Sep 7, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates pinch hitter John Jaso (28) greets third baseman Jung Ho Kang (27) after hang hit a game winning solo home run against the St. Louis Cardinals during the eighth inning at PNC Park. The Pirates won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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Finding value is the ever so elusive, “Holy Grail” in Fantasy Baseball. Making cap room for pitchers and big bats can make all the difference in a lineup. With a little elbow grease in the research department, I’m hoping to offer a handful of players that could give critical salary relief for tonight’s DraftKings MLB picks.
Last night’s bargains crushed value and hopefully we can keep the value rolling as we head into the weekend. Tonight’s slate offers 14 games, with six teams projected to score 5 or more runs. The game at Coors Field will feature two of the highest team projections, with the Rockies at 6.7 runs and the Padres at 5.4 runs. Boston is projected to score 5.6 runs, followed by Texas (5.3), and the New York Mets (5.1). The Pirates stand out as a team that is under priced on DraftKings and could potential warrant stacking consideration.
Aug 17, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman John Jaso (28) hits the ball during the fifth inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kenny Karst-USA TODAY Sports
Both first basemen for the Pirates are extremely under priced given their match up and projected team total. The Pirates are projected to score 4.8 runs and both of these players have extremely positive splits when facing a righty. John Jaso homered last night and Bell has proven his ability to get on base, so whichever player makes the lineup will be in play.
Asdrubal Cabrera‘s value will stem from the Met’s projection of 5.1 runs and his spot in the lineup. Cabrera has some impressive batted ball stats of late. Of balls hit in the last 15 days, he has an average distance of 245 feet, and exit velocity of 94 MPH, and a hard hit rate of 41%. This may indicate a trend in the right direction and could prove so tonight in a great match up for the Mets.
Matthew Joyce is another Pirate I like tonight. Joyce is another lefty who fares much better against righties, with a .381 wOBA split and a .243 ISO split. Joyce also has legitimate power upside as he’s averaging .063 home runs per at bat.
You’ll need to have exposure to the game in Colorado in some capacity and Ryan Raburn could be a cheap option. Raburn has drastic splits against lefties, where holds a .367 wOBA and a .231 ISO split. His position in the order doesn’t matter much, given the his price and the Rockies projected run total.
Devon Travis will provide value if he’s leading off for the Blue Jays tonight. Toronto has a projected team total of 4.9 runs and Travis is in a good spot vs. the righty, Jered Weaver. Travis has reverse splits and could make for a decent option at the second base position.
Note: Keep in mind that recommended DraftKings MLB picks are based off of early information and will be subject to change as lineups are released. Some cheaper players are more suspect to be scratched from the lineup or bumped down the lineup order.