MLB Punt Plays: Monday April 9

Welcome to my daily MLB article for FantasyDraft’s LockerRoom! Here you will find a breakdown for 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)

Garrett Richards was featured in this article last week, and he responded with a 27.15 fantasy point outing against the Cleveland Indians. As a result, his price stayed minute across the industry which has me looking at him once again as a way to fit in some of the top dogs on this slate. Richards velocity has been up this season, his average fastball velocity is sitting at 96.4 right now (2nd highest on the slate) compared to 95.8 last season. He struck out 27.1% of the batters he has faced so far this season and looks to be fully healthy for the first time in a few years. The matchup with the Rangers doesn’t scare me off either, as the Indians are a much better offense as a whole and more patient. That’s not to say that the Rangers are bad, but they do have a number of hitters that are prone to striking out and I think the upside is too great not to consider at this price once again.

 

INF: Matt Carpenter ($6,700)

Carpenter is one of the first guys that jumped off the page to me when looking over the slate as he matches up with Jhoulys Chacin. Chacin was overall a solid pitcher in 2017, but he struggled with batters of the opposite hand allowing a .338 wOBA to left-handed batters. Carp isn’t really a sexy play, but he is an underrated hitter who just gets the job done day in and day out. He mashed right-handed pitching a season ago posting a .378 wOBA and a .235 ISO against them. I think he has a high-floor in this matchup for cash games as well as home run upside in tournaments.

 

OF: Dexter Fowler ($5,900)

I’m going with Carpenter’s teammate Dexter Fowler in the Outfield spot, who also seems too cheap for this matchup against Chacin. Fowler narrowly trailed Carpenter in numbers against right-handed pitching last season, he put up a .368 wOBA and a .243 ISO himself which are really strong numbers. He hasn’t gotten off to a scorching start this season, but he does have a 40% fly ball rate this season and just a .167 BABIP so I’m going to assume that he is getting a little bit unlucky. This is the perfect spot for these two to break out and I love them as a cheap mini-stack allowing you to fit in higher priced pitching or Coors fields bats tonight.

 

UTIL: Brandon Nimmo ($6,600)

This is going to be contingent on whether or not Nimmo finds his way into the lineup, which I assume he does and he should be leading off against the righty Jose Urena. Nimmo hit righties well in 2017 owning a .377 wOBA and a .404 OBP. He doesn’t have huge pop (.193 ISO) but you don’t really need that out of a $6.6K lead-off hitter going against a pretty bad pitcher. The Mets as a team are in one of my favorite spots tonight and I would love to able to jam in their lead-off man at under $7,000.

 

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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