MLB Punt Plays: May 15th

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 pitcher and my three favorite low salary batters. Although the title of this article is MLB Punt Plays, like the PGA article written by another member of our DFS Karma team, they aren’t your 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: Jaime Garcia ($11,000)- This is a bit of a concerning pick for me, because Garcia isn’t typically the kind of pitcher I target in DFS, but he is so cheap tonight that he is play as your SP2. Garcia hasn’t pitched that well this season, his ground ball rate down to 42%, but the Mets are so bad against left-handed pitching that he definitely worth the look. The Mets rank dead last in the MLB in wRC+ against southpaws (60…yikes!) and they are striking out at a 22% clip. Garcia doesn’t have huge K upside, but he owns a 22% strikeout rate this season so there is some ability there. Given his price, he doesn’t need a huge strikeout game yet the potential is there against this Mets squad.


INF: Daniel Descalso ($6,700)- The more I dug into this play the more I liked it today and I think he is playable in all formats at this price. Descalso has hit righties well this season posting a .384 wOBA and a .210 ISO thus far in 2018. He also owns a 49% fly ball rate and a 41% hard contact rate showing that he has been seeing the ball well in addition to back up the stats. Jhoulys Chacin has been an absolute mess against left-handed batters this season posting an egregious 6.90 xFIP and just 6.5% strikeouts! Chacin has shown no ability to get lefties out and he should be under-owned because…well, he’s Daniel Descalso.


OF: Max Kepler ($6,400)- Mad Max Kepler hasn’t flashed his power yet this season, .176 ISO vs RHP this season compared to .212 last season, but he still has solid contact numbers. He owns a 43% fly ball rate this season along with a 43% hard contact rate, so he still has been hitting the ball well and he has an intriguing matchup with Jack Flaherty tonight in Minnesota. Flaherty is one of the Cardinals top pitching prospects, but in a limited sample this season he has been hit hard by left-handed bats. I believe Flaherty is going to be a good pitcher, but it might take him some time to figure out lefties at the MLB level and this Twins offense is no pushover.


UTIL: Brandon Belt ($7,200)- After his homer last night, I’m going right back to the well with Mr. Belt being the same price! As I noted yesterday, he owns a .287 ISO and a huge 50% fly ball rate against righties this season and has been seeing the ball extremely well. He has almost an equally good matchup tonight against Tyler Mahle who has allowed 42% hard hits to left-handed batters this season. Mahle is a promising young pitcher for the Reds, but Belt is locked in at the plate and we saw his upside last night when he went for over 25 FantasyDraft points!

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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