FanDuel Daily Fantasy Baseball: Best Picks for April 17

Former Royal Billy Butler returns to Kansas City Friday night. (Getty)

Former Royal Billy Butler returns to Kansas City Friday night. (Getty)

When going through Friday’s MLB schedule, I found a handful of batter/pitcher matchups to exploit.

There are some struggling and middle-of-the-road hurlers on the mound tonight, so you need to take advantage of them.

– Arizona’s Josh Collmenter does not have his best stuff at the moment. Load up on your Giants.
Ubaldo Jimenez had a great game for Baltimore in his first go, but the Red Sox pose problems for him.
– Colorado’s Kyle Kendrick came back to earth after a dominant first start. Advantage Dodgers here.

The key to a money-making FanDuel lineup is finding the pitchers who get tagged. The three above are a good bet tonight.

**My lineup is for a night game only FanDuel contest**

FanDuel uses the following parameters: You get a $35,000 cap to spend on 9 players – 1 pitcher, 1 catcher, 1 first baseman, 1 second baseman, 1 shortstop, 1 third baseman and 3 outfielders.

Hitters Scoring:

Single = +1 points
Double = +2 points
Triple = +3 points
Home Run = +4 points
Run Batted In = +1 points
Run = +1 points
Base on Balls = +1 points
Hit By Pitch = +1 points
Stolen Base = +2 points
Out = -.25 points

Pitchers Scoring:

Inning Pitched = +1 points (fractional scoring per out)
Strike Out = +1 points
Win = +4 points
Earned Run Allowed = -1 points


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Here are the best FanDuel lineup picks for April 17:

Pitcher

Joe Kelly held the Yankees to 1 hit and 1 run in his first start. (Getty)

Joe Kelly held the Yankees to 1 hit and 1 run in his first start. (Getty)

Joe Kelly, Red Sox, $6,000, vs. Orioles.

Kelly (1-0, 1.29 ERA) is coming off a stellar performance vs. the Yankees, allowing just 1 hit and 1 run over 7 innings. He gets the Orioles, who can hit, but they never have vs. Kelly; the right-hander held them to 9 base knocks in 13 1/3 innings in 2014. If last year is any indication, the Red Sox should jump all over O’s starter Ubaldo Jimenez, so if Kelly can limit the damage, a W is very possible.


Catcher

Buster Posey, Giants, $4,200, vs. Diamondbacks

Posey’s price tag is a bit high, but he’ll be totally worth it Friday. The C/1B is 11 for 20 (.550) with 3 home runs and 9 RBIs vs. D-backs starter Josh Collmenter. Posey has made a habit of terrorizing the Arizona staff.


First Base

Billy Butler, A’s, $3,300, at Royals

Butler returns to Kansas City, where the former Royal is a career .312 hitter. Butler is off to a hot start with his new team – .359 and has hit in all 10 games. He’ll be fired up to put on a good show at Kauffman Stadium.


Second Base

Dustin Pedroia is hitting .300 with 3 home runs. (Getty)

Dustin Pedroia is hitting .300 with 3 home runs. (Getty)

Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox, $3,400, vs. Orioles

Pedroia is heating up – he’s 5 for his last 8 with a homer. And his immediate future is bright as he is 7 for 17 vs. Baltimore righty Ubaldo Jimenez. Despite a down season in 2014, Pedroia still battered Baltimore to the tune of .351 (20 for 57).


Shortstop

Jed Lowrie leads the Astros with 3 homers. (Getty)

Jed Lowrie leads the Astros with 3 homers. (Getty)

Jed Lowrie, Astros, $3,400, vs. Angels

Lowrie doesn’t light up Angels starter Jered Weaver (7 for 22 with a homer and 7 RBIs), but he does well enough. This is more about Weaver’s early season struggles. Lowrie will be hitting from the left side, where batters are 10 for 23 with 2 HRs vs. the righty.


Third Base

Jake Lamb, Diamondbacks, $3,000, at Giants

Lamb came into April like a lion and has been roaring since. He’s hitting .409 and will be a mainstay in the lineup as long as he’s hitting (against right-handers like Giants starter Jake Peavy, at least). The price is right and while it’s early, it’s always good to see a young hitter walk more than he strikes out.


Outfield

Nelson Cruz has homered in 5 straight games. (Getty)

Nelson Cruz has homered in 5 straight games. (Getty)

Nelson Cruz, Mariners, $4,800, vs. Rangers

Cruz has homered in 5 straight games (6 total). He faces the Rangers and righty Yovani Gallardo tonight and all he does is hit bombs off the ex-Brewer. Seriously. Two at-bats, two homers. OK, not a very big sample size, but Cruz is absolutely locked in so don’t be surprised if he goes yard once again.

Angel Pagan, Giants, $3,400, vs. Diamondbacks

Like his teammate Posey, Pagan has ripped Collmenter apart – 7 for 12 (.583) with 2 RBIs. And considering Collmenter is allowing opposing hitters a .442 average thus far, it’s safe to say the Snakes starter isn’t in midseason form yet (or maybe he is?). Pagan hit .488 vs. Arizona in 2014.

Kevin Kiermaier, Rays, $2,900, vs. Yankees

Kiermaier has been a pleasant surprise for the Rays (.344 with 2 homers). And at that price, he’s been a mainstay in my FanDuel lineup – against righties, at least. Kiermaier faces one Friday night in the Yankees’ Adam Warren.


Total Lineup Salary: $35,000 of an allotted $35,000

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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