Good afternoon, #FAmily! It’s the last day of the Major League Baseball regular season and we have a packed early slate for MLB DFS lineups. First of all, thank you to our readers and the FA Discord crew – it’s been a great ride this year so far, but there is much more to come with the MLB DFS postseason! This afternoon’s DFS slate starts at 4:00p ET on DraftKings, FanDuel, and Yahoo Fantasy with every MLB team in action. Be sure to check our MLB Weather Center before lock for MLB weather report updates. Plus we have MLB Lineups, MLB daily projections, and an MLB DFS lineup builder in our Fantasy Alarm MLB Tools page. To get the big arms and bats in your daily fantasy baseball lineups you will need to find some value plays and that’s where we come in. I have spent the morning researching and coming up with the best point-per-dollar plays on the slate. So, let’s get right into it and open Wednesday’s MLB DFS Value Vault for October 5th.


MLB DFS Value Pitchers

Johan Oviedo (PIT) – $5.7K DK/$6.3K FD/$33 Yahoo

This is a very tricky slate after the top four arms of Ohtani, Valdez, Burnes and Kershaw. Johan Oviedo has shown some decent stuff the past couple of weeks and seems to be fully stretched out with 103 pitches in his last start and 84 in his start before that. The young right-hander will be facing a Cardinals offense that may be resting key hitters and he faced this same team in his last start. He was fairly effective in that start and earned a quality start by only allowing two earned runs while striking out four at Busch Stadium. He was even better at home against the Cubs in his start before the Cardinals when he put up 32 DK fantasy points when he allowed no earned runs and struck out seven over seven innings. Since the beginning of September, Oviedo has a 3.06 ERA and a 3.60 FIP plus he has struck out 27 batters in 26.2 innings.

Elieser Hernandez (MIA) – $6.3K DK/$5.5K FD/$27 Yahoo

Elieser Hernandez has actually shown major league ability with solid games earlier this season against the Phillies and Braves (21 DKFP/17 DKFP). The right-hander was called up from Triple-A Jacksonville on Monday and will start today’s the final game of the season against Atlanta. Hernandez has been at a full workload as a Triple-A starter and had 68 strikeouts in 57 innings (4-4/4.11 ERA) at Jacksonville. The Braves strikeout 24% to right-handed pitching and if Hernandez gets to face a watered-down lineup, he has a chance for a double-digit fantasy point game.

MLB DFS Value Hitters

Javier Báez (DET) – $3.9K DK/$2.8K FD

Javier Báez has struggled in his first season in Detroit (.240 BA with 17 HR/66 RBIs) but he has woken up down the stretch with 5 HR/11 RBI over his last 20 games with a .241 ISO. He has always had an issue with strikeouts and pitch selection but one thing that Baez continues to be good at is hitting left-handed pitching. On the season he is slashing .301/.326/.511 with a .837 OPS on the split compared to .217/.262/.356 and a.618 OPS to righties. Tonight he gets to face a very hittable southpaw in Marco Gonzales and his 5.37 xFIP. Gonzales allows a .199 ISO to right-handed bats and a 35% hard contact. Baez is my home run call of the slate.

Ke’Bryan Hayes (PIT) – $3.4K DK/$2.7K FD/$11 Yahoo

Ke’Bryan Hayes has had a mediocre season. He is hitting .250 with 7 HR/41 RBI with a.317 OBP. He is, though, on a mini hot streak with three multi-hit games out of his last eight played and today will face southpaw Matthew Liberatore of the Cardinals. Liberatore was called up from Triple-A so that they could rest their key arms for the postseason, and he was not very successful in his earlier major league appearances as he went 2-1 with a 5.46 ERA/1.69 WHIP. He struggled especially against right-handed bats allowing .338 ISO/.414wOBA with a 37% hard contact and 49% flyball rate. Hayes is a better hitter against lefties, especially at home where he hit for a .290 average, .807 OPS and 130 wRC+ on the split. 

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