Today there is a full slate of MLB action, which is perfect for getting your Daily Fantasy Sports action going. Below there is a position-by-position breakdown with a value play at each spot. Anyone can suggest that you play Mike Trout, so this list is a deeper dive to try to save salary so that you can fit in the big names elsewhere.
Value Play Pitchers
Mike Montgomery has been outstanding since taking over in the starting rotation for the Cubs. The Dodgers have been playing well of late, so something will have to give. Montgomery has gone 6 innings and allowed 1 run in each of his last 3 starts. He does not strike out a ton of guys, but he is absolutely worth using at his price.
Jefry Rodriguez is making a spot start for the Nationals. He is very risky because he is a rookie and has not started his year in the majors. Rodriguez has three key things going for him. First, he is super cheap on every DFS website. Secondly, his strikeout rate in the minors is strong. Perhaps most importantly, he is facing the Orioles, and they are awful.
Value Play Catcher
Yadi Molina is way too cheap for his talent level. The Cardinals face Velasquez, who has great stuff, but when looking at Molina’s salary on Draftkings specifically, it is much too low to pass up. The Phillies bullpen is 26th in the league in ERA and just blew their 8 save last night so even if Yadi does not get to Velasquez, he may be able to score in the later innings.
Value Play First Baseman
The Rockies are taking on the gas can known as Jason Vargas in Coors tonight. Ian Desmond is in this spot just to make sure everyone knows to use as many Rockies as humanly possible. Colorado will be chalk, but fading them is unlikely to be profitable. No more Rockies will be mentioned, but they could be every play in this article.
Value Play Second Baseman
Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German is sporting a 5.23 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP, and he has allowed at least 5 hits in each of the 1st 4 starts. He does have strikeout potential, but Dee Gordon is much too cheap, especially when considering that opponents have already stolen 20 bases off of Gary Sanchez. If Gordon reaches base, look for him to take off.
Value Play Third Baseman
Going right back to the same well, Kyle Seager is a nice value play on Tuesday because of the home run potential. Seager’s average is down, but he does have 12 home runs this season. German has allowed 9 home runs in 53 innings making the long ball a definite possibility for Seager.
Value Play Shortstop
Jose Peraza has a hit in 12 of the 14 games that he has played in the month of June. He is unlikely to go completely nuts, but he does have a nice matchup against the lefty Boyd and a fairly safe floor. He is the ideal combination of safety, cost, and consistency that one looks for in a value play.
Value Play Outfielders
It is a bit of a cheating pick, but Shin Soo-Choo should get a long look simply because of how hot he is. Over the course of the last 14 days he is hitting .349 with 4 home runs in 43 at-bats. Extending that further, during the last 28 days he is hitting .337 and is one of the 10 highest scoring position players. Jason Hammel can be picked on as well, making Choo a strong play, even at an elevated salary.
Travis Jankowski has been a sneaky daily fantasy play for a few weeks now. He has 11 stolen bases in only 145 at bats, which provides one of the best SB/AB ratios in the MLB. Jankowski is unlikely to hit a home run, but his .276 batting average is stable enough that he can get you solid production at a cheap price.
Sometimes it seems like the Oakland A’s are an anonymous franchise who play completely under the radar. The A’s currently have the 7th best record in the AL, but very few people realize that. One of the reasons for Yadier Molina
their recent offensive success is Stephen Piscotty, who has been playing very well of late. He has a good matchup and a cheap salary tonight.
The DFS slate is a full 15 games tonight. There are dozens of outstanding players and the best way to fit as many into your lineup as possible is to grab value at a few positions. This article will allow you to do just that. Good luck tonight!