Daily Fantasy Baseball Targets For Wednesday, 6/22
The sports world is slowing down rather quickly, as both the NHL and NBA recently saw their seasons come to a close. For the most part, that means all eyes are on pro baseball and your only daily fantasy fix rests within MLB.
No one is complaining, though, as it’s one of the few sports where there are games every single day and plenty of chances to attack giant GPPs for the chance at huge cash prizes.
Wednesday night will be no different, although with a big divide (seven early games), we get a lighter slate than usual. That puts extra emphasis on getting the right pitcher and bats, but on this slate, there are really only a handful of expensive arms that seem to be worth the trouble.
That means we’ll be loading up for bats tonight, or punting pitcher, altogether. To carve out an easy path, we’ll help out by pointing you to our favorite value buys on DraftKings at each daily fantasy baseball position:
SP: Julio Urias – Dodgers ($6.9k)
Trevor Bauer is the most expensive pitcher on the main slate tonight at DK. Trevor. Freaking. Bauer.
That alone is disgusting, but the good news is he’s pricier than about three other suitable options and there is some insane value available if you decide to punt the so-called elites, altogether.
Ubaldo Jiminez against the Padres is a worthwhile dive and Francisco Liriano is too good to suck forever, right? If you have any faith in those guys, a dive is acceptable, as both are priced under $6k.
Urias may be the top value, though, as unlike those two aforementioned sad sacks, he’s trending in a positive direction. Urias undoubtedly has a tough matchup against a good Nationals offense, but he’s at home and seems to be improving and getting more comfortable with every passing trip to the mound.
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He has 7+ strikeouts in each of his last three contests and that’s equated to 18+ fantasy points each time out. He’s still in search of his first win and he’s no lock to get it here, but 18-20 fantasy points is still likely in order. Pairing him with someone like Cole Hamels or Michael Fulmer could put you in a great spot tonight.
C: James McCann – Tigers ($2.4k)
Catcher is awful on this slate and even worse, there isn’t much quality value to be had. You’re likely paying up for Buster Posey here, or settling on inflated values like Matt Wieters or Derek Norris.
None of that sounds overly appealing, so punting the position makes the most sense. McCann is dirt cheap, gets to play at home and has been OK lately (8 hits in his last 8 games). He has a little bit of pop to offer and his matchup isn’t unbeatable, either. It’s not a sexy or stable play, but you’re not going to find one here tonight. Go cheap and hope for the best.
1B: Prince Fielder – Rangers ($3k)
It’s never a bad idea to target the Texas offense, plus Fielder has actually been connecting at a decent rate lately (hit safely in four straight games). The power, consistency and upside we’re used to seeing out of him haven’t been there this year, but he’s in a groove and he does have the potential to send one deep.
Dan Straily has actually been decent on the year, but he’s given up four homers in his last five games and 5+ hits in three of his last four. The splits mildly favor Prince, too. Oh, and he’s dirt cheap, so if you’re not paying up for Crush, this is a good guy to drop down to.
2B: Jurickson Profar – Rangers ($3.8k)
This is a nice range for second base, as Profar is also joined by suitable options in Dustin Pedroia and Jason Kipnis. I prefer Profar due to recent success and matchup, however. Not to pick on Dan Straily, but Profar has amazing splits upside in this matchup and Straily has been regressing a bit lately.
Profar has just been knocking himself onto the bases lately, too, getting a hit in six consecutive games. He isn’t going to smash many homers or put up huge numbers in general, but he’s reliable, a good price and has a solid matchup. It’s tough to ask for more than that.
3B: Nick Castellanos – Tigers ($3.6k)
Castellano started 2016 insanely hot, cooled down a bit and now seems to be coming back to life in a big way. His season numbers remain outstanding (.302 with 13 jacks), but he’s picked it back up recently with 8+ fantasy points in five of his last six games.
Detroit’s offense in general can be scary, but when he’s feeling it, things can get nasty. Hisashi Iwakuma isn’t exactly an easy matchup and the splits don’t favor Castellanos, but he is at home and Iwakuma has been giving up jacks lately (5 in last four starts). It’d only take on Castellanos belt for him to pay off, after all.
SS: Corey Seager – Dodgers ($3.9k)
Seager is arguably the best shortstop option tonight, yet he’s just the sixth most expensive. It’s not a great slate for the position, yet he’s pretty cheap in a home game where he boasts positive splits.
Joe Ross could be a tough matchup, but Seager has a good matchup here by the numbers, has hit safely in six straight games and has major pop to bring to the table. He’s not the cheapest value buy we have, but he might be one of the best.
OF: Shin-Soo Choo – Rangers ($3.5k)
Again, sorry, Straily. Texas has a good offense with loads of hitters, though, and they happen to be at home against a beatable pitcher. The odds favor them more than Straily and with the right guys at the right price, there should be risks worth taking.
Choo has not had a great 2016 run, but he’s got a positive matchup tonight when you look at splits and has hit safely in five of his last eight contests. He hasn’t displayed a ton of pop this year, but he still appears to be rounding into form. A solid home matchup could bring him another step forward tonight.
Hate our value picks? Got a few of your own? Let us hear all about it in the comments below!
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