Daily Fantasy Baseball (DFS) - High Cost/Low Cost Options - FanDuel - 5/5/18
High Cost/Low Cost Options - Saturday May 5th, 2018
5/5/18 – Daily Fantasy Baseball – FanDuel
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Please Note – This article was written prior to the completion of yesterday’s games so all player statistics are as of 5/3.
Charlie Morton (Houston Astros - $10,000) – Charlie Morton, just like the rest of Houston’s starting rotation, is pitching lights out to begin the season and comes into this matchup with a 4-0 record with a 1.72 ERA and 0.98 WHIP. Morton has a difficult matchup against the Arizona Diamondbacks however, Morton has fared well against the current Diamondbacks lineup as in his career he is holding the current Arizona lineup to just a .208 average (11 for 53). Morton has a nice K/9 ratio of 11.1 and the matchup with the Diamondbacks is solid in terms of strikeouts as Arizona currently ranks 25th in team strikeout rate. Morton is coming off one of his better performances of the year, going 7.2 innings giving up just 1 ER and striking out 10 against the Yankees and I expect that Morton can continue his solid season against the Diamondbacks on the Saturday.
Trevor Cahill (Oakland Athletics -$7,100) – There were some slim pickings when it comes to value at the pitcher position on Saturday, however, if you’re trying to save some money as there are some great hitting matchups, take a look at Trevor Cahill who has put a nice season together so far for the Athletics. Cahill has a 3.00 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in his 3 starts this season and has record at least five strikeouts in each of those games. Cahill is holding the currently Baltimore roster to just a .175 average (6 for 38) while striking out those hitters 38% of the time. Cahill has a 9.5 K/9 and as the Orioles are certainly a team that can pile up the strikeouts, Cahill is a good option on Saturday.
There are a lot of good hitting matchups tomorrow so there are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to your offense for Saturday. Some of the better matchups include, the Cubs vs. Luke Weaver, the Nationals vs. Vince Velasquez, the Rockies vs. Steven Matz, the Dodgers vs. Bryan Mitchell, the Twins vs. Hector Santiago, the Royals vs. Jordan Zimmerman, the White Sox vs. Lance Lynn, and the Red Sox vs. Cole Hamels.
Anthony Rizzo (Chicago Cubs - $4,000) – The Cubs have absolutely crushed the Cardinals Luke Weaver in his career and although Anthony Rizzo has struggled this season as he is hitting just .171 on the season, he has looked much better at the lead-off spot as of late as over his last two games he is 3 for 8 with 2 HR’s. Rizzo is 3 for 5 agianst Wilson in his career and as he has a .284 average and .927 OPS agianst RHP over his past three seasons, I think this is the time to start expecting some big results from the Cubs first-baseman.
Logan Morrison (Minnesota Twins - $2,600) – Logan Morrison looked as if he was a nice pickup for the Twins in the offseason, however, the veteran first-baseman has really struggled on the season as he is hitting just .184 on the season with 3 HR’s on the year. The good news for Twins fans is that it finally is looking that Morrison is getting his bat going as over the past week, Morrison is hitting .360 with 2 HR’s, 6 RBI’s, and a .478 wOBA. Morrison will be up against Hector Santiago of the White Sox on Saturday in which he is 2 for 5 agianst the left-hander in his career with both hits being HR’s.
Also Consider: Welington Castillo (Chicago White Sox - $2,100) – Castillo is a real cheap option if you want to save money for some other hitters as although he is hitting just .221 on the season, he has a great matchup against Lance Lynn (8.37 ERA, 1.9 HR/9) in which he is 8 for 12 lifetime against with 3 HR’s. Castillo is currently listed as day-to-day so ensure that he is getting the starting nod if you plan on rolling with him.
Javier Baez – (Chicago Cubs -$4,300) – Javier Baez has slowed down after and incredible stretch during mid-April, however, he is still hitting .279 on the season with 7 HR’s, 26 RBI’s, and 20 runs scored on the season. Baez will be up against the RHP Luke Wilson who has been hit real hard by the Cubs and has had success agianst the right-hander as he is 4 for 7 lifetime (.571 average; 1.86 OPS) with a HR and 3 RBI’s. Baez is hitting .333 against RHP on the season and I think he has a good chance to get right back on track tomorrow against Wilson.
Carlos Asuaje – (San Diego Padres -$2,000) – Carlos Asuaje is not a regular player that you would roster in DFS as he is not what you call the biggest threat at the plate, however, as Asuaje is an option tomorrow if you want to save money at 2B with his matchup against Kenta Maeda. Asuaje is hitting just .194 on the season with 2 HR’s and 10 RBI’s however, is 4 for 7 (.571 average) with 3 RBI’s agianst Maeda and has hit RHP better this season. As I said, not the greatest option as Asuaje has limited upside, but if you’re desperate, he could have some nice value with this low price.
Jean Segura - (Seattle Mariners -$3,800) – Jean Segura is having a nice season with the Mariners as he is currently hitting .298 on the season with 2 HR’s, 24 RBI’s, 22 runs, and 5 SB’s. Segura is hitting .304 with a HR and 8 RBI’s over the past week and will be up agianst Tyler Skaggs of the Los Angeles Angels who he is 4 for 5 lifetime agianst. Segura has speed and some power and as I think the Mariners will have a nice offensive day against Skaggs who has struggled against Seattle in the past, I don’t mind paying up for Segura if I have the extra salary to do so.
Addison Russell (Chicago Cubs -$3,000) – Russell’s price is starting to rise as he is hitting .333 over the past week, however, for the upside and ability, I still think he has good value at this price. Russell is hitting just .231 on the season and still is looking for his first HR on the season, however, like most of the Cubs, he has done well agianst the Cardinals Luke Wilson as he is 2 for 5 against him in his career with a HR and 5 RBI’s. Russell has 54 HR’s in his career, so he will sooner or later hit one and if you can catch him on the right day while he is still this price, it would make it a great value play.
Nolan Arenado (Colorado Rockies - $4,700) – Don’t have to explain much on why it’s worth taking Nolan Arenado, however, I will anyways. Arenado is hitting .320 on the season with 7 HR’s and 19 RBI’s and has been showing off a lot of power of the past week as he has 3 HR’s and 7 RBI’s over the past seven days. Arenado will be up agianst the LHP Steven Matz of the New York Mets who had had trouble keeping the ball in the park this year as he comes into this game with a 2.08 HR/9. Arenado is hitting an impressive .395 against LHP and has he is 2 for 8 with 2 HR’s and 6 RBI’s agianst Matz in his career, I like Arenado on Saturday.
Josh Donaldson (Toronto Blue Jays - $3,900) – This isn’t exactly “low-cost”, however more great value. Donaldson is generally price much higher than his current $3,900 price tag and Donaldson looked solid in his return yesterday as he went 4 for 11 with 2 HR’s in the Blue Jays double-header against the Indians. Donaldson has 5 HR’s and 13 RBI’s in just 14 games this season and as he is 3 for 5 lifetime agianst Tampa Bay’s Jake Faria, I think Donaldson has plenty of value on Saturday.
Mookie Betts/J.D. Martinez (Boston Red Sox -$5,400/$4,900) – I went with the Betts/Martinez stack earlier this week on Wednesday which paid off as they had a combined 4 HR’s and I’m looking at doing it against as they have a nice matchup against Cole Hamels of the Texas Rangers who is prone to giving up HR’s with his 1.82 HR/9 ratio. Mookie has been the hottest hitter in baseball as of late, hitting .600 over the past week with 4 HR’s and 8 RBI’s. Mookie is also 1 for 3 life time against Hamels with a HR. Martinez has also been hot as of late, hitting .464 with a HR and 6 RBI’s and is 4 for 12 agianst Hamels in his career with a HR.
Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals -$5,300) – Similar to Anthony Rizzo, the Nationals recently switched Harper to the leadoff spot to help get him out of his funk, and it seemed to do the trick has over his past 3 games he is 4 for 12 with a double, 2 HR’s and 6 RBI’s. Harper is hitting .257 on the season but still has 10 HR’s, 25 RBI’s, and 27 runs scored which is impressive as he not getting much to hit as he currently has a BB% of 27.1%. Harper has a great matchup against Vince Velasquez of the Phillies who comes into this game with a 5.70 ERA and 1.50 HR/9 and is 5 for 6 lifetime against the right-hander with a HR and 5 RBI’s in his career.
Hernan Perez (Milwaukee Brewers - $2,200) – Herman Perez doesn’t get a lot of playing time as he has only 62 AB’s on the season and although he is hitting just .200, he has shown some power as he has 3 HR’s, 5 RBI’s, and 2 SB’s. I imagine that Perez will be getting the start on Saturday as he has a great matchup against Jameson Taillon who in his career, he is 5 for 13 (.385 avg) with 3 HR’s and 7 RBI’s.
Manuel Margot (San Diego Padres - $2,700) – Manuel Margot is not having the season that the Padres has have hoped as he is hitting just .183 on the season with a HR, 7 RBI’s, and 3 SB’s. Margot price has dipped due to his struggles however, Margot is hitting better as of late (.261 over the past week) and has had success against Kenta Maeda of the Dodgers in his career as he is 4 for 10 lifetime with a HR and 3 RBI’s against the right-hander.
Abraham Almonte (Kansas City Royals - $2,300) – I had to get at least get one Kansas City Royal in my lineup as they have one of the better matchups of the day agianst the RHP Jordan Zimmerman who although pitched well in his last start, still has a 5.81 ERA and 1.71 HR/9. Almonte doesn’t get a bunch of playing time as he has only 54 AB’s on the season, however, the Kansas City outfielder does have some power as he has 2 HR’s and 7 RBI’s on the season. Almonte is hitting .286 against RHP and as he is 4 for 8 with 3 RBI’s against Zimmerman in his career, I have feeling he might get the start tomorrow for the Royals.