FanDuel Daily Fantasy Baseball Helper: Sunday 5/1/22

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Let's check out the top options on today's main slate.


Corbin Burnes ($10,700)

Milwaukee's 27-year old right hander has been in exceptional form despite a rough 2022 debut, recording a 18.1% swinging strike rate and a 2.33 expected Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) rating in 25.2 total innings.

On Sunday afternoon, Burnes will have a great spot to prolong his fast start in a divisional matchup against a Chicago Cubs' lineup with a 28.1% projected K-rate against right-handers and low 71.4% contact percentage.

numberFire's models currently project Burnes as today's top rated pitcher with a 39.6 FanDuel point expectation and 7.6 strikeouts.

Kevin Gausman ($9,900)

After a 2.9% decrease in his FanDuel salary, Gausman currently ranks as numberFire's second rated pitcher with a 34.6 fantasy projection and 6.8 strikeouts.

Toronto's right-hander has been pitching well through 24.2 innings this season, producing a microscopic 1.85 expected FIP and a 32.6% strikeout rate.

Gausman will have an overall good matchup against a Houston team with a 23.9% strikeout percentage and a 0.296 weighted on-base average in their last two seasons.

Sandy Alcantara ($9,500)

Alcantara is a slightly cheaper option in a favorable opportunity against a weak Seattle Mariners lineup with a 27.6% K-rate, 72% contact percentage, and a .292 wOBA.

Despite occasional control issues, the 26-year old has displayed solid form, recording a 12.1% swinging strike rate, and a 3.96 expected FIP.

Alcantara currently ranks fourth among pitchers today with a 32.3 FanDuel point projection and 5.7 expected strikeouts.


Boston Red Sox

After disappointing on Saturday, Boston remains in a good offensive spot with their 4.7 implied run total against Jordan Lyles.

Through 20.0 innings this season, the veteran right-hander has been average at best, recording a 4.34 expected FIP, a 16.5% K-rate, and a 9.0% swinging strike rate.

The middle of the Red Sox's order contains several hot hitters including Rafael Devers (.317 expected average, 10.4% barrel rate) and Xander Bogaerts (.303 expected average, .355 expected wOBA) while the bottom of Boston's lineup still has value options with upside in Enrique Hernandez (9.4% barrel rate) and Christian Vazquez (8.3% barrel rate).

New York Yankees

Daniel Lynch will take the mound on Sunday afternoon against a Bronx Bombers' team with a 4.8 implied run total.

Despite producing a solid 3.90 expected Earned Run Average, the 25-year old left-hander is still due for some regression when examining his unsustainable 89.3% left on-base percentage and 4.61 FIP.

With heavy splits against righties (.373 wOBA, 5.14 expected FIP), any combination of New York's top six hitters consisting of DJ LeMahieu (.341 expected average, .408 expected wOBA), Aaron Judge (.331 expected average, 28.3% barrel rate), Josh Donaldson (.361 expected wOBA, 10.9% barrel rate), Giancarlo Stanton (22.6% barrel rate), Gleyber Torres (.271 expected average), and Aaron Hicks (.294 expected average) can make viable stacks.

Atlanta Braves

In a matchup against Taylor Hearn, Atlanta is in a similar offensive situation with a heavy right-handed lineup with power against a lefty who struggles against this particular split (.346 wOBA, 5.01 expected FIP)

The heart of Atlanta's lineup offers high-ceiling options in Ronald Acuna (.271 expected average), Austin Riley (.322 expected average, 18% barrel rate), Marcell Ozuna (.310 expected average, 15.5% barrel rate) while value options can be found in the bottom in William Contreras (.282 expected average) and Travis Demeritte (18.8% barrel rate).