Daily Fantasy Baseball (DFS) - High Cost/Low Cost Options - FanDuel - 5/9/18
High Cost/Low Cost Options - Wednesday May 9th, 2018
5/9/18 – 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 5/7.
Gerrit Cole (Pittsburgh Pirates - $12,000) – I’ll admit, I wasn’t a believer that Gerrit Cole was going to be able to keep up his dominance after his first few starts on the season, however, it’s hard to ignore how well Cole has pitched this season. Cole comes into this game with a 3-1 record while posting an incredible 1.42 ERA and 0.69 WHIP. Cole is holding opponents to just a .150 average and has been a great DFS player with his outstanding 13.68 K/9 ratio. Cole faces that Oakland Athletics which rank 23rd in strikeout rate and between the fact he is coming off a 16-strikeout performance against Arizona and punched out 12 Athletics in their recent matchup in late April, I think Cole is the best “high-cost” option on Wednesday.
Chris Stratton (San Francisco Giants - $7,600) – There is nothing that flashy about Chris Stratton’s game, however, he has been a solid performer for the Giants this season outside of his recent quick outing against the Dodgers on April 28th. Stratton comes into this game with a 3.99 ERA and 1.23 WHIP. Stratton is holding opponents to just a .218 average and has success against both LHB’s (.221 average) and RHB’s (.215) on the season. Stratton is not a huge strikeout guy has his season high so far this year was just 8 strikeouts however, he still has a respectable 7.75 K/9 ratio on the year and as he is facing a Phillies team that ranks 29th in strikeout rate, I think Stratton has some good value if you want to pay up for hitters on Wednesday.
Eric Hosmer (San Diego Padres - $3,500) – I was originally going with Gary Sanchez in his matchup against David Price however, after Price was scratched from his start tomorrow, I’m going go with Eric Hosmer of the Padres. Hosmer is having a nice first season with the Padres as he is currently hitting .287 with 5 HR’s, 12 RBI’s, and 18 runs scored. Hosmer has a tough matchup agianst Gio Gonzalez who has pitched well this season, however, it’s hard to deny that Hosmer might have Gio’s number as in his career, Hosmer is 5 for 7 (.714 average) with 2 HR’s and 4 RBI’s.
Lucas Duda (Kansas City Royals - $2,500) – I’m going with Lucas Duda as my low-cost value option as I like the power he brings to the plate and has a nice matchup against Andrew Cashier of the Baltimore Orioles. Duda is hitting just .239 on the season but does have 3 HR’s and 15 RBI’s on the season. Duda is hitting .286 against RHP on the season and we have the like the matchup against Casher who comes into this game with a 2.09 HR/9 ratio. Duda is just 2 for 10 against Casher in his career however, as Casher is allowing LHB’s to have a .284 average and .400 wOBA against him this season, I don’t mind taking my chances on Duda if I need to save some salary.
Jose Altuve – (Houston Astros - $4,400) – Houston could be a popular stack on Wednesday as the Astros, including Jose Altuve, have had some great success against the RHP Daniel Mengden of the Oakland Athletics. Altuve is having another solid year with the Astros as the scrappy 2nd baseman comes into this game with a .322 average with 2 HR’s, 17 RBI’s, and 22 runs scored. Mengden has really struggled against RHB’s on the season as he is allowing them to hit .317 against him and as Altuve is 7 for 14 with a HR against Mengden in his career, I don’t have any problems paying up for Altuve on Wednesday.
Jonathan Schoop (Baltimore Orioles - $2,700) – Jonathan Schoop just returned to the lineup on Tuesday night and although it’s been a struggle for the Orioles 2nd baseman this season, he has pretty good value on Wednesday in his matchup agianst Eric Skoglund of the Royals. Schoop has had a power outage so far this season as he only has 1 HR in 64 AB’s this season, however, we know the power is there as over the past two seasons, Schoop has combined for 57 HR’s. Schoop might be hitting just .230 on the season, however he has a .385 average (5 for 12) agianst LHP and could find some nice success at a low price against Skoglund who enters this game with a 6.84 ERA and 1.37 HR/9.
Carlos Correa - (Houston Astros - $4,300) – Manny Machado is awful tempting to take for the 2nd straight game as he is up against a struggling Royals LHP in Eric Skoglund, however, I’m going to Houston for my “high-cost” SS today and go with Carlos Correa. Correa has struggled a bit as of late, hitting just .185 over the past week, however, he is still having a nice season as he comes into this game with a .300 average with 5 HR’s, 25 RBI’s, and 24 runs scored. Correa is hitting .286 against RHP on the season and has a good matchup against Daniel Mengden of the A’s in which he is 5 for 10 lifetime against with a HR. I stacked Correa and Altuve earlier this season against Mengden and it paid off as the two went a combined 5 for 9 with a HR and 2 RBI’s and I don’t see why they can’t have success again.
Jean Segura (Seattle Mariners - $3,200) – Jean Segura has seen his price drip a bit over the last week and although you’ll have to make sure he is back in the lineup as he left Sunday’s game against the Angels due to a headache, I think he some nice value for this price on Wednesday. Segura is hitting .297 on the season with 2 HR’s, 24 RBI’s, 23 runs scored, and 5 SB’s. Segura has a nice matchup against the LHP Jamie Garcia who had given 15 ERA and 4 HR’s over his last three starts. Segura is hitting .324 against LHP on the season and is 9 for 27 (.333 average) against Garcia in his career.
Josh Donaldson (Toronto Blue Jays - $4,000) – Josh Donaldson returned from injury last week and although he had a tough series against Tampa Bay (0 for 10 w/ 2 BB’s) over the weekend, he does have 2 HR’s since he returned and has a good matchup against Wade LeBlanc of the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday. Donaldson is hitting .224 on the season but has showed off his power as he has 5 HR’s in just 67 AB’s this season. LeBlanc is allowing RHB’s to hit .288 against him on the season and I think Donaldson is going to snap out of his recent funk as he is 4 for 9 (.444 average) lifetime against LeBlanc with 2 HR’s.
Zack Cozart (Los Angeles Angels - $3,400) – Zach Cozart isn’t the cheapest option, however, considering this price is for a game that is being played at Coors Field, I consider this “low-cost” for the value that it brings. Cozart hasn’t gotten off a to the best start with the Angels as he is hitting just .237 on the season, but the former All-Star does have 4 HR’s and 17 runs scored on the season. Cozart has been heating up as of late as he is hitting .308 with a HR over the past week and I like his matchup against Tyler Anderson of the Colorado Rockies who has a 1.35 HR/9 ratio.
A.J. Pollock (Arizona Diamondbacks - $4,400) – A.J. Pollock is showing how dangerous a player he can be when fully healthy and has been the best bat in the Arizona lineup this season as he comes into this game with a .306 average with 10 HR’s, 29 RBI’s, 22 runs scored, and 8 SB’s. Pollock is hitting .381 over the past week with a HR and 5 RBI’s and has a decent matchup against the LHP Alex Wood of the Los Angeles Dodgers who he has a lifetime average of .429 (9-21) against with 2 HR’s.
J.D. Martinez (Boston Red Sox - $4,700) – J.D. Martinez is showing why the Red Sox ensured that they signed him this offseason as the outfielder is currently hitting an impressive .349 on the season with 8 HR’s, 27 RBI’s, and 20 runs scored. Martinez is hitting .400 over the past week with 3 HR’s. Martinez will be up against Masahiro Tanaka of the New York Yankees on the Wednesday who although is holding RHB’s to just a .228 average, does have the tendency to give up HR’s if his splitter isn’t working. Martinez is hitting .340 against RHP’s on the season and has owned Tanaka in his career as he has a .583 average (7-12) with 3 HR’s against him.
Also Considered: Charlie Blackmon (Colorado Rockies - $4,900)
Steven Souza (Arizona Diamondbacks - $2,100) – Steven Souza just came off the DL and although he is hitless in his first 11 at-bats with the Diamondbacks, I like the value he brings to the table on Wednesday against the LHP Alex Wood of the Dodgers. Souza is just a career .234 hitter, but he has always shown some great power which included a 30 home run season with the Rays last year. Arizona said they were going to monitor Souza’s playing time now that he is back from injury so you’ll want to ensure he plays, however, as he is 2 for 6 lifetime against Alex Wood with 2 HR’s, I expect to see Souza in the lineup and he think he has some nice value at this price.
Trey Mancini (Baltimore Orioles - $2,900) – Trey Mancini is hitting just .258 on the season, however, he is generally a decent “value” pick to target when he is going up against a mediocre LHP in which he will be in the Royals Eric Skoglund who enters this game with a 6.84 ERA and 1.37 HR/9 ratio. Mancini has only 3 HR’s on the season but he certainly has the power to hit them as he had 24 last season with the Orioles. Mancini has a .314 average and .571% against LHP so far this season and as Eric Skoglund is allowing RHB’s to hit .278 against him, I like Mancini’s value for a price under $3,000.
Ben Zobrist – (Chicago Cubs - $2,800) – Ben Zobrist is having a decent season with the Cubs as the veteran 2B comes into this game with a .310 average, 1 HR, and 9 RBI’s. Zobrist missed some time due to injury however, you must like the upside he brings to the table, especially if he continues to hit 2nd in that Cubs lineup. Zobrist will be up against LHP Wei-Yin Chen of the Marlins who got hit real hard against the Cincinnati Reds in his last game. Zobrist doesn’t hit as well from the right-side of the plate as he does from the left, however, I’m not too concerned about that as in career against Chen, Zobrist is 15 for 43 (.349) with a HR.
Also Considered: Michael Conforto (New York Mets - $3,500)