Talk about a busy sports day.
Saturday we have the Kentucky Derby. Game 7 of the Clippers-Spurs in the NBA Playoffs (that can’t be a first-round matchup, can it?). And, of course, there’s that whole Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao Fight of the Century thing later Saturday night.
What an awesome day.
And, of course, no spring day would be complete without fantasy baseball. You didn’t forget that part, did you? If you got caught up with all the other amazing sporting events of the day, don’t fret, we have you covered.
Friday night’s lineup was a winner on FanDuel, so let’s ride that momentum into Saturday.
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.
You can find the FanDuel scoring key at the bottom of the post.
Here are the best FanDuel lineup picks for May 2:
Brandon Morrow, Padres, $6,900, vs. Rockies
In 3 starts at Petco Park, Morrow (1-0, 2.67 ERA) has a win and a 1.29 ERA, while averaging 7 innings per go. And he’s cheap. The Rockies aren’t really scaring anybody on the road – they’re scoring under 4 runs per game away from Coors Field.
Stephen Vogt, A’s, $3,100, at Rangers
Vogt is leading Oakland in most offensive categories, and that’s impressive for a catcher. Nick Martinez has been tough for Texas, but it’s a risk I’m willing to take.
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Freddie Freeman, Braves, $3,500, vs. Reds
Freeman ended April on a tear and should continue to see success in early May vs. Reds starter Jason Marquis (5.48 ERA) – most batters have.
Jose Altuve, Astros, $4,700, vs. Mariners
Altuve was going to be in my lineup whatever the cost. He’s just too hot at the moment to ignore – the tiny two-bagger is batting .515 over the past week. I saved with my bargain pitcher so it was easy to fit Altuve in.
Zack Cosart, Reds, $2,200, at Braves
There aren’t many shortstops producing in fantasy this year. And while Cozart isn’t tearing cover off the ball (he’s having a good season, though), his price tag for the points he gives you ($2,200 for 2.5 per game) can’t be ignored. Troy Tulowitzki gives you 2.3 points at $4,300. Give me Cozart, please.
Todd Frazier, Reds, $3,900, at Braves
Frazier has been pretty much all or nothing. The .226 average I don’t like, but the 7 home runs I do like. And Braves starter Stults gave up the 5th-most homers (26) in the majors a year ago while throwing just 176 innings.
Matt Kemp, Padres, $3,700, vs. Rockies
Kemp destroys Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa to the tune of a .415 batting average with 3 homers and 15 RBIs. Kemp has historically battered Colorado pitching, including a .381/4/16 line in 2014.
Joc Pederson, Dodgers, $3,600, vs. Diamondbacks
Pederson rewarded me for using him last night with a grand slam and a 9.5 point performance, so I’m rolling with him again. More good news: left-handed hitters at batting .439 vs. Arizona starter Jeremy Hellickson. And Joc is eating southpaws alive.
Jake Marisnick, Astros, $3,200, vs. Mariners
Another good, productive young outfielder is Marisnick. He’s help put my FanDuel team in the money a few times. He homered Saturday night and has boosted his average to .383 over the past week. Mariners starter Taijuan Walker hasn’t posed much of a threat to opposing hitters thus far.
Total Lineup Salary: $34,800 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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