wOBA and wRC+ of 198 against righties this season. Right handed bats are slugging .600 with a .452 wOBA and this .755 xFIP against right handed bats is something I am sure Trout can take advantage of tonight in Houston.

Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte ($3600) has a good opportunity tonight against St Louis Cardinals rightie Mike Leake.  This season Marte is slugging .500, wOBA of .367 and WRC+ of 135 against righties and Leake thus far this season has a paltry xFIP of 1.69 versus right handed bats. In spite of this low xFIP Marte still has plenty of ways to score tonight.

Minnesota Twins 3B Miguel Sano ($3400) has a good opportunity tonight at home against Cleveland Indians rightie Josh Tomlin. Sano has a .310 ISO, .393 wOBA and wRC+ of 158 against righties this season while Tomlin has an xFIP of .428 ,  .429 slugging percentage and wOBA of .355 on the road against right handed bats. This might turn out to be a very good thing for Sano tonight.

Good luck at FanDuel tonight!

Special thanks to FangraphsStatmuse and Baseball-Reference for helping me write this posting.

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