Be sure to check out the New York Mets and Baltimore Orioles for daily fantasy baseball on Tuesday, Apr. 18, 2017.

Every team is playing during this slate which makes it a tricky day for daily fantasy baseball. There are aces going at night and some teams have their number five starters pitching. This makes it a great night because we can go two ways with our lineups.

The first way is spending up for an ace and we can even out the salary on a cheaper pitcher in a good matchup. The second way is spending up for big bats and going for middle tier pitchers. Either way, we can win a tournament with both strategies.

It is never a bad idea to ride out the players who are off to hot streaks. I usually make a lineup with players who are on hot streaks because if the streaks continue for them, that will result in a huge night for my team.

Good luck to everyone and hopefully I can help everybody win some money.

Teams to Stack:

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Baltimore Orioles vs Bronson Arroyo

Arroyo has a 9.90 ERA with a 1.60 WHIP so far this year and has given up 5 or more runs in both starts this season.

New York Mets vs Zach Eflin

In 2016 Eflin had a 5.55 ERA and gave up 1.7 homers per 9 innings last year.

Miami Marlins vs Yovani Gallardo

Gallardo is sporting a 2.10 WHIP and a 6.30 ERA in two starts this year.

Catchers:

Either Braves catcher (Kurt Suzuki or Tyler Flowers)

Both catchers have good numbers vs Max Scherzer. Suzuki is 5-12 for a homer and Flowers is 5-16 and also has a homer against Scherzer. Both will be dirt cheap and it will allow us to spend up at other positions.

Brian McCann vs Ricky Nolasco

This play is simple. McCann’s numbers against Nolasco are amazing. He is batting .338 with eight dingers and has 26 RBIs. Anytime a players has those numbers, you play him in every lineup you fill out.

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Jan 5, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians newly acquired player Edwin Encarnacion puts on his new jersey during a press conference at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

First Base:

Edwin Encarnacion vs Phil Hughes

Double E is off to a slow start but this is a game he needs to be started. A Cleveland stack would be low owned and if you decide to go that route, start with EE. He has some of the best power in the league and can win us a tournament.

Chris Davis vs Bronson Arroyo

Arroyo doesn’t throw hard and if Chris Davis is riding that Adderall rush, he can have a huge game. Davis is an underowned DFS option because he strikes out a lot but someone who talks walks and has great power is someone I love to own.

Second Base:

Dustin Pedroia vs Marcus Stroman

Pedroia is one of my favorite players in the league to roster. He has sneaky power and speed and is always a threat to put up a huge game. Stacking him with Xander Bogaerts will be a low owned and good stack because of it. Pedrioa is hitting .467 off Stroman and Bogaerts is batting .471. Players don’t start batters going against Aces, tonight we will.

Neil Walker vs Zach Eflin

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in action against the at Citi Field on August 14, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Padres 5-1.

With Eflin’s big HR/9 and Walker’s power, this is a great night to roster Walker. Stacking the Mets is a great play tonight and if you go that way, I would roster Walker and Duda who have power for days.

Third Base:

Miguel Sano vs Josh Tomlin

Sano has a .400 average vs. Tomlin including a homer. Sano is off to a great start this year and Target Field plays well for right handed power. Sano is one of those players off to a hot start and I will roster him until he slows down.

David Freese vs Mike Leake

Freese is batting .538 (15-28) with one bomb and six RBIs off Mike Leake. Freese is one of those players when he has great numbers against someone, you play him every time. He has shown in the past that when he gets going, he can carry teams to a win all by himself. Start Freese with confidence tonight.

Short Stop:

J.J. Hardy vs Bronson Arroyo

J.J. has good numbers with Arroyo, he is batting .300 with five home runs. J.J. will be extremely cheap tonight and he should be part of your Orioles stack. Anytime a player has five homers against one pitcher that means they are seeing the ball extremely well against them and at his price, he is a must own.

Francisco Lindor vs Phil Hughes

So far this season he has made me look dumb in my shortstop rankings article. I told everyone that he was overrated and he must have read it because he is putting me to shame, I was wrong on Lindor. He is off to a great start and needs to be in the middle of an Indians stack tonight.

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Sep 23, 2016; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles outfielder Mark Trumbo (45) hits the game winning home run to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 in twelve inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Outfield:

Mark Trumbo vs Bronson Arroyo

This is a gut call for me. Arroyo gives up a lot of hits and Trumbo can be a guy who can capitalize on his diminish stuff. Trumbo has good power but he also has big downside because he can go 0-4 with four strikeouts. Tonight, he is worth the roster spot.

Giancarlo Stanton vs Yovani Gallardo

If you are doing a Marlins stack, you need to start with Stanton. Stanton is batting .313 with a dinger against Gallardo. Those numbers aren’t eye opening but they are good enough to roster Stanton tonight especially in a game where the Marlins will be projected to score a bunch of runs tonight.

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