MLB Punt Plays: June 12th

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: Caleb Ferguson ($11,800)- Not many people know who Caleb Ferguson is, as he is the latest 21 year old prospect called up by the Dodgers with just 47 innings pitched above single A. So, we can say that we don’t really know who Ferguson is at this point, but he does have strikeout upside and has never posted a strikeout rate less than 25% in the minors outside of rookie ball. His main weakness early on in his career has been the walks, which is concerning, but we also aren’t paying for any risk at his cheap price. He profiles well for the matchup with the Rangers as they rank 6th overall in strikeout rate against left-handed pitchers (24.3%) and outside the top ten in walk rate. He’s definitely more boom or bust, but at his price he is viable in all formats as an SP2.

INF: Jedd Gyorko ($6,400)- Gyorko is a fresh off a homerun against his former team last night, and lines up in an even better spot against Matt Strahm and a San Diego bullpen game. He has hit southpaws much better than righties this season with just a 10% strikeout rate, a monster .458 ISO and a .549 wOBA this season. He coupled those stats with a 45% fly ball rate and 41% hard contact, he has truly been crushing the ball. He’s too cheap for the power upside he provides and the Cardinals own one of the highest implied team totals on the slate at 5 runs.

OF: Melky Cabrera ($6,700)- The Melk Man was featured in this article yesterday as a sub-$6,000 play and he delivered with a 9 fantasy point performance. I’m going right back to the well tonight if he makes his way back into the lineup against James Shields. Shields hasn’t been his normal terrible self this season, but he still hasn’t been good posting a 5.06 SIERA with juts 16% strikeouts. Melky has been seeing the ball recently with a 41% hard contact rate over the last 14 days and he will once again provide cheap exposure to the top offense of the night.

UTIL: Justin Bour ($6,700)- Bour has been under-priced for what feels like the whole season, and tonight is a great night to take advantage of his price against Chris Stratton. Stratton has struggled with left-handed batters this season posting a 4.58 xFIP and a huge 12% walk rate. Bour has been seeing the ball extremely well recently with a 49% hard contact rate over the last 14 days, and has been his typical self with a .252 ISO against right-handed pitching this season. Much like Gyorko, he’s a semi-boring player but the power upside is real and the price is too good not to take a chance on it.

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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