MLB Punt Plays: May 22nd

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 15 game 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 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 be capped at $7,000.

 

P: Brock Stewart ($9,500)- I’m assuming that Stewart is starting tonight for the Dodgers at the time of writing this, but he has yet to be officially confirmed as the starter. If that confirmation comes, it’s going to be hard not to consider Stewart in all formats given his insanely low price of just $9,500. At this price, you don’t need a huge game out of him you simply need 4-5 innings and a few strikeouts to smash value and become one of the top point-per-dollar plays on the day. With it being a huge 15 game slate tonight, locking in a pitcher for under $10,000 goes a long way with roster construction and allows you to fit in the offense and whatever other pitcher you want with ease. He actually has shown good strikeout ability in he minors, he posted a 35% strikeout rate in triple A last season with 27% strikeouts there in 2016. The Rockies also strike out at the 8th highest clip in the MLB (24%). He probably won’t go past 5 innings, but that is completely fine at his price and it’s just too cheap not to consider.

 

INF: Matt Carpenter ($6,500)- Matt Carpenter was featured in this section last night and naturally he hit a home run, so of course I’m going right back to the well tonight while he remains under $7,000. I noted yesterday that everyone had written off Carpenter ha “injured” or “done” yet really he had been getting pretty unlucky, and it showed in his recent batted ball data that he is ready to break out. He now has 8 XBH over his last 6 games and is up to an insane 59% hard contact rate over his last 14 days! I’m not scared of attacking Jason Hammel and I’m looking to ride this Carp hot streak while I can at a cheap price.

 

OF: David Peralta ($6,900)- I feel like Peralta has been a regular in this article this season given his cheap price, and he profiles as a strong play in all formats tonight against Jhoulys Chacin. Chacin has been egregious against left-handed batters this season posting a 6.45 xFIP and just 7% strikeouts! He has no ability whatsoever to get left-handed batters out at a reasonable clip, and Peralta has solid on-base ability. Peralta will be at the top of the Diamondbacks order again tonight and he has good power (.228 ISO in 2018) to go along with a .370 wOBA against righties.

 

UTIL: Anthony Rendon ($7,300)- Anthony Rendon doesn’t fit the sub-$7000 price range, but he is such a good play at $7,300 that he has to be included tonight. I think Eric Lauer can be a good pitcher in the MLB, but that doesn’t mean I won’t attack him during the infant stages of his career. Rendon is priced down given his injury situation to start the season, but this s one of the best overall hitters in the league…in the entire league! He posted a monster .346 ISO and a .461 wOBA against left-handed pitching last season and I will play him pretty much nightly while he is at this 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 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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