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DraftKings and FanDuel Spotlight Hitters, Tuesday 4/17

Josh Engleman



Josh Engleman and Adam Scherer break down their favorite hitters, pitchers, and GPP MLB DFS picks for DraftKings, FanDuel, & Yahoo.

The following Spotlight Hitters were selected by’s Director of Content Josh Engleman. Please check back later for notes/additional picks from Awesemo himself.

Matt Joyce
FD: $2900
DK: $3100

If the A’s have a high implied total (like today, where they rank 2nd on the slate) and Joyce continues to hit at the top of the order, he’s going to make regular appearances as a Spotlight Hitter. He gets a match-up against Miguel Gonzalez and the White Sox tonight. In the past 365 days, Gonzalez has the second worst xFIP among starters who have thrown 100 innings.

Eric Thames
FD: $3300
DK: $4600

Two caveats for this one. First, Thames has to play. He’s day-to-day right now, so keep an eye on his status. Second, this play looks significantly better on FanDuel, where Thames has a bargain price in a line-up with the highest implied total on the slate. There are plenty of options on the Brewers tonight, but getting the lefty/right match-up with Thames is the best allocation of resources.

Francisco Lindor
FD: $4600
DK: $4600

For the DraftKings peeps, I recommend taking a close look at Francisco Lindor. Lindor sports a career .285/.345/.466 line against righties, which is excellent for someone that plays shortstop. He draws a match-up against Jake Odorizzi, who is, AT BEST, a league average starter. Lindor shows up a lot on DraftKings as part of an Indians stack, but I’d be more than OK with rostering him individually if you don’t have a shortstop in your other stack.

Awesemo’s Notes
I agree with Josh that Matt Joyce is in a great spot as the leadoff hitter, and he will be one of my outfielders in cash on both sites at his low price. For shortstop, I think Lindor is a great option in stacks, but Trea Turner is better in cash for a similar price. The Nationals projection of runs is lower than the Indians, but Turner gets an elite number of steals which makes my projection for him higher than Lindor. Thames I have as the top option at 1st base with the high team total and positive platoon matchup, so like Josh, I recommend him in all formats.

Josh is Contributor for where he hosts video and writes content regularly across the primary sports of MLB, NBA, and NFL as well as contributing to the development of models and projections for soccer. He originally started producing projections & articles for Reddit's r/DFSports in 2014 where he built a loyal following that brought him to where he is today. Josh is most known for his elaborate Excel spreadsheets, which he shares in all of his video content. You can find him on Twitter or hanging out in Awesemo's Premium Slack. You can contact Josh by emailing [email protected].

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