Happy Monday! We are down to the final week of baseball, and before the last week really gets underway, we get an abnormal Monday slate to start us off. There are only 4 games today, with the Arizona Diamondbacks facing the New York Yankees this afternoon before our 3-game main slate late this evening starting at 9:38 PM EST. This evening’s slate will be the Texas Rangers vs Los Angeles Angels, Houston Astros vs Seattle Mariners, and the San Diego Padres vs San Francisco Giants, with the attention really focused on the three AL West teams as being the only ones on the slate that are still fighting for the postseason. A small slate will give us fewer players to choose from than usual, and it will be as important as ever to get some good value plays to build a winning MLB DFS lineup, so let’s jump right into some of my favorite value options of the day!
MLB DFS Value Pitchers
There aren’t a ton of options on the pitching end we have the probable NL Cy Young winner in Blake Snell and Luis Castillo, who will likely be the AL Cy Young runner-up, at the top end. After that, We only have Justin Verland and Logan Webb left, both of which are viable if you don’t want to double up on the top guys, but Logan Webb is my favorite of the two. While the San Diego Padres are still a tough matchup Webb has had a great season, and I expect him to finish strong.
MLB DFS Value Hitters
The Los Angeles Angels get one of the easier matchups today getting to face Jon Gray, and I am hoping that Logan O'Hoppe who has provided some decent power from the catcher option in his short season (12 homers in 45 games) can provide some good value today. He has two homers in his last 5 games so hopefully he can add to that total again today.
Eugenio Suarez has 8 hits over his last 6 games with 3 doubles. The Seattle Mariners are desperate to win this series against the Houston Astros, and I expect quality at-bats out of them today and a good chance they can get to Justin Verlander today. Suarez always provides solid power potential as well despite a down year with only 21 homers this season there is still some pop in his bat.
I had given up on J.P. Crawford being a viable offensive producer going into this year, but he has really figured it out at the plate this season. HE has slashed .266/.378/.432 this season good for a 132 wRC+ and has been a solid contributor for the Mariners all season with some increased power with 17 homers and a career-high in both runs and RBIs as well. He is locked in as their leadoff batter and provides some good value especially if their offense is clicking.
The Texas Rangers also get one of the better matchups today facing Patrick Sandoval, and their offense has been clicking recently coming off a sweep of the Seattle Mariners and needing to keep it going to hold their lead in the AL West. Leody Taveras has had a solid September slashing .365/.438/.492 and even batting near the bottom of this lineup can provide great value with how strong the lineup is from top to bottom.