MLB Punt Plays: Tuesday April 3

Welcome to the newest daily MLB article addition to FantasyDraft’s LockerRoom! Here you will find a breakdown of my favorite low budget MLB players for tonight’s main slate. Each article will focus on my favorite low salary starting Pitcher and my 3 favorite low salary batters. Although the title of the article is MLB Punt Plays, like the PGA Punt Plays written by another analyst of our DFS Karma team, they aren’t your traditional “Punts”. I truly feel that each player I include in this article is in a great individual spot and will allow you to fit in some of the other higher priced players. To ensure my players are always light on salary, my Pitcher will have a cap of $14,000 and each batter will be capped at $7,000 in salary.

P: Garrett Richards ($12,900)

Richards promising career has been derailed by injuries, but $12,900 seems way too cheap for his potential despite a tough matchup with the Cleveland Indians. He only threw 27 innings at the end of last season but posted a 25% strikeout rate and a 3.34 SIERA. He was cruising in his first start of 2018 before giving up two long balls, but Richards has been above-average at limiting homers in his career so I’m not super concerned with it. The Indians are a good hitting team, and they don’t strike out a ton but their implied team total has dropped 0.4 runs since opening and Richards is now listed as a -127 favorite. I don’t weigh Vegas very heavily in baseball, but I do track the movement and despite being a favorite this a guy with big time potential who is just under-priced. You don’t need a shutout from him at this price you just need a solid game, and he makes for the perfect SP2 on this slate.

INF: Yangervis Solarte ($5,400)

Yangervis Solarte has been starting at third with Josh Donaldson preoccupying the DH spot given his “dead arm” phase that he’s been stuck in to start 2018. Solarte has been hitting in the heart of the Blue Jays order that tonight gets a date with Miguel Gonzalez. Gonzalez was not a very good pitcher a season ago, he posted a 5.39 SIERA while fanning just 14.6% of batters he faced across 156 innings of work. Solarte put up a solid .335 wOBA against righties last season and while he doesn’t offer a ton of pop (.192 ISO) it’s tough to beat someone expected to bat in the middle of the order at under $6,000.

OF: Josh Reddick ($6,400)

Josh Reddick was featured in this column yesterday, and I’m going right back to the well tonight as he draws another righty in Mike Wright Jr. Wright pitches just 25 innings at the big league level last season, so we don’t have a huge sample to go off but we do know that the Astros are a murderers row offense for any opposing pitcher. Reddick can hit righties well posting a .336 wOBA and OBP against them a year ago. The reigning world champs are going to be the focal point of your cash game rosters for the majority of the season and Reddick provides cheap exposure to their lineup that’s in another plus spot tonight.

UTIL: Ender Inciarte ($6,900)

The Braves are in one of the top spots on the entire slate as they match up with A.J. Cole at home. Cole was one of the worst pitchers in the MLB against left-handed batters last season, and the Braves have more than a few capable hitters from that side of the plate. Inciarte will get the party started from the lead-off spot and he posted a .335 wOBA against northpaws a year ago. Cole allowed a .441 wOBA to lefties with the highest hard contact rate on the slate at 46.9%! I think you need to get some exposure to the Braves today, and Inciarte provides upside at a nice price.

Stat Key

wOBA- Weighted on-base average

ISO- Isolated power

SIERA- Skill-interactive earned run average

xFIP- Expected fielding independent

Ben Hossler; DFS Karma

Ben Hossler; DFS Karma

Ben can be found on FantasyDraft by his username “oatw” standing for “Ohio against the world”. He is a college student and the lead DFS analyst for dfskarma.com. He is a sports nerd who can often be found studying numbers late into the night. Mainly a cash game player, you can find him in the H2H lobby and in your 50/50s across the industry. Be sure to follow him on Twitter @BenHossler where he loves to talk sports, TV or music with his followers!

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