MLB Punt Plays: August 7th

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 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 $7,500.

P: Pablo Lopez ($11,000)- Lopez has actually been exceptional for the Marlins since getting the call from the minors sporting a 3.95 SIERA and a 53.9% groundball rate. He doesn’t possess much strikeout upside (19.7% K%), but there is reason to believe that can increase given his 10.0 swinging-strike rate. The Cardinals are not as good offensively as you would think, ranking 17th in wRC+ against righties and are one-day removed from getting shut down for 5 innings by Wei-Yin Chen. Locking in Lopez allows you to pay up at pretty much every other roster spot, and he is playable in all formats tonight.

INF: Jeff McNeil ($6,900)- McNeil was smashing at all level of the minors this season, and has done nothing but produce for the Mets since getting the call to the big leagues. He homered last night, and is in another solid spot tonight against Sal Romano and the Reds bullpen. Romano is allowing 41.9% hard-hits to left-handed batters this season and the price is too good for the power McNeil has shown thus far.

OF: Nick Castellanos ($7,200)- The Tigers offense has been egregious as of late, but Castellanos has been a steady producer and has kept a 48.1% fly-ball rate over the last two weeks. He homered last night, and crushed lefties this season to the tune of a .245 ISO and a 194 wRC+. Andrew Heaney is a solid pitcher for the Angels, but he is still allowing 42.5% hard-hits to righties and this is another prime spot for an under-priced Casty.

UTIL: Greg Bird ($7,300)- Bird was two feet from two homeruns last night, so let’s hope some positive variance hits as we go back to the well tonight against Reynaldo Lopez. Lopez has tons of potential for the White Sox, but he hasn’t put it all together yet and has pitched to a 6.19 xFIP with 11.2% walks against left-handed batters this season. Bird has been absolutely locked in boasting a 51.4% hard-hit rate and a 64.7% fly-ball rate over the last 14 days. Bird is too cheap for the power upside so let’s hope he can find that extra foot of distance tonight.

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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