Jul 24, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Matt Joyce (17) hit a two run home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the sixth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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DraftKings MLB Picks: Top Bargain plays for September 20th
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.
Tonight’s slate features 15 games, with St. Louis and Texas projected to score 6 or more runs. St. Louis has a projected team total of 6.5 runs, followed by Texas (6), Colorado (5.6), Chicago (5.5), Cleveland (5), and Detroit (5). The Phillies and the Pirates stand out as two teams that are under priced on DraftKings. There has already been some line movement on the White Sox’s so we’ll have to monitor this as we get closer. Again, there are a few elite pitching options, so here are my bargain bin plays for tonight.
Jun 24, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder Starling Marte (6) and center fielder Andrew McCutchen (22) and right fielder Matt Joyce (right) react in the outfield after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers at PNC Park. The Pirates won 8-6. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Matthew Joyce, and the Pirates will take on the Brewers tonight. Joyce will draw a favorable match up against the righty, Matt Garza. Joyce holds a .376 wOBA and a .235 ISO split against righties. If Joyce is leading off he’ll be a viable option in the outfield. Note that Joyce also has power upside, where he’s hit .061 home runs per at bat.
Cesar Hernandez is one of my favorite plays tonight, if you’re looking for a safe play to return value. While he doesn’t have much power upside, he holds a .329 wOBA against righties. The Phillies are in a good spot, at home, against the White Soxs and Hernandez will be in play tonight.
We’ve seen this situation before when the Pirates face a righty. John Jaso and Josh Bell both hold much better splits when facing a righty, and are under priced tonight. Bell is much cheaper on DraftKings and more of a bargain, but both should be considered.
Similarly to Cesar, Andres Blanco could make for a sufficient option if you’re aiming for a player to reach value. Blanco will benefit from facing the righty, James Shields. Blanco holds a .344 wOBA split against righties.
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.