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It is another Thursday of Daily Fantasy Baseball and like most other Thursday’s so far this year it is a mixed slate. Seven early games and 6 evening games. This always can make your planning and roster building slightly more difficult.

It can also give you an advantage if you focus on Early only, or the 6:05 pm slate of 6 games. Although, I don’t typically play an all-day contest on days like today, I will typically toss in a lineup or two to see what happens. Sites without late swap I will avoid playing on days like today. Too much risk.

The season has trudged along far enough where we can have a somewhat good idea of hot hitters to target, players to avoid who are slumping at the plate, and those beautiful value plays who can win you contests night in and night out.

Pitchers have been a different animal so far, and although I am certain it will all level out and aces will be aces and reach their values, it hasn’t happened regularly enough yet. This makes spending up on pitching a smidge risky. Today is the day of aces on the Mound, so pick wisely and confidently and cross fingers they return to form.

If you are in to player projections, lineup builders and other cool tools, you should be checking out rotoQL. I tend to use these on days when I am crunched for time, and I have to admit this tool is fast, easy and I look forward to seeing how it does. Just be aware and use some of the tools I provide you as usual with the weather and daily lineup cards.

Stay tuned for updates on all things such as weather prior to first pitch tonight here.

You should also monitor starting lineups, which thankfully are typically submitted well before the games. Many lineup sites also include weather forecasts as well.

Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks: April 21st

Starting Pitchers

Jake Arrieta, Chicago Cubs @ Cincinatti Reds

I love this matchup and will be playing heavy Arrieta tonight. Arrieta is averaging 32.75 fantasy points over his last 14 games. That is great and his price isn’t terrible either

DraftKings: $11,100        FanDuel: $12,100

Rich Hill, Oakland Athletics @ New York Yankees

Hill has been superb and because of this he makes the most sense for a value pitcher to go above his value tonight. The Yankees have burnt my value pitchers before s beware, but I like Hill and his price too much to avoid.

DraftKings: $7,000        FanDuel: $6,700

First Base

Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles vs Toronto Blue Jays (Estrada)

Davis against Estrada is something I will never pass up. When Estrada makes mistakes they hurt. I like Davis to bring the hurt today.

DraftKings: $4,900        FanDuel: $4,200

Second Base

Jose Altuve, Houston Astros @ Texas Rangers (Griffin)

Altuve is fantastic every night and today is no different. My favorite play for the night slate.

DraftKings: $4,900        FanDuel: $5,000

Third Base

Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles vs Toronto Blue Jays (Estrada)

Like Davis above Machado can capitalize on Estrada and will be getting points in some capacity today.

DraftKings: $5,000      FanDuel: $4,800

Shortstop

Troy Tulowitzki, Toronto Blue Jays @ Baltimore Orioles (Tillman)

Tulowotzki has to be ready for a breakout game. I hope it is today!

DraftKings:$4,100       FanDuel: $3,100

Outfielders

Mark Trumbo, Baltimore Orioles vs Toronto Blue Jays (Estrada)

I guess the Baltimore stack is here as well. Hoping one or all three of these guys can hit a home run today.

DraftKings: $4,200       FanDuel: $4,000

Dexter Fowler, Chicago Cubs @ Cincinatti Reds (Finnegan)

Fowler has fit right in so far in Chicago and Finnegan is a young pitcher who can make mistakes. Fowler can score some runs and get hits for you today.

DraftKings: $3,200       FanDuel: $3,800

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