MLB Punt Plays: Sunday April 15

Welcome to the newest daily MLB article for 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.

NOTE: Tons of weather today so be sure to check if the games are playing before lock.

 

P: Dylan Bundy ($14,500)

Dylan Bundy is the cheapest pitcher with upside on this slate, and with a number of aces taking the mound you need upside from both of your pitchers. Bundy has been really good so far in 2018, he’s struck out 32% of the batters he’s faced in 2018 and his slider has been almost untouchable. His main problem is always going to be giving up home runs, but that might not be as big of an issue given how cold it is in Boston today. Obviously, the matchup isn’t one we normally want to target, but on a top-heavy pitching slate, Bundy provides strikeout upside for a cheap price.

 

INF: Matt Carpenter ($6,800)

Homer Bailey and his 16% strikeout rate is always attackable in DFS, and that stands today with the St. Louis Cardinals should their game play. Carp crushed righties in 2017 posting a .378 wOBA and a .235 ISO. He’s hitting the ball hard this season (44% hard hits) and is one of my favorite plays on this slate if the game is safe.

 

OF: Kevin Kiermaier ($5,700)

This one is a little bit off the board, as Kiermaier has had a rough start to the season though he did string together a few hits last night so there is hope that he is ready to get going! Ben Lively is one of the worst pitchers in the MLB, and his career 5.05 SIERA has the normally boring Rays firmly in play. Kiermaier is in the 2 hole for the Rays and he hit righties well a season ago putting up a .358 wOBA and a .213 ISO. I like the top of the Rays order today and they are so cheap you can jam in any pitchers you want.

UTIL: Aaron Hicks ($6,500)

This game has even more risk than the others, so make sure you check the weather before the games start. Hicks has been hitting the ball well since coming back, and is coming off a two-homer game in his last outing (one was an inside the park homerun). Francisco Liriano is the living embodiment of Jekyll and Hyde, he can strike out 15 one day and walk 15 the next (maybe not literally, but you get the point). Hicks should be near the top of the Yankees order today and with Liriano’s wild tendencies he has pretty high on-base value coupled with power.

 

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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