The middle of May is here, and there is a full slate of MLB action, providing a wonderful opportunity for daily fantasy sports action. There are pitching studs like Gerrit Cole and Noah Syndergaard on the hill. If you are looking to save salary, look no further because this article will focus on sleeper/value plays.
Nick Pivetta- The Baltimore Orioles are one of the most strikeout prone teams in the league and Pivetta has a K/9 of almost 10. The Phillies should be able to score some runs for Pivetta, so the combination of his strikeout potential and the likelihood of a win make Pivetta a highly attractive option at a mid-range price.
Jack Flaherty- Flaherty is a highly touted rookie who has been promoted to the big leagues for the Cardinals. In his first start, Flaherty was impressive and struck out 9 batters in only 5 innings. Minnesota can score runs, but they also have a number of free swingers on their team. Flaherty does not come without risks, but a 7 or 8 strikeout performance would not be all that surprising.
Grayson Greiner- As of this writing, none of the lineups for the games have been released, meaning that Greiner may not play. If he does, he will get to face Josh Tomlin at a nearly minimum salary price across the industry. Greiner has a hit in every game he plays, and if that continues he would likely reach value at his price.
Wilmer Flores- Over the last three seasons Flores has slashed 314/620/949 against left-handed pitching. This season has been a different story, but the larger sample size indicates regression is coming. At his price point, Flores is worth a flier in an effort to save salary and spend elsewhere.
Ketel Marte- If he hits 7th or 8th I do not like Marte has much, but if he gets to hit near the top of the lineup, fire away. Chacin is not a dominant pitcher by any means, which could provide some opportunity for Marte in a high-powered offense to have a solid night.
Pete Kozma- Kozma has been hitting in the 2 hole for the Tigers and playing surprisingly well. His long-term outlook is not bright, but as long as he his near minimum price and facing a gas can like Tomlin, he is absolutely in play tonight.
Justin Turner- Turner will be making his return to action tonight and many people will not realize this fact. He is absolutely underpriced on Draftkings specifically, where he is only $3700. Turner came out of the gate last year on fire, so maybe he will do the same starting today.
Nick Williams– Williams is cheap across the industry and should get the start against a struggling Andrew Cashner. As a bonus, Williams is likely to be a lesser owned player because he does not get regular playing time.
Jon Jay- Jay has amassed an 8 game hit streak and has gotten a hit in 13 of the last 14 games. He is unlikely to hit a home run, but he is currently a cheap source of hits and points.
Odubel Herrera- Compared to all of the other players on this list, Herrera may not seem like a sleeper, particularly because of how well he is playing. However, people may choose to play Ronald Acuna, Andrew Benintendi, Starling Marte, Rhys Hoskins, or Khris Davis for approximately the same amount.
As mentioned, the Phillies face Cashner, which is favorable and Herrera is quietly hitting 360 this season. He has had double digit Draftkings points in 6 of the last 7 games and is generally crushing the ball. The argument could be made that he is actually underpriced.
Tuesday has a full slate of MLB action, which is optimal for daily fantasy sports plays. If you look in the right places, value is readily available and can be had. Good luck with the sleepers in tonight’s games!