MLB Punt Plays: Tuesday, April 24

Welcome to our daily MLB Punt Plays 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.

 

P: Luke Weaver ($14,900)

I’m bumping my cap up $900 to include Luke Weaver today because I think he is the clear best value pithing play. If there weren’t so many weather issues, I would be interested in other options but I don’t know of those games are a full go as of right now. Weaver has pitched well this season, not on the same level that he did at the end of last season, but still good. He owns a 3.84 SIERA and a 22% strikeout rate thus far in 2018, and he has better strikeout stuff than the 22% rate this season indicates. He is the top point per dollar play at SP today and is viable in all formats.

 

INF: Adrian Beltre ($6,700)

Beltre is one of the first players I’m looking at for cash games tonight against Andrew Triggs. The jury is still out on whether or not Triggs is going to be a good major league starter, and he struggled in his last start going just 1.1 innings and allowing 6 earned runs. Beltre is a future HOFer and seems to be getting the “old man” discount this season. He still is a very capable hitter and he put up a .363 wOBA with a .212 ISO against right-handed pitching last season. He has a hard contact rate of 44% this season and has a high floor given his on-base ability.  

 

OF: Kike Hernandez ($6,800) 

I always love targeting Kike against left-handed pitching, and he is a great salary saver tonight against Dillon Peters. Peters has just a 13.5% strikeout rate this season with a 12.4% walk rate, so definitely not someone we are scared off of targeting. Hernandez owns a career 137 wRC+ against left-handed pitching with a big .245 ISO. He can match lefties, and he hit a home run last night.

 

UTIL: Josh Bell ($6,600)

This game has some weather concerns so we need to monitor that up until lock, but if the game plays Bell is too cheap at $6,600. Jordan Zimmermann is allowing 1.65 HR/9 this season with 47% fly balls and 41% hard contact. YIKES! It’s basically a given that he’s going to give up a home run (or two) and Bell profiles well in that spot. His power numbers are worse at home, but that makes sense given the ballpark that he plays in. Zimmermann allows too much hard contact for me not to take advantage of Bell’s cheap price tag.

 

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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