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Draft Kings daily fantasy baseball plays for Tuesday, April 21

The pitcher ranks seem a little thin today.

Every pitcher in our rankings has at least one negative going for him tonight. Then again, Hisashi Iwakuma had no negatives going for him last night and he dropped a stinker on our lineups. It wasn’t quite as bad as Matt Shoemaker. … Where was I?

Oh, right, we’ve got pitcher rankings and hitters to fill your lineups. Let’s get to it.

Pitcher rankings for Tuesday, April 21

PITCHER Tm Opp DK W wOBA K/O K/P IP Park AVG
1 Chris Archer TBR BOS $8,200 8 5 20 3 2 8 7.67
2 Lance Lynn STL WAS $9,000 13 23 5 2 6 4 8.83
3 Wade Miley BOS TBR $6,900 21 12 6 11 3 8 10.17
4 Francisco Liriano PIT CHC $8,700 1 17 14 5 22 3 10.33
5 Tyler Matzek COL SDP $5,400 11 1 2 14 8 30 11.00
6 Jonathon Niese NYM ATL $7,500 2 8 27 17 4 10 11.33
7 Gio Gonzalez WAS STL $8,900 15 13 29 1 7 4 11.50
8 Mike Fiers MIL CIN $8,400 6 2 9 6 24 22 11.50
9 Taijuan Walker SEA HOU $6,700 17 7 1 12 19 14 11.67
10 Jason Vargas KCR MIN $6,500 3 19 11 25 5 9 12.00
11 Chase Anderson ARI TEX $5,500 4 10 16 9 16 27 13.67
12 Collin McHugh HOU SEA $8,100 16 6 15 8 28 14 14.50
13 Carlos Carrasco CLE CWS $8,300 9 20 26 4 10 20 14.83
14 Brett Anderson LAD SFG $6,900 10 18 19 20 21 1 14.83
15 Mark Buehrle TOR BAL $6,200 5 25 3 28 1 28 15.00
16 Dan Haren MIA PHI $7,000 7 3 17 21 20 24 15.33
17 Travis Wood CHC PIT 6,500 30 24 8 16 15 3 16.00
18 Jerome Williams PHI MIA $4,700 19 9 7 27 14 24 16.67
19 Kyle Lobstein DET NYY $5,600 12 14 4 29 28 16 17.17
20 Trevor Cahill ATL NYM $5,600 28 4 28 13 27 10 18.33
21 Hector Santiago LAA OAK $6,500 14 11 25 24 30 6 18.33
22 Brandon Morrow SDP COL 6500 22 30 12 7 11 30 18.67
23 Jason Marquis CIN MIL $4,600 26 22 13 18 13 22 19.00
24 Tim Lincecum SFG LAD $7,300 23 27 24 15 25 1 19.17
25 Drew Pomeranz OAK LAA $6,600 18 26 18 19 29 6 19.33
26 Nick Martinez TEX ARI $5,300 27 15 10 30 9 27 19.67
27 Hector Noesi CWS CLE $5,600 24 21 21 23 12 20 20.17
28 Bud Norris BAL TOR 6900 25 28 23 10 17 28 21.83
29 Nathan Eovaldi NYY DET 6100 20 29 22 22 23 16 22.00
30 Tommy Milone MIN KCR $5,800 29 16 30 26 26 9 22.67

We have a full slate of games today, so there are a lot of options. But only some of them are good.

Chris Archer and Lance Lynn are at the top of the list by a pretty good margin over No. 3 Wade Miley. I’m avoiding Miley, but the Archer-Lynn pair is solid. Lynn and Jonathan Niese might be a safer pairing with less strikeout upside.

Lynn and Mike Fiers is a decent strikeout upside pairing, like Archer and Lynn. We need Fiers to pitch more than five innings a game. If he could go seven or eight he might top the K chart.

Hitters to target for Tuesday, April 21

I only have one stacked lineup today and that’s the Indians against Hector Noesi.

There’s no reason to go into much detail about the Rockies-Padres matchup in Coors. You’re already on that one.

Toronto against Bud Norris in the Rogers Centre is also a good option.

The two other pitchers at the bottom of our rankings, the Yankees’ Nathan Eovaldi against the Tigers, and the Twins’ Tommy Milone against the Royals are also in play but I don’t feel as strongly about them.

Here are a couple hitters with low batting averages on balls in play — low BABIP means the player should improve as they regress to their norm — and decent weighted on-base average matchups against the pitcher they’re facing:

C Russell Martin, SS Brandon Crawford, OF Jose Bautista

Bautista has three bombs but he’s only batting .143.

Here are the players I’ll use the most today:

C Martin, Josh Phegley, Derek Norris

1B Edwin Encarnacion, Justin Morneau

2B Luis Valbuena, Stephen Drew

3B Valbuena

SS Crawford and Drew

OF Bautista, Corey Dickerson, Starling Marte, Justin Upton, Andrew McCutchen, Adam Jones, Lucas Duda, Jimmy Paredes

Good luck today and every day.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: EP has been playing fantasy sports since 1996. He is among the top third of overall players at RotoGrinders.com. He won two NBA GPPs this season, his first dedicating significant time to NBA lineups, and is among the top 32% of hockey players. He’ll use the same methods in an attempt to crack an MLB tournament in 2015.





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