Today’s MLB DFS slate is pretty consistent across the board as DraftKings, Yahoo Fantasy, and FanDuel will all start at 1:05 pm ET. DK and FD will both use a 6-game slate, while Yahoo is rolling with an 8-game slate for your daily fantasy baseball lineups. Chicago White Sox ace Dylan Cease is the no-brainer SP1 option today, but obviously he’s not a value play, so it’s about finding that cheaper pitcher to pair with him in MLB daily fantasy lineups. I have my eyes on JT Brubaker or Zach Plesac to fill that SP2 role as MLB DFS top plays. My top hitter choice is, once again, St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Lars Nootbaar at a cheap price in a Coors Field game. We seem to be clear of any MLB weather report concerns on this slate, but still check the weather center leading up to first pitch. Be sure to check out the confirmed MLB lineups and our MLB daily projections before building those daily fantasy baseball lineups. Plus, don’t forget to check out MLB implied runs totals using our Vegas Odds link and to use our MLB DFS lineup generator. Let’s dive into the Value Vault with our MLB DFS top picks today!
MLB DFS Value Pitchers
JT Brubaker, Pirates (DraftKings - $7800 / Yahoo - $29)
Brubaker has been pitching pretty well with a 4.29 ERA over his last 10 starts, averaging 14.1 DK ppg in that span. The Pittsburgh Pirates starter offers upside with a solid strikeout rate as he has 111 Ks across 108.1 innings pitched this season. Brubaker has been drastically better on the road with a 3.90 ERA and 1.48 ERA, compared to a 5.44 ERA and 1.60 WHIP at home. The Diamondbacks are a fine matchup, ranking 18th in the MLB in runs per game.
Zach Plesac, Guardians (DraftKings - $6900)
Plesac doesn’t offer a ton of upside by any means with his low strikeout rate, but at this price against the Tigers, my interest is peaked. He has a 3.72 ERA in two starts against the Tigers this season. Detroit is dead last in scoring this season and they have the 5th-highest strikeout rate in the league. Plesac's ceiling is limited, but the Cleveland Guardians pitcher is a pretty safe cash game play.
MLB DFS Value Hitters
Lars Nootbaar, Cardinals (DraftKings - $2200 / FanDuel - $2700)
I have been pounding the drum for Nootbaar for a while now – even having him as the cover boy for MLB DFS Core Plays two days ago – and he just keeps coming through. The St. Louis Cardinals outfielder has scored 13 and 25 DK points in the first two games of this series against the Rockies and yet his price remains basically free. He was slashing .333/.429/.561 over his last 21 games with three dingers prior to his big game yesterday. Today he faces Germán Márquez, who has a 5.18 ERA and 1.41 WHIP this season. Just keep riding the hot bat at Coors Field at this price.
Elehuris Montero, Rockies (DraftKings - $2700 / FanDuel - $2700)
Montero is someone I have found myself playing on just about a daily basis this week. He has scored 14, 17, 10, 10, and eight DK points over his last five games and had multiple hits in ALL FIVE of those contests with five runs and four RBI in that span. The Colorado Rockies' corner infielder saw his price slightly uptick finally, but he is still very cheap and still very much worth playing as a value play at Coors Field. Cardinals starter Dakota Hudson has a 5.40 ERA and 1.46 WHIP over his last 10 starts and has a 5.26 ERA on the road this season, compared to a 3.25 mark at home.
Greg Allen, Pirates (DraftKings - $2000 / FanDuel - $2100 / Yahoo - $7)
Allen had a nice game yesterday, going 1-3 with a double, steal, RBI, and run scored to finish with 16 DK points. He has now scored at least seven DK points in four of his past five starts. The Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder provides speed upside and can easily steal a base if he gets on. Merrill Kelly is far from an easy matchup, but the Diamondbacks' starter has been a bit worse at home with a 2.91 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and .245 BAA – compared to a 2.79 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and .203 BAA on the road.
Other Potential MLB DFS Value Plays:
- Kerry Carpenter, Tigers (DraftKings - $2000 / FanDuel - $2000 / Yahoo - $7)
- JJ Bleday, Marlins (DraftKings - $2100 / FanDuel - $2300 / Yahoo - $9)
- Tommy Edman, Cardinals (Yahoo - $12)
- Oscar Gonzalez, Guardians (FanDuel - $2500)
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