We've got a fun seven-game slate starting at 6:40 pm ET tonight! While there have been many rain concerns in recent days, tonight's slate should be good to go. There's some rain in a few areas, but it's unlikely to affect tonight's slate. 



Now we can really get down to business! Here are our MLB DFS picks on DraftKings and FanDuel for tonight's April 5 seven-game slate. 

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MLB DFS Picks & Daily Fantasy Playbook Today, April 5

MLB Weather Today, April 5

New York Mets vs. Cincinnati Reds

  • There will be some light rain that will likely leave before game time. It'll still be chilly, and the winds will be at 10mph. 

Boston Red Sox vs. Los Angeles Angels

  • Again, the rain will likely leave by game time. However, we'll get 20mph winds out to right in this one.

MLB DFS Lineup Construction Thoughts

You will want to fit as many Braves and Phillies bats into your lineup as possible. 

Both lineups are facing left-handed duds. While the Phillies haven't broken out offensively yet, a road reset could help them get back on track. The projected lineup destroyed left-handed pitching last year and will ultimately do the same this year. 

The same can be said about the Braves. Atlanta's offense has already been more consistent to start the season. But last year, this team absolutely rocked against lefties. They've got a great matchup against Tommy Henry of the Diamondbacks, who looked awful against the Rockies in his first start. 




Recommended MLB DFS Starting Pitchers

Top Options For Strikeouts

Best Odds For A Win

Core MLB DFS Pitchers

Logan Gilbert, Seattle Mariners

Logan Gilbert pitched seven innings against the Boston Red Sox in his season debut. He struck out eight and allowed just four hits, one walk, and one run. Gilbert looked sensational, finishing with a .71 WHIP and a 1.29 ERA. 

Last year, he did a lot of the same. Gilbert struck out 24.5% of batters and walked only 4.5%. He also held teams to a .294 wOBA after facing 770 batters last season.

Meanwhile, he'll take on a projected Brewers lineup that hit a .112 ISO and a wOBA of .225 against righties last season. In the current season, the same lineup has hit a .123 ISO and has struck out 23.4% of the time against righties. 

I'd expect another massive outing from Gilbert tonight. Fit him in your lineups. 

Aaron Nola, Philadelphia Phillies

Aaron Nola finished with -6.1 DK points in his first outing against the Braves. But that was against the Braves. He's facing the Nationals now. Nola has thrown in 236 career games and has a 3.75 ERA with 1585 strikeouts in 1426.1 innings. We know what he's capable of. 

He dropped in salary after his first start, so now it's time to consider using him. Scared money doesn't make money!

Brady Singer, Kansas City Royals

I don't need to convince anyone to use a pitcher against the Royals. While Brady Singer is never the “safe” option, he looks pretty great tonight. 

Singer pitched seven innings and struck out 10 against a quality Minnesota lineup. He allowed only three hits and walked one (he also hit two batters). However, his WHIP of .57 was a pleasant surprise after he allowed a .180 ISO and a wOBA of .351 last season. 

I'd totally keep riding the wave with Singer right now.

Hunter Greene, Cincinnati Reds

Honestly, Hunter Greene might be your cheapest option tonight. I can't say I'd trust many lower-tier pitchers on the slate. 

Greene struggled against righties in his season debut, which is slightly concerning. But he still struck out seven batters without finishing five innings. 

However, he's facing a Mets offense that has looked absolutely lost to begin the season. New York's projected lineup has hit a .076 ISO and a wOBA of .207. So I'd be willing to give Greene a chance here against the Mets. While he could allow some power to guys like Pete Alonso and Francisco Alvarez, Greene has way more advantages throughout the Mets lineup. 




Recommended MLB DFS Hitters

Highest Expected Run Totals 

Note: Run Totals from Vegas Odds

Core MLB DFS Hitters

Note: Will Be Updated as Official Starting Lineups Are Released

Trea Turner, SS, J.T. Realmuto, C, Alec Bohm 3B, Nick Castellanos, OF, Philadelphia Phillies

You'll want to consider a stack with the Philadelphia Phillies tonight. 

The Phillies are facing Patrick Corbin of the Nationals. Corbin pitched just 4.1 innings in his debut and struck out only two batters, with a WHIP of 1.85. In those 4.1 innings, Corbin gave up four earned runs on seven hits.

While the Phillies haven't been red-hot offensively, the right-handed bats have a lot of potential tonight. 

Last year, Trea Turner hit a .191 ISO and a wOBA of .327 against righties. He also struck out just 19.1% of the time. 

J.T. Realmuto faced 157 lefties and hit a .281 ISO and a wOBA of .379. He's always been terrific against lefties. So had Alec Bohm, who hit a .280 ISO and a wOBA of .389 against lefties last year. Bohm also struck out just 14.7% of the time against lefties.

Finally, Nick Castellanos slugged a .239 ISO and a wOBA of .405 against 196 lefties. 

Ronald Acuna OF, Ozzie Albies 2B, Austin Riley 3B, Matt Olson, Marcell Ozuna OF, Atlanta Braves

Ultimately, make sure to have some Braves and Phillies bats in your lineup.

Atlanta is facing Tommy Henry of the Diamondbacks. He's a lefty pitcher who pitched only four innings in his season debut against the Rockies. Yes, he allowed six hits and five runs in four innings against Colorado of all teams. The Braves have a much better offense than the Rockies. 

Although Ronald Acuna hasn't got going yet against lefties, the rest of the right-handed bats have. I wouldn't be too worried about Acuna. He smashed a .237 ISO and a wOBA of .401 and struck out only 13.4% of the time against lefties last year. 

Ozzie Albies hit a .218 ISO and a wOBA of .433 with just 12.9% of strikeouts. Then there's Austin Riley, who slugged a .301 ISO and a wOBA of .402 against lefties. Even a left-handed player like Matt Olson hit a ball.227 ISO against lefties. Plus, Marcell Ozuna was one of the best power hitters in baseball last year, hitting a .344 ISO against lefties. 

Vinnie Pasquantino, 1B, Kansas City Royals

Don't get lost in Vinnie Pasquantino's stats this season. I know he's only hitting a .120 average with no home runs or RBIs.

However, he's got a really good matchup against Erick Fedde tonight. Fedde wasn't good enough for the Majors a couple of years ago and went to the KBO (Korea's professional baseball league) as a result. But after finding himself in the KBO, he signed a multi-year deal with the Chicago White Sox

While he threw seven strikeouts, he also couldn't get through five innings and allowed five hits and a walk. He faced nine lefties of the 20 batters and allowed a .375 ISO and a wOBA of .409 to those nine lefties. 

That's where Vinnie Pasquantino comes into play. Pasquantino hit a .216 ISO and a wOBA of .338 against righties, with just 12.4% of strikeouts last year. He only had 186 plate appearances against righties due to injury, but he saw the ball so well against lefties last year when on the field. 

Adolis Garcia, OF, Texas Rangers

Although Hunter Brown escaped damage against the Yankees, he still only threw four innings and allowed four this and two walks. He wasn't perfect, despite his 0.00 ERA. 

Last year, Brown allowed a .224 ISO and a wOBA of .365 to 368 righties. In his start against the Yankees, he gave up a .412 woBA and walked 16.7% of righty batters. 

Adolis Garcia smashed a .286 ISO and wOBA of .372 against 539 righties last year. He also walked 8.2% of the time and slugged 36.2% of fly balls against righties. Garcia is a prime target for a sneaky home run against Brown.




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