Crafting Winning Lineups: MLB Daily Fantasy Strategy and Stats for 04/01/24 Slate

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Welcome, fantasy baseball aficionados, to another thrilling day of Major League Baseball action. With a whopping 14 games on today’s slate, starting at 2:10 PM EST, there’s no shortage of opportunities to craft your winning lineup. The highlight of the day is undoubtedly the New York Yankees’ visit to the desert for a showdown against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. The first pitch is set to fly at 9:40 PM EST, and with an Over/Under of 10.0, this matchup is shaping up to be a veritable hitting bonanza. As we delve into the statistical highlights and top projected players at each position, we’ll be keeping a keen eye on this high-scoring potential game. So, buckle up and get ready as we take a deep dive into the intricacies of today’s MLB fantasy slate.

GameTime Away Team Home Team O/U Fav
2:10 PM EST Braves 2-1 White Sox 0-3 9.0 ATL -216
2:20 PM EST Rockies 1-3 Cubs 1-2 7.0 CHC -216
4:05 PM EST Pirates 4-0 Nationals 1-2 9.0 WAS -118
6:35 PM EST Royals 1-2 Orioles 2-1 8.5 BAL -160
6:40 PM EST Reds 2-1 Phillies 1-2 9.0 PHI -170
6:40 PM EST Angels 1-2 Marlins 0-4 8.0 MIA -121
6:50 PM EST Rangers 2-1 Rays 2-2 8.0 TB -122
7:10 PM EST Tigers 3-0 Mets 0-3 8.0 NYM -128
8:10 PM EST Blue Jays 2-2 Astros 0-4 9.0 HOU -142
9:40 PM EST Cardinals 1-3 Padres 3-3 8.0 STL -112
9:40 PM EST Yankees 4-0 Diamondbacks 3-1 10.0 NYY -128
9:40 PM EST Red Sox 2-2 Athletics 1-3 8.0 BOS -138
9:40 PM EST Guardians 3-1 Mariners 2-2 8.0 CLE -114
10:10 PM EST Giants 2-2 Dodgers 4-2 8.0 LAD -230

Top 1B Players to Watch in MLB DFS

Matt Olson ($6100), Braves – Projected 14.6 pts

Matt Olson of the Braves is a player to keep an eye on. With a DraftKings salary of $6100, he’s been averaging 10.1 daily fantasy points over his latest ten-game stretch. He’s up against Chris Flexen of the CWS, who’s ranked #14.0 for hits allowed per game. Olson’s performance has been on the rise, with a 26.2% increase in DraftKings points per game and a 46.1% increase in hits per game compared to his previous ten games. However, his walks per game have seen a significant decrease of -74.4%. His projected DFS value score is 2.4, placing him as a core value player.

Paul Goldschmidt ($4800), Cardinals – Projected 13.3 pts

Paul Goldschmidt of the Cardinals is another player to consider. His DraftKings salary is $4800, and he’s been averaging 6.8 daily fantasy points in his latest ten-game stretch. He’s facing Matt Waldron of the SD, who’s ranked #167.0 for hits allowed per game. Goldschmidt’s performance has seen a slight dip, with a -19.4% decrease in DraftKings points per game and a -10.3% decrease in hits per game compared to his previous ten games. However, his runs per game have seen a significant increase of 36.4%. His projected DFS value score is 2.8, indicating strong value.

Top 2B Players to Watch in Today’s MLB Daily Fantasy Sports

Ozzie Albies ($5600), Braves – Projected 14.0 pts

Ozzie Albies, the 2B for the Braves, is a player to keep an eye on. Despite the Braves’ overall ranking of #38 in the MLB in generating fantasy points, Albies has managed to average 13.7 daily fantasy points over his last ten games. He’s up against Chris Flexen of the CWS, who ranks #14.0 for hits allowed per game, offering potential for Albies to increase his average. However, it’s worth noting that Albies’ performance has dipped slightly in his last ten games compared to the previous ten, with a decrease in DraftKings Points, FanDuel Points, hits, doubles, home runs, and total bases. On the bright side, his walks per game have seen a significant increase of 172.7%. With a DraftKings salary of $5600 and projected points of 14.0, Albies has a DFS Value Score of 2.5, indicating strong value.

Gleyber Torres ($4700), Yankees – Projected 13.4 pts

Gleyber Torres, playing at 2B for the Yankees, is another player worth considering. Despite the Yankees’ low ranking of #142 in the MLB at generating fantasy points, Torres has shown improvement in his performance, with an increase in DraftKings Points, FanDuel Points, singles, and runs per game in his last ten games compared to the previous ten. However, his doubles and total bases have seen a decrease. Torres is facing an unspecified opponent, which could potentially impact his performance. With a DraftKings salary of $4700 and projected points of 13.4, Torres has a DFS Value Score of 2.9, indicating strong value.

Top 3B Players to Watch in the Upcoming Slate

Austin Riley ($5700), Braves Atlanta – Projected 13.9 pts

Austin Riley, playing at 3B for the Braves Atlanta, has shown a strong performance in the recent games. Despite a slight dip in his performance in the last 10 games compared to the previous 10, he still holds a solid position. His DraftKings points per game have decreased by 20.5%, but his doubles per game have seen a significant increase of 172.7%. He’s facing Chris Flexen of the CWS, who ranks #14.0 for hits allowed per game, which could potentially increase Riley’s scoring opportunities. With a DraftKings salary of $5700, Riley has averaged 8.4 daily fantasy points in the latest ten-game stretch. His projected DFS value score is 2.4, indicating a core value for the upcoming slate.

Rafael Devers ($5400), Red Sox Boston – Projected 12.0 pts

Rafael Devers, playing at 3B for the Red Sox Boston, has seen a significant drop in his performance in the last 10 games compared to the previous 10. His DraftKings points per game have decreased by 53.8%, and his home runs per game have dropped by 77.3%. However, Devers still holds potential for the upcoming slate. With a DraftKings salary of $5400, Devers has averaged 5.6 daily fantasy points in the latest ten-game stretch. His projected DFS value score is 2.2, indicating a core value for the upcoming slate. Despite the recent performance drop, Devers’ potential should not be underestimated.

Top Shortstop Picks for Today’s MLB DFS Slate

Trea Turner ($6000), Phillies – Projected 13 pts

Trea Turner, despite playing for the Phillies who rank a lowly #128 in the MLB at generating fantasy points, has been a consistent performer. Over the last ten games, Turner has averaged 7.1 daily fantasy points. However, his performance has seen a dip compared to his previous ten games where he averaged 10.33 points on DraftKings. His hits per game have also decreased by 44.4%, and his total bases per game have dropped by 52.8%. He is set to face Andrew Abbott of the Cincinnati Reds, who has a ranking of #188 for hits allowed per game. Despite the recent dip in form, Turner’s projected points stand at 13.0, giving him a DFS Value Score of 2.2, marking him as a core value player for today’s slate.

Bobby Witt Jr. ($6200), Royals – Projected 12.5 pts

Bobby Witt Jr., playing for the Royals, who are ranked #69 in the MLB at generating fantasy points, has been a strong performer. Over the last ten games, Witt Jr. has averaged 11.9 daily fantasy points. However, similar to Turner, Witt Jr.’s performance has seen a slight decrease compared to his previous ten games where he averaged 14.11 points on DraftKings. His hits per game have decreased by 16.7%, but he has shown improvement in doubles and triples per game, both increasing by 172.7%. Witt Jr. is set to face Dean Kremer of the Baltimore Orioles, who ranks #128 for hits allowed per game. Despite the slight decrease in form, Witt Jr.’s projected points stand at 12.5, giving him a DFS Value Score of 2.0, making him another core value player for today’s slate.

Top Catchers in MLB Daily Fantasy Sports

Will Smith ($4600), Dodgers – Projected 11.2 pts

Will Smith, the Dodgers’ catcher, has been performing admirably in recent games. Despite the Dodgers’ overall ranking of #187 in generating fantasy points, Smith has averaged 7.9 daily fantasy points over his last ten games, a slight increase from his previous ten-game average of 7.78. His hits per game have nearly doubled, from 0.56 to 1.1, and his total bases per game have also seen a significant increase, from 1.0 to 1.7. However, his walks per game have decreased by 70.1%, and his runs per game have halved. Smith’s DraftKings salary is $4600, and he is projected to score 11.2 points, giving him a DFS value score of 2.4, indicating he offers core value.

Travis d’Arnaud ($3600), Braves – Projected 11.0 pts

Travis d’Arnaud of the Braves is another catcher to watch. Despite the Braves’ low ranking of #303 in generating fantasy points, d’Arnaud has shown improvement in his performance. His DraftKings points per game have slightly increased from 4.44 to 4.5 over his last ten games, and his hits per game have increased by 13.6%. His singles per game have seen a significant increase of 36.4%, but his home runs per game have decreased by 100%. His DraftKings salary is $3600, and he is projected to score 11.0 points, giving him a DFS value score of 3.1, indicating he offers elite value.

Top OF Players to Watch in MLB Daily Fantasy Sports

Ronald Acuna Jr. ($6500), Braves Atlanta – Projected 16.9 pts

Acuna Jr. has been a steady performer for the Braves, averaging 12.0 daily fantasy points over his last ten games. Despite a slight dip in performance compared to his previous ten games, Acuna Jr. still holds a 2.6 DFS value score, indicating strong value. His upcoming match against Chris Flexen of the CWS, who ranks #14 for hits allowed per game, could provide Acuna Jr. with the opportunity to improve his stats. His recent increase in singles per game and walks per game are promising signs for his potential impact in the upcoming slate.

Ronald Acuna Jr. ($4500), Braves Atlanta – Projected 16.9 pts

At a lower salary of $4500, Acuna Jr. presents an even greater value for DFS players. His DFS value score jumps to an 3.8, indicating elite value. The same match-up against Chris Flexen of the CWS provides an opportunity for Acuna Jr. to capitalize on Flexen’s tendency to allow hits. Despite a decrease in home runs per game, Acuna Jr.’s consistent performance in other areas such as singles and walks per game make him a valuable asset for any DFS lineup.

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