MLB Punt Plays: August 28th

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: Felix Hernandez ($11,300)- I can’t believe it’s almost September of 2018 and I’m writing up Felix Hernandez, but that’s what a matchup with the San Diego Padres will do. Felix was demoted to to the bullpen and then thrust back into the rotation due to the James Paxton injury and now finds himself in a very favorable DFS spot. They strike out the most in baseball against right-handed pitching (almost 26%) and they couple that with just an 81 wRC+. The problem is, this is literally the corpse of Felix Hernandez. It’s one thing being sent to the bullpen, it’s another thing that his strikeouts are just 18% this season. He truly isn’t a good pitcher anymore, but we also aren’t being asked to pay for one and a matchup in pitcher-friendly Petco Park adds even more of a boost. If we end up getting six-seven right-handed batters this is a very favorable spot, but still not one I’m super confident in. The fact is, he’s dirt cheap in a fantastic matchup and even if we had some no-name pitcher going in this exact situation we would be interested. I’m hoping he doesn’t become chalk throughout the day as an SP2, because that would severely limit my interest level.

INF: David Fletcher ($6,300)- The theme of this article today is going to be guys with lackluster numbers but favorable lineup spots. Enter: David Fletcher. Fletcher has often found himself batting at the top of the Angels order as of late despite pretty gross numbers overall against lefties in a small sample size. Kyle Freeland has pitched to a 4.48 xFIP with just 17% strikeouts to righties and this game does feature a solid 9 O/U.

OF: Jose Martinez ($7,400)- Martinez owns a solid 127 wRC+ against right-handed pitching this season and has been seeing the ball well with 40% hard-hits over the last two weeks. Ivan Nova is good against righties so we generally would want the left-handed batters here, but I think the price on Martinez is just a bit too cheap for his upside…oh yeah, and the Cardinals only have one good left-handed batter.

UTIL: Neil Walker ($6,800)- Walker’s numbers won’t jump off the page, but he is a much better hitter against righties than he is lefties. The Yankees implied run total has jumped from 5.8 to 6.2 already this morning, and could see more traction as the Bronx Bombers square off with James Shields. His 39.8% hard-hits provide reasoning for positivity and the come with more fly-balls than ground-balls as well. Walker is an easy, cheap way to get exposure to one of the top offenses of the night if he cracks the lineup.

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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