MLB Punt Plays: Wednesday, April 25

Welcome to the 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: Chad Kuhl ($13,700)

Chad Kuhl has potential to be a pretty good major league starter, but it won’t happen until he figures out left-handed batters. In 2017, he allowed a .376 wOBA and 40% hard contact to lefties, compared to a .302 wOBA and 33% hard contact to righties. This matchup makes sense for him because the Tigers are a primarily right-handed lineup and there is a chance that Kuhl could get a semi-watered down version with it being the second game of a double-header. He also is pitching in a power suppressing home park and is firmly in play as a tournament SP2 on this slate.

INF: Chris Davis ($6,300)

Chris Davis has gotten off to a slow start so far this season, but when it comes to someone with as much power as him he can break out of a slump at any second. He owns a career .262 ISO against right-handed pitching, and his opponent Jake Faria has been getting hit hard in 2018. Faria has the skills to be a good pitcher, but he was much worse away from home last season and is allowing 50% fly balls and 48% hard contact this season. The Orioles should put up some runs here, and it wouldn’t shock me if Davis hits one out.

 

OF: Matt Joyce ($6,500)

Joyce is a punt plays favorite, and he’s back again on Wednesday night. Both sides of this Rangers/Athletics game is going to be popular so I love getting cheap exposure to the top of the lineups. Joyce owns a career .351 wOBA and .200+ ISO against right-handed pitching, and Doug Fister struggled mightily with left-handed batters last season. In 2017, Fister allowed a .365 wOBA and 40% hard contact to left-handed batters which makes Joyce probably my favorite value of the night.

UTIL: Teoscar Hernandez ($6,400)

This is a bit of an off-the-radar pick, but Teoscar Hernandez has been hitting the ball well in 2018. He normally is at the top of the Blue Jays order against lefties, and while Eduardo Rodriguez has strikeout ability I’m not scared off of targeting him. Rodriguez allowed 1.3 HR/9 to right-handed batters last season and Hernandez has a massive 53% hard contact rate this season.

 

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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