Another great day of baseball is upon us with a 10 game main slate on DraftKings and a nine game main slate on FanDuel following a schedule change for the Royals vs White Sox game. We have some elite arms in interesting spots on this slate and a ton of expensive hitters in great spots. The Chicago Cubs are in possibly their best spot on the season in Colorado against Chris Flexen and his 7.36 ERA while the red hot Houston Astros are matched up against Oakland's JP Sears who has allowed the fifth most home runs in the league. Let's look at some of my favorite value plays on the board that will help us afford as many of these bats as possible. 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
Kutter Crawford is in a very interesting spot against the Yankees who over the last 30 days hold a league high 28.1% k-rate against right handed pitchers and are last in most offensive categories. The last time he saw the Yankees on 8/19 he went six innings and only allowed one run while posting 23.1 DK points. The fact 6.60 ERA Carlos Rodon is on the other side of this matchup should give Crawford some win equity and compared to all the other value pitchers on this slate, he should be in the best spot.
With the Red Sox game not being on the DraftKings main slate, Zack Littell becomes an interesting value pitcher on FanDuel. He's coming off an eight inning one earned run performance against the Mariners and draws a matchup against the Twins who have the highest k-rate to right handed pitching on the year at 27.3%. I would likely not play him on DraftKings and found myself paying up for someone like Verlander on FanDuel, but Littell could be an interesting punt play if few players roster him.
MLB DFS Value Hitters
Nolan Schanuel may not light up the stat sheet, but he has also had fantasy points in every game played this season. He's had at least one hit in 14 of his 17 games and is in a good spot here against Bryan Woo. Woo has been a decent pitcher but really struggles against left handed bats, allowing a .415 wOBA, .588 SLG, and 2.20 HR/9 on the year. The Angels may have a pretty depleted roster but Schanuel is a fairly priced leadoff hitter on this slate.
In the seven games since Willi Castro has returned to the lineup, he's collected a home run, three extra base hits, two steals, and two RBI's. He doesn't hit for a lot of power, only having six homers on the year, but he does hold a .174 ISO against righties and Zack Littell is by no means a scary pitcher. Castro has 31 steals on the year and can easily pay off the price tag if he gets on base.
Mike Yastrzemski has been heating up lately, having hits in five straight games. Over his last 10 games he is batting .448 with three home runs and seven runs batted in. He gets a decent matchup against Cal Quantrill who allows a .353 wOBA and .434 SLG to left handed bats on the year and looks to be a great value play given his price.