Welcome to Wednesday! We have had a strong start to the week, with a lot of winning MLB DFS lineups being made through the playbook and the Fantasy Alarm shows. We are going to keep things rolling today with another great day of baseball games, which means more opportunities to win! 




We have a 7-game main slate today on both DraftKings and FanDuel that will be getting underway at 7:05 PM ET. There are a few daytime games as well to keep you occupied while you put your lineups together for this evening, with the Diamondbacks and Cardinals facing off this afternoon and then the Mets and Giants continuing their series after that. 

We are dialed into our seven games this evening, though, with plenty of exciting matchups and many different ways we could build our lineups. Let’s dive into some of my favorite MLB DFS picks today and playbook for April 24! 

MLB DFS Picks & Daily Fantasy Playbook Today, April 24

MLB Weather Today, 4/24

Nothing on today’s slate is looking concerning so far.

MLB DFS Lineup Construction Thoughts

Today is a day where I am living on the higher end of pitching. 

The cheaper options do not interest me today, and I don’t see much upside possibility, so I am willing to pay a little more for pitching with real upside and find some cheaper options for my offense, with all my favorite pitchers today being in the top 5 most expensive options. The only pitchers I would consider outside of my favorites today are Jon Gray and Spencer Arrighetti, but there is a reason they aren’t among my favorites today: play at your own risk. 

On the offensive side, some of my favorite lineups to target today include the New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, Atlanta Braves, and Toronto Blue Jays




Recommended MLB DFS Starting Pitchers

Top Options For Strikeouts

Best Odds For A Win




Core MLB DFS Pitchers

Joe Ryan, Minnesota Twins

There is a reason that Joe Ryan is the most expensive pitcher on today’s slate: he is the best. He has a 29% K-BB rate, which isn’t even that far off from the numbers he put up through over 160 innings last season. We already saw a 12-strikeout game against the Tigers this month, and the White Sox are the worst offense in baseball right now. 

A double-digit strikeout game is extremely possible, and it will be shocking if the White Sox are able to put up any offense against him today. 

Reynaldo Lopez, Atlanta Braves

Reynaldo Lopez has only given up 1 run through his first 18 innings this season. He has gone 6 innings in each of his 3 starts and has increased his strikeout total in each game, putting up 5, 6, and 7 in each outing. The Miami Marlins offense has been poor so far this season, and they are missing their best power bat, Jake Burger.

The strikeout upside and win potential combination for Reynaldo Lopez is fantastic and he is a good pivot from Joe Ryan if you need to save some money or can pay up and secure both of them today and have a really strong pitching duo if you can build a cheap offense around them.

Clarke Schmidt, New York Yankees

Speaking of strikeout and win potential, Clarke Schmidt is the top strikeout option according to DraftKings (I would argue that Ryan still has better strikeout upside) and the second-best odds to win behind Reynaldo Lopez. The results have been great so far. His WHIP has not been good, sitting at 1.55, but that has come with a .404 BABIP, which certainly won’t remain that high. 

He put up 7 strikeouts in each of his last two outings, and the Athletics have the highest strikeout rate against right-handed pitchers. 

Garrett Crochet, Chicago White Sox

Garrett Crochet is a much riskier play than the other three today. He has a much higher blowup potential and almost no-win potential. What he does have is strikeout upside. He has over a 32% strikeout rate on the season and has struck out 8 or more in 3 of his 4 starts. Going less than 5 innings in his last two outings isn’t promising, but one of those starts still came with 10 strikeouts. 

He will give up some hits and almost certainly not secure you a win, but he might have more strikeouts than anyone else today, so it can still be worth a shot, especially if you aren’t paying up for Joe Ryan




Recommended MLB DFS Hitters

Highest Expected Run Totals 

Core MLB DFS Hitters

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

Nico Hoerner, 2B Chicago Cubs

Nico Hoerner went 0 for 5 yesterday, but before that, he had a stretch of 7 games in which he piled up 14 hits, including 5 doubles and a triple. He still hasn’t managed to hit a homer yet and only has one stolen base, but certainly, those will start to come as he keeps hitting. 

In his first 13 games, he had a .547 OPS, but in his 9 games since, he has had a .940 OPS and is now having a pretty good first month of the season. More importantly, he has been back batting leadoff for the Cubs over the last 5 games, which gives him even more value.

Ha-Seong Kim, SS San Diego Padres

To get an idea of Ha-Seong Kim's fantasy upside, check out his score from Sunday's game against Toronto. He put up 18 fantasy points on DraftKings without recording a hit. He crushed lefties and now gets to face Ty Blach, making his first start of the season in Coors Field. 

It is just too hard to ignore the matchup today of getting to face a lefty in Coors to not go after Ha-Seong Kim, even if you aren’t stacking any other Padres with him today (though I would probably throw at least one more in there with him).

Julio Rodriguez, OF Seattle Mariners

Julio Rodriguez was off to a slow start to the season, but he also started pretty slow last season and ended up with 32 homers, 37 steals, and over 100 runs and RBIs as one of the most valuable players in all of baseball. 

He is now on a 7-game hitting streak that includes 5 multi-hit games (as well as a 4-hit game), 4 steals, and notching his first homer of the season yesterday. J-Rod looks to have figured things out, and I am ready to jump back in, especially while his price remains this low. 

Daulton Varsho, OF Toronto Blue Jays

Daulton Varsho remains incredibly cheap and has been providing great production every day. He was one of my favorite plays on Monday and my home-run call, and he came through. The next day, he delivered yet again with a double, a walk, and a steal. 

I really like stacking the Blue Jays again today as they face Alec Marsh, and Daulton Varsho is not just a cheap part of that offense but the best part right now. Varsho leads the Blue Jays in homers, runs, RBIs, Slugging, tied for the lead in steals, and is only 6 points back from Justin Turner in OPS.




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