DraftKings MLB Value Plays: Monday (5/6)
Monday night brings us 18 teams in action on the main slate which gives us a nice big player pool to chose from. The Red Sox, Twins, Phillies, Cubs, Dodgers, and Diamondbacks have all played .700 baseball over their last 10 games, and a few of them provide some ideal matchups tonight. Without further ado, let’s take a look at some value plays that we can leverage into some winnings on DraftKings tonight.
Martin Perez (MIN): $6,600 @ TOR
Perez is 4-0 on the season with a 3.41 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP. He is averaging 14.0 FPPG and has reached double-digit points in four of his seven starts, has tallied a win in three straight starts, and is averaging over four strikeouts per outing. Perez is the third cheapest option on DraftKings at pitcher tonight and could provide a nice return on investment.
Josh Smith (BOS): $4,000 @ BAL – Smith is a much riskier proposition as he will be making his first start and just second appearance of the season. With that said, Baltimore is ranked 22nd in runs scored and the Red Sox are playing good baseball right now. If Smith can just pitch average he should escape with a win and some fantasy points at an incredibly low cost.
Brian McCann (ATL): $3,700 @ LAD
Catcher remains a tough position to find production from, but I’m going with McCann as my number one value catcher tonight. McCann got a day of rest Sunday but went five for his last 13 (.384) prior to that. He put up 18 and 20 fantasy points on Friday and Saturday, and he carries an OPS of .910 on the season.
Yasmani Grandal (MIL): $3,900 vs. WAS – Grandal tied his season-long hitless streak at three games before an off day yesterday. He is batting just .264 but has walked 14 times, homered six, and has driven in 12 runs. Grandal is in a bit of a slump but could bounce back tonight against Scherzer who is struggling to keep runs off of the board this season.
Max Muncy (LAD): $4,300 vs. ATL
Over his last seven games, Muncy has hit .292 with two home runs and 10 RBI. Additionally, he has a slugging percentage of .583 and an on-base percentage of .393. While Muncy has hit lefties better, Gausman still presents a favorable matchup given his performance this season.
Justin Smoak (TOR): $4,200 vs. MIN – Smoak is slashing .252/.377/.439 on the year and has not been consistently good this season. There are no guarantees with this one, but his five home runs and 19 RBI at this price point present some upside for tonight.
Eric Sogard (TOR): $4,400 vs. MIN
Sogard is hitting .375 on the year with a 1.166 OPS, and he is batting .400 over his last three games. Sogard has not just been good, he has been consistent this year only going hitless in two games so far this season. I mentioned Perez above given the season he has had, but Smoak and now Sogard present a hedge opportunity if you are worried about Perez but chose to play him.
Jose Altuve (HOU): $4,400 vs. KC – It’s not often you get to mention Altuve as a value play, so I’m taking the opportunity and proverbial bull by the horns. Altuve is batting just .250 on the year but has nine homers and 21 RBI and is coming off of back to back 13-point fantasy performances.
Manny Machado (SD): $4,200 vs. NYM
Here’s another big name being mentioned in a value play article. Despite an underwhelming inaugural SoCal season to this point, Machado did just have a five-game hit streak snapped yesterday. With his eight home runs and 19 RBI this season, I’m playing Machado at this price and expecting a return to form any day now.
Mike Moustakas (MIL): $4,300 vs. WAS – Moustakas is batting .270 with eight home runs, 20 RBI, and has scored eight or more fantasy points in four straight games.
Sean Rodriguez (PHI): $3,800 @ STL
In the six games Rodriguez has played since April 24th, he has hit .333 with a 1.121 OPS and 9.2 FPPG. It’s small sample size and you will need to monitor if he gets another start tonight or not, but he has netted double-digit fantasy points in three of the six games he has played so far.
Dansby Swanson (ATL): $4,100 @ LAD – Swanson is on an eight-game hitting streak and has 25 RBI on the season. That is great production for this price point.
Andrew Benintendi (BOS): $4,900 @ BAL
Benintendi, much like his team, has started to turn his season around. He has a five-game hitting streak during which he is batting .450. His price is moving north but remains good value for the time being.
Andrew McCutchen (PHI): $4,300 @ STL
This is a riskier play since McCutchen is batting just .248 on the year with five home runs and 12 RBI. However, he is more than affordable and has averaged 8.3 FPPG on the year.
Tommy Pham (TB): $4,500 vs ARI
Pham is batting .295 and is averaging 8.8 FPPG this season. He went hitless for just the third time this season in his last game and in the first two he went a combined 3-for-8 the following game. I like Pham for a bounce-back night at the plate.
Be sure to pay close attention to the lineups when they are released and monitor the weather leading up to game time. For reference down the stretch, be sure to bookmark our overview of MLB Park Factors and how to Use Weather to Your Advantage in MLB DFS.