DraftKings picks: Teixeira, deGrom, Smoak
The majority of DraftKings hitting options could be clustered around a few games Monday, as many contests will be played in pitcher-friendly venues. Participants could choose to nab a low-cost hurler in favorable confines, or stack a lineup with hitters from one of the few likely high-scoring affairs. Here are some names to keep in mind when filling out rosters.
Lucas Duda (Mets): Citi Field is not known as a hitter-friendly venue, but it may at least play neutral due to its new dimensions. The first baseman has ripped 65 of his 74 career homers against right-handers, and he could go deep against fly-ball-prone Aaron Harang.
Curtis Granderson (Mets): Granderson, whose career .855 OPS vs. right-handers is notably higher than his .707 mark against southpaws, is another good option to put one of Harang's offerings over the outfield wall. As the Mets leadoff hitter, the outfielder is also a strong candidate to swipe a base or score a run.
Alcides Escobar (Royals): The shortstop owns fairly balanced splits at the dish, but he has picked up 104 of his 129 career steals with a right-hander on the mound. As the Royals likely leadoff hitter on Monday, Escobar could swipe a base or score multiple runs against May, who posted a 7.88 ERA and a 1.77 WHIP in 45 2/3 Major League innings last season.
Brian Dozier (Twins): With a career .850 OPS vs. southpaws that is notably higher than his .665 mark against right-handers, Dozier could spark the Twins against Royals left-hander Danny Duffy. After posting 23 homers, 21 steals and 112 runs last season, the second baseman has proven that he can help DraftKings participants in multiple ways.
Mark Teixeira (Yankees): The first baseman will likely look forward to a matchup with Wei-Yin Chen in hitter-friendly Camden Yards, as his career .914 OPS against lefties is much higher than his .866 mark vs. right-handers. Chen has compiled a career 1.2 HR/9, and Teixeira is arguably the most dangerous foe for the lefty.
Kevin Kiermaier (Rays): Kiermaier has recorded a career .851 OPS vs. right-handers (.530 against lefties) and he has compiled 10 of his 11 career homers and all five of his career steals when a righty is on the mound. The outfielder could be primed for a productive game against homer-prone R.A. Dickey at hitter-friendly Rogers Centre.
David DeJesus (Rays): The outfielder could also fare well against Dickey in Toronto, as his career .808 OPS vs. right-handers is much higher than his .662 mark against lefties. Kiermaier and DeJesus could be paired as a low-cost stack, which would allow DraftKings participants to add stars to their roster at other positions.
Justin Smoak (Blue Jays): The first baseman -- who has ripped 55 of his 74 career homers against right-handers -- could make a splash with his new club in their home opener by clearing the short porch at Rogers Centre against fly-ball-prone Jake Odorizzi.
Jose Bautista (Blue Jays): The outfielder is one of several Toronto power hitters who could put one of Odorizzi's offerings into the outfield seats. Even though Bautista has career splits that slightly favor matchups against lefties, his career .844 OPS vs. right-handers shows that he is still dangerous in those matchups.
Freddie Freeman (Braves): Marlins starter Mat Latos posted a 7.04 ERA in Spring Training and lasted less than one inning on Opening Day. If Latos cannot reverse his fortunes, the Atlanta first baseman -- who owns a career .879 OPS vs. right-handers and a .735 mark against lefties -- could have a productive game.
Nick Markakis (Braves): Even though Markakis is not normally a source of power or speed, the outfielder owns a career .816 OPS against right-handers (.740 vs. lefties). Against a struggling Latos, Markakis could reach base multiple times.
Ike Davis (A's): With a career .813 OPS vs. right-handers (.583 against lefties), the first baseman could fare well outside of his spacious home park against Astros starter Scott Feldman.
Jacob deGrom (Mets): The right-hander may have the better chance than any other Monday starter to record a win, as he faces Aaron Harang and a mediocre Phillies offense in the Mets' home opener. During his 2014 rookie season, deGrom held opposing hitters to a .197 batting average after the All-Star break and posted a 1.70 ERA at Citi Field.
Adam Wainwright (Cardinals): The 33-year-old did not show any signs of being affected by offseason elbow surgery when he dominated the Cubs on Opening Night. Wainwright could improve on his career .639 winning percentage at home by topping the Brewers.
Shelby Miller (Braves): Miller tossed five shutout innings against the Marlins during his first 2015 start. His fly-ball tendencies should be an asset in his new home park, and if he can keep the ball in the yard then he could come out ahead of Latos.
Andrew Cashner (Padres): The right-hander has compiled a 2.07 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP in 182 1/3 career innings at pitcher-friendly Petco Park. If Cashner can continue his home-field dominance, he could pick up a win against Rubby De La Rosa (lifetime 4.51 ERA).
All statistics are accurate through the completion of Saturday's games.
Fred Zinkie is a senior fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FredZinkieMLB.