DraftKings MLB Value Plays: Wednesday (5/17)

by Nicholas Volinchak
May 16, 2017

Joe Biagini has pitched nine straight shutout innings over his last two starts

Welcome back to another edition of our MLB Value Plays for 5/17/17 on DraftKings. We will be offering up a pitcher under $8k, as well as a hitter at each position, and three in the outfield, that are priced $3.5k or below. A new feature to my value play article this year, we will be keeping track of how many home runs we can provide to our readers.

Last week was not great to add to our home run total, but that isn’t to say we didn’t have some guys who put together big games. Hopefully, this week turns out a little better. Let’s hope we can keep things going in the positive direction this week!

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Joe Biagini (TOR): $6,000 @ ATL
There isn’t a lot to love in the pitching department, especially under $8k tonight, but I don’t mind Biagini. He is getting more and more rope each week, so hopefully, we’ll see him cross over the 70-75 pitch mark tonight.

He’s been good in the time he’s been on the mound, and more than anything else, he’s very cheap. Atlanta has been putting up some runs, but that doesn’t mean they will continue to do it tonight, and Biagini is a great value option, or SP2, on this evening’s slate.


James McCann (DET): $3,000 vs. BAL
James McCann is not a good hitter. Good hitters don’t hit sub .200. However, he is good at hitting home runs.

Ubaldo Jiminez is a frustrating pitcher because he can end up being good enough here or there, but I think the Tigers could get to him tonight. McCann is cheap, and if the Tigers get rolling, there is a good chance that he’ll be able to get some points on the board tonight.

First Base

Victor Martinez (DET): $3,500 vs. BAL
I promise this will be the last player from the Tigers that makes this list tonight. In truth, unless Adam Lind lucks out and gets a start, the pickings are slim at first base for value.

Martinez took one out of the park last night and could be a good bet to get things done in the same fashion tonight. Jiminez is giving up enough hard contact to make me think he could have some issues tonight, and Martinez makes a nice play.

Second Base

Yangervis Solarte (SD): $3,400 vs. MIL
Matt Garza is on the mound for the Brewers tonight, and up to this point this year, he has been awful against lefties. How awful? He’s allowed a .406 wOBA, 38.2% fly ball rate, and a 41.2% hard contact rate.

Solarte isn’t necessarily a power hitter, but he can take the ball deep. Even if he doesn’t, he possesses enough of a skill set to end up with a solid game tonight against Garza.

Third Base

Mike Moustakas (KC): $3,500 vs. NYY
If we want to go the tournament route this evening, Moustakas is a great way to go. Let’s consider the fact first that Michael Pineda could run through this lineup, and toss seven innings of 10 strikeout baseball. While that fact settles it, we can also consider the idea that Pineda can lose his control and composure and allow the Royals to take advantage of him tonight.

If that latter situation occurs, it is likely that Moustakas will have something to do with it. That is enough for me to toss him into my lineups tonight.


Hernan Perez (MIL): $3,500 @ SD
Jhoulys Chacin is someone that we often only look to target lefties against, but Hernan has been playing so well that I have no issues going to him tonight. The upside is pretty solid, despite the fact that his price isn’t very high. In fact, he is priced at this mark on FanDuel, which lets you know he is priced as a value tonight.

I cannot see Chacin getting through this game unscathed, and the upside for the Padres’ bullpen is also enticing. Perez makes a solid tournament option this evening.


Matt Joyce (OAK): $3,300 @ SEA
Joyce is finally starting to come around at the plate, and he’s now got a few home runs under his belt and looks to do some more damage tonight. Christian Bergman isn’t someone who is going to strike fear in the hearts of either opposing hitters or DFS players. He’s got a very low floor, but the upside tonight is good enough that you should look his way in tournaments.

Cory Spangenberg (SD): $3,300 vs. MIL
I can pretty well assure you that Spangenberg is not likely to be someone that makes his way into too many lineups tonight, but I do think that is a mistake. He’s got enough power that he could end up with a long ball, but his game is also good enough that he can still do good for your lineups without it. As a said when writing up Solarte, Garza has some big time struggles against lefties, and I expect for that to be on full display tonight.

Ezequiel Carrera (TOR): $3,500 @ ATL
Carrera is one of my favorite guys to use because he just doesn’t seem to make it onto too many rosters. He’s got enough pop in his bat to go deep, and he also has enough speed to grab a bag here and there.

Mike Foltynewicz hasn’t been great against left-handed batters throughout his career, and I would expect that we will see that continue tonight. Carrera is a great value option that could pay off big tonight.

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Nicholas Volinchak is a correspondent at FantasyPros. You can find more of Nicholas’ baseball work at Research Fantasy. To read more from Nicholas, follow him @researchandwin.

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