Happy Monday, everyone! I hope the weekend served everyone well and that you enjoyed some baseball. We have another great week of baseball ahead of us, which means we have another week of opportunities to build more MLB DFS lineups!




We have a 7-game main slate today on both DraftKings and FanDuel that will be getting underway at 7:20 PM ET. A few teams off today, one early game, and then three games starting just before the main slate leaves us with a smaller slate today, but still plenty to work with. So, let’s jump right into today’s MLB DFS picks for Monday, 4/22!

MLB DFS Picks & Daily Fantasy Playbook Today, April 22

MLB Weather Today, 4/22

There doesn’t look to be any weather concerns today.

MLB DFS Lineup Construction Thoughts

Most of my favorite pitchers today aren’t on the main slate. Carlos Rodon faces the Athletics this afternoon, and Hunter Greene, Jared Jones, and Tarik Skubal are all in games starting just before the main slate gets underway. This leaves our pitching for the slate light, with nobody looking like a must-start, but this means we can spend up for offense a bit more today. 

On the offensive side, some of my favorite lineups to target today include the San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, San Francisco Giants, and Minnesota Twins.




Recommended MLB DFS Starting Pitchers

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Core MLB DFS Pitchers

Dylan Cease, San Diego Padres

It is in Coors Field, but I think Dylan Cease is good enough to survive it, and the Rockies' offense isn’t good. Cease also has the best strikeout odds and win odds of any pitcher on the slate and is the only pitcher I consider an ace on today’s slate. 

Dylan Cease has settled right into his role on the Padres with a 30% strikeout rate, a 1.99 ERA, and a 0.93 WHIP. I think he should survive Coors today and still be the highest-scoring pitcher today, even in that park. 

Yusei Kikuchi, Toronto Blue Jays

Yusei Kikuchi has looked awesome so far this season. He has a 33% strikeout rate fueled by two straight games with 9 strikeouts in 6 innings against the Yankees and Mariners. Kansas City strikes out quite a bit less than either of those teams, but even if he doesn’t get 9 strikeouts again, he can still put together a solid outing in a wasteland that is pitching for today’s slate. 

Chris Paddack, Minnesota Twins

Chris Paddack has been by far the worst pitcher of anyone I am highlighting today. The strikeouts have been non-existent so far, with a sub-13% strikeout rate. The 8.36 ERA and 2.07 WHIP have been atrocious as well. Those first three starts were against the Brewers, Dodgers, and Orioles, though, which is just a rough way to start your season. 

He now faces the horrific White Sox offense, and we should see him bounce back against them and put together a solid outing to help fix some of those numbers he is putting up. 




Recommended MLB DFS Hitters

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Core MLB DFS Hitters

*Note: Will Be Updated As Official Starting Lineups Are Released

Ryan Mountcastle, 1B Baltimore Orioles

I like Reid Detmers, but I don’t think he will be able to stop this high-powered Orioles offense today. Ryan Mountcastle has 7 multi-hit games over his last 11 over which he has slashed .386/.449/.545. He is batting 5th or higher every game this season right in the middle of this great offense that has no holes. 

With a lot of the other top first base options underperforming Ryan Mountcastle provides a first base option that is providing steady production. 

Jordan Westburg, 3B Baltimore Orioles

Jordan Westburg was one of the lesser hyped-up prospects this season, with the likes of Colton Cowser and Jackson Holliday on the team, but Jordan Westburg has been absolutely amazing. 

Westburg is now on a 9-game hitting streak, during which he has slashed a ridiculous .457/.486/.829 (that’s a 1.315 OPS). Over that stretch, he also had 3 homers, 2 steals, 7 runs, and 10 RBIs. 

Ha-Seong Kim, SS San Diego Padres

Ha-Seong Kim has a career .804 OPS against lefties and today, he faces Austin Gomber in Colorado. His .226 batting average doesn’t look fantastic, but he has a higher OPS than last season at .763, along with 3 homers and 6 steals. 

Whether you want to stack Padres in Colorado today or not, Kim is a great option at SS in this matchup. 

Daulton Varsho, OF Toronto Blue Jays

Daulton Varsho is a good lesson in why you don’t overreact from the first two weeks of the season. Throughout his first 13 games, he was batting .158 with a .422 OPS, which was 6 hits with one extra-base hit in his first 42 plate appearances. After that, through 9 games, he has 30 plate appearances with 10 hits, including 5 homers and 3 doubles, as well as 8 runs, 11 RBIs, and 2 steals. 

Suddenly, he is slashing .242/.306/.530 and has twice as much WAR as anyone else on the Toronto Blue Jays this season. 



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