The holiday is over and so is most of NBA free agency, which has us back in the thick of a very fun and exciting fantasy baseball season. We’re nearing the midway point with All-Star festivities coming our way, but we can still take advantage of some killer daily fantasy baseball deals before the break arrives.
That’s especially true on Wednesday night, when the main slate offers up a very interesting slate. Johnny Cueto is the big elite arm to consider paying up for, while guys like Ian Kennedy, Steve Wright and Drew Smyly provide a little value but should still cost a bit on the two-pitcher DraftKings lineups.
Of course, you could always save up, fade Cueto and stack Rockies bats. Of course, the best route may be somewhere in the middle, but the only way to get there is to hunt for the best value buys first.
This slate is interesting because there isn’t really anywhere to hide at pitcher tonight, while you have to pay up big time if you want the elite bats at 1B, 2B, 3B and OF.
Either way, we’ve got your back with a solid value play to consider at every position for Wednesday’s main slate in daily fantasy baseball leagues at DK:
SP: Mike Fiers – Astros ($6.7k)
We also like Smyly ($8.1k) but if you really need savings, perhaps Fiers is your guy tonight. There is no denying a tough matchup with a good Mariners offense, but perhaps the silver lining of Fiers being at home will convince you to try him out.
Fiers has been hot and cold this year, but he’s remained pretty reliable in Houston, where he’s put up 17 fantasy points per game. He also shut down the White Sox in his last home start (21 fantasy points) and hasn’t dipped below even 19 fantasy points in any of his last five home starts.
Seattle may seem like a brutal matchup, but Fiers has taken down the D’Backs, Rangers and Indians at home recently. He is operating in a good park for pitchers, has a respectable 7.5 per 9 K rate and the Astros are favored, so he stands a decent chance to log a win. That makes him extra interesting at FanDuel, but he looks like a killer value play at DK, too.
If you want to get really nuts, you can throw Shelby Miller into a GPP and cross your fingers. He’s been a total nightmare this year, but he does have decent K potential and gets the Padres.
C: Sandy Leon – Red Sox ($2k)
Leon has been hitting very well thanks to an extended stay in the rotation lately and he’s the absolute minimum. That’s reason to roster him in DFS leagues alone, but he’s also at home against the shaky Martin Perez tonight.
Leon has been on fire this year and is a switch hitter, so he could fare well against Perez. He’s also fared well in Boston (8 fantasy points per game) and has also done well against Texas so far (8 fantasy points per game in four meetings) this year. He’s a risky play and you’ll need to make sure he’s active, but you won’t find a cheaper option that could pay off.
1B: Jose Abreu – White Sox ($3.4k)
This one is all about talent + value, as Abreu brings some nice power at home against the volatile Michael Pineda. Pineda can certainly slay any offense when on, but he’s ind of due for an implosion and he’s on the road.
Abreu hasn’t hit a homer in forever, either, so there is an argument that he’s due to explode, himself. The good news is he has connected in eight straight games and safely hit in 9 of his last 10 games. Even if Pineda works the Sox, Abreu looks like a solid gamble in DFS tonight.
2B: Jurickson Profar – Rangers ($3.6k)
Profar hasn’t been adding a ton of power to his DFS game lately, but we can’t knock him for upside tonight, as he has a fantastic splits date with knuckle ball pitcher, Steve Wright.
Profar leads the way at his position tonight in terms of ISO splits and has a tantalizing .449 wOBA against right-handed pitchers. He’s been quiet overall, but he has three hits in his last two games and it’s hard to refute the value or matchup tonight.
3B: Marwin Gonzalez – Astros ($3.4k)
Gonzalez is another solid value play to consider at DraftKings tonight, as he’s cheap, at home and offers position versatility. More importantly, he rakes against lefties and gets Wade LeBlanc, who by all accounts is due for a sharp regression.
Houston Astros could be in play in general tonight, and some cheap exposure could be a good way to target them. That puts Gonzalez on the map, provided he’s active.
SS: Tim Anderson – White Sox ($3.6k)
Anderson is enjoying a stellar rookie campaign, as he’s been flat out mashing lately to the tune of 15 hits in his last 10 contests. He’s been on fire lately, putting up 10+ fantasy points seven times during that stretch.
Tim Anderson has hit safely in 17 of his 22 career games (11 multihit) since making his debut on 6/10 vs. KC. pic.twitter.com/96zH7RfAKi
Tonight could be another good time to try the rook, as he’s a terrific value at a bloated position and will be at home against the Yanks. His splits look good for tonight and he’s red hot, so there isn’t much working against him.
OF: Brett Gardner – Yankees ($3.5k)
Gardner has come alive recently with 14+ fantasy points in two of his last three outings – all without any homers. He always carries home run upside, though, and the heavy bat has to come back around eventually (no homers in last 10 contests).
A matchup with Miguel Gonzalez could help him turn the corner in that department, while Gardner has positive splits against right-handed pitching. He’s on the road, but the value, matchup and upside all make him one of the more interesting daily fantasy baseball values on the night.
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