With the MLB season winding down, teams are beginning to rely on below average AAA starting pitchers in order to get to the end of the season. This opens up a huge opportunity in terms of DFS value options.
Let’s hop into the schedule and see which value plays we can pair with some of these elite options tonight on FanDuel.
Carlos Martinez, St. Louis Cardinals, $9,600 – The Milwaukee Brewers are currently rolling out an absolutely atrocious lineup that is without Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy. They also continue to come in as huge underdogs, and tonight is no different as Carlos Martinez and the Cardinals are -230 favorites on the MLB odds board. Martinez got off to a hot start this season and then proceeded to cool off a little bit in the second half. That being said, the matchup is phenomenal tonight and I expect Martinez to pitch well in this cupcake matchup.
Evan Gattis, Houston Astros, $3,200 – Gattis is one of the better power hitting catchers in all of baseball and comes into tonight with a fair price tag and a solid matchup. The Astros are a boom-or-bust type of team that really relies on hitting the long ball. Gattis hits in the middle of the order for them and will also have the benefit of hitting a couple spots behind the on-base monster, Jose Altuve.
Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks, $4,400 – Goldschmidt is currently sitting at a price point ($4,400) that is very difficult to ignore. In addition to the great price tag, he has a phenomenal matchup with a below average AAA pitcher in Casey Kelly. Goldschmidt is one the best hitters in baseball and I cannot imagine a scenario in which Goldschmidt gets shut out here.
Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels, $2,900 – This is more of a price point play than anything else. Pujols is currently priced as an extreme value with his $2,900 price tag. Pujols has actually hit RHP better this season, but the R/L matchup will certainly suffice when you consider the skill level of the lefty (Vidal Nuno). If you need savings at first base, Pujols is an excellent option.
Jose Altuve, Houston Astros, $3,600 – As mentioned earlier, I’m a fan of the Houston Astros offense tonight when they square off with Yovani Gallardo. The Astros offense starts with Altuve, who is capable of doing so many things on the baseball field. Altuve’s ability to steal bases each and every time he reaches is so valuable for DFS purposes. Combine that with a fair price ($3,600) and he makes for an excellent DFS option tonight.
Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays, $3,100 – The Rays will be experiencing a positive park shift when they travel to Toronto to take on R.A. Dickey and the Blue Jays. Longoria has been swinging a hot stick as of late and is currently carrying an appealing price of just $3,100. The price tag will not break the bank and allows for a lot of flexibility when building your roster.
Jose Reyes, Colorado Rockies, $3,700 – Obviously, getting some exposure to Coors Field is a wise strategy tonight. This has become a more difficult task this season with FanDuel doing a great job of pricing players up that are in involved in these games. That said, Reyes offers one of the more accessible entry points to this high-scoring (11.5 total) game at a price of $3,700.
J.D. Martinez, Detroit Tigers, $3,500 – Martinez stands out as an excellent outfield option today. He has a great matchup with Mike Pelfrey, who is bad against hitters from both sides of the plate. Martinez has actually hit RHP better this season, which only adds appeal. Toss in a fair price tag of just $3,500 and Martinez becomes a big-time, high-upside play tonight.
Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals, $2,900 – Holliday returned from injury this week and was immediately inserted back into the middle of the order for the Cardinals. The matchup tonight is solid versus an inexperienced pitcher in Ariel Pena. Combine that matchup with a bargain level price ($2,900) and Holliday becomes an excellent DFS target.