We have another huge MLB DFS main slate on Tuesday with 12 games on tap for DraftKings and FanDuel. The Atlanta Braves continue their series in Coors and if we want to maximize our exposure, we are going to need to dig in and find as much value as we can. 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 Pitcher
If we want to fit Atlanta bats, what better way to do it than with a value pitcher. While the Pirates may have a few guys who can hit LHP in Connor Joe and Ke'Bryan Hayes, overall they have been very weak to southpaws on the year. The Pirates sit in the bottom ten in almost every offensive category against lefties this season, with a .306 wOBA and a very non threatening .135 ISO. In the month of August they hold a 23.8% K-rate which is very enticing for Cole Ragans who has double digit strikeouts in 2 of his last 3 starts. He's got at least 23 DKP in four of his last five starts, including two 32+ DKP games, and has only given up one home run across his six starts, setting him up for another solid start against a team that just cannot hit for power.
MLB DFS Value Hitters
I wouldn't say Michael Massey has been crushing the ball lately, but he does draw a great spot against a struggling Pirates pitcher in Luis Ortiz. Over his last three starts, Ortiz has been getting absolutely crushed, allowing 15 runs in only 11 innings. On the season, Ortiz is allowing a massive .654 SLG to left handed bats, a .477 wOBA, and 2.91 HR/9. Massey may not be the biggest power hitter, but he does hold a .149 ISO vs RHP and all 10 of his home runs have come against right handed arms.
While Gavin Williams has shown he has high strikeout potential with two double digit K games in his last four, that will not stop me from attacking him. He's allowing a .352 wOBA and .452 SLG to left handed bats on the year and Max Kepler has just been too good to pass up. Over his last 10 games he's hitting .371 with a .686 SLG, 1.149 OPS and has two home runs. Williams has given up a home run in three straight games and it would not shock me if he makes it four when Kepler takes the dish.
Over his last 10 games, Garrett Cooper is hitting .357 with a .464 SLG and .902 OPS. He's got four multi-hit games in his last five and finds himself in another great spot drawing a lefty in Zach Thompson. Thompson has been pretty good in his three starts this year, allowing two or fewer runs in each, but he has given up a home run in three straight. Cooper has a cheap home run upside with a decent floor for the price tag in his current form.