Happy Thursday! It is another big travel day across the league, so we have a light day of games. There are only 6 total games today and we are focused on the early 4 game main slate on both DraftKings and FanDuel that is kicking off at 12:35 PM EST. Dylan Cease is probably the only ace taking the mound today, but he hasn’t really been pitching like an ace. He had a good bounce back in his last start against the Houston Astros after giving up 17 earned runs in his previous 3 starts though. Taj Bradley has been called back up by the Tampa Bay Rays and while I do think Taj Bradley is legit, I do think his price is too high today for someone who has only made 3 major league starts. With only 6 games happening and one of them being the Washington Nationals vs Miami Marlins, there are fewer big hitter options than usual, but still, some great offenses to go after, with my favorites being the Los Angeles Angels, Tampa Bay Rays, and the Baltimore Orioles. Plenty of great options for building a winning DFS lineup today, so let’s dive into some of my favorite value options of the day! 


MLB DFS Value Pitchers

Eury Perez, Miami Marlins (DraftKings: $7,700 / FanDuel: $8,500) 

Mark my words, Eury Perez will not be this cheap for long. This kid is legit. He certainly still has some development to do, but he is 20 years old and appears ready for major league pitching, so added development will likely turn him into an ace. He got an easy opponent in his major league debut getting to face the Cincinnati Reds in Miami, but he delivered, striking out 7 and only giving up 2 ER off two solo home runs. Today he gets an even easier task of pitching to the Washington Nationals, who have the second least home runs against right-handers, and while they don’t strike out a ton, are not a good offense. Eury Perez has good enough stuff that I think he will still get some decent strikeouts against the Nationals today, and I definitely trust him at this price to be an amazing value.

Logan Allen, Cleveland Guardians (DraftKings: $8,600 / FanDuel: $9,400) 

The Cleveland Guardians know how to develop pitchers, and Logan Allen is the next in what has been a long line of quality pitchers this team is churning out. His last start against the Angels didn’t look great, giving up 3 runs off 8 hits through 4.1 innings. He still struck out 5, and he mostly just got singled to death. He only gave up one double, and all other hits were singles, and he ran a .471 BABIP during this game. Looks like standard bad luck to me. I think he has a great chance to bounce back against a struggling Chicago White Sox team today and limit the hits while continuing to get solid strike-out numbers.

MLB DFS Value Hitters

Luke Raley, 1B Tampa Bay Rays (DraftKings: $3,600 / FanDuel: $3,000) 

Luke Raley has been in my lineups a lot lately, and this is certainly not the first time I have written him up as a value play, but he just continues to deliver with his price staying relatively low. He only hits against right-handed pitching, partly because the Rays lineup is so deep, he has hit lefties well when he has faced them this season, but that doesn’t matter for daily fantasy. If the Rays are facing a right-handed pitcher, then Raley is going to be a good option. He has a .881 OPS on the year and a 143 OPS. He strikes out a lot, but that hasn’t gotten in his way of being a quality hitter so far, so I am going to trust he can keep hitting. 

Mark Vientos, 1B/3B (SS?) New York Mets (DraftKings: $2,000 / FanDuel: $2,600) 

If you took advantage of Mark Vientos at the minimum price yesterday on DraftKings, it paid off with a 2-run home run in his season debut. Well, DraftKings isn’t making any change for today and keeping him at the minimum price, so I don’t see why we wouldn’t go straight back to him if he is in the lineup, which I think he should be. He is actually available on FanDuel today as well for a low price and, for some reason, at SS. Vientos is a legit hitter and should quickly establish himself as a staple of the Mets lineup with huge raw power and rapidly improving plate skills. 

Taylor Ward, OF Los Angeles Angels (DraftKings: $3,900 / FanDuel: $2,800) 

Taylor Ward was consistently being priced for over $5,000 on DraftKings at the beginning of the season. He then went on to start the season ice cold and his price plummeted. Ward has really started to turn it around at the plate, and in the month of May is batting .298, and while the power still hasn’t quite been there, yet I think that will start to come as he gets some confidence back. He also has returned to the top of the lineup, batting either 1st or 4th every day. I think Taylor Ward is still going to have a good season and just had a rough start. At this price, I am willing to take a quality hitter on top of a strong lineup, even if he has disappointed so far this season. 

Mickey Moniak, OF Los Angeles Angels (DraftKings: $2,700 / FanDuel: $2,000) 

Yes, if you didn’t know because you stopped following the 2016 number 1 overall draft pick a few years ago like most people, he is now on the Los Angeles Angels. He made his season debut for them on Saturday, and in the 3 games he has started for them has collected 5 hits, including 2 home runs and 2 stolen bases. He has also been hitting the leadoff spot for the Angels when starting. He is a former number 1 overall for a reason; he has great raw talent but has just never been able to put it together. Maybe this is finally his time, and a change of scenery of going to the Angels is all he needed to take the next step forward. He is insanely cheap, and if he is getting to bat right in front of Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani, and Taylor Ward, sign me up. 


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