MLB Punt Plays: May 21st

Welcome to the daily MLB Punt Plays 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 three favorite low salary batters. Although the title of this article is MLB Punt Plays, like the PGA Punt Plays article 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: Jose Berrios ($16,200)- My typical cut-off for pitchers is $13,000 and you can certainly follow that by rostering German Marquez tonight, but Berrios is far and away my top point-per-dollar pitcher tonight so I feel inclined to include him in this column. Berrios returned from the dead in his last start (*insert undertaker gif*) shredding the Cardinals right-handed heavy lineup with 10 strikeouts across 7.1 innings of 1 run ball. He profiles extremely well again tonight against a watered-down Tigers lineup that will only feature a few lefties as well. Berrios has been brutal on right-handed hitters throughout his brief MLB career and the Tigers could be in for a long night much like the Cardinals were last week.

INF: Matt Carpenter ($6,500)- Everyone had buried Matt Carpenter after a rough start to the season, but it’s pretty clear he was one of the unluckiest players in the MLB during the infant stages of the season. Carp has really picked it up over the last few weeks and he has 6 XBH over his last five games. His batted ball data shows that he has been turning it around at the plate as well, as he owns a 57% hard contact rate and 42% fly ball rate over the last 14 days. Ian Kennedy is certainly an attackable pitcher, and has allowed 40% hard hits and 42% fly balls in 2018. I’m going to take advantage of Carp’s price while I can.

OF: David Peralta ($6,900)- Chase Anderson is making his first start since May 6th due to being sick, not injured, but there is still a chance he is a bit rusty to start off tonight. Anderson has just a 16% strikeout rate this season as well as a 5.00 xFIP against left-handed batters. He typically gives up more home runs to right-handed batters, but he still is mediocre at best against lefties and I’m not scared of attacking him whatsoever. Peralta owns a .236 ISO and a .375 wOBA against right-handed pitchers this season and will be at the top of the Diamondbacks order once again tonight profiling as a strong cash game play.

UTIL: Brian Anderson ($6,500)- Casual baseball fans probably don’t even know who Brian Anderson is, or pretty much anyone on the Miami Marlins for that matter, but he and his teammates are firmly in play tonight against Jason Vargas. Vargas has been dreadful for the Mets this season posting a slate-high 5.67 SIERA and just a 13% strikeout rate. He’s been equally as bad against right-handed batters with a 5.14 xFIP. Anderson has hit southpaws well so far this season posting a big .412 wOBA and a .200 ISO. I don’t believe in Vargas much at this point and ALL of the Marlins are cheap 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 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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