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FanDuel Daily Fantasy Baseball (DFS) Picks for Monday, May 18: Matt Harvey, Wilin Rosario, Jose Altuve, more

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Reminder: Always double check the lineup card before rosters lock to make sure that a player you've chosen to roster is playing that day, and check the weather to make sure your players won't get rained out of their game.

It's a short slate tomorrow, so here is an abbreviated write up of a few guys I like:

C- Wilin Rosario vs. Cole Hamels, $3,500

Rosario destroys left handed pitching: in 400 career PA, he owns a 158 wRC+ with 31 HR, 20 of which have come in Coors Field. Cole Hamels is obviously a very good pitcher, but that will play down in this park environment where pitches move less, batted balls travel further, and the spacious outfield leads to more batted balls finding a hole for a hit. Rosario is eligible at catcher but will be playing first base in the absence of Justin Morneau, who went to the 7 day concussion DL. Playing 1B but having C eligibility a plus because he won't be taxed behind home plate with catcher duties (squatting down and up for 130+ pitches, calling a game, taking foul tips off various body parts, ect).

2B- Jose Altuve vs. Drew Pomeranz, $4,600

Altuve is expensive, but he's worth it. In 212 PA vs LHP since the start of last year, Altuve has a 195 wRC+ with 5 HR, 19 SB and an OPS over 1.000. His wRC+ vs LHP since the start of last year leads baseball for 200+ PA samples. I mentioned this yesterday, but for reference, Babe Ruth's career wRC+ is 197. Altuve is 2 points off Ruth's career mark in his last 200+ PAs vs LHP, which is amazing. He faces Drew Pomeranz, who owns a 4.89 FIP and 4.58 xFIP in 185 career IP vs RHB, both significantly below average.

3B (early only)- Josh Donaldson vs. C.J. Wilson, $3,700

Donaldson is second behind Altuve in wRC+ vs LHP since the start of last year at 190. His 16 HR vs LHP during that time frame leads baseball, and he adds a .343 isolated slugging and 1.034 OPS to it. CJ Wilson has a below average 4.33 FIP and 4.32 xFIP vs RHB in 160 IP since the start of 2014. The matchup takes place in Rogers Centre, an excellent hitters park. Donaldson unfortunately isn't rosterable in the PM tournaments tomorrow, but you can take advantage of him in cash games.


The safest pitcher tomorrow is probably Matt Harvey in Citi Field vs. the Cardinals and John Lackey. Corey Kluber and Chris Sale oppose each other in the Cell, so it's going to be difficult to project the winning pitcher in that matchup. Harvey's matchup takes place in the NL in a much better ballpark for pitchers. Citi Field's basic park factor was graded 95 last year by FanGraphs, the third lowest in baseball. The Cardinals have been about a league average offense vs RHP with a wRC+ of 101, ISO of .138 and K% of 19.7%.

Follow me on Twitter at @TimFinn521, I usually tweet out more good options as lineups are released.