DraftKings MLB Value Plays: Friday (4/19)

by Matthew Catalano
Apr 19, 2019

Matt Strahm comes at a cheap cost on DraftKings despite rebounding in his last two starts.

The entire MLB is in action tonight, which means every player who has not caught the injury bug yet is out there for the pickings. The question is, at what positions should fantasy managers spare their spending in order to build a strong team within the confines of DraftKings’ budget? Below are a handful of affordable players who can still give fantasy managers more bang for their buck on Friday night. Let’s take a quick glance at some of the possibilities out there.

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Catcher

Jonathan Lucroy (LAA): $3,100 vs. SEA
After a 1-6 start to the season, the Angels are raging hot, winning seven out of their last 11 games. Lucroy has helped by batting .311 with a .340 OBP in April. Lucroy and Co. will host a Mariners squad that has dropped four straight. Look for Lucroy to capitalize on this opportunity against southpaw Marco Gonzales.

First Base

Yuli Gurriel (HOU): $4,200 @ TEX
After a slow start to the season, Houston has assumed its usual role atop the American League West once again. Gurriel has produced at a wholesome pace in the Astros’ last five games, batting .381 (8-for-21) with four RBIs, four runs, a homer, and a pair of doubles. They will not have to travel far tonight, as they head to Arlington to play their state rivals, the Texas Rangers. Gurriel will also face off against Drew Smyly, who currently possesses a 7.15 ERA three starts into the season.

Second Base

Chris Owings (KC): $3,700 @ NYY
Despite Kansas City’s struggles this season, Owings has played well as of late. He has seven hits in his last eight games played along with five RBIs, four runs, and a stolen base. Owings, who hit .269/.317/.385 against lefties last season, is a good second-base option to consider at a reasonable price against CC Sabathia this evening.

Another to Consider: D.J. LeMahieu (NYY): $3,900 vs. KC

Outfield

Dwight Smith Jr. (BAL): $4,000 vs. MIN
While Baltimore’s offense sits in the bottom half of the league in terms of batting average (.223), RBIs (73) and home runs (18), Smith has been a bright spot recently. He has hit three homers and four doubles in his last eight games and is batting .276/.317/.474 with 14 runs and three steals in 2019. Camden Yards has been host to the most home runs per game this season (2.2). Expect Smith to have another productive game against the Twins tonight.

Pitcher

Matt Strahm (SD): $7,100 vs. CIN
Strahm has looked better as of late after allowing five earned runs in only 2.2 innings pitched on April 1. In his last two starts, he has only given up one earned run in 10 innings for the Padres. Strahm will also take on a struggling Cincinnati lineup that is only averaging 3.4 runs per game. Strahm is a great option for DFS players looking to find a less flashy starting pitcher so they have more money to spend on other vital assets.

Others to Consider: Carlos Rodon (CHW): $7,600 at DET, Jordan Lyles (PIT): $7,900 vs. SF

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