It’s Jackie Robinson Day and there’s a huge slate of baseball games tonight. With just four game days, starting before 7 p.m. ET, there will be 11 games in MLB’s main roster that will provide plenty of opportunities for DFS value. The action begins with the New York Yankees assume the Baltimore Orioles with the first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET.
Dylan Cease, Chicago White Sox vs. Tampa Bay Stingrays ($10,200) – Cease has a solid showing in his first start of the season. He pitched five innings and allowed only two hits and one earned run while striking out eight. The Rays haven’t had the best start at the plate despite going 4-3 in seven games. Cease is the White Sox ace and will have the backing of the race to likely pick up another win in this one.
Freddy Peralta, Milwaukee Brewers vs. Cardinals of St. Louis ($10,000) – Peralta is the second most expensive pitcher on Friday’s DFS slate, which comes as a surprise. He took the Chicago Cubs in his first outing of the season and pitched just four innings, allowing three hits and three earned runs. Now he will face a much tougher Cardinals lineup. Peralta brings some decent takedown stuff to this game but doesn’t have a lot of upside and isn’t worth the risk in your lineup.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Toronto Blue Jays vs. Oakland Athletics ($6,000) – Guerrero Jr. got off to a fiery start with .333 with four home runs early in the season. He faces Daulton Jefferies and the Athletics in this game. Jefferies got off to a great start to the season, earning the win in five innings of two-hit work. The Blue Jays roster is tough to get through though and Guerrero Jr. should be a rude awakening for Jeffries and show up for your DFS team.
Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers ($5,900) – Trout has four hits this season and two of them were homers. The best player in the game has struggled with injuries and is starting slowly. With the number of players available under $5,000 in DFS today with great matchups, expectations should be lowered for Trout. Could he have a great game? Absolutely. Could you make better choices at a lower cost? Also, yes.
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Kolby Allard, Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Angels ($4,800) — It’s going to be an interesting game for Rangers. They start Matt Bush who is a reliever and is expected to only record an inning or two. The “Johnny-Whole-Staff” approach could be in full swing. Allard is expected to be the first arm out of the bullpen, but he has a history as a starter. If he can get into a groove, he could see multiple innings and have sneaky value for your lineup.
Alex Bregman, Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners ($4,900) – Bregman was the Astros’ top hitter at the start of the season. He will face southpaw Marco Gonzales for the Mariners in this game. Gonzales pitched just two innings in his first start of the season as he allowed two earned runs on six hits. It’s a positive game for Bregman and he’ll have plenty of chances in the top half of Houston’s roster. He was hitless in his last game but has a great chance to bounce back in this one.