Adam Lind, 1B, vs. STL (Lackey), $3700 at FanDuel: Lind has gone 15-for-28 in his career against Lackey, with six doubles, six RBIs and only two Ks. That's ownership, friends. Start him with confidence. With glee. With gusto. With verve.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, at Tor (Sanchez), $3000: Jays starter Aaron Sanchez was something less than dominant in his first start this season (please note the 2.70 WHIP), so he shouldn't scare you away from any Rays. Cabrera bats third for Tampa Bay, he plays a premium position and Thursday's schedule is light.
David DeJesus, OF, at Tor (Sanchez), $2800: Again, it's only a six-game slate. DeJesus is a top-of-the-order hitter at a bargain price, a good bet to reach base and cross the plate. He's a career .287/.364/.445 batter against RHPs, and he's certainly hitting well to open the year.
Marcell Ozuna, OF, at NYM (Gee), $3200: OK, so Ozuna has not exactly raced outta the gate in 2015. But on Thursday he's facing an ordinary starter against whom he's 5-for-10 in his short career (with zero punchouts). It's not the worst setup. There's at least a small chance Ozuna clears the fence.
Lorenzo Cain, OF, at Min (Milone), $3600: Cain's season is off to a terrific start (.387/.474/.581), and the soft-tossing left-handed Milone should be a favorable matchup. While he's not the cheapest option in the OF pool, Cain is a solid play here, batting third for KC.
Alcides Escobar, SS, at Min (Milone), $3400: Escobar is leading off for the Royals, he's currently batting .412, and he has at least one hit in every game thus far (including five in his last two). I'm in. Again, Milone shouldn't scare you off.
Jason Vargas, SP, at Min (Milone), $7900: OK, this is my final Royal for the day, I promise. If you're looking for a less-expensive pitching alternative to Bumgarner (see below), consider Vargas. He's facing a light-hitting, two-win team, and I'm obviously bullish on KC's chances to offer run support against Milone.
Ben Revere, OF, at Was (Fister), $2800: Revere has had a messy start to his season, true (.139 AVG), but he's 9-for-28 in his career against Fister, with only two Ks. Also, he's a dirt-cheap OF on a day that offers limited options.
Matt Duffy, SS, vs. Ari (Bradley), $2400: I felt it was important to discuss Duffy, if only to bring to your attention his family's disturbingly large cat. Just ... wow. That's really a lotta damn cat, Duffy family. Maybe consider limiting Jabba's Skeeter's rations.
Duffy is currently batting .292/.357/.458, he homered on Wednesday, and the dude hit .332 in the Eastern League last year. He can play a little. He's facing Archie Bradley on Thursday, a promising young pitcher with control concerns. It's tough to beat this price.
Madison Bumgarner, SP, vs. Ari (Bradley), $10,500: Duh. You shouldn't need an expert for this pick, really. Bumgarner and the Giants are strong favorites against the D-backs (-190). It's a significant price, but this feels like such a safe, blue-chip play.