MLB Punt Plays: June 5th

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 4-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: Steven Wright ($10,300)- This strikes me as a pay up for pitcher slate, with not a lot of cheap options, but if you are looking for salary relief I think that Steven Wright makes for an interesting tournament play at his price. I really don’t know how Wright will do tonight making his first start of the season, he’s thrown 16 innings out of the bullpen, but when dipping below my salary cap he makes the most sense. He has a 50% ground ball rate out of the bullpen this season, but as always with a knuckleball pitcher it’s going to be contingent on whether or not it’s moving or not. I wouldn’t play him in cash games, but $10,300 is so cheap for a pitcher it’s hard to hurt you at that price.

INF: Kendrys Morales ($6,600)- Morales, like our next player, had a slow start to the season but he is showing signs of life recently with a 50% hard contact rate and 46% fly ball rate over the last 14 days. He should be near the middle of the Jays order once again and the Yankees/Blue Jays game is one we are going to want exposure to with a massive 10 O/U in Vegas.

OF: Jay Bruce ($6,400)- Jay Bruce was featured in this column last week and he delivered, so I’m going back to the well because he has clearly been turning things around at the plate. Over the last 14 days, Bruce has posted a 53% hard contact rate and 50% fly ball rate! He was dead for most of the season, but when someone is hitting the ball like that he is ready to turn it on. Alex Cobb, like Jason Vargas on the other side of this game, has struggled to start this season with just an 11.5% strikeout rate and 1.75 HR/9. Bruce should be in the middle of the Mets order once again and the homerun is coming soon.

UTIL: Danny Valencia ($5,500)- Danny Valencia has been a career lefty-masher, and that hasn’t changed this season with a .211 ISO and a .342 wOBA against southpaws. He has also been seeing the ball well with a 50% hard contact rate over his last 14 days. Jason Vargas is due for some positive regression, but he has been one of the worst pitchers in the MLB this season and has already allowed 4 HR to right-handed batters (18.2 IP). If Valencia finds his way into the lineup, he is too cheap for the power he presents.

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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