We have a nine-game MLB DFS main slate on Sunday, August 20th, on DraftKings and FanDuel, kicking off at 1:05 pm ET. We have star power everywhere we look offensively with Ronald Acuna Jr., Yordan Alvarez, and Bobby Witt Jr. so we’re going to need to find some solid value options to pair with them. Be sure to check out all of our tools including the MLB Lineups page, MLB DFS Projections – powered by FanJections –  MLB DFS Ownership, and all of our tools HERE! Let’s dive into our favorite daily fantasy baseball value plays of the day.


MLB DFS Value Pitchers

Hyun Jin Ryu, Toronto Blue Jays (DraftKings - $7,300, FanDuel - $8,400)

Earlier in the season left-handed pitchers were having a lot of trouble against the Reds but that hasn’t been the case lately. Since the All-Star break, the Reds rank 25th in wOBA and 24th in OPS against southpaws and have a 25% K-rate as well. Ryu has made three starts since returning from injury and continues to look better and better as he hasn’t allowed an earned run over his last two starts and has 12+ DK fantasy points in each, including 18.9 in his last outing. On a slate with limited value, the former Cy Young runner-up is a nice option.

MLB DFS Value Hitters

Max Kepler, Minnesota Twins (DraftKings - $3,800, FanDuel - $2,800)

Another two hits on Saturday for Kepler and he’s just been so good since the All-Star break. Since the second half began, he’s hitting .295 with a .925 OPS, .286 ISO, and a .388 wOBA to boot. He gets a fantastic spot against Osvaldo Bido here and lefties have given Bido fits this year. Lefties are hitting .300 with a .378 wOBA along with 1.89 HR/9 against him. Kepler’s hit 16 of his 20 bombs against righties this year with a .239 ISO and .333 wOBA to boot. Love this spot and the price for him.

MJ Melendez, Kansas City Royals (DraftKings - $3,800, FanDuel - $2,800)

August has been fantastic for MJ Melendez and there’s no reason to think that’ll stop here with Kyle Hendricks as an opponent. Since August 1st, Melendez is slashing .339/.388/.690 with a .290 ISO and .428 wOBA. Hendricks has been awful at home this year pitching to a 5.36 ERA allowing seven of his 11 bombs there as well. He’s also had a TOUGH August pitching to a 7.20 ERA and opponents are batting .303. Look for Melendez to hit atop the order for KC and be a fantastic cheap option to boot.

Connor Joe, Pittsburgh Pirates (DraftKings - $3,200, FanDuel - $2,500)

Two things we know about Connor Joe is that he hits lefties well and he’s having a good month of August. He has an .857 OPS, .250 ISO, and .368 wOBA in August. Against southpaws, he has an .823 OPS, .195 ISO, and .359 wOBA. He gets to face off against Dallas Keuchel had a 5.28 ERA in 2021, 9.20 in ‘22, and 9.45 in ‘23. He’s trending in the absolutely wrong direction and isn’t long for Major League Baseball if he continues to pitch the way he has. Joe and the Pirates should take full advantage of that.


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