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MLB DFS Picks Today (4/19/22): Spotlight Pitchers & Top Stacks Tuesday

Eric MacPherson



Free MLB DFS picks today from Awesemo fantasy baseball projections and rankings, and the best lineups & value targets for DraftKings & FanDuel

Tuesday, April 19, brings a robust 10-game main slate with a first pitch time of 7:10 p.m. ET on Yahoo, DraftKings and FanDuel. Let’s get into the top MLB DFS picks for pitchers and stacks for Yahoo, DraftKings and FanDuel daily fantasy baseball lineups. As always, you can head over to the Awesemo MLB DFS & Fantasy Baseball home page for all the fantasy baseball content you need for any given slate.

MLB DFS Picks Today: Spotlight Pitchers and Top Stacks | Tuesday, April 19

Yahoo Stack of the Day: Boston Red Sox vs. LHP Yusei Kikuchi — 5.0 implied runs

Yesterday the Red Sox lost the early-morning Patriot’s Day game, but they should bounce back tonight in a tasty matchup against lefty Yusei Kikuchi. The former Mariner can be exploited by right-handed hitting, which is something that Boston brings to this matchup. Trevor Story ($15) and Bobby Dalbec ($9) are steals on Yahoo tonight, along with J.D. Martinez ($18), Xander Bogaerts ($17) and Enrique “Kike” Hernandez ($17). This will be a popular stack, though there are plenty of other ways to find roster differentiation with a 20-team player pool.

Late Slate: Oakland Athletics vs. Baltimore Orioles — 4.3 implied runs

The Orioles have not yet announced a starter for tonight, so we could be looking at a bullpen game — or a minor league callup. Either way, the longer the uncertainty lasts, the longer the Athletics will stay under the radar. Somehow, Oakland is tied for the league lead with 58 runs scored, putting it in the same lofty tier as the Dodgers. There will be regression at some point, as half of the A’s lineup consists of replacement-level players, but until that happens, we need to follow the infamous words of Crash Davis and “Respect the streak.” Sean Murphy and Seth Brown are the above-average options, and then players such as Billy McKinney, Elvis Andrus and Tony Kemp can be feathered in for differentiation. There is no need to go overboard with four- or five-man stacks, but using duos and trios from the Athletics does provide some discounted upside potential on all slates.

Spotlight Pitchers

Top MLB DFS Picks Target: RHP Corbin Burnes vs. Pittsburgh Pirates — 2.9 implied runs

  • DFS Salary: Yahoo $58 | FanDuel $10,800 | DraftKings $10,500

Yahoo has broken its soft pitching salary cap of $55 for the reigning National League Cy Young winner Corbin Burnes. The matchup against a watered-down Pirates squad is one of the best any pitcher will get this season. There will be enough discount dandies finding their way into lineups tonight that employing Burnes as an ace should not be an issue. Through two starts, Burnes has logged a dozen innings with as many strikeouts, allowing just three earned runs. Over the last two seasons, the projected Pittsburgh lineup has been dreadful against right-handed hurlers, with a 0.272 wOBA, 0.068 ISO and a 6.0% walk rate. Enjoy!

Secondary MLB DFS Picks Target: RHP Joe Musgrove vs. Cincinnati Reds — 3.2 implied runs

  • DFS Salary: Yahoo $50 | FanDuel $11,000 | DraftKings $8,600

The DraftKings salary algorithm is giving a nice discount for Joe Musgrove in a matchup against a patchwork Cincinnati squad. FanDuel went a little overboard, though; with its loose salaries, it is not too difficult to roster Musgrove. The Reds are without Nick Castellanos, Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suarez, who are all playing for new teams. Mike Moustakas is day-to-day with an arm injury, and Tyler Naquin was placed on the injured list Monday. That means Joey Votto will be the lone above-average lefty in the lineup with Jake Fraley and Colin Moran likely joining him, along with their elevated strikeout rates. In his last 117 same-handed matchups, Aristides Aquino has struck out 48.7% of the time. While Tommy Pham rolled up a three-hit game against his former squad last night, including a double and a home run, his best days are well behind him. Things are looking good for Musgrove tonight, and he should be rostered with confidence.

Wild Card MLB DFS Picks Target: LHP Cole Irvin vs. Baltimore Orioles — 3.7 implied runs

  • DFS Salary: Yahoo $29 | FanDuel $7,100 | DraftKings $6,300

Today’s wild card is lefty Cole Irvin, who has both an appealing matchup and salary on Yahoo and DraftKings, where two pitchers are required for each lineup. Baltimore does project to put in nearly a full complement of right-handed hitters against Irving tonight, and while it do have above-average power (.207 ISO) that comes with a lot of strikeout (25.7%) upside. While Irvin has below-average strikeout stuff, he has solid control allowing very few walks and extra-base hits. When looking to a low-upside pitcher like Irvin, it is important to also account for how the salary relief he provides can be employed across the remainder of the lineup.

Final MLB DFS Thoughts & Weather Notes for the Tuesday, April 19 Fantasy Baseball Slate

Tuesday brings a brief respite from the precipitation we saw on Monday. Most outdoor venues in the Midwest and East Coast are still experiencing cold and likely will for the next two or three weeks. The White Sox at Guardians game in Cleveland was postponed, though with the 6:10 p.m. ET start time it was not represented on many Tuesday slates.

Eric "EMac" MacPherson won the 2007 Fantasy Baseball grand prize (trip for two to the MLB All-Star game) in the Roto format on ESPN. He won again in 2008, this time in the H2H format. As one of the early adopters of daily fantasy sports, EMac has been providing content for baseball and basketball as well as both professional and college football since 2012 for a variety of websites including DraftKings Playbook, FanVice, RotoWorld, Daily Fantasy Bootcamp, and RotoGrinders. He is well into his third decade of fantasy sports and has a wealth of knowledge and experience. Follow him on Twitter @EMacDFS or contact EMac by emailing [email protected].

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