Daily Fantasy Baseball Targets For Tuesday, 5/17
Tuesday night is going to be an interesting spot for daily fantasy baseball enthusiasts, as we get a crazy 14-game slate and all the elite arms come out to play.
You will have to find a way to pay big money to land the top aces, and we’re talking $10k and much higher over at DraftKings for the right own Mr. 20k himself, Max Scherzer, Clayton Kershaw and even Madison Bumgarner.
Needless to say, whether you’re playing cash games or tourneys, you’ll be looking for some value. We’ve got a few picks we’re personally considering tonight, and hopefully can help you carve ot your perfect roster. Just remember that all of these guys may not work perfectly together and always mind last minute roster scratches and bad weather. Let’s get to it:
SP: Juan Nicasio – Pirates ($7.3k)
Anytime a pitcher is in their own park against the Braves, they have to be considered. I like Nicasio even more because he’s displayed some nice upside when faced with a favorable matchup, largely due to his solid K/9 rate (9.57).
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The guy is an awesome price when you look at his matchup and strikeout potential, especially on such a bloated night for pitching. Odds are, if you want any kind of reliable hitting today, your second pitcher needs to be at about $8k or a heck of a lot cheaper on DK. Nicasio fits the bill at just under $7.5k.
C: Chris Hermann – Diamondbacks ($3.1k)
Hermann will randomly sit out games, but he really shouldn’t be at risk of not playing tonight, as he faces a righty and crushes in that matchup. The right-hander he gets is Michael Pineda, too, and he has a history of imploding. I do wish the game was at Yankee Stadium, but Arizona’s field can yield plenty of offense.
Hermann has a serious splits favor with this matchup, plus he’s connecting really well with multiple hits in five of his last eight outings. Catcher is super weak tonight, as well, so he’s looking like the top value, and possibly the best pure play, provided he’s active.
1B: Travis Shaw – Red Sox ($3.6k)
This pick is all about an insanely red hot offense, a solid matchup and price. The splits aren’t really there for Shaw, but he hypothetically should be in for a decent line against a shaky righty in Yordano Ventura. Shaw has really been ablaze lately, too, with 10+ fantasy points in five of his last seven contests. Ride the wave.
2B: Derek Dietrich – Marlins ($3.1k)
Dietrich continues to be a stellar value play with Dee Gordon out, as he and the rest of the Marlins offense tends to get on base on a consistent basis. He offers a little pop and while his upside isn’t through the roof, he typically can get you a hit, is cheap and offers some lineup versatility (you can use him at third, also).
3B: Nick Castellanos – Tigers ($3.7k)
Castellanos has been amazing on the year, ripping off a .348 batting average, along with 8 jacks and 30 RBI. It’s anyone’s guess if that holds up over time (probably not), but he’s fresh off a 21-fantasy point outing last night and has been great.
Not only will you be interested in riding the wave, but the guy is also cheap and has a sweet matchup against Phil Hughes. Hughes gives up homers left and right, and if you needed some extra swaying, consider Castellanos has ripped off a cool 17 fantasy points per outing in four clashes with the Twisn this year. Color me sold.
SS: Trevor Story – Rockies ($4k)
My limit is usually about $4k for value hitting plays, and even that can be a bit high when you’re digging deep to make up for the money you spend on pitching. Story is a fun spot to spend just a little, however, as he obviously provides monster upside with the long ball and comes in pretty hot with 8+ fantasy points accrued in five of his last six games.
He does not have the best matchup on the road against a good pitcher in Jaime Garcia, but the value is clear in his power and consistency. He could easily go 0-4, but he’s cheap today and could give you some nice value at SS.
OF: Brandon Drury – Diamondbacks ($3k)
Drury keeps getting it done, yet remains very cheap. He offers great versatility (third base, also), brings some pop to the table and consistently gets on base. He’s connected in five straight games and 8 of his last 10, so you know he’s pretty reliable at this point.
The price is clearly sublime, while a matchup with Pineda shouldn’t scare anyone at his home base. He’s a fine play to slide in to allow yourself to spend up on some bigger bats in a few spots.
Love/hate our plays for Tuesday night? Got some of your own to share? Let us know in the comments below!
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