MLB Punt Plays: July 3rd

P: Chris Bassitt ($12,800)- Mr. Bassitt has not been particularly good this season posting a 4.63 SIERA and just an 18.4% strikeout rate, but given the lack of quality pitching options today he is thrust into consideration. Despite his lackluster numbers, his price and matchup with the San Diego Padres are big-time positives. The Fathers rank bottom-three in wOBA, wRC+ and ISO against right-handed pitching and they come in second overall in strikeout rate at 25.8%. Bassitt is coming off six scoreless innings against the lowly Detroit Tigers, so it is definitely possible he can have a big game against a below-average opponent. Like I said, there is not a ton to trust at this position tonight, so paying down and jamming in bats figures to be a popular strategy.

INF: Mike Moustakas ($7,200)- I’m a huge fan of Shane Bieber, but I simply can’t ignore the Mous at this price tag tonight. I think this makes for a huge leverage play in tournaments, with the lack of pitching today we could see Bieber being semi-popular. Mous owns a .243 ISO and a .354 wOBA against right-handed pitching this season and all of his offensive numbers are better at home. I think this is a bit too cheap for his power upside, and is a fantastic low-owned GPP play.

OF: Brandon Guyer ($5,800)- Brandon Guyer is probably the least exciting DFS play of all-time, but if you want to spend up for Coors Field or the Astros he is viable tonight. Guyer’s strength throughout his career (aside from getting hit with baseballs) has been his ability to hit left-handed pitching. That’s no different this season with him putting up a .228 ISO and a .362 wOBA against southpaws. Danny Duffy is allowing 40.3% hard hits and 47.9% fly balls to right-handed batters this season and Guyer should crack the lineup with Lonnie Chisenhall hitting the DL.

UTIL: Raimel Tapia ($6,600)- In what was the dumbest move of the season I’ve seen, the Rockies optioned their best pitcher, Jon Gray, to bring up Raimel Tapia. Given the situation, I expect him to be in the lineup tonight against the right-handed Chris Stratton, making him an elite value play in Coors Field. I don’t think Tapia is all that good, but the Rockies (Bud Black) seem to and he did hit righties much, much better than lefties last season. At this price, it doesn’t matter if he’s good or not it’s about him being in the Rockies lineup and he should end up being a pretty popular play.

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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