It may be opening night in the football world, but we still have a nice six game MLB main slate on both the DraftKings and FanDuel to look forward to. Top pitchers on the night include Luis Castillo taking on the Rays and Max Fried hosting the Cardinals. Ronald Acuna and Mookie Betts remain the top priced hitters as we come down the home stretch of their super close MVP race. 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
Javier Assad, Chicago Cubs (DraftKings - $7,300, FanDuel - $8,500)
There aren't a lot of viable arms on this slate, but Javier Assad is worth a look. He's got quality starts in four of his last five and is coming off back to back seven strikeout performances. He gets a decent matchup against the Diamondbacks who sit in the top half of the league over the last 30 days with a 23% K-rate and may be without Corbin Carroll who left Wednesday's game with a forearm injury. He should have decent win equity with Ryne Nelson on the other side and if you want to be different, Assad may be the guy.
MLB DFS Value Hitters
Tyler O'Neill, St. Louis Cardinals (DraftKings - $3,500, FanDuel - $2,800)
It may be a bit concerning rostering someone against Max Fried coming off his best start of the season, posting 10Ks and shutting out the Dodgers over seven innings, but Tyler O'Neill has been very good aginst lefties. On the season he holds a .390 wOBA and .269 ISO against southpaws and has gone deep in back to back games. He's also got two steals in his last five games so even if he doesn't get it done with his bat, he can provide value at the price.
Josh Rojas, Seattle Mariners (DraftKings - $3,700, FanDuel - $2,700)
Rojas has cooled off a bit from his hot streak in mid August but he finds himself in a favorable matchup against Zack Littell who has allowed 12 runs in his last three starts. He's got seven hits in his last 10 games and his ability to steal bases is an added bonus. I really like all the bats around him in this game and he can easily fit into some Seattle stacks.
Bryan De La Cruz, Miami Marlins (DraftKings - $3,800, FanDuel - $2,800)
Bryan De La Cruz was riding a nice little seven game hit streak until Wednesday. Over his last 10 games he's hitting .325 with a .525 SLG and has hit home runs in two of his last four games. On the year he's holding a .182 ISO against right handed pitchers and has hit 15 of his 18 home runs off righties, putting him in a good spot against Ryan Pepiot. Pepiot has been good in his three appearances for the Dodgers, only allowing two runs across 14 innings, but virtually all of the damage he has allowed in his short stint has come from the right side.