MLB Punt Plays: August 14th

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: Brett Kennedy ($9,500)- I don’t think this will be a very popular pick in terms of ownership, but I’m willing to take another shot on Kennedy after his rough first start in the big leagues. Kennedy surrendered six runs on 11 hits to the Brewers in his big league debut but that was backed by a .471 and he still managed to generate 14.9% swinging-strikes. The Angels offense is just not intimidating without Mike Trout, and they come in 16th in wRC+ over the last two weeks. Like Reid-Foley yesterday, we aren’t expecting huge scores from pitchers that are priced this low we simply need them to meet value while enabling us to pay up at seemingly every other position. The more righties in the Angels lineup the better, but I’ll probably be willing to take a shot on Kennedy regardless in all formats given his price/ownership.

INF: Jedd Gyorko ($7,500)- Gyorko homered last night, and much like our next player he instantly pops when he is facing a lefty. Gio Gonzalez is a solid pitcher, but the Cardinals as a team are much better against southpaws and have been playing very good baseball as of late. Gyorko boasts a 173 wRC+ against LHP this season along with a .264 ISO. He’s a bit too cheap for the power upside he possesses and makes for a fantastic tournament play on this huge Tuesday slate.

OF: Avisail Garcia ($7,400)- Garcia always jumps off the page when facing a left-handed pitcher, especially one as unimposing as Blaine Hardy (add in the Tigers bullpen after!). Hardy allows above-average hard-hits and fly-balls to right-handed batters and Garcia has been his usual self this season posting a massive .406 wOBA and a .302 ISO against southpaws. The White Sox are not a good team, so the prices are always right and this game has sneaky potential with a 9 O/U in Vegas.

UTIL: Cesar Hernandez ($7,400)- King Cesar doesn’t feature the pop that the aforementioned players do, but he has a lot of value in his price being the table-setter for the Phillies. Hernandez has been a better hitter against righties this season and his opponent, Rick Porcello, is allowing 42% hard-hits and 41% fly-balls to lefties. Porcello is an overrated pitcher, and the Phillies have already seen reverse line movement in their favor for tonight’s game. They should fly under the radar as a team on this huge slate which further boosts Hernandez’s value.

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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