Happy Wednesday! The postseason races are certainly heating up! The Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners are both only a half-game back of the Houston Astros in the AL West, with the Toronto Blue Jays a game up on them for the wild card. In the National League, we have the Maimi Marlins and Cincinnati Reds both within a game or less of the Chicago Cubs for the NL Wild Card, with the Arizona Diamondbacks only a half a game above the Cubs. Lots of postseason action today, as well as many other games, to grab our attention for building a winning MLB DFS lineup. Today we have a ton of early games with a 9-game slate on DraftKings starting at 12:20 PM EST, and while FanDuel doesn’t have that same slate, they do have an all-day slate that you can play to take advantage of today’s value plays. 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
Logan Webb has looked like an ace at times but has had some volatility. He is coming off a great start in Coors, in which he made it 8 innings, only giving up 1 run off 4 hits while striking out 6. He should be able to survive pitching in Arizona after getting through Coors with that good of a start and hopefully see a spike in strikeouts though I wouldn’t bet on him getting more than 6 which has been his ceiling over his last 11 starts.
Seth Lugo has been solid, albeit unspectacular, all season. While he did pick up the win and a quality start with 7 strikeouts in his last outing, giving up 3 runs and two homers isn’t exactly what you want against the Oakland Athletics. It was still a solid line, though, and am hoping he can build off that to give an even better outing today against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
MLB DFS Value Hitters
Christian Encarnacion-Strand has been fantastic recently, proving he is ready for the big leagues and is going to be a big part of the Cincinnati Reds young core going forward. Over his last 15 games, he has slashed .373/.396/.667 with 4 homers and a stolen base. He has looked comfortable at the plate, and I think he continues to produce but remains at an incredibly low price as we approach the end of the season.
For a decent price, you get a leadoff hitter in a solid offense getting to play in the best home run park in the league in Cincinnati. Julien has hit 3 homers over his last 8 games, and I like the odds of him producing plenty today, even if he can’t grab himself another homer.
Here we have another underpriced young Cincinnati Red. The Reds have a decent matchup at home against Bailer Ober, who has been struggling lately, and I love the opportunity to get both young bats for very cheap today. Marte has been equally great in his last 15 games with a .409/.458/.523 slash line, and I think we may see more power come through with him eventually as well.
Ryan O'Hearn has 10 hits in his last 4 games, including a homer and two doubles. He gets a solid matchup today facing Cristian Javier, who has a 5.40 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in the second half. The Baltimore Orioles have been clicking as they are working on securing the AL East, and I expect some more solid production from Ryan O'Hearn today.