Good morning, baseball.
SB Nation and FanDuel continue to partner on daily fantasy baseball, and we will bring you regularly scheduled lineup recommendations throughout the 2016 season. Today, we have a (very) weird slate in that baseball begins at 11:05 am (yes, am) on the east coast, and there is a lot to love about that.
Fading me might be your best course of action, and hey, I won't be offended if you do. Let's roll.
Note: This lineup would be used in today's special 11:05 am ET contest.
P - Noah Syndergaard ($11,300)
C - Russell Martin ($2,500)
1B - Hanley Ramirez ($2,900)
2B - Dustin Pedroia ($2,900)
3B - Jake Lamb ($2,500)
SS - Xander Bogaerts ($4,200)
OF - Mookie Betts ($4,200)
OF - Oswaldo Arcia ($2,400)
OF - Scott Schebler ($2,000)
Being that it is Patriot's day, isn't it appropriate that we are loading up on the Red Sox?
It should be noted that the unique game slot doesn't automatically make Boston appealing, but what does indicate that the Red Sox should be stacked is the presence of J.A. Happ. I'm not a believer (at all) in Happ in the long-term, and that especially applies to the right-handed bats for Boston here. Betts and Bogaerts are both high-priced options, but both are elite at their position, and I'm loving the value with Ramirez and Pedroia on reasonable "contracts".
Elsewhere, Jake Lamb's platoon splits are encouraging, and he gets to face a sometimes vulnerable pitcher in Jake Peavy. On the (very) cheap side, we'll roll with Scott Schebler, a left-hander that has been getting a lot of time for the Reds, and he faces off with an underwhelming right-handed pitcher in a juicy match-up against Colorado.
Finally, Noah Syndergaard is, well, a stud. He looks like an ace, both in the future and the present, and while Syndergaard is the highest-priced pitcher on the FanDuel market today, he will be worth it against the ghastly Phillies lineup.
Best of luck to all.