Fantasy Baseball Daily Picks: Kendrys Morales, Adrian Beltre, and Others for April 11th

As you know, I love fantasy baseball.

In fact, I find it to be at least ten times more fun and challenging than fantasy football.


Adrian Beltre is locked in at the plate right now and is a great option for any daily fantasy baseball league. (Photo by Keith Allison on Flickr via Wikimedia Commons)

In my experience, the roster and lineup management cream usually rises to the top more in fantasy baseball than football simply because of the increased amount of games and daily decisions the baseball season requires.

For the most part, I’ve played the standard head-to-head fantasy baseball format with varying categories from league to league. This year, I’ve decided to branch out a bit and try my hand at the daily fantasy baseball leagues. I will probably rotate through a few of them to see which one I like best.

Today I entered my team at Daily Joust into a freeroll tournament with a $50 prize pool, which is where I will link you to so you can do the same (click here).

If you need an explanation of what daily fantasy sports leagues are, read this.

Fantasy Baseball Daily Picks

Since I will be doing research each morning that I submit a team, I figure it only makes sense that I leverage what I learn into a quick post that can help others with their roster decisions.

Below are a handful of guys I really like and a handful of guys I don’t like for April 11th based on matchups, recent trends, ballpark, or a mix of all three.

While the names may seem obvious, remember that in daily leagues you are choosing between all players at all positions; these picks are meant to help you separate the best from the best for today.

Guys I Really Like Today:

3B Adrian Beltre

He and the Rangers are playing at home, which always a positive. Beltre is hitting .300 with a homer and 3 RBI on the season, including three straight two-hit games, and it could be a lot more – he had a lot of hard outs in the White Sox series. The opposing pitcher is Kevin Millwood, who Beltre has faced 74 times in his career. His OPS is only .695 against Millwood, but at this stage in their respective careers Beltre is far superior and the familiarity should benefit him.

1B/OF Kendrys Morales

Morales is off to a nice start this year, hitting .375, though he is without a homer or RBI. Perhaps this is the day Morales goes deep. Despite playing in the cavernous Target Field, Morales has faced today’s pitcher Carl Pavano six times in his career. He is 3-6 with 2 HRs against him.

SP Jered Weaver

With names like Roy Halladay and Tim Lincecum also scheduled to pitch today, it’s important to point out that not only was Weaver lights out in his first start (8 IP, 0 R, 10 K, 4 H, 0 BB) he gets to face the anemic Twins today. I like that a lot better than Halladay against the re-tooled Marlins lineup or Lincecum against the Rockies.

OF Justin Upton

Upton is only hitting .222 early in the season, and he has to bat today at Petco Park, but he has a great history against Padres starter Cory Luebke: 5-10 with 3 HRs.

Guys I Don’t Like Today

1B Albert Pujols

El Hombre just isn’t a good value today. He’s off to a slow start, he’s playing at Target Field, and he’s only 2-9 lifetime against Carl Pavano. You can get more value elsewhere.

SS Jose Reyes

Reyes actually has a strong lifetime batting average against Roy Halladay: 12-29 (.414). However, it’s a pretty empty batting average from a fantasy standpoint as he has zero steals and just one RBI to go along with it. Plus, you look to Reyes for runs, and Halladay doesn’t give up many of those.

OF Carlos Gonzalez

CarGo has faced Tim Lincecum 27 times in his career and has 7 hits against him, including two homers. That’s not great, but it’s below his norm. Considering Gonzalez’s slow start (.176 batting, 0 HRs, 0 RBIs), I’d like to see some production before I trust him against Lincecum.


Hopefully this post helps. If it catches on, and if I maintain interest in the daily fantasy baseball games, I’ll keep on providing these daily picks and evolve it however you all want me to. Good luck!

About Jerod Morris

I love words. I write for Copyblogger and founded MSF, The Assembly Call, & Primility. I practice yoga, eat well, & strive for balance. I love life. Namaste. Say hi on Twitter, Facebook, & G+.


  1. Just a smiling visitor here to share the love
    (:, btw outstanding design.

  2. Hi there, I found your website by the use of
    Google at the same time as looking for a related subject, your site came
    up, it appears to be like good. I have bookmarked it in my google
    bookmarks.[X-N-E-W-L-I-N-S-P-I-N-X]Hello there, just became aware
    of your weblog through Google, and located that it’s truly informative.
    I’m gonna be careful for brussels. I will be grateful should you proceed
    this in future. Numerous folks will be benefited from your
    writing. Cheers!

  3. Sweet blog! I found it while browsing on Yahoo News. Do you
    have any tips on how to get listed in Yahoo News?
    I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there!

    Thank you

  4. Highly descriptive article, I liked that bit. Will there be a part 2?|

  5. Hmm is anyone else having problems with the pictures
    on this blog loading? I’m trying to find out if its a problem on my end or if
    it’s the blog. Any responses would be greatly appreciated.

  6. I need to to thank you for this good read!! I absolutely loved every little bit
    of it. I’ve got you bookmarked to look at new stuff you post…

  7. Actually when someone doesn’t understand afterward its up to other users that they will help, so here it takes place.

  8. As soon as I discovered this website I went on reddit to share some of the love with them.

  9. Its like you read my mind! You appear to know a lot about this, like you wrote the book in it or something.
    I think that you can do with a few pics to drive the message home a little
    bit, but instead of that, this is great blog. An excellent
    read. I will certainly be back.

  10. Hi mates, its impressive post concerning teachingand completely explained, keep
    it up all the time.

  11. Yes! Finally someone writes about ig.

  12. Hello mates, pleasant paragraph and good arguments commented at this place, I am genuinely enjoying by these.

  13. Have you ever thought about including a little bit
    more than just your articles? I mean, what you say
    is valuable and everything. Nevertheless think about if you added some great
    photos or videos to give your posts more, “pop”!
    Your content is excellent but with images and clips, this
    blog could definitely be one of the very best in its
    niche. Wonderful blog!

  14. Fastidious replies in return of this difficulty with real arguments and explaining everything on the topic of that.

  15. Have you ever considered writing an e-book
    or guest authoring on other sites? I have a blog based upon on the same subjects you
    discuss and would love to have you share some
    stories/information. I know my audience would appreciate
    your work. If you are even remotely interested, feel free to send me an e mail.

  16. Have you ever considered about adding a little
    bit more than just your articles? I mean,
    what you say is important and all. But think
    of if you added some great graphics or videos to give your posts more, “pop”!
    Your content is excellent but with images and video clips, this website could certainly be
    one of the very best in its niche. Terrific blog!

  17. I do agree with all the ideas you have introduced to your post.

    They are really convincing and can definitely work.
    Nonetheless, the posts are very quick for beginners. May just you please lengthen them a bit from subsequent time?
    Thank you for the post.

  18. Greate article. Keep posting such kind of info on your page.
    Im really impressed by it.[X-N-E-W-L-I-N-S-P-I-N-X]Hello there, You have done a great job.

    I’ll certainly digg it and for my part suggest to my
    friends. I’m sure they’ll be benefited from this website.

  19. I read this article completely concerning the resemblance of newest and preceding technologies, it’s
    amazing article.

  20. Hello very cool blog!! Man .. Beautiful .. Amazing
    .. I will bookmark your site and take the feeds additionally…I’m glad
    to search out numerous helpful info right here within the post,
    we’d like develop more techniques in this regard, thanks for sharing.

  21. I’ve been browsing online more than 2 hours today,
    yet I never found any interesting article like yours.
    It is pretty worth enough for me. In my opinion, if all website owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the net will be much more useful than ever before.

  22. Great goods from you, man. I have keep in mind your stuff previous to and
    you’re just extremely excellent. I actually like what you’ve received here, really like what you are saying and the way in which by which you say it.
    You make it enjoyable and you continue to take care of to keep it wise.
    I cant wait to learn far more from you. This is really
    a terrific web site.

  23. Hello, you used to write magnificent, but the last few posts
    have been kinda boring… I miss your great writings.
    Past few posts are just a little bit out of track!
    come on!

  24. I was recommended this blog by my cousin. I’m not sure whether this post is written by him as no one else know such detailed about my difficulty.
    You are wonderful! Thanks!

  25. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about small business. Regards

  26. I too believe so, perfectly indited post!

  27. I don’t even understand how I stopped up here, however I assumed this submit was once good.

    I don’t recognize who you might be however definitely you are going to a
    famous blogger should you are not already. Cheers!

  28. What’s up i am kavin, its my first time to commenting
    anyplace, when i read this post i thought i could also make comment due to this sensible

Speak Your Mind