DraftKings Fantasy Baseball: April 21 DFS Lineup

By Matt Johnson on Saturday, April 21st 2018
DraftKings Fantasy Baseball: April 21 DFS Lineup

Pitchers

Zack Godley, ARZ vs. SD, ($8,800)

Garrett Richards, LAA vs. SFG, ($7,700)

The San Francisco Giants entered Friday with the eighth-worst strikeout rate (25 percent) in the majors, rank 26th in wRC+ (78), 27th in wOBA (.281) and have the second-worst walk rate (7.1 percent) as of Friday. For Richards, who at times struggles with inconsistent command mixed between some dominant stuff, this is the perfect matchup for him. San Francisco's hitters lack the patience to work up a high pitch count and will almost certainly make the path to a quality start quite easy for Richards. Given the price point and ability to pair him with another strong play, we still position ourselves nicely for some high-end bats.

 

Catcher

J.T. Realmuto, MIA @ MIL, ($3,400)

In his first game back from the disabled list, Realmuto immediately made his presence felt in the Miami Marlins lineup with a home run. This is a very good hitter and someone who is more than capable of taking advantage of the hitter-friendly factors of Miller Park with his power. He'll face Brent Suter, who thus far in 2018 allowed right-handed batters to slash .288/.348/.453. While Suter has kept the home runs down this year, his 4.3 HR/FB percentage is headed for regression. Realmuto's price is still a fairly nice bargain given his talent and in a game that could be fairly high scoring, Realmuto makes for a nice play.

 

First Base

Ryan Zimmerman, WAS @ LAD, ($4,000)

After a slow start to the 2018 season, Zimmerman is starting to get things going at the plate. It's not even that Zimmerman struggled offensively, he owns one of the highest average exit velocity's this season, the luck of baseball just wasn't shining down upon him and it resulted in a lot of hard-hit outs. Now that is changing and we saw it in his two-homer game earlier this week and with his performance last night against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Set to face southpaw Hyun-Jin Ryu, Zimmerman will have a great opportunity to build upon his fantastic success versus left-handed pitching last year. In 143 plate appearances, Zimmerman crushed southpaws to the tune of a .331/.385/.654 slash line, 1.038 OPS and .323 isolated power. There seems to be no decline in sight for Zimmerman and with the favorable matchup on tap and the hard-hit balls now finding gaps in the outfield or leaving the yard, it's time to get Zimmerman back in your lineups.

 

Second Base

Javier Baez, CHC @ COL, ($4,700)

Throughout his career, some of Baez's best performances came against left-handed pitching. In 365 career plate appearances versus southpaws, Baez owns a .282/.340/.492 slash line, .832 OPS and .210 isolated power. Of course, this all came before what we may have to call Baez's breakout season and ascent into a difference maker in baseball. The 25-year-old is on a tear this season with six home runs, 20 RBIs a 193 wRC+ and a .574 slugging percentage. His matchup against LHP Tyler Anderson, who struggles against right-handed batters, all takes place in Coors Field. Baez will cost you a chunk of change, but he is more than worth it given the 'Coors Effect', the favorable splits and how dominant he has performed at the plate this season. At this point, we must consider Baez a cornerstone of DFS lineups in cases like this.

 

Third Base

Travis Shaw, MIL vs. MIA, ($4,300)

A left-handed, power hitter in a hitter's park against Jose Urena is exactly what we're looking for on Saturday. Urena, who has allowed a .512 slugging percentage, .375 wOBA and 13 hits to left-handed batters this season, could be in for some trouble against the Brewers. Milwaukee boasts four left-handed hitters in its lineup and Shaw rightfully sits in the cleanup spot as of late. The 28-year-old hit 26 of his 31 home runs last season against right-handed pitchers and backed it up even further with a .249 ISO and .373 wOBA. Shaw is also on fire at the plate as of late and that should only continue with Saturday's matchup at Miller Park. Look for Christian Yelich and Jonathan Villar to set the table for Shaw and Eric Thames, who should see a nice selection of pitches and could see a few opportunities to produce some runs.

 

Shortstop

Jean Segura, SEA @ TEX, ($3,700)

We'll finish our infield off with one of the AL's hot hitters in a lineup that when healthy could produce a lot of runs. Hitting behind Dee Gordon, who is a constant threat to turn a single into being on second or third, Segura already finds himself in great position to drive in runs. When Segura is on base, he is a threat to steal bases, just as he did on Friday night with two steals on three hits against the Texas Rangers. Segura's batting average is now up to .303 on the season and with Seattle's lineup core of Gordon, Segura, Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz, it provides an excellent opportunity for Segura to achieve a lot of success. Given the price point, he's absolutely someone we want to target.
 

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