Happy Friday! Let’s kick off the weekend with some winning MLB DFS lineups. There are no day baseball games today, but that does mean we get a nice big slate for this evening. We have a 12-game main slate on both DraftKings and FanDuel that will be getting underway at 7:05 PM EST. This slate is absolutely stacked with starting pitchers today. There are a ton of pitchers that are worth considering today, from the top end all the way to the bottom. At the top end, you have Spencer Strider, arguably the best pitcher in baseball. Beyond him, there are tons of pitchers I like outside of my favorite value plays highlighted below, including Kodai Senga, Lance Lynn, Brandon Woodruff, Yu Darvish, Bryce Miller, Dylan Cease, at the higher end of cost, and some honorable mention cheap plays as well with Kyle Hendricks, Cristopher Sanchez, Dane Dunning, and Cole Irvin. While all those pitchers I just listed are viable options, personally, I will be playing my two plays down below as my favorites to build a lineup around today. On the offensive side, there are still some good offenses to target despite the plethora of great pitching options today, with some of my favorites including the Chicago White Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies, and Los Angeles Dodgers. There are plenty of different ways to go about building a winning MLB DFS lineup today, so let’s dive into some of my favorite value options of the day!
MLB DFS Value Pitchers
I get that this is a ridiculously stacked slate when it comes to pitchers, but Chris Bassitt being the 12th (11th on FanDuel) feels criminal to me. Chris Bassitt has been way too consistently great not to trust him. Over his last 10 starts, he holds a 3.26 ERA with a 1.22 WHIP and 62 strikeouts in 58 innings. He has 6 quality starts over that stretch, and in two of them, he was just 1 run over a quality start and in another he was just an inning shy of the 6-inning mark. He has a great matchup against the Cleveland Guardians today, and I am happily taking him as a top SP for a way cheaper price than what he deserves.
Brady Singer had a bit of a hiccup in his last outing, only making it 3.2 innings against the Chicago Cubs while giving up 4 earned runs and only striking out 3. Despite that, he still has a 3.19 ERA over his last 6 starts, with a 0.98 WHIP and 38 strikeouts through 36.2 innings. While Seattle’s offense has been much better (mostly thanks to Julio Rodriguez), they still don’t scare me a ton, and I see no reason why Brady Singer should be able to return this value easily and then some today with how well he has been pitching.
MLB DFS Value Hitters
The Brandon Belt home run barrage continues. Of course, he took the day off from hitting them when he was my value play last time, but he has now belted 4 homers in his last 4 games and hopefully can add another one today. Even without a homer, with him hitting the ball well, this is a great price to jump on a hot streak and hopefully get some solid production even if he doesn’t manage to hit another long ball.
Not much for Chicago White Sox fans to celebrate lately, but how about an Elvis Andrus resurgence? Over the last 17 games, Andrus has slashed .353/.362/.574, along with 3 homers and 5 steals. He also has 8 multi-hit games over that stretch and just added another solo home run yesterday against Oakland. Today, getting to face Zach Neal and Sean Newcomb, we should see some good offense out of the White Sox, and hopefully, Andrus can keep this great streak of hitting going.
I am also staying on the Noelvi Marte train today. He had a solid day yesterday with a double, a walk, a stolen base, and a run scored. Sure, it isn’t a slate-winning performance, but at the price you get him for that is all you need for it to be completely worth it. I still think a big game will be coming from him soon with how talented he is, but you don’t need anything crazy for him to be worth rostering at this insanely low price.
Andrew Benintendi had only hit 2 homers all season and now has two over his last 2 starts, and over his last 7, he has slashed .400/.438/.667. While I may have to give up the belief that Andrew Benintendi would win a batting title one day and could turn into a 30-30 type player that I had back when he was an up-and-coming bat for the Red Sox, I do still believe he can be a much better hitter than we have seen this season and I am sort of writing off anyone who has struggled with the White Sox this season (I sure couldn’t perform anything well in that toxic of a workplace). The main point is that he is hitting the ball well and comes very cheap for what should be a high-scoring offense today facing the Oakland Athletics.