DraftKings GPP Plays of the Day – 4/18
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SP: Domingo German, NYY ($8,600) vs KC
Domingo German has been outstanding through 13 innings this year, as he’s had 14 strikeouts and just two earned runs. The strikeout upside is what we’re here for — not only is he striking out over a batter an inning this season, but he had a 27.2% K-rate last year as well. While German is one of the most expensive starters you can choose, he is a strong bet to roll through this weak Royals lineup.
2B/3B: Scott Kingery, PHI ($4,000) at COL
It’s quite difficult to find an affordable bat in Coors Field: the league’s ultimate hitting environment. So at this price, Scott Kingery can be considered a steal. He is expected to start in place of Jean Segura, who will almost certainly need another day off after tweaking his hamstring. Kingery is incredibly hot entering Thursday, with a home run in back-to-back games. He should be batting second for the Phillies, a spot where he can rack up runs and maximize his number of plate appearances.
1B: Jose Abreu, CWS ($4,000) at DET
Jose Abreu is off to a rough start, but is a good buy-low candidate at his depressed price. Abreu has been one of the most reliable bats in baseball for years now, so I’m not ready to write him off after a 16-game sample. He gets a good matchup in Tyson Ross, who had an ugly start last time out with four walks and four earned runs in six innings. Abreu is still in a great spot batting third for the White Sox, where he will see run and RBI opportunities.
OF: Randal Grichuk, TOR ($4,300) at MIN
Randal Grichuk is the ideal type of player to target in GPP contests because of his boom-or-bust profile. He’s got lots of power potential against Michael Pineda, who is clearly susceptible to giving up home runs after posting a 1.87 HR/9 prior to his injury. Grichuk has nearly doubled his walk rate this year to 11.1%, an impressive feat if he can make it stick.
Tournament Stack: Mariners at Angels (RHP Chris Stratton)
Angels starter Chris Stratton has been a train wreck this year, as he’s got 10 walks to seven strikeouts with a 5.54 ERA. The Mariners have lots of bats to choose from, including Daniel Vogelbach ($4,700) and Mitch Haniger ($4,800). I would also target Mallex Smith ($4,400) out of the leadoff spot.
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