Don't have an account?
Join the Best Live Fantasy Chat Community!

Lost password? [X]

Receive free daily analysis:


Already have an account? Log in here.


Forgot Password


DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (4/26/18): MLB DFS Lineups

We've got three slates on DraftKings tonight, with an early slate starting at 12:35 pm eastern and the featured slate kicking off at 7 pm. This article will cover players on every slate.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for DraftKings on 4/26/18. The lineup picks will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays.

You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like FanDuel, and other sports too. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to hit me up on Twitter @TroyKlauder.

Editor's Note: Get any full-season MLB Premium Pass for 50% off, with exclusive access to our season-long articles, 15 in-season lineup tools and over 200 days of expert DFS research/tools. Sign Up Now!


DraftKings Starting Pitchers

Noah Syndergaard - P, at STL ($11,600)

Syndergaard is an ace pitcher coming in at below-ace level prices on Thursday. While he's still the most expensive pitcher on the early slate, $11,600 is a discount price for a pitcher of his caliber. Syndergaard has an insane 34.8% K-rate with a 4.5% walk-rate, good for an elite 2.40 FIP. Even against a tough lineup like the Cardinals, and ace is going to pitch like an ace. For that reason, I'm letting Thor rock.

Jakob Junis - P, vs CWS ($8,300)

Junis won't give you huge strikeout numbers, but he should give you plenty of strong innings against the White Sox. He went eight innings against the Tigers in his last time out, allowing only four hits with one walk. Junis has a clean 2.03 ERA on the year, and while he's no ace, he doesn't have to pitch like one to give you value at this price. Kaufmann Stadium is a tough park to hit home runs in, which also works in Junis's favor. Additionally, he's facing Lucas Giolito, so the Royals lineup may earn him a win.


DraftKings Infielders

Kurt Suzuki - C, at CIN ($3,700)

Suzuki has been one of baseball's best hitting catchers this season, with an absurd .327/.409/.600 line and a 174 wRC+. He's batting fifth in the Braves order and facing a weak pitcher in Homer Bailey. Don't be fooled by Bailey's decent looking ERA - his 4.71 FIP is a more accurate representation of how he's pitched this season. Great American Ballpark is also one of the best hitting environments in the league, which will help Suzuki out even more.

Carlos Santana - 1B, vs ARI ($3,800)

Santana is a fantastic buy-low on Thursday at just $3,800. While his numbers look awful so far, Santana has plenty of positive regression on the way. His .161 BABIP won't last for long, and he's still walking 16.3% of the time. Santana has been one of the most consistent hitters in baseball over the years, so don't get scared off by a few bad weeks. His home ballpark, Citizens Bank Park, is an outstanding hitter's park, and he has an opportunity for lots of runs and RBI in the Phillies two-hole.

Eduardo Nunez - 2B, at TOR ($3,600)

The Red Sox are a great lineup to target tonight, and Nunez is one of the best value bats you can find on the Red Sox. The Blue Jays' stadium is one of the best parks for offense, and Jays starter Marco Estrada has an awful 5.32 ERA this season. His 2.45 HR/9 means that even Nunez can put a homer on the board. Pair Nunez with some Red Sox hitters for an effective stack.

Miguel Sano - 3B, at NYY ($4,000)

Twins slugger Miguel Sano busted out of his slump with a home run last night, and he's back for more on Thursday. He's a much better hitter against left-handed pitchers, as evidenced by his career 133 wRC+ against southpaws, which is good news as he faces off against Jordan Montgomery. It's incredibly easy to hit a home run at Yankee Stadium, so grab Sano in GPP contests, where his boom or bust potential can pay off.

Chris Owings - SS, at PHI ($3,300)

Owings is a punt play to consider at shortstop if you're trying to make room for some expensive players. He's not having a great year, but he's in a favorable ballpark against a weak starting pitcher. His opposition, Ben Lively, has a 4.64 ERA this year. Owings should bat fifth or sixth on Thursday, and at his price, you can do much worse.


DraftKings Outfielders

Ryan Braun - OF, at CHC ($4,400)

Braun has caught fire over the last 15 days, batting .324 with a .998 OPS over that span. Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks has a poor 5.63 FIP this season and has to deal with the not-so pitcher-friendly confines of Wrigley Field. Braun's got five homers and three steals and bats third in the Brewers order, so there's a ton of ways he can score you fantasy points tonight.

Starling Marte - OF, vs DET ($4,300)

Tigers starter Michael Fulmer is another regression candidate to target on Thursday, as his 4.76 FIP paints a much worse picture than his 3.47 ERA. Fulmer has just a 13.0% K-rate, so Marte has a great chance to put the ball in play multiple times. Marte has a 134 wRC+ this season and has surprisingly started walking, as his BB-rate is up to 12.5%. I like Marte in cash games for his high floor.

Leonys Martin - OF, at PIT ($3,800)

Martin has come out of nowhere to make himself a viable fantasy option this season, as he's got a strong .274/.346/.438 line so far. He hit two home runs yesterday and has made considerable improvements to his approach, now walking 8.6% of the time with just an 18.5% K-rate. As the Tigers' leadoff man, he will have the opportunity to score some runs against Ivan Nova, holder of a 4.20 ERA this year.


MLB DFS News and Injury Alerts

More Recent Articles


Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups & Adds

It's Chase Edmonds' world, we're just living in it. Wait, what? Hopefully you added him, as suggested in this column the past two weeks, because even if David Johnson is deemed healthy enough to actually play, it's likely Edmonds continues to see action. In QB news, by the halfway point of Thursday night, we already had... Read More

Week 7 Chat - Live Fantasy Football Game Day Q&A

It's Sunday Morning Week 7... Do You Know Who to Start? Each Sunday morning of the NFL season, RotoBaller's experts will be moderating the industry's leading live chat room and answering a bunch of your fantasy football questions, from around 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM ET. Come join in on the fun, and get your... Read More

Fantasy Football News and Injuries - Running Updates

Below is a quick-hit list of running notes on relevant injuries and player news, including pre-game reports and live in-game updates. Stay tuned for updates all throughout the week and on Sunday morning game day:   Week 7 Matt Ryan is out for the game with an ankle injury. Marquise Brown is officially out again this... Read More

Updated Week 7 PPR Rankings (Top 300)

Welcome to Week 7 RotoBallers. Below are our updated consensus Week 7 PPR rankings for fantasy football, including some running notes on relevant injuries, player news and rankings updates: Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Geronimo Allison are both active. Todd Gurley is officially active, Malcolm Brown is out. Christian Kirk is not expected to play this week. David... Read More

Fantasy Football Starts and Sits: Matchups Analysis for Week 7

Welcome to our Week 7 matchup analysis and start/sit column for fantasy football. We'll be covering every single contest from the Sunday slate in one convenient location, helping you make the best decisions for your fantasy lineups. Be sure to check back regularly because this article will be updated as news comes in regarding injuries and other... Read More

Week 7 Start/Sit: Monday Night Football Matchups Analysis

Even if this doesn’t turn out to be great MNF game, at least it's a divisional game with some importance. This is what Jets fans need to tell themselves heading into their second Monday Night Football game of the season. With the New England Patriots coming to town off their annual semi-bye in which they... Read More

Week 7 Fantasy Football Staff Rankings

Below you will find all of RotoBaller's fantasy football weekly rankings, tiers, player news and stats for the 2019 NFL season. Our Ranking Wizard displays our staff's rankings for various league formats, all in one easy place. Here's what you'll find: Weekly PPR Rankings Weekly Half-PPR Rankings Weekly Standard Rankings Dynasty League Rankings     Fantasy... Read More

Wide Receiver Matchups To Target in Week 7

In Week 6, Julio Jones didn't score, but he came through with a decent fantasy day, going over 100-yards receiving. Brandin Cooks brutal Week 6 showing was a little bit of a surprise given his 2018 track record against the 49ers, but the Rams offensive line was overwhelmed which led to a rough day for... Read More

The King's Key Starters and Tough Calls - Lineup Spotlights for Week 7

Welcome to Week 7, RotoBallers! Below you will find some of my spotlight plays and tough lineup decisions for the upcoming week of the fantasy football season. These player selections are based off my Premium Weekly Lineup Rankings, available as part of the RotoBaller's NFL Premium Pass. Enter promo code KING at checkout for a... Read More

Week 7 Stream Team - Free Agent and Bye-Week Streamers

Now that bye weeks are in full swing; streaming becomes a more viable and almost necessary strategy. Knowing who to add and when to start them could be the ultimate difference-maker in a weekly matchup. Making the right streaming decisions throughout the season could easily be the difference in winning a championship. Each week, I... Read More

Week 7 Defense (DEF) Streamers and Starts - 2019 Fantasy Tiers, Rankings

Below are RotoBaller's Week 7 defense tiers and rankings, or which defenses to stream, start and target off the waiver wire for Week 7 of the NFL and fantasy football season. In case you missed it, this is our seventh year now writing this weekly column. Our weekly tiered defense rankings are a guide to making waiver... Read More

Week 7 Kicker Streamers and Starts - 2019 Fantasy Tiers, Rankings

Week 6 is done, and we've seen some outstanding games thus far. We've also seen a lot of surprising teams through six weeks. The San Francisco 49ers, after picking in the top 10 for four straight years, are 5-0 with one of the most complete teams in football. As far as kickers go, we're seeing... Read More

Fantasy Football Booms, Busts - Joe Mixon, John Brown, Calvin Ridley

Will Week 7 be a lucky week for fantasy football players? Fantasy players will not have to worry about Jameis Winston throwing interceptions, Baker Mayfield missing receivers by miles, or backup quarterbacks ruining JuJu Smith-Schuster’s fantasy value thanks to their teams being on bye. Fantasy players will still have to win by picking the perfect... Read More

Week 7 Busts? Players To Consider Avoiding

We're almost halfway through the NFL season already. Time really does fly. At this point in the year, you should know whether your fantasy squad is a pretender or contender for a fantasy title. You may only be missing a couple of key pieces. If so, you should certainly consider trading for a player or... Read More

Fantasy Football Rookies to Watch - Darius Slayton, Jakobi Meyers, Josh Oliver

Week 7 is here RotoBallers, which means we're smack dab in the middle of the regular fantasy season! In case you are new to this column, each week we'll highlight a few first-year players who are worth keeping your eye on. Not all of the players listed below are must-starts, but all of them are... Read More