MLB DFS Value Plays: April 21
April 21, 2016 | Matt Terelle
Here are some of my favorite value plays for today across DraftKings and FanDuel. On most days I will try to outline one pitcher and four hitters who should be excellent values for the upcoming slate. Please note there isn’t a specific price cut off, instead, I will try to highlight players who should outperform their prices on a given day.
Rich Hill (P) – Oakland A’s
@ New York Yankees
$7,000 DraftKings, $6,700 FanDuel
This is more of a pay up for pitching kind of day as most of the value pitchers aren’t in great spots. Hill could be an exception as the Yankees offense isn’t quite as fearsome against southpaws. Hill, averaging 13.15 strikeouts per nine innings this season, has shown that he has great strikeout upside. The Yankees as a team don’t strike out all that often, but against left-handed pitching they are batting just .232 with a .089 ISO on the year. Hill should be able to limit the runs scored in this one and threaten double-digit strikeouts along the way.
Paul Goldschmidt (1B) – Arizona Diamondbacks
@ San Francisco Giants
$4,000 DK, $4,300 FD
Goldy is shockingly cheap on DraftKings, which makes him a must-play. He is off to a slow start, especially by his own lofty standards, but he is still one of the most talented hitters in the game. He gets a tough matchup against Johnny Cueto, but Goldy has shown that he can hit against pretty much anyone.
Giancarlo Stanton (OF) – Miami Marlins
vs. Washington Nationals
$3,900 DK, $4,700 FD
Stanton is another great value on DraftKings as he has 23 outfielders who are more expensive than him. He does not have an ideal matchup with Max Scherzer, but Stanton has proven time after time it just takes one swing of the bat for him to have a huge day. As great as Scherzer is, he has proven to be a little home run prone, allowing 1.06 per nine innings last year and 1.35 so far this season.
Justin Turner (3B) – Los Angeles Dodgers
@ Atlanta Braves
DK $3,200, FD $2,800
Turner is in a great spot heading into tonight’s showdown with Matt Wisler. The right-handed Turner actually hits much better against right-handed pitching. Over his career, he has a .295 batting average, .350 wOBA and .142 ISO when facing right-handers. Surrounded by left-handed bats and facing a pitcher who gets smoked by lefties, expect the Dodgers to put up a lot of runs today.
Michael Saunders (OF) – Toronto Blue Jays
@ Baltimore Orioles
DK $3,700, FD $3,200
Saunders has taken over leadoff duties for the Blue Jays after Kevin Pillar was ineffective in that spot in the early parts of the season. Saunders has responded well, picking up six hits and scoring five runs in his four games atop Toronto’s lineup. This Toronto-Baltimore series has been surprisingly short on offense thus far, but the law of averages tells us one of these games between the two explosive offenses has to be high-scoring. Saunders is still cheap and has big potential in a high-powered Toronto lineup.
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