Sundays are tough for fantasy baseball. Almost all the games are early starts, meaning you need to get your research done by noon or so.
But that’s the beauty of one-day fantasy sites. You don’t want to play, you don’t have to. There’s always Monday. I can’t tell how many times I’ve forgotten to set my lineup on a Sunday in my season-long leagues.
But I really like this stuff, so I’ve put together a FanDuel lineup for a 50/50 contest that should win some money.
It’s not full of superstars, but I found some matchups and pitchers to exploit.
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 3:
Michael Wacha, Cardinals, $8,300, vs. Pirates
The Pirates’ bats woke up a bit a few days ago for a string of games, but they’ve gone night-night again. Either way, I liked Wacha (4-0, 2.42 ERA) vs. the Bucs. I don’t like the fact he doesn’t strike people out, but I see a quality start and a probably victory.
Kevin Plawecki, Mets, $2,200, vs. Nationals
Plawecki was more of a pick based on salary and the fact I know he’ll be in the lineup Sunday after a day off Saturday. But he can hit, so I have no problem with him.
Kendrys Morales, Royals, $2,700, vs. Tigers
As long as Morales is at that salary and is producing, there’s no reason not to use him. And you have to like that matchup vs. Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez.
Robinson Cano, Mariners, $3,700, at Astros
Cano is starting to catch fire, hitting in 3 straight with a couple of multi-knock games. And I like those odds for continued success as he’s 11 for 29 (.379) with 5 RBIs vs. Astros starter Roberto Hernandez. Cano has obliterated Houston pitching recently – he’s batting over .350 with 16 RBIs between 2014 and this season.
I needed to pick on Phillies starter Severino Gonzalez, who looked completely lost in his first start. He’s getting sent back out to the bump and will mostly likely takes his lumps again. Hechevarria is inexpensive and in the zone over the past 10 games, getting over 4 fantasy points per game.
Matt Carpenter, Cardinals, $4,300, vs. Pirates
Carpenter has faced Pirates starter Vance Worley only 6 times, but has 5 hits and 2 RBIs. Carpenter didn’t hit well against the Bucs in 2014, but it’s 2015 and he’s raking. I thought about Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado for a bit. Maybe I’ll use him in another contest.
Bryce Harper, Nationals, $4,000, at Mets
Harper ended April on a high note, but has gone hitless in 2 May games. He should get back on track Sunday as he is 7 for 19 with 2 homers vs. Mets starter Dillon Gee. I haven’t used Harper in a while and this feels like the right time.
Adam Jones, Orioles, $4,000, vs. Rays (but in Tampa)
Jones hasn’t homered in 2 weeks, so he might be glad to see Nate Karns on the hill for Tampa. Karns gives up a homer every 5 innings or so, which isn’t good. Jones has been one of the most productive hitters in the league so I splurged.
Juan Lagares, Mets, $2,500, vs. Nationals
Quietly putting up solid numbers, Lagares’ average has gone from .254 to .313 in 8 games. He’s hit Doug Fister well (5 for 11) and batted nearly .300 vs. the Nationals a season ago.
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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