Daily Fantasy Baseball (DFS) - High Cost/Low Cost Options - FanDuel - 5/11/18
High Cost/Low Cost Options - Friday May 11th, 2018
5/11/18 – 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 5/9.
The current pitcher for the Oakland A’s has yet to be released, but I imagine that there be some nice matchups for the Yankees you’ll want to consider.
Justin Verlander (Houston Astros - $11,300) – Just Verlander has been incredible this season and although you’re going to have to pay up for him on Friday, I think he’s worth it with his solid matchup against the Texas Rangers. Verlander has been lights out so far in his 8 starts this season and comes into this game with a 1.17 ERA and .71 WHIP. Verlander is striking out people like the days of old as he currently has a 11.74 K/9 ratio and has 5 starts this year in which he has recorded at least 9 K’s. Verlander is up against a Texas Rangers team that rank 29th in strikeout rate and as he had held the current Rangers roster to a .205 average (42-205) while striking them out 35% of the time, I’m going to pay up for Verlander.
Steven Matz (New York Mets -$6,800) – I can’t say I loved much of the value that I saw on the board however, what could be a sneaky “low-cost” play for Friday is Steven Matz vs. the Philadelphia Phillies. Matz hasn’t been outstanding this season but hasn’t been awful either and comes into this game with a 4.23 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. Matz becomes an intriguing option as he has a nice 10.08 K/9 ratio and is holding opponents to just a .200 batting average (.204 vs. LHB; .197 vs. RHB). Matz has been hurt by the HR ball, however, the wind will be blowing in at Citizens Bank Park on Friday and as Philadelphia is only batting .231 against LHP on the season, Matz could be a good value play.
Matt Adams (Washington Nationals - $4,000) – Washington has one of the best matchups of the day on Friday as they are up against the inexperienced Matt Koch with the wind blowing out at a rate of 24 mph to right field. Adams has always been known for his power, however, he has put it all together so far this season and is currently hitting .304 on the season with 10 HR’s and 24 RBI’s. Koch has pitched well in his 4 starts of the season, however, it’s hard to ignore the success that Adams is having against RHP’s on the season as he currently has a 1.193 OPS against righties. On the road, Adams is hitting .313 and slugging .781 and as it won’t take much to get the ball out of Chase Field on Friday, I think he is a great “high-cost” option.
Yonder Alonso (Cleveland Indians - $2,600) – Yonder Alonso has been getting some consistent playing time with the Indians this season and although he is hitting just .218 on the season, he has provided some nice power to the Cleveland offense as he currently has 8 HR’s and 21 RIBI’s on the season. Alonso is hitting better vs. RHP’s on the season as he has a .235 average and .730 OPS and will be up against the RHP Jason Hammel of the Kansas City Royals who he has a career .333 average against. Alonso should get some good swings in Hammel who isn’t striking out many hitters this season and as Alonso has the power for a big game, he has some decent value at this price.
Ozzie Albies – (Atlanta Braves -$4,400) – Ozzie Albies has been one of the many exciting players we’ve seen from Atlanta this season and comes into this game with a .283 average with 10 HR’s and 24 RBI’s. Albies has been playing well as of late as he has a .308 average and comes into this game with a nice matchup against the RHP Dan Straily of the Marlins. Straily has struggled in his two starts this season as he has a 6.75 ERA and 3.38 HR/9 ratio. Ozzie has hit for a better average against LHP however, 6 of his 10 HR’s have come against righties and as Straily is allowing LHB to hit .313 against him, I think Albies and any Braves LHB is a solid play for Friday.
Howie Kendrick – (Washington Nationals -$3,200) – Howie Kendrick isn’t the cheapest “low-cost” option, however, the conditions and matchup at Arizona is just too good to pass up when it comes to Kendrick’s value on Friday. Kendrick has had a nice season filling in for the injured Daniel Murphy for the Nationals as he is currently hitting .291 on the season with 4 HR’s and 11 RBI’s. Kendrick is facing the RHP Matt Koch who had actually struggled more against RHB’s allowing them to have a .324 wOBA against. Kendrick has .312 average and .848 OPS against RHP’s on the season and with that wind blowing out at the hitters friend Chase Field, Kendrick brings in a ton of value on Friday.
Chris Taylor - (Los Angeles Dodgers - $3,700) – I could easily go with Trea Turner here, however, I also think Chris Taylor has one of the better matchups of the night and is better value for this price. Taylor is hitting just .235 on the season, but does have 5 HR’s and 14 RBI’s and has the ability to go of big games as he can easily hit multiple HR’s. Taylor has a great matchup against the Reds LHP Brandon Finnegan who comes into this game with a 7.10 ERA and 2.18 HR/9 ratio. Finnegan is allowing RHB’s to hit .294 against him on the season and Taylor could have a big night at home where he is posting a solid .901 OPS.
Jean Segura (Seattle Mariners - $3,400) – I think Jean Segura has just been too productive this season in all categories to be valued at this price and is a nice “low-cost” option. Segura is hitting .291 on the season with 2 HR’s, 25 RBI’s, 24 runs scored, and 5 SB’s. Segura has been great on the road this season, hitting .337 with 8 doubles and has a decent matchup against the LHP Matthew Boyd of the Detroit Tigers who had been hit hard in 2 of his last 3 starts and has had all his troubles come against RHB’s this season. Segura is hitting .333 against LHP on the season and has a .438 average at Comerica Park over his past three seasons.
Travis Shaw (Milwaukee Brewers - $4,100) – Travis Shaw has struggled as of late however, the Milwaukee third-baseman still has some nice power numbers on the season and comes into Coors Field with 7 HR’s and 19 RBI’s. Shaw will be up against Chad Bettis of the Rockies, who had pitched well on the season, however, all but two of his starts have been on the road this season and this is the same Chad Bettis that has put up a 4.46 ERA while allowing opponents to hit .289 against him at Coors Field over the past three seasons. Shaw has a .902 OPS vs. RHP this season and as he is 3 for 6 with a double, HR, and 4 RBI’s against Bettis in his career, I like Shaw on Friday.
Zach Cozart (Los Angeles Angels - $3,200) – Zack Cozart is starting to play like the player that Angels thought they were getting in the offseason as although Cozart is hitting just .246 on the season with 5 HR’s and 13 RBI’s, he has been on fire as of late as over the past week he has a .389 average with 4 doubles and 2 HR’s. Cozart has a solid matchup against Lance Lynn of the Minnesota Twins on Friday as Lynn enters this game with a 7.28 ERA while allowing opponents to hit .297 against him. Cozart has actually hit RHP’s better this season (.260 average; .807 OPS) and has 3 HR’s against Lance Lynn in his career.
Bryce Harper (Houston Astros - $4,700) – I went with Harper tonight after getting a day of rest and I’ll be right back with him tomorrow with that matchup in Arizona. Harper is currently hitting just .230 on the season however, still has 12 HR’s, 28 RBI’s, and 40 BB’s walks on the season. Harper has shown off most of his power against RHP on the season as he has a .667 slugging percentage and 1.107 OPS against righties on the season and has a good track history at Chase Field as over the past three seasons he is hitting .313 there with 2 HR’s.
Nick Castellanos (Detroit Tigers - $3,900) – Nick Castellanos is hitting .455 with 3 doubles, a triple, and HR over the past week and as he will be up against a left-hander in the struggling Marco Gonzales of the Mariners on Friday, he is almost a must play at this price. Castellanos is hitting .321 on the season with 3 HR’s and 23 RBI’s and has absolutely crushed LHP on the season as he comes into this game with a .483 average and 1.318 OPS against lefties. Gonzales is allowing RHB’s to hit .322 on the season and as Gonzales struggling tomorrow against the Tigers, I think Castellanos is a great play.
Tommy Pham (St. Louis Cardinals - $3,700) – Tommy Pham should be back in the lineup on Thursday so as he should have shaken the rust off for Friday’s game, I love Pham’s matchup against the LHP Eric Lauer of the Padres. Pham is hitting .323 on the season with 5 HR’s and 14 RBI’s and also has 7 SB’s on the season. Pham has a .409 average and 1.246 OPS against LHP and should have success against Lauer who is allowing RHB’s to hit .333 against him on the season.
Herman Perez (Milwaukee Brewers - $3,000) – Herman Perez doesn’t get to play every day however, when the Brewers outfielder does get a chance, he usually is at a decent price and certainly can put up a big game. Perez is only hitting .212 but does have 3 HR’s on the season and should be in the lineup on Friday against Chad Bettis who he is 5 for 9 against in his career. Perez is only costing us $3,000 which is huge bargain in Colorado and as he has a .407 average (11-27) and 1.023 OPS at Coors Field over his past three seasons, you have to like the value Perez bring to the plate on Friday.
Yasiel Puig (Los Angeles Dodgers - $2,700) – Yasiel Puig came back from the DL yesterday and looked good at the plate in a tough matchup against Patrick Corbin as the Puig finished the game going 3 for 4 with two runs scored. Puig has struggled finding his power this season as he hasn’t hit a HR this season, but it shouldn’t be long until well see Puig hitting them into the cheap seats as he has had at least double-digit HR’s in every season of his career, including a career high 28 HR’s last season. Puig has a nice matchup on Friday against the LHP Brandon Finnegan who has a 2.18 HR/9 ratio is allowing opponents to hit .307 against him on the season.
Marcell Ozuna (St. Louis Cardinals - $2,800) – Marcell Ozuna hasn’t been the power hitter that Cardinals were hoping that they signed this offseason as Ozuna comes into this game hitting just .246 with 2 HR’s and 19 RBI’s. Ozuna can be a streaky hitter however, I think he has nice opportunity to start a good streak on Friday with his matchup against Eric Lauer of the Padres who has a 5.79 ERA and is allowing RHB’s to hit .333 against him on the season. Ozuna has hit LHP’s better this season and has a .308 average and .869 OPS against them in his past three seasons and his price has dipped below $3,000, he has nice value hitting in the middle of the order in this matchup.