Fantasy Baseball Daily Round Up: April 10
Justin Vreeland goes around the league, giving a daily state of the union for the world of fantasy baseball. He outlines current storylines and gives insight on what to watch for going forward.
Jurickson Profar broke out of his slump in a big way last night as he finished 4-5 with a home run, with three runs scored and five RBI. He had two hits from both side of the plate and all four hits can be seen below. Profar had a very strong 2018 season, but came into last night’s game struggling mightily as a new member of the Oakland Athletics. He was hitting .120 (6-50) with zero home runs and zero RBI. Profar is a player that I have seen a lot of people panicking about early and some have already dropped him, but he is a talented player and needs to be held onto right now. He finished the evening with 35.0 points on DraftKings and 48.1 points on FanDuel. His big night helped the A’s win their game 13-2 and improve to 7-8 on the year.
Austin Meadows had a fantastic day at the dish, finishing 4-5 with a home run, a steal, a walk, two runs scored, and four RBI. It was the third home run of the year for the young lefty and his second steal. He is currently hitting .308 (12-39) and well on his way towards a 15-15 season.
Yoán Moncada kept his hot start to the season going yesterday; he finished 2-5 with one home run, two runs scored, and two RBI. It was his third home run of the year and he now has 13 RBI, and it appears that he will out produce the 61 mark he had in that department last season.
Michael Conforto smacked a home run for the third straight game. He also doubled, walked twice, and scored three runs. Conforto is currently a top-20 fantasy asset with three home runs, five RBI, 12 runs scored and a .375 batting average.
Pete Alonso , like his teammate Conforto, homered for the third straight game. He then later swatted another home run for his first career multi home run game. Alonso is currently ranked in the top-five of fantasy with a .385 batting, five home runs, 14 RBI, and eight runs scored. He has more extra base hits (11) through 10 career games than anyone in MLB history.
Jonathan Schoop flashed some 2017 Schoop last night, as he had two home runs in the Twins victory. The two home runs were his first and second on the young season and he drove in four runs on the night.
Bryce Harper only had one hit, but it was a loud three-run blast off his old teammate Stephen Strasburg . It was the fourth home run of the year for Harper and he has eight RBI and a .333 batting average to go along with the long balls.
Tommy La Stella swatted a pair of home runs in the Angels victory over the Brewers. He drove in four runs and he now has three home runs in his last two games. La Stella is not a big time power guy, but he is getting everyday at bats and can be used in DFS occasionally.
Yasmani Grandal also joined the multi home run parade last night with his second and third of the year. He also singled and finished the evening with three RBI and three runs scored. He is off to a hot start, with the three home runs, nine runs scored, five RBI, and a .364 batting average.
deGrom’s Streaks End
Jacob deGrom had multiple streaks snapped last night as he fell to the Twins. He was tied for the consecutive quality start streak (with Bob Gibson) with 26 straight starts and owns the record of 31 straight starts allowing three runs or fewer, but both came to an end. He also came into the game throwing 27 consecutive scoreless innings. He was tagged for six earned runs on eight hits and three home runs in just four innings of work. He just didn’t have his best stuff tonight and it goes without saying that there is nothing to worry about with him, from a real or fantasy perspective. One hitter I did not mention in the hitter highlights was Mitch Garver , who became the third player to have a multi home run game against deGrom (Mark Teixeria and Giancarlo Stanton the others). Look for deGrom to bounce back in his next start.
In a weird night where deGrom was rocked (as were Sale, Strasburg, and Nola) there were still a few pitchers who brought their ‘A’ game:
- Corey Kluber held the Tigers to two runs (one earned) across six innings in a win. He was able to work around seven hits and a walk. He struck out eight in the quality start and his record improves to 1-2 on the season.
- Luis Castillo was fantastic once again, hurling seven shutout innings against the Marlins. He allowed just two hits while striking out eight. He picked up his first win of the year and his ERA is now 0.92 through three starts.
- Max Fried shutdown the Rockies on Coors Field. He gave up just one run (zero earned) across six innings pitched. He gave up five hits and struck out four. The young lefty improved to 2-0 on the season and he has been sensational thus far.
- Marco Gonzales picked up his FOURTH WIN of the season last night, tossing six innings against the Royals and holding them to three runs (two earned). He gave up six hits and struck out five in the victory. He is not your typical ace, but he’s getting it done for Seattle.
- Derek Holland hurled seven innings against the Padres and gave up just one run. He gave up just hits and struck out nine en route to his first victory of the year. He now has 21 strikeouts through 16 innings pitched.
Can’t Miss Ozuna Blunder
"See, what had happened was..." - Marcell Ozuna, probably. pic.twitter.com/1pHXLaeDOq— Cut4 (@Cut4) April 10, 2019
What to Watch for Today
Trevor Bauer has been dominant in his first two starts and will have a good chance to keep it going today against the Tigers in Detroit. He has given up just one run through 14 innings pitched while striking out 17 and holding opposing hitters to a .024 batting average (one hit against).
Slugfest at Coors? In a pitching matchup featuring Kevin Gausman and Jeff Hoffman , these two high powered offenses could be in for a field day. The game is not a part of today’s main slate for DFS, but you can expect high exposure in early slates.
Jordan Lyles tossed five shutout innings in his first; will he keep it going today? Or will the Cubs jump all over him and pound out a bunch of runs like they did against the Pirates yesterday? Yu Darvish will start for the Cubbies and he has been a mess thus far, keep an eye on him today as well.