FanDuel Daily Fantasy Baseball Helper: Sunday 4/2/23

In a favorable matchup versus a Tigers' lineup with a 27.7% K-rate, Tampa Bay's Jeffrey Springs is projected for 29.5 FanDuel points. Which other players are top options on Sunday?

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Let's check out the top options on today's main slate.

TeamOpp SPOppO/UMoneylineImplied Total
DETJeffrey SpringsTB7.51943.08
WSHJared ShusterATL8.51623.67
CHWLuis GarciaHOU8.51503.75
KCJoe RyanMIN8.51343.87
MIAKodai SengaNYM81043.89
SFJhony BritoNYY8.51283.91
STLChris BassittTOR8-1084
TORJordan MontgomerySTL8-1084
NYMTrevor RogersMIA8-1224.11
BALTanner HouckBOS91164.25
PITGraham AshcraftCIN91144.27
MILJameson TaillonCHC91024.39
TBJoey WentzDET7.5-2354.42
NYYRoss StriplingSF8.5-1524.59
CHCEric LauerMIL9-1204.61
MINBrad KellerKC8.5-1584.63
CINVince VelasquezPIT9-1344.73
BOSCole IrvinBAL9-1364.75
HOUMike ClevingerCHW8.5-1784.75
ATLMacKenzie GoreWSH8.5-1944.83


Jeffrey Springs ($9,500)

In a matchup versus a Detroit Tigers' offense with a 27.7% K-rate and a .307 weighted on-base average against left-handers, Tampa Bay's 30-year old southpaw is currently ranked third among Sunday's pitchers with a 29.5 fantasy projection after Springs accounted for a 3.29 expected Fielding Independent Pitching rating (xFIP), a 13.5% swinging strike rate, and a 26.2% strikeout percentage in 135.1 innings last season.

While some may be concerned with his inability to throw deep into games (six innings in 28% of his starts in 2022), Springs has plenty of opportunities to achieve his 5.18 strikeout expectation versus six Detroit batters with K-rates between 20.7% and 34.8% and contact percentages under 77.9%.

Luis Garcia ($9,100)

After producing a 3.82 xFIP and a 24.4% K-rate in 28 starts during 2022, Houston's right-hander is another possibility to consider when analyzing his slate-high 33.7 fantasy projection, 3.7 value rating, and 6.21 strikeout expectation against a Chicago White Sox's lineup with a 18.8% K-rate and 75% contact percentage.

Eric Lauer ($8,800)

As numberFire's second ranked pitcher with 29.8 expected FanDuel points and a 3.39 value rating, Milwaukee's veteran lefty offers underrated potential versus a weak Chicago Cubs' team with a 22.3% K-rate and a .288 wOBA at a salary standing eighth among his position.


Atlanta Braves

With today's top expected run total at 4.83, Atlanta's offense remains an important decision point versus Washington's left-hander MacKenzie Gore.

In 70.0 innings during 2022, the 24-year old was often inconsistent during his first stint on the Major League level, recording a 4.42 xFIP, a bloated 12.0% walk percentage, and a 9.7% opposing barrel rate.

When analyzing his trouble versus the opposing side of the plate (.333 wOBA, 4.17 xFIP), ideal Atlanta combinations should feature power hitters from the right side including Ronald Acuna (15.1% barrel rate, .391 expected wOBA), Austin Riley (.358 expected wOBA, 13.8% barrel rate), Ozzie Albies (6.6% barrel rate), Travis d'Arnaud (7.3% barrel rate), Marcell Ozuna (.358 expected wOBA, 10.0% barrel rate) or Sean Murphy (10.9% barrel rate) while Matt Olson remains in play with his recent hot form (80.0% barrel rate this season).

Tampa Bay Rays

In a matchup versus Joey Wentz, the Rays are an undervalued stack against an inexperienced 25-year old due for regression when comparing his 3.03 earned run average with his 4.56 expected Fielding Independent Pitching rating.

To best attack his main weakness against right-handed bats (10.0% walk percentage, 4.73 xFIP), Tampa Bay's stacks can involve the top and middle of their batting order including Wander Franco (.283 expected average), Yandy Diaz (6.2% barrel rate), Randy Arozarena (8.4% barrel rate), Harold Ramirez (.271 expected average), Jose Siri (7.9% barrel rate), or Christian Bethancourt (8.3% barrel rate).

Boston Red Sox

After scoring 18 runs in their first two contests, Boston's offense will attempt to sustain their recent momentum versus Baltimore's lefty Cole Irvin.

Due to his struggles on the road mostly against batters on the right side (.392 wOBA versus RHH, 4.53 xFIP overall), Boston's combinations should revolve around Justin Turner (8.2% barrel rate, .282 expected average), Adam Duvall (12.3% barrel rate), and Robert Refsnyder (.325 expected wOBA) while Rafael Devers (11.0% barrel rate, .353 expected wOBA) still rates well enough to be included.