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Today's MLB DFS Picks: Advice, strategy for Friday's DraftKings, FanDuel daily fantasy baseball contests

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We have to start of today's MLB DFS Playbook by warning you about four games facing the possiblity of being delayed or postponed (and two, Braves-Indians and Twins-Orioles, that already have been). Giants-Pirates (73), Royals-Yankees (53), White Sox-Tigers (47), and Astros-Rangers (27) could all have weather issues. Double checking the Fantasy Alarm Weather Center before lineup lock of FanDuel and DraftKings contests will be a must.

As for the now 12-game main slate tonight, there are plenty of solid pitchers available (even if a lot of the good ones are in the games mentioned above), and with games at Coors Field, Miller Park, Globe Life Park, and Yankee Stadium, there are plenty of good offensive situations to take advantage of.

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Today's MLB DFS Picks: DraftKings, FanDuel advice for Friday, April 19

Justin Verlander, Astros @ Rangers. I won't ever tell you not to play Verlander, especially when he's facing a lineup that fans more than 25 percent against righthanded pitching. But I don't love this matchup based on the fact that the Rangers are swinging some hot bats right now. So, why is Verlander here? Because the Rangers have been slapping around starters for the Angels and A's over the past week, and there's not a single member of either rotation who can hold Verlander's jock. If you're paying up, his swing-and-miss stuff should play very well here.

J.T. Realmuto, C, Phillies @ Rockies. It's Colorado, so why wouldn't you want to look at paying up for Realmuto? He hits righthanders well, and while German Marquez looks great on the road, his lone home start against Atlanta was awful. Granted it's just one start, but the career numbers also show that he's a much better pitcher outside of Coors.

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Dan Vogelbach, 1B, Mariners @ Angels. He's still pricier than Edwin Encarnacion, so it's definitely a tough choice. But if you're playing GPPs, he's obviously got the stronger home run potential. Everything is there from a statistical and launch-angle perspective, so if you've got the funds, he should be in a great place tonight.

Mike Moustakas, 2B, Brewers vs. Dodgers. It's almost becoming automatic that when there's a righty on the mound, you start Moustakas. His numbers against them are outstanding and the ball flies off his bat in Miller Park. And come on -- if they're not going to start pricing him up, then I'll take the play each and every time. The pricing here is only going to help you.

Paul DeJong, SS, Cardinals vs. Mets. DeJong has been killing it this season, and he's absolutely raking against southpaws to the tune of a .494 wOBA and 1.182 OPS. There is massive power potential here given Vargas's 20-percent HR/FB rate. The price is nice and affordable on Fan Duel.

Yoan Moncada, 3B, White Sox @ Tigers. The rain is expected to fall straight up to game time, so a delay seems pretty likely. So long as it isn't a postponement, though, I think we're OK using Moncada. His matchup against Zimmermann is rock-solid, as he thumps righthanded pitching, and if there's a delay and Zimmermann comes out, guys like Buck Farmer or Drew VerHagen would likely try and eat some innings. If that's the case, then keep me signed up here. Just track the Weather Center and we'll keep you updated.

Mike Trout, OF, Angels vs. Mariners. He's the best in the game and for whatever reason, pitchers continue to go at him rather than pitch around him. If Marco Gonzales follows suit, he's going to have a few blemishes on his pitching line.

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Mike Trout, OF, Angels vs. Mariners. He's the best in the game and for whatever reason, pitchers continue to go at him rather than pitch around him. If Marco Gonzales follows suit, he's going to have a few blemishes on his pitching line.

Pos Player Matchup Opp. SP DK FD Y! Analysis
SP J. Verlander (R)

HOU@TEX

Fri 8:05

D. Smyly (L) $10400 $10800 $56
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C J. Realmuto (R)

PHI@COL

Fri 8:40

G. Márquez (R) $4700 $3600 $22
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1B P. Goldschmidt (R)

NYM@STL

Fri 8:15

J. Vargas (L) $4800 $4200 $22
1B D. Vogelbach (L)

SEA@LAA

Fri 10:07

F. Peña (R) $4600 $3800 $15
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2B J. Altuve (R)

HOU@TEX

Fri 8:05

D. Smyly (L) $5100 $4600 $22
2B M. Moustakas (L)

LA@MIL

Fri 8:10

R. Stripling (R) $4200 $3600 $19
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3B N. Arenado (R)

PHI@COL

Fri 8:40

V. Velasquez (R) $5400 $4600 $24
3B Y. Moncada (B)

CWS@DET

Fri 7:10

J. Zimmermann (R) $4700 $4100 $24
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SS P. DeJong (R)

NYM@STL

Fri 8:15

J. Vargas (L) $4900 $4100 $24
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OF M. Trout (R)

SEA@LAA

Fri 10:07

M. Gonzales (L) $5700 $4900 $27
OF C. Bellinger (L)

LA@MIL

Fri 8:10

J. Chacín (R) $5600 $5000 $27
OF B. Harper (L)

PHI@COL

Fri 8:40

G. Márquez (R) $5100 $4800 $27
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