Skip to main content

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.

Check out today’s MLB Pickoff contest at DraftKings >>

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

Create Optimal DraftKings lineups using our DFS Lineup Optimizer tool >>


SubscribeApple Podcasts | Google Play | SoundCloud | Stitcher | TuneIn

Matthew Catalano is a correspondent at FantasyPros. For more from Matthew, check out his archive and follow him @MatthewCatala16.

What's your take? Leave a comment

1Christian McCaffrey (CAR)RB
2Saquon Barkley (NYG)RB
3Ezekiel Elliott (DAL)RB
4Michael Thomas (NO)WR
5Dalvin Cook (MIN)RB
6Derrick Henry (TEN)RB
7Alvin Kamara (NO)RB
8Tyreek Hill (KC)WR
9DeAndre Hopkins (HOU)WR
10Aaron Jones (GB)RB
 View All Rankings 
11Joe Mixon (CIN)RB
12Nick Chubb (CLE)RB
13Davante Adams (GB)WR
14Julio Jones (ATL)WR
15Chris Godwin (TB)WR
16Mike Evans (TB)WR
17George Kittle (SF)TE
18Travis Kelce (KC)TE
19Leonard Fournette (JAC)RB
20Lamar Jackson (BAL)QB
21Josh Jacobs (OAK)RB
22Kenny Golladay (DET)WR
23Amari Cooper (DAL)WR
24D.J. Moore (CAR)WR
25Todd Gurley (LAR)RB
26Odell Beckham Jr. (CLE)WR
27Chris Carson (SEA)RB
28Allen Robinson (CHI)WR
29Miles Sanders (PHI)RB
30Austin Ekeler (LAC)RB
1Ronald Acuna Jr. (ATL)LF,CF
2Mike Trout (LAA)CF
3Christian Yelich (MIL)LF,RF
4Cody Bellinger (LAD)1B,CF
5Mookie Betts (LAD)CF,RF
6Francisco Lindor (CLE)SS
7Trevor Story (COL)SS
8Gerrit Cole (NYY)SP
9Trea Turner (WSH)SS
10Nolan Arenado (COL)3B
 View All Rankings 
11Jacob deGrom (NYM)SP
12Juan Soto (WSH)LF
13Justin Verlander (HOU)SP
14Alex Bregman (HOU)3B,SS
15Freddie Freeman (ATL)1B
16Max Scherzer (WSH)SP
17Jose Ramirez (CLE)3B
18J.D. Martinez (BOS)LF,RF
19Walker Buehler (LAD)SP
20Anthony Rendon (LAA)3B
21Rafael Devers (BOS)3B
22Fernando Tatis Jr. (SD)SS
23Bryce Harper (PHI)RF
24Aaron Judge (NYY)RF
25Xander Bogaerts (BOS)SS
26Stephen Strasburg (WSH)SP
27Starling Marte (ARI)CF
28Yordan Alvarez (HOU)LF,DH
29Javier Baez (CHC)SS
30Jack Flaherty (STL)SP
1Anthony Davis (LAL)PF,C
2James Harden (HOU)PG,SG
3Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL)SF,PF
4Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)C
5Kevin Durant (BKN)SF,PF
6LeBron James (LAL)SF,PF
7Stephen Curry (GSW)PG,SG
8Nikola Jokic (DEN)PF,C
9Damian Lillard (POR)PG
10Russell Westbrook (HOU)PG
 View All Rankings 
11Victor Oladipo (IND)PG,SG
12Paul George (LAC)SF,PF
13Joel Embiid (PHI)PF,C
14Kawhi Leonard (LAC)SG,SF
15Chris Paul (OKC)PG
16Jimmy Butler (MIA)SG,SF
17Kemba Walker (BOS)PG
18Ben Simmons (PHI)PG,SF
19Kyrie Irving (BKN)PG,SG
20Jrue Holiday (NOR)PG,SG
21Rudy Gobert (UTH)C
22Andre Drummond (CLE)PF,C
23John Wall (WAS)PG
24Kyle Lowry (TOR)PG
25Donovan Mitchell (UTH)PG,SG
26Khris Middleton (MIL)SG,SF
27Bradley Beal (WAS)SG
28Kevin Love (CLE)PF,C
29Draymond Green (GSW)PF,C
30LaMarcus Aldridge (SAS)PF,C
Build winning DFS lineups

Use the FantasyPros Lineup Optimizer to build winning lineups based on expert projections.