Apr 22, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt (21) is greeted in the dugout after scoring a run in the seventh inning of the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Here we are folks. Another getaway day. That means two separate FanDuel tournaments today. Only two games are in the early tournaments, so that means you don’t have a lot of tough decisions to make. However, you don’t want to play the same lineups that everyone else does. Who are the best picks for the afternoon? Let’s take a look!
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Here are my early FanDuel lineups for April 30:
Jesse Chavez, Athletics ($6,700): He did well against the Angels last Thursday in his first start of the season. Now he should be stretched out enough to go deeper in the game if they need him to. All of the options in the early games have red flags. Chavez is a little bit less of a risk because he proved last week that he can pitch well against these guys.
If You’re Cheap:
David Buchanan, Phillies ($5,600): Buchanan was roughed up in his first two starts of the season, but looked much better last week against the Braves. His matchup against the Cardinals is not a great one, but he does get to face off against Tim Cooney, who is making his major league debut, instead of Adam Wainwright. That gives him a much better shot at a win.
Chris Iannetta, Angels ($2,200): Iannetta is two for four off of Jesse Chavez, but he has no counting stats. Still, with only four options, it doesn’t take a whole lot to be the second fiddle.
Next: How Does The Infield Look?
Apr 21, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter (13) singles during the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Washington Nationals defeated St. Louis Cardinals 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
*****UPDATE***** Pujols out for today! C.J. Cron or Ryan Howard are suitable plays, but not as good as Pujols.
Matt Adams, Cardinals ($2,900): Adams is one for five with a walk against David Buchanan. Yes, that is the second best out of the four unless you want to roll with Ryan Howard instead. I just didn’t want to use him against a left handed pitcher.
Eric Sogard, Athletics ($2,200): Sogard has appeared on this list twice already this week. He has hit Richards pretty well, going 5-15 off of him with a walk and two RBI. He does not have an extra base hit, but hey, points are pionts. 2B is really shallow this afternoon.
Kolten Wong, Cardinals ($2,700): Wong is just one for six off of Buchanan, but he is slightly safer than Chase Utley against a lefty. Johnny Giavotella only has one at bat off of Chavez, so that is too small of a sample size to say that he is a bad option.
Erick Aybar, Angels ($2,400): Aybar is 5 for 15 off of Chavez with a double and an RBI. The Angels have hit Chavez well over their respective careers (.274 in 84 at bats) even though Chavez dominated them a week ago.
Jhonny Peralta, Cardinals ($2,600): Peralta has only one hit and one walk in six at bats against Buchanan. That said, the hit was a solo home run.
Brett Lawrie, Athletics ($2,500): Lawrie is 3/8 off of Richards with a walk and a double. That bodes well for positive points, which could be hard to come by this afternoon.
Matt Carpenter, Cardinals ($4,200): Carpenter is three for six with an RBI off Buchanan. He is the only Cardinal that has had any measure of success against Buchanan. That alone makes him a good play.
Next: Let's Check The Outfield
Apr 29, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) rounds the bases on a solo home run against the Oakland Athletics during the third inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Mike Trout, Angels ($5,300): Trout is only 4 of 13 off of Chavez, but one of those hits is a double and two are home runs. He also has two walks and five RBI. He is probably the best bet out of anyone today.
Matt Holliday, Cardinals ($3,500): Holliday has racked up 27.5 fantasy points in his last seven games. He is rolling right now, so I will ignore his one for six showing against Buchanan is his career so far.
Josh Reddick, Athletics ($3,500): Reddick is a hearty 5/12 with three walks off of Garrett Richards, but he has no extra base hits and no counting stats. Still, any positive points could be hard to come by on such a small slate of games.
Craig Gentry, Athletics ($2,300): Gentry, if he gets the start, is three of five with a double off of Richards. That split alone could get manager Mike Scioscia to roll with him today. If it does, he is definitely worth a spot in your lineups.
Kole Calhoun, Angels ($3,300): Calhoun in only three for 12 with a walk, but one of those three hits was a two run homer. In a small pool of players like this afternoon, you are basically chasing homers or steals.
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