The Toronto Blue Jays have scored the most runs in the Major Leagues.
Their lineup is stacked with perennial fantasy stalwarts like Jose Bautista, Jose Reyes, Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Donaldson.
So when you ask which has been the best hitter on the team over the first month, the answer is … Devon Travis, of course.
Well, the fantasy world knows who Travis is. Entering Thursday’s games, the rookie second baseman was leading Toronto regulars in batting average (.342), home runs (6), RBIs (19), on base percentage (.405), slugging (.658) and OPS (1.063). Pretty impressive, to say the least.
Can the 24-year-old sustain it? Who knows, but the odds are likely stacked against him. But until you see signs of him cooling off, try hard to get Travis in your lineup.
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.
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Here are the best FanDuel lineup picks for April 30:
Shelby Miller, Braves, $8,400, vs. Reds
Miller (3-0, 2.05 ERA) has won 3 straight without really being overpowering (14 strikeouts in 22 innings). That worries me a bit, but he’s getting a Reds team near the bottom the league in batting average (.223).
Russell Martin, Blue Jays, $3,200, at Indians
Martin is going to be the first of three right-handed hitting Blue Jays in my lineup for Thursday. That’s because Indians starter T.J. House is sporting a not-so-tidy 12.61 ERA and righties are hitting .421 against him. The good news is Martin has hit in 8 of the past 10 games. The bad news is Martin is batting an ugly .186.
Kendrys Morales, Royals, $2,500, vs. Tigers
Morales still has a bargain price tag despite batting .318 with 3 homers and 16 RBIs. He’s got a tough task in the rejuvenated – albeit not overpowering – Alfredo Simon of Detroit, but Morales has been hot enough to roll with.
Devon Travis, Blue Jays, $3,600, at Indians
Well, looky what we have here. Travis has been an absolutely awesome fantasy find and gets that aforementioned juicy matchup with House. I had a choice between Robinson Cano of the Mariners and Travis, I’m leaning on the rookie.
Andrelton Simmons, Braves, $2,500, vs. Reds
I needed another bargain and found one in Simmons. What makes him more attractive than most shortstops for Thursday was his history against Reds starter Mike Leake. The slick-fielding SS is 5 for 10 vs. the right-hander.
Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays, $4,200, at Indians
And Donaldson is the final Blue Jays’ right-handed batter I’m using. He’s been a no-brainer for the past 2 weeks – if you had the cap space. I’m making room for him so he can house House.
Nelson Cruz, Mariners, $5,000, at Astros
Cruz was another slugger I wanted to splurge on – I like that matchup vs. Astros starter Scott Feldman, despite the 2 for 10 past history. Cruz is pretty much locked in, Feldman is not. Especially at home, where he’s given up 5 homers in 17 innings. Cruz hits homers. Lots of ’em.
Jake Marisnick, Astros, $3,000, vs. Mariners
Marisnick better be in the Astros’ lineup – he’s 11 for 23 with 9 runs, 5 stolen bases and 5 RBIs in his past 7 games. He’s been a big reason why Houston is in first in the AL West.
Michael Cuddyer, Mets, $2,600, vs. Nationals
Cuddyer has had some success vs. Nats starter Stephen Strasburg (.333), who doesn’t have his best stuff right now. Cudd isn’t crushing, but he homered Wednesday, he’s hitting .323 at home and he’s cheap. He falls into the “bargain” category.
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.
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
Inning Pitched = +1 points (fractional scoring per out)
Strike Out = +1 points
Win = +4 points
Earned Run Allowed = -1 points
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