Welcome to Tuesday! You get back-to-back playbooks from me to start the week before I take a quick hiatus while traveling. I may have missed the no-hitter call on Ronel Blanco yesterday, but I am willing to take the loss on missing out on a 30-year-old making his 8th major league start going out and throwing a no-hitter. 




There is plenty more excitement to come today as we have a handful of guys making their second start of the season now that we have worked back to the front of the rotation for some teams, which makes the DFS landscape a lot more interesting. 

We get a great slate of games today, with a 9-game slate on both DraftKings and FanDuel getting underway at 7:10 PM ET. Some fun matchups today with the Toronto Blue Jays looking to bounce back after being no-hit, the Yankees and Diamondbacks continuing their series of high-powered offenses, and the good rivalry ending the evening as the Giants will take on this amazing Los Angeles Dodgers team. 

With that said, let’s jump right into today’s playbook and some of my favorite MLB DFS picks for today! 

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MLB DFS Picks & Daily Fantasy Playbook Today, April 2

MLB Weather Today, 4/2

  • Detroit Tigers vs. New York Mets: There is a lot of rain in New York today. This one worries me quite a bit, and I would consider avoiding it completely, but maybe things will start to clear up.
  • Colorado Rockies vs. Chicago Cubs: There is a lot of rain throughout the day at Wrigley Field. It is supposed to start to clear up around game time, so it should be more of a delay concern than a postponement concern but keep a close eye on it. 
  • Atlanta Braves vs. Chicago White Sox: See the previous game; this one is also in Chicago.  

MLB DFS Lineup Construction Thoughts

With rotations turning over, we have a lot of aces going back out on the mound mixed with some lower-end pitchers, which makes for an interesting pitcher landscape. I really don’t trust most of the lower-end pitchers today. I know Crochet just had a great outing, but he now must face the Atlanta Braves

There are plenty of great options at the top end, though, with Shane Bieber, Framber Valdez, Logan Webb, and Yu Darvish all worth honorable mentions for me. I would avoid Zac Gallen personally, his velocity was way down, and I want to see another start from him before I am paying that price. 

On the offensive side a lot of solid options with some of my favorite lineups to target including the Boston Red Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, and the Los Angeles Dodgers




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Luis Castillo, Seattle Mariners

Luis Castillo had a bit of a meh start on opening day for the Mariners that may be keeping some people away today but not me. I think Castillo is one of the best pitchers in all of baseball and now gets to face an easier offense in the Cleveland Guardians. I am jumping right back in and think he is the ace to pay up for today if you want to be at the top end of pitching.

Brayan Bello, Boston Red Sox

Braya Bello was the only Red Sox pitcher that didn’t stack a ton of strikeouts in his first outing. Despite only two strikeouts against the Mariners, he still looked solid. Getting to face the Oakland Athletics even if he doesn’t match the strikeout totals that the other Boston starters have been putting up it should certainly be more than two along with a great chance at a win.

Casey Mize, Detroit Tigers

Casey Mize grabbed himself a spot in the starting rotation off of a very strong spring. I’m really excited to see what Mize can do today against the New York Mets. Hopefully he holds a bit of the increased strikeout rate he had through the spring and can put together a strong outing today and is definitely my favorite option on the cheaper end of the pitchers today. Keep an eye on the weather though as that is a concern for this game. 




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Note: Will Be Updated as Official Starting Lineups Are Released

Spencer Torkelson, 1B Detroit Tigers

First off, at no other point in the season would you be weighing 3 games of data super heavily when making your decisions so we shouldn’t be doing it now either. Slow start for Tork, but that doesn’t worry me at all. He is a great hitter, and I don’t trust Adrian Houser, so I am very happy taking Torkelson at the first base spot and think he gets things going today. 

Ketel Marte, 2B Arizona Diamondbacks

Ketel Marte is a better hitter against lefties in his career. Going against Nestor Cortes who looked very hittable in his first start should be a great opportunity for him to do some damage. He isn’t necessarily a cheap option, and he isn’t Mookie Betts either, but I think this is an ideal spot for Marte.

Eugenio Suarez, 3B Arizona Diamondbacks

Eugenio Suarez has looked locked in at the plate so far as a Diamondback. He provides so much power at the price he comes in at and is hitting in a fantastic Diamondbacks lineup. I clearly am in on the Diamondbacks once again today, but I think Suarez is a fantastic option to go to at third base as a one off even if you don’t want to stack other Diamondbacks with him today.

Xander Bogaerts, 2B/SS San Diego Padres

Xander Bogaerts has been one of the best hitting shortstops for about a decade now (granted he is a second baseman now). He provides a little power, a little speed, is in a great lineup, and gets to face Miles Mikolas today who just isn’t that difficult to hit (he gave up 7 hits and two homers in his first outing). I love the Padres lineup going against Mikolas and if I can have any of them, I probably want it to be Xander Bogaerts at his price. 




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