Today's slate is inconsistent across the board as DraftKings, FanDuel, and Yahoo will all be using different slates, but are all starting at 12:10 pm ET. DraftKings is using a six-game slate, FanDuel is using a seven-game slate (adding the Mariners vs. A’s game), and Yahoo is using a full all-day 10-game slate. I will be honest — the value plays on this slate, specifically on the mound, are not great. Really, the pitching on this slate is just pretty bad in general.
On the bright side, it appears that we have no MLB weather concerns to worry about, which is amazing, but still keep up with the weather center leading up to first pitch. Lastly, 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 our MLB DFS picks today!
DFS Value Pitchers
FanDuel - $8600 / Yahoo - $32
Alex Wood has been pretty steady, scoring double-digit DFS points in five straight. He has a 4.32 ERA with five wins and 64 Ks across 66.2 innings of work. Surprisingly, he’s been better on the road this season with a 4.25 ERA and 1.19 WHIP, compared to a 4.40 ERA and 1.44 WHIP at home. The Braves are a tough team to limit the damage against, but they have the second-highest strikeout rate in baseball, which means there is a lot of upside in facing them.
DraftKings - $6100 / Yahoo - $31
Zach Plesac isn’t an amazing pitcher by any means and his low strikeout rate (44 punch-outs in 67.1 innings) limits his upside a bit, but he can get the job done at this price tag. The Twins are a pretty mediocre offense as they are 14th in runs per game this season, so it’s not the scariest of tests. With how cheap Plesac is on DraftKings, it won’t take too much for him to provide decent value as your SP2.
DFS Value Hitters
DraftKings - $2600 / FanDuel - $2800 / Yahoo - $13
Jesús Aguilar is swinging a hot bat right now, slashing .293/.293/.561 over his last ten games with three home runs and 15 total R+RBI, bringing his totals for the year up to a .256 average with nine home runs and 53 total R+RBI in 60 games. He has been far better at home this year, slashing .313/.344/.443 in Miami, compared to .196/.266/.402 on the road. And on top of all that, he has crushed this head-to-head matchup, going 6-for-11 (.545) with THREE home runs against Freeland in his career.
FanDuel - $2600
Patrick Wisdom had a huge game last night, going 2-for-4 with a home run, four RBI, and two runs scored. He has homered in back-to-back games and scored at least 27 FanDuel points in both. He has been much better on the road this season, slashing .243/.339/.505, compared to .212/.295/.441 at home. Wisdom has also been a completely different hitter against southpaws this year, slashing .274/.357/.516 against lefties, compared to .210/.300/.455 against righties. I wouldn’t be surprised if he makes it three straight games with a dinger today.
FanDuel - $2600 / Yahoo - $11
Oscar Gonzalez has been very impressive thus far in the big leagues as he is slashing .337/.367/.511 through his first 23 games in the majors with two home runs (both of which have come in the past three games – worth noting), TEN doubles, and 23 total R+RBI. Right-handed bats have accounted for ALL seven home runs that Semltzer has given up this season as well as ALL four doubles. This is good spot for Gonzalez to keep his momentum going.
DraftKings - $2500 / FanDuel - $2400 / Yahoo - $12
While I do like Plesac today as a value arm, I think Alex Kirilloff is a very solid play at this price if you are fading Plesac. Kirilloff was recently called back up to the Twins and over his last four games, he is 5-for-16 (.313) with three doubles, five RBI, and two runs scored. He has scored at least five DraftKings points in all five of those games. Plesac isn’t some big-time pitcher and he is prone to some damage, so it wouldn’t surprise me if Kirilloff stays hot today.
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