DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball: Best Picks For April 14

Jorge Soler has 4 career home runs vs. the Reds. (Getty)

Jorge Soler has 4 career home runs vs. the Reds. (Getty)

I’ve been having success in DraftKings by using top pitchers and putting together a financially-efficient – yet productive – hitting lineup.

Tuesday I took the same approach after carefully researching the MLB schedule. I spent a lot of my salary cap on the hurlers, but found some serious bargains when it came to filling out the rest of my lineup.

DraftKings uses the following parameters: You get a $50,000 cap to spend on 10 players – 2 pitchers, 1 catcher, 1 first baseman, 1 second baseman, 1 shortstop, 1 third baseman and 3 outfielders.

Hitters Scoring:

Single = +3 points
Double = +5 points
Triple = +8 points
Home Run = +10 points
Run Batted In = +2 points
Run = +2 points
Base on Balls = +2 points
Hit By Pitch = +2 points
Stolen Base = +5 points
Caught Stealing = -2 points

Pitchers Scoring:

Inning Pitched = +2.25 points
Strike Out = +2 points
Win = +4 points
Earned Run Allowed = -2 points
Hit Against = -0.6 points
Base on Balls Against = -0.6 points
Hit Batsman = -0.6 points
Complete Game = +2.5 points
Complete Game Shut Out = +2.5 points
No Hitter = +5 points

*NOTE: Hitting statistics for Pitchers will not be counted, and Pitching statistics for Hitters will not be counted.


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Here are the best lineup picks for April 14:

Pitchers

Matt Harvey faces the Phillies at home Tuesday. (Getty)

Matt Harvey faces the Phillies at home Tuesday. (Getty)

Matt Harvey, Mets, $9,300, vs. Phillies

That Phillies offense is putrid at the moment and Harvey (1-0, 0.00 ERA) is on his way to being one of the best pitchers in the league, if he isn’t already. He’s pricey, but you gotta spend money to make money.

Carlos Carrasco, Indians, $8,800, vs. White Sox

Taking advantage of another light-hitting team in the White Sox, I also purchased a rather expensive Carrasco (1-0, 0.00), who was brilliant in his first start (6 1/3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 10 K). CC was 2-1 with a 2.49 ERA in 4 outings vs. the ChiSox in 2014.


Catcher

Astros catcher Jason Castro. (Getty)

Astros catcher Jason Castro. (Getty)

Jason Castro, Astros, $3,900, vs. A’s

Castro and his Astros teammates face the A’s Kendall Graveman (0-1, 18.90 ERA), who was absolutely lit up in his first start. Lefties like Castro had two homers and 7 RBIs in 10 official at-bats in the game.


First Base

Adrian Gonzalez has 5 home runs. (Getty)

Adrian Gonzalez has 5 home runs. (Getty)

Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers, $4,200, vs. Mariners

Gonzalez hasn’t homered in 4 games. Clearly, he’s washed up. I’m kidding, of course, but his DK salary is a total bargain and lower than other 1Bs like Lucas Duda and Brandon Moss. Gonzo has hit in all 7 games and is getting on base at a .625 clip.


Second Base

Tim Beckham of the Rays. (Getty)

Tim Beckham of the Rays. (Getty)

Tim Beckham, Rays, $3,100, at Blue Jays

I’ve never used Beckham in a fantasy lineup before, but I should be at that bargain price. Well, you do have to be careful because there’s no guarantee Becks will be in the lineup, but it’s a risk I am taking today. He’s on the roster, why sit him (rhetorical question for the Rays)? Besides, Beckham has held his own. In order to get the pitchers I wanted, I needed to go a little cheaper in spots, but I think Beckham could be a hidden gem Tuesday.


Shortstop

Jed Lowrie of the Astros. (Getty)

Jed Lowrie of the Astros. (Getty)

Jed Lowrie, Astros, $4,100, vs. A’s

The switch-hitting Lowrie has deceivingly decent pop (if there is such thing) and, as mentioned above, has a matchup with one of the more generous pitchers on the day’s docket.


Third Base

Jake Lamb has 7 RBIs. (Getty)

Jake Lamb has 7 RBIs. (Getty)

Jake Lamb, Diamondbacks, $3,600, at Padres

Here’s your opportunity to the get Lamber in your lineup. I know Petco Park isn’t conducive to offense, but Lamb, who is hitting .400 with a dinger and 7 RBIs in 4 starts, didn’t seem phased Monday evening. He’ll play vs. righties and the Pads are sending one, Odrisamer Despaigne, out there tonight.


Outfield

Mets outfielder Michael Cuddyer. (Getty)

Mets outfielder Michael Cuddyer. (Getty)

Jorge Soler, Cubs, $4,800, vs. Reds

Soler sent two balls into orbit Monday, his first HRs of the year. Not sure if we can expected a repeat performance, but the Reds are a team he has taken a liking to. In his short career vs. Cincy, Soler eclipsed all expectations – 10 for 21 with 4 homers and 9 RBIs.

Michael Cuddyer, Mets, $4,100, vs. Phillies

With 3 hits and a homer over the past 2 games, Cuddyer seems to be waking up. He’s a streaky hitter and it appears he’s at the beginning of something good here. At $4.1k, you can certainly make room for Cuddyer.

Charlie Blackmon, Rockies, $4,000, at Giants

Blackmon hit well in two parks last season – Coors Field (duh) and San Francisco’s AT&T (.364). Tuesday night the Rockies play in San Fran. Plus, Blackmon fares well vs. Tim Hudson, the Giants starter; 5 hits in 16 at-bats.


Total Lineup Salary: $49,900 of the allotted $50,000

Each day, we’ll give you the rundown of who to pick for a winning lineup, so stay with us the entire season.


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