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DraftKings and FanDuel Spotlight Hitters, Sunday 4/8

Jake Hari



Milwaukee Brewers fans are hoping that a new video of Ryan Braun means he's making a mid-season return to the team

These spotlight hitter picks come directly from the lineups of the #1 player in DFS, Awesemo. Follow him on Twitter for more.

Jose Altuve ($5,500 DK/$4,600 FD)

You’re not going to fool anyone in tournaments playing him, but this is possibly the best play on the slate as Tyson Ross cannot miss bats, and Altuve should be able to make him pay. Ross has allowed a .410 wOBA and 6.85 xFIP against righties since the start of 2017, which are some of the worst numbers in all the MLB in that time. Altuve’s power plus stolen base upside in this matchup against Ross makes him one of the top pay-ups on the slate.

Ryan Braun ($4,400 DK/$3,400 FD)

Braun is a nice contrarian option in tournaments today as he should come at low ownership against Jose Quintana. Quintana is a guy we respect, but Braun has some elite numbers against lefties, while Quintana can struggle against righty power. Since the start of last year, Braun has a hard-contact rate over 45% and a K-rate just over 10%, while Quintana allows over 35% hard-contact to righties in that same span. This game also has some of the best hitting weather as the roof will be closed in Miller Park.

Avisail Garcia ($3,600 DK/$3,100 FD)

Garcia has been one of the unluckiest hitters in the majors over the first week and change, but he’s made solid contact with Fiers almost every time he’s faced him. In four batted-ball events, Garcia’s average exit velocity against Fiers is over 100 MPH, and Fiers posted a fly-ball rate of almost 43% last year with almost 2 HR/9. This is a spot where Avisail Garcia can turn some of his early season misfortune around.

Jake Hari is the Director of NHL Content at and contributes to the site's NHL and MLB coverage as a writer of the spotlight stacks articles and host of Strategy Videos and Livestreams. Jake has been dubbed "the Baseball Savant" thanks to his immense knowledge of MLB but he's achieved some of his best success as an innovator in the world of NHL DFS. You can contact Jake by emailing [email protected].

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