Daily Fantasy Baseball Targets For Tuesday, 5/24
Monday was an interesting start to the week for daily fantasy baseball. You needed either Clayton Kershaw or Johnny Cueto to win big, yet Cueto was surprisingly the better play of the two.
Needless to say, those two elite arms cost a pretty penny, and you needed to find other ways to stack up your roster when it came to hitting. The keyword we’re looking for here is “value”, as you certainly need to hunt for the right guys at the right prices if you want to land elite pitching.
Tommy Joseph powered in a homer last night to pay off as one of the better value plays, but if you’re looking to land an elite arm tonight, you’ll need to find a handful of guys that bring similar value to the table. Let’s switch things up a bit and locate the top value plays to use in daily fantasy baseball at FanDuel tonight:
SP: Daniel Wright – Reds ($5k)
If you go the other way and want to stack hitting, Wright might be the best cheap arm to target. He’s making his MLB debut after warming up with a great start in the minors, so it’s very possible he comes storming out of the gates with good stuff.
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It helps that he’s facing a Dodgers offense that can run hot and cold, as well as a shaky pitcher in Mike Bolsinger that could give up some run support to Cincy. The guy isn’t safe by any means, but he’s looked good in the minors and is as cheap as it gets. He is worth a GPP try in order to load up on bats.
C: Trevor Brown – Giants ($2.3k)
Buster Posey probably gets the start tonight, but if Brown can work his way into the Giants’ lineup somehow, he’s going to be worth a look. He offers some pop with his bat, but he’s also been connecting at a fine rate with at least one hit in each of his last four starts.
Brown also sports favorable splits and would take on an pitcher in Andrew Cashner that can give up power and be very shaky at times. Playing at home doesn’t hurt, either, especially when some heavy winds could drift balls out a little further at a park that is normally favorable to pitchers. If Brown is active, he could be a sneaky play that ends up being highly profitable.
1B: Mark Teixeira – Yankees ($2.5k)
Here’s some sick value for a high upside power hitter, as Tex has positive splits, gets to swing away at Yankee Stadium and also faces the beatable R.A. Dickey.
Facing a knuckle baller can really go either way, but Tex is beyond due for a jack and Dickey has been getting knocked around a bit (6+ hits allowed in seven of last nine starts). Still, the value is obvious, albeit coming with some risk.
2B: Hanser Alberto – Rangers ($2.2k)
Talk about a cheap option with some upside, Alberto grades out well due to positive splits and a tasty matchup with Jhoulys Chacin, who has struggled immensely in two of his last three outings.
The value is obviously largely with price here, as Alberto frees up a ton of cash to do as you please. He’s really cooking if he continues to bat first in the order.
3B: Josh Donaldson – Blue Jays ($3.8k)
Donaldson is one of the best power hitters in the entire league and after an ugly 1-for-21 run, he seems to be back in a groove with two jacks in his last three games. He also gets an erratic Nathan Eovaldi at Yankee Stadium tonight, a situation that begs for a long ball or two.
The splits aren’t amazing, but anything goes in a rivalry game and the value is clear for a guy who can smash it every time out.
SS: Manny Machado – Orioles ($3.7k)
Talk about value. Machado is vastly cheaper than the top SS on the night (Xander Bogaerts – $4.4k) and brings arguably more upside to the table. Machado can be very hit or miss, but he offers serious pop and will be going up against the unimpressive Doug Fister tonight.
The splits favor Machado slightly, but the real story here is he has a fly ball rate of 50%. With windy conditions in Houston tonight (provided the dome is not closed), he carries some serious upside.
OF: Chris Young – Red Sox ($2.5k)
It’s always a good idea to consider getting some exposure to an elite Boston offense, and it never hurts to get it on the cheap. Young is a great example of that tonight, as he has a favorable matchup against Jorge De La Rosa.
More specifically, Young has rocked (18+ fantasy points) in three of his last four games where he had at least three plate appearances. The dude rakes against left-handed pitchers and draws one tonight. There are few value plays as juicy as this one.
Got an even better DFS value play for Tuesday’s slate at FanDuel? Hit us up and tell us all about it in the comments below!
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