DraftKings MLB Value Plays: Friday (5/24)

by Matthew Catalano
May 24, 2019

Another Friday, another full slate of games to kick off the weekend. Many of the big name stars who are not injured currently will be playing under the bright lights in front of thousands of fans across the nation this evening. While this is all well and good, a large majority of fantasy baseball managers will be keeping their eyes peeled for players flying a little below the radar to give them that extra juice to their starting lineups tonight. Let’s quickly dive in and explore some of these potential candidates that can make a big difference from a fantasy aspect.

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Joey Lucchesi (SD) – $8,900 @ TOR
In his last three starts for the Padres, Lucchesi has allowed six earned runs through 17.1 innings pitched. He will now be taking on a Toronto Blue Jays squad who currently ranks 10th in strikeouts per game (9.27). Lucchesi would make for a fine start this evening.

Second Base

Brian Dozier (WSH) – $3,500 vs. MIA
Throughout the course of his last 23 at-bats, Dozier has made contact eight times along with knocking in six runs, as well as scoring two of his own. While the Nationals are only averaging 3.96 earned runs per game to pitching staffs this year, a porous Miami defense will be coming to town tonight which is a great sign. Starting Marlins pitcher Pablo Lopez currently has a 5.06 ERA for the year so far as well. Look for Dozier to spark Washington’s struggling offense tonight against a highly suspect pitching corps this evening.

Third Base

Giovanny Urshela (NYY) – $4,000 @ KC
The former utility player with Toronto and Cleveland has now become a vital piece of New York’s offense in 2019. Urshela currently owns a stat-line of 16R, 39H, 2HR, 19RBI, and a .333AVG through 39 games played this year. Kansas City has also been a very generous group in terms of runs allowed per game as they have allowed the second-most amongst any team in the league this year (5.10). As a result, Urshela appears to be a logical choice at third base this evening.

Todd Frazier (NYM) – $3,600 vs. DET
Even though Frazier has not been able to produce a whole bunch of runs over the course of the last several games, he has been able to make contact with the ball on a fairly consistent basis. Since May 16, Frazier is batting .400 and has gotten on base at least half the time he is up at the plate. The Mets will also be taking on Gregory Soto from the Tigers who currently possesses a 10.80 ERA and has not seen beyond the fourth inning in his three starts. Frazier’s recent play and his match-up for tonight make a good recipe for success.


Oscar Mercado (CLE) – $3,500 vs. TB
While the Indians will be going up against the Tampa Bay Rays who have allowed the least number of earned runs per game, Mercado still may end up having a fairly productive evening. In his last six games, he’s had five hits, three of which were doubles. In addition, he scored four runs and batted in an additional three on a .278 average during this span. It will be interesting to see how the right-handed hitter will fair against the talented lefty in Blake Snell.

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