2016 Draft Kit

Draft Kings daily MLB plays for Saturday, April 11: Starting pitchers and hitter stacks

It’s down to the wire again today so I’ll be brief.

We’re getting back into some teams’ No. 1 pitchers while some other teams are still trying to get through the rotation. That means there should be some matchups for us to pounce on.

Here is my hitter stacking chart. It is created based on free information provided by Rotogrinders, but my ranking formula is based on the more reliable statistics they list.

Most stackable lineups for Saturday, April 11

Opp-SP
1 Baltimore Sanchez
2 Toronto Jimenez
3 LA Angels Guthrie
4 Colorado Hammel
5 Pittsburgh Nelson
6 Milwaukee Worley

Colorado and Toronto are my top stacking choices today.

Also, always be on the lookout for values, especially this time of the season. Players who don’t have much experience or who played well in spring and won starting roles/beneficial lineup spots may not have their opportunity reflected properly in their price.

For instance, Brock Holt is batting leadoff today for the Red Sox against the Yankees’ Adam Warren, who has three career starts. Holt costs just $3,500.

Caleb Joseph, filling in for injured Orioles starting catcher Matt Wieters, doesn’t have a ton of Major League experience and has been forgettable in what little time he’s been up. However, the 28-year-old has two doubles, two walks and has scored three times this season. At a cost of just $3,100, he’s worth taking a chance if he continues to start while Wieters is out. Also note Baltimore is the top team to stack today, so Joseph should have opportunities.

Here are my pitcher stacks. Yesterday I explained why we use the categories listed in this chart.

Pitchers to start for Saturday, April 11

Tm Opp DK W wOBA K/O K/P Park AVG
1 Yovani Gallardo TEX HOU 7200 5 8 2 6 15 4.90
2 M. Bumgarner SFG SDP 9500 13 1 1 10 2 5.10
3 Clayton Kershaw LAD ARI 13300 1 7 24 1 27 8.60
4 Johnny Cueto CIN STL 10000 6 11 25 2 26 10.30
5 James Shields SDP SFG 8600 19 18 18 5 2 10.40
6 Cole Hamels PHI WAS 10200 20 25 5 3 24 10.50
7 Jarred Cosart MIA TBR 6300 8 13 14 22 7 10.80
8 Kyle Kendrick COL CHC 5100 9 6 19 8 30 10.80
9 Julio Teheran ATL NYM 9000 7 14 17 14 19 10.90
10 Michael Wacha STL CIN 8100 25 3 4 12 26 11.10
11 Jimmy Nelson MIL PIT 6900 11 27 3 18 22 11.30
12 David Price DET CLE 10400 18 9 20 7 18 11.70
13 Doug Fister WAS PHI 7600 10 5 13 23 24 12.10
14 Chris Archer TBR MIA 7900 23 17 15 11 7 12.20
15 Sonny Gray OAK SEA 8300 3 19 28 15 13 12.40
16 Ubaldo Jimenez BAL TOR 6500 16 29 8 19 11 12.60
17 Jeff Samardzija CWS MIN 9700 2 23 23 17 20 12.70
18 Aaron Sanchez TOR BAL 5800 15 24 6 28 11 13.30
19 Corey Kluber CLE DET 9800 12 26 29 4 18 13.40
20 Jeremy Guthrie KCR LAA 5500 27 22 10 16 6 13.40
21 Jered Weaver LAA KCR 7300 4 12 30 25 6 13.60
22 R. Hernandez HOU TEX 5000 26 4 7 26 15 13.70
23 Adam Warren NYY BOS 4200 14 16 11 27 29 14.90
24 Dillon Gee NYM ATL 6800 24 2 27 13 19 14.90
25 J.A. Happ SEA OAK 6500 28 15 12 24 13 15.60
26 Joe Kelly BOS NYY 4500 17 10 21 21 29 15.70
27 Vance Worley PIT MIL 6500 21 21 16 20 22 15.70
28 Jason Hammel CHC COL 8600 22 30 26 9 30 17.40
29 Archie Bradley ARI LAD 6100 30 28 9 30 27 19.30
30 Mike Pelfrey MIN CWS 4300 29 20 22 29 20 20.00

Because Clayton Kershaw‘s price tag is so high, Yovani Gallardo and Madison Bumgarner present extreme values today, Gallardo in particular. Las Vegas has the Rangers as the fifth most likely team to win today going up against Houston’s Roberto Hernandez.

Of course, it’s also a good strategy to play for a pitcher like Kershaw in cash games.

Cole Hamels and Michael Wacha are not likely to win, but their strikeout rankings make them an option in tournaments.

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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