Welcome to the MLB DFS Playbook for April 25! This has been quite the interesting first month of the 2023 MLB season. Things have seemingly gone well so far, but, as always, we encourage you, the Fantasy Alarm subscriber, to reach out with any Playbook fine-tuning or anything else DFS-related to ensure you are getting the biggest bang for your buck. We’ve been dissecting players every day and with that, we have built some outstanding playbooks for our subscribers, but your feedback is always needed. As for tonight’s main slate, who are the top plays on DraftKings and FanDuel for the DFS main slate tonight? Let’s get to it, and, as always, let me remind you, as you move through today’s DFS Playbook, be sure to check in with our MLB DFS Tools, take in the daily MLB projections, follow the MLB DFS Ownership projections and maybe even take our MLB DFS Lineup Generator for a spin. With so much knowledge at your fingertips, it’s going to be tough to not see green no matter if you’re playing cash games or GPP tournaments. 



MLB DFS Playbook: April 25

MLB Weather Updates

No weather issues in the forecast

DFS Lineup Construction Thoughts

Overall, this main slate is not filled with much high-quality pitching which means we may have to invest some bigger dollars into the top names and match-ups on the slate, especially on Draft Kings where we need two starters. FanDuel makes it a little easier as we can easily drift into the mid-tier pricing and find some GPP help. As a result, when there is a lot of suspect pitching on the slate, we should be able to find some decent bargain bats. We’ll check the Value Plays article for anything we miss here, but a couple of bargain bats should help open things up for some extra top-tier talent…like the top of the Braves lineup, for example.



Recommended DFS Starting Pitchers

Top Options for Strikeouts

Best Odds for a Win

Bullpens Most Likely to Blow Your Starters’ Win & Boost Your Stacks

Favorite Starters to Use for DFS Lineups

Eric Lauer, Milwaukee Brewers

This is exactly the type of pitcher I am looking for on this slate. We’re looking at good strikeout upside, a solid chance at the win and very minimal damage done to the ratios. He’s also not the most expensive pitcher available. The Tigers rank dead-last in ISO (.089), wOBA (.253) and wRC+ (58) against southpaws this season, they’re striking out nearly 30-percent of the time and Lauer is coming off back-to-back quality starts against offenses much better than that of Detroit.

Nestor Cortes, New York Yankees

The Twins are another club struggling against left-handed pitching. They have a 28-percent K-rate and the fourth-worst wOBA (.278) against lefties this season. They’re coming off back-to-back wins, but this Twins lineup has not been putting up a ton of runs this season.

Charlie Morton, Atlanta Braves

Sadly, the Marlins seem to be spiraling down the drain a little, losing their last two games and sitting with a minus-34 run differential. Morton has recorded a win in four of his last five starts against Miami and is 11-5 with a 3.96 ERA over his lengthy career against them. The offense should give him plenty of run support s evidenced by the second-best odds for a win.

Griffin Canning, Los Angeles Angels

Canning has looked solid in his two starts this season, posting a 3.48 ERA with a 1.16 WHIP and eight strikeouts over 11.1 innings. While the A’s have shown some life against their division rivals, it’s difficult to imagine them doing what they did last night two games in a row. Canning should fare well and, considering his price tag on DK, he makes for a solid second starter.

Recommended DFS Hitters

Highest Expected Run Totals 

Favorite Hitters to Use for DFS Lineups

Blake Sabol, C San Francisco Giants

With Joey Bart banged-up, Sabol should be behind the plate for the Giants tonight and immediately becomes a solid value play to help you save a few bucks behind the plate. He only qualifies in the outfield on FanDuel, but DraftKings is not only giving him to us as a catcher, but he’s under $3,000 to boot.

Rowdy Tellez, 1B Milwaukee Brewers

The lefty-swinging slugger took Monday off so he’s well-rested and ready to attack righty Spencer Turnbull. Tellez has a .408 wOBA with a .988 OPS against righthanded pitching this year and considering Turnbull’s 1.69 WHIP and penchant to give up the long ball, Tellez is a great spend-down if you don’t want to go with Matt Olson or Vladimir Guerrero Jr.. Jr.

Jeff McNeil, 2B New York Mets

While Josiah Gray appears to have some reverse splits working this season, left-handed hitters have a .382 wOBA against him over his short career. McNeil does a great job pounding righthanded pitching with his .388 wOBA and .873 OPS and should follow through again tonight from the middle of the Mets lineup.

Patrick Wisdom, 3B Chicago Cubs

We’re looking at cold temperatures and the win may be blowing in a little, but Wisdom has the ability to muscle the ball over the fence even in these conditions. His .444 wOBA and 1.072 OPS against southpaws should shine bright against Blake Snell who is allowing a .407 wOBA and has given up all four of his home runs allowed to righty bats this season.

Ronald Acuna, OF Atlanta Braves

I’m going to do my best the get this top part of the Braves lineup in, but if the pricing is just too much, I’ll simply just lock Acuna into my lineup tonight and see what the bottom of the order looks like for a wraparound stack.

Connor Capel, OF Oakland Athletics

If we’re looking to dig real deep into the bargain plays, Capel is riding a seven-game hitting streak and is capable of swiping a base or two if the opportunity arises. It’s tough to count on runs scored and RBI, but his .358 OBP is certainly encouraging. At this price, he really doesn’t need to do much to pay off his value.

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