MLB Punt Plays: May 10th

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 you traditional “punts”. To ensure that my player’s are always light in salary, my pitcher will have a cap of $13,000 and each batter be capped at $7,000.


P: Caleb Smith($14,400)- I pretty much never attack the Braves with pitchers in DFS, but this is one of the times I am willing to consider it with limited cheap options. Caleb Smith has the highest strikeout rate on the slate at 34% and owns a solid 3.44 SIERA. He’s actually thrown very well this season for the Marlins, though the 12% walks do concern me a bit. At this cheap of a price however, it doesn’t matter if he allows a few runs if he can make up for it with strikeouts and he has been able to do that so far this season.


INF: Lucas Duda ($6,300)- Our old friend Lucas Duda was featured in this column yesterday, and naturally he repaid us with a home run…so back to the well we go! He’s still underpriced for his power upside, and has an even better matchup against quite possibly the worst pitcher in the MLB: Chris Tillman. Tillman owns the highest SIERA on the slate (6.03) with just a 10.3% strikeout rate and an 11.1% walk rate. Yes, more walks than strikeouts! He’s also allowing 42% hard contact this season and I just don’t see him surviving any start given how he has pitched this season. Duda is one of my favorite plays once again and I will take the discount on him while I can.


OF: Adam Jones ($6,500)- There’s juice on the over in this game in Vegas, which has the total of this game all the way up to 10. Neither of these pitchers are good, and I like both offenses for tournaments. Adam Jones actually hit righties better than lefties last season, and owns a 41% fly ball rate this season. He’s getting the ball up in the air, which is obviously what we want against Ian Kennedy who is allowing 40% hard contact this season. Jones will be at the top of the Orioles order once again and is viable in all formats at his price.


UTIL: Justin Bour ($6,600)- Justin Bour has been under-priced across the industry all season and always seems to make his way into my lineups. Much like Lucas Duda, he mashes right-handed pitching (.252 ISO) and has a great matchup with Mike Foltynewicz. Folty is a good pitcher, but he has yet to figure out left-handed batters and that will continue to be his achilles heel. He posted a 5.34 xFIP against left-handed batters last season and is allowing 42% fly balls to them this season. Couple that with Bour’s power and we have huge upside for a low price.

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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