Daily Fantasy Baseball Targets For Tuesday, 5/3
Tuesday offers up a jam-packed daily fantasy baseball slate, with a whopping 15 games sounding off later tonight.
It’s an odd slate, as there is not much reliable (or elite) pitching beyond Chicago ace Jake Arrieta, yet there are a ton of healthy and active bats worth paying up for at DraftKings.
It will be up to you to figure out the pitching in the end, but if you want to play it safe with Arrieta and Matt Harvey, we’ll locate some value for you to consider. Let’s get to our favorite value picks on DK for Tuesday night:
SP: Jose Quintana – White Sox ($8.1k)
Fearing the Red Sox is usually a good idea, but let’s be honest here: Chicago’s offense has been surprisingly strong, Quintana has been legit as heck and the White Sox are at home. Boston could shred him to pieces, but he hasn’t had a truly “bad” game all year and has delivered back to back gem performances against stout Texas and Toronto offenses. He could sink tonight, but his stable play suggests he’s safe to deploy.
Stud targets: Jake Arrieta – Cubs, Matt Harvey – Mets
C: Welington Castillo – Diamondbacks ($3.7k)
It’s always fun to get a powerful bat for a decent price, and it’s even better when it’s Castillo taking on a left-handed pitcher. Castillo has a strong wOBA of .373 against lefties on the year and tonight also faces a shaky pitcher in Justin Nicolino, who isn’t terrible overall, but doesn’t get many K’s. Castillo has a chance to pop one here.
Stud targets: Buster Posey – Giants
1B: Justin Bour – Marlins ($2.5k)
I’m into a lot of Miami hitting tonight, largely because of Patrick Corbin. Corbin is talented enough of a pitcher, but he’s been having a really crummy start to 2016, while he specifically is getting knocked hard by righties. Bour bats left, but the idea here is he provides a little power and we’re really just hoping he can get on base. It’s Giancarlo Stanton that should do the heavy lifting and help Bour score a couple times tonight.
Stud targets: Chris Davis – Orioles, Brandon Belt – Giants
2B: Brandon Drury – Diamondbacks ($3.2k)
On the flip side in Arizona, in addition to Castillo, is the super cheap Drury, who has been killing it and has a favorable matchup tonight. Miami doesn’t win at home very much for some reason, which naturally works against their defense. Drury is also red hot with 16+ fantasy points in four of his last five games, plus he has positive splits. There is a lot to like here and he surely opens things up from a financial perspective.
Stud targets : Jose Altuve – Astros, Neil Walker – Mets
3B: Darwin Barney – Blue Jays ($2.3k)
You can slide Drury in at this spot or even keep going Marlins hitters with Derek Dietrich, but the set up is nice for Barney, who gets a beatable left-handed pitcher in Martin Perez. Everyone knows Perez is extremely hittable, but Barney is plastering lefties this year, deliving a sick wOBA of .466. He’s no sure thing, but he’s dirt cheap and the splits and matchup speak volumes. Just make sure he’s in the starting lineup.
Stud targets: Josh Donaldson – Blue Jays, Nolan Arenado – Rockies
SS: Javier Baez – Cubs ($3.2k)
Chicago offense is always fun to roll with, as they’ve put up an MLB-leading 146 runs already and boast tons of power. I’m not sure how much they’re actually be needed tonight with the unstoppable Jake Arrieta on the field, but the production, consistency and upside have been there.
That’s specifically true for Baez, too, who has chipped in a sick .355 batting average and gets a very beatable lefty in Jon Niese. Niese is very ho-hum himself, but the big draw here is Baez’s strong value and ridiculous .499 wOBA.
Stud targets: Carlos Correa – Astros, Trevor Story – Rockies
OF: Michael Saunders – Blue Jays ($3.6k)
There are a ton of power hitters to chase tonight. Mike Trout and Giancarlo Stanton are super expensive and both worth all of the money. That being said, if you need value, Saunders is a terrific place to start.
Not only has Saunders been surprisingly great (.304 with 4 jacks and 9 RBI), but he’s also destroying left-handed pitching (.458 wOBA). Martin Perez is as much of a sad sacky lefty as you’ll find, too, so there’s plenty to get excited about when it comes to Saunders.
Stud targets: Giancarlo Stanton – Marlins, Mike Trout – Angels
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