MLB Punt Plays: Friday August 3

Welcome to my daily MLB article for FantasyDraft’s LockerRoom! Here you will find a breakdown for my favorite low budget MLB players for the day’s (or night’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 the article is MLB Punt Plays, like the PGA Punt Plays written by another analyst of our DFS Karma team, they aren’t your traditional “punts.” I truly feel that each player I include in this article moving forward has a very solid chance to score you some points. To ensure my players are always light on salary, my pitcher will have a cap of $13,000 and each batter will be capped at $7,000 in salary.

 

P: David Hess – $9,200

There is not a single option below $13,000 at pitcher that I feel comfortable using tonight. David Hess has struggled quite a bit this season, but he does come with an upside. Through 11 games (nine starts), he owns a 2-5 record with a 5.94 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. He has also allowed a 2.0 HR/9, while recording a 5.4 K/9 through 50 innings this season. He has been a better pitching option against right-handed batters, although they are still hitting for a .265 average with a .485 slugging percentage and a .253 wOBA. Still, he gets a matchup against the Texas Rangers, who rank fourth on the slate in strikeouts per at-bat, while also ranking as a below average team in wOBA on this slate. It’s a tough matchup in one of the most hitter-friendly stadiums in the MLB, but Hess does come with a bit of upside in this particular matchup.

 

IF: Cody Bellinger – $6,700

Bellinger is only hitting .194 with a .290 slugging percentage and a .665 OPS over his last 10 games. He also owns a 51% fly ball rate over the last 15 days, suggesting he comes with home run potential. Bellinger features 0.024 wOBA and 0.003 ISO differentials against right-handed pitching, although he gets a tough matchup against Justin Verlander tonight. Verlander is allowing left-handed batters to hit for a .184 average with a .369 slugging percentage and a .269 wOBA this season. This is important for Bellinger, as he’s a high upside option who utilizes power to score fantasy points. He’s expected to hit seventh in the Dodgers lineup, and he makes a solid play in tournaments tonight.

 

OF: Alex Gordon – $6,400

Gordon has been heating up a bit recently, hitting .242 with a .424 slugging percentage and a .710 OPS over his last 10 games. He also owns a 46% hard-hit rate with a 94 mph exit velocity over the last 15 days. Gordon gets a good matchup against Jake Odorizzi, and he owns 0.074 wOBA and 0.104 ISO differentials against right-handed pitching. Odorizzi has also struggled against left-handed batters this season, allowing them to hit for a .263 average with a .537 slugging percentage and a .370 wOBA in 2018. Gordon is also hitting second in the Kansas City lineup, giving him ample opportunities to score fantasy points. He’s an option that can be considered in all leagues, although he may be best suited for tournaments.

 

UTIL: Matt Wieters – $5,500

Wieters has looked outstanding at home this season, where he’s hitting .240 with a .440 slugging percentage and a .779 OPS. He has also been heating up a bit recently, posting 35% hard-hit and 30% fly ball rates with a 91 mph exit velocity over the last 15 days. Wieters has been a more powerful option against right-handed pitching, as well, as he features a 0.046 ISO differential against righties. Wieters gets a matchup against Anthony DeSclafani, who is allowing left-handed batters to hit for a .257 average with a .660 slugging percentage and a .409 wOBA. Wieters is only hitting eighth in the Washington lineup, but he’s a cheap way to get a part of the Nationals offense in your lineup.

Justin Bales

Justin Bales

Justin can be found on FantasyDraft under the name "balessjustin." He is a recent college graduate, who earned a degree in Sociology with a co-concentrate in Music Business. He has been playing and writing about fantasy sports for quite some time, including football, baseball, basketball, college sports, and MMA. He generally plays tournaments, but can occasionally be found in H2H's or 50/50s.

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