MLB Plays of the Day – Monday, April 18th

What a disappointing weekend. We either hit on our batters or the pitcher, but we never hit on both in the same lineup. Frustrating was an understatement. Inconsistency has to be expected in DFS, but it’s frustrating nonetheless.

So, after a disappointing weekend, we look to get back on track tonight with the main slate starting at 7:05 ET. There’s a total of 7 games on the slate, with pitchers all over the board from studs like Noah Syndergaarnd and Jose Fernandez to pitchers like..um..Chase Anderson. Like the other two editions of our MLB Plays of the Day, we bring you our 5 favorite players to target in cash game lineups tonight.

Here are your Fanduel MLB Plays of the Day:

Noah Syndergaard – SP | NYM ($11,300)

This play should be the most obvious play on the entire slate, even at the steep price. There isn’t much analysis that has to be done but we’ll hit you with some quick stats. Thor has absolutely torn the league apart in his first two starts this season posting an ERA of 0.34 in 13 innings with 21 strikeouts and only 2 walks. Those are ridiculous numbers. The Phillies on the other hand have been one of the least-feared offenses in the league. They are tied for worst in the league with a team batting average of .207 with a league-worst .267 on-base percentage. If Noah Syndergaard isn’t your building block for your lineup tomorrow then you should take the day off.

Joey Votto – 1B | CIN ($3,900)

I’ve said this numerous times already this season, but pay up for a first baseman. You cannot pass up on the abundance of power at the top of this position. The best one to pay up for today? Reds’ Joey Votto. On the season, Votto is batting only .244 (10-41) with one home run, 6 RBIs and 6 runs, but he draws an extremely enticing matchup tonight. Against Jordan Lyles throughout his career, Votto has gone a ridiculous 7-11 from the plate with 2 home runs, 2 doubles, 3 RBIs, 5 runs and 4 walks over a total of 15 plate appearances. Lyles also hasn’t necessarily been all that impressive through two starts going 8 innings while allowing 13 hits and 5 walks with an ERA of 12.38. This is one of the premier matchups to exploit in today’s slate so while we recommend stacking the Reds against Lyles and the Rockies, we strongly suggest you have Votto lead the stack.

Martin Prado – 3B | MIA ($2,900)

Prado comes in as our more low-key play of the day today. Hitting in the middle of a lackluster Marlins’ offense, Prado has been extremely productive this season batting .342 (13-38) with two doubles, one triple and 4 RBIs. He’s hit safely in the last 9 games that he’s started with a sac-fly pinch-hit appearance in another game. He’s becoming a reliable source of on-base percentage for the Marlins and remains under the radar in the fantasy world. The Marlins face off against Tanner Roark and the Washington Nationals today, an opponent that Prado has found his own string of success against. In his career against Roark, Prado has batted .500 (6-12) with an on-base percentage of .538 with a home run, 4 RBIs, 2 runs scored and a walk. Combine his inexpensive price tag, his success this season and his history of success against Roark, Prado turns out to be a great under-the-radar play in your lineups tonight.

Michael Conforto – OF | NYM ($2,700)

Conforto is one of the young players taking the MLB by storm so far this season. Due to his production, the Mets recently bumped him up to the number 3 spot in the batting order as well. On the season, Conforto is batting .313 on the season in his first 10 games with 5 doubles, 1 home run, 6 RBIs and 5 runs scored…no wonder he got the bump from the 7 spot to the 3 spot in the lineup. As long as Conforto can keep up a fraction of the production that he’s experienced thus far, he should be an asset in the fantasy world. Conforto and the Mets take on Jerad Eickoff and the Phillies, whom Conforto has experienced early success against. In his career against Eickoff, Conforto has batted .500 (5-10) with two doubles, a home run, 3 runs and 3 RBIs. For only 10 at-bats, he’s crushed the ball with a slugging percentage of 1.000. His price is still ridiculously low for the production he’s putting up right now, so take advantage of this while you still can.

Christian Yelich – OF | MIA ($3,900)

Much like Conforto, Yelich has been seeing the ball extremely well to start the young campaign. While the Marlins’ offense as a whole leaves a lot to be desired, Yelich has been one of the lone bright spots. So far this season, he is batting .353 with an on-base percentage of .511 with 3 doubles, one home run, 4 RBIs, and an impressive 11 walks. He’s demonstrated a ridiculous amount of patience at the plate which only helps his fantasy owners. He’s going head to head with Tanner Roark who he has gone 5-17 (.294) with an on-base percentage of .429 in his career with 1 double, 3 RBIs and 4 walks. With his heightened patience at the plate and how effective he’s been on offense, Yelich should be in for a more productive day than usual tonight.

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