MLB Punt Plays: May 9th

Welcome to your daily MLB Punt Plays article for FantasyDraft’s LockerRoom! Here you will find a breakdown of my favorite low budget MLB players for the day’s (or night’s) main slate. Each article will focus on my favorite low salary starting pitcher and my three favorite low salary batters. Although the title of this article is MLB Punt Plays, like the PGA Punt Plays written by another member of our DFS Karma team, they aren’t your traditional “punts”. To ensure my players are always light in salary, my pitcher will have a cap of $13,000 and each batter will be capped at $7,000.


P: Nick Pivetta ($14,000)- Nick Pivetta has had a rough time his last few starts, but that won’t stop me from using him as a cheap pitcher today against the Giants. This Giants team has been shredded by Aaron Nola and Zach Eflin back-to-back days, and while I don’t think Pivetta is as good as Nola, he is certainly better than Eflin. He owns a 24% strikeout rate this season, and normally we think of the Giants as a patient offense but they are actually top six in strikeout rate against right-handers this season. He’s not really doing anything differently, so I’m willing to chalk up his last two rough starts as a spot of unluckiness and will be going back to the well with him tonight in tournaments. My traditional cap for pitching is $13,000, but on a light seven game slate we have limited options and Pivetta is the best cheap pitcher I am confident in.


INF: Justin Smoak($6,400)- Justin Smoak has been a regular in this article this season, and I’m going right back to him while his price is under $7,000. Wade leBlanc is one of the most unimposing pitchers on the slate, and I’m expecting the Blue Jays offense to rebound in a big way after being no-hit by James Paxton last night. Smoak posted a .234 ISO and a .412 wOBA against left-handed pitching last season, and owns a 42% fly ball rate this season. He has cooled off a bit after a red hot start to 2018, and I will continually use him while he is under-priced.


OF: Jon Jay ($5,600)- Jon Jay is not a sexy player whatsoever for DFS purposes, but he is also under $6,000 and should be leading off against Andrew Cashner. This Royals offense looks ready to heat up, despite them not being very good, take a look at what they did against Dylan Bundy last night. Jay doesn’t offer much pop, but he should be able to get on base against Cashner and he makes for a decent cash game salary saver allowing you to spend up elsewhere.


UTIL: Lucas Duda ($6,300)- See above– Royals offense possibly heating up? Lucas Duda has perennially been one of our favorite DFS players to use against bad right-handed pitchers (remember opening day?) and now he gets Andrew Cashner who is allowing 40% fly balls to lefties this season. Duda posted a monster .298 ISO against righties in 2017, and he has a 45% fly ball rate this season. He’s way too cheap for the power upside he provides and he’s useable in all formats tonight.

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 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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