We continue our MLB DFS sojourn on Wednesday, coming off of some solid picks. It’s an awesome eight-game slate popping off at 7:05pm EDT, so get on those lineups. Welcome back to those of you that continue following the column and using it to your advantage. Per usual, we will keep an eye on the very best value picks both on the bump and at the plate. After I’ve listed my favorite values (inexpensive) picks, you’ll find my “Stud Finder” that highlights some big bats to fill out the lineup at the end. Those are the big boppers that should still be affordable for your contests. Let’s not screw around, we have money to make.
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***All prices listed are from DraftKings***
Value on the Hill
Michael Kopech – at Toronto ($9,000)
The Blue Jays’ offense has largely been a disappointment thus far in 2022. That looks good for Kopech, who has been lights out on the mound and carried a perfect game into the sixth inning his last time out. Ultimately, he got the win against a tough New York Yankees offense with a 0.43 WHIP. While he only stuck out six in the affair, Kopech continued his growth as a top-tied starter in the league. Shutting down the Yankees has to make one feel pretty good about his dexterity against Toronto, even on the road. $9,000 is a pretty fair price, but should be higher. That’s value for the young (26 years old) righty who strolls into the game with a stingy 1.29 ERA and a nasty 0.86 WHIP. Kopech is a smooth criminal, and it’s unreal value.
Jeffrey Springs – at Texas ($6,200)
There’s another pitcher with a sub-2.00 ERA and he’s pitching at the Rangers on Wednesday. Springs (like Kopech) last pitched against the Yankees, allowing two runs over six innings of work. Texas can score, but they sure are not New York, so this should be a better result for Springs. He’s 2-2 on the season after the tough-luck Yankees loss, but wields a 1.62 ERA and 0.81 WHIP after 33.1 innings pitched. In short, he has been excellent. Predominantly coming from the bullpen, the southpaw will scare off many DFS players. However, he has been stretched out and appears to be a rotation mainstay. For this price, he should be rostered/started without hesitation. We are hoping for five-plus innings, five strikeouts, and and easy victory while keeping free passes to a minimum.
Value in the Field
Rowdy Tellez, 1B – at Chicago Cubs ($3,800)
Tellez’s batting average of .247 is right on pace with his career average, but he is on pace to shatter every other accumulated total he has reached. His ten ding-dongs through 48 games is nearly halfway to his career-best 21 logged in 2019 when he hit .227. For Tellez to be below $4K in cost is a DFS boon. Tellez has plenty of 0-fers on his resume, and to an extent he is boom/bust. In DFS, the prospect of “boom” is worth this cost. You could do worse than inserting a triple slash of .247/.309/.500 (that’s an .809 OPS, math geniuses) into your lineup for the cost. Tellez has 10 dingers and 36 RBI in 48 games. That’s, uh… pretty good.
Kyle Farmer, SS – at Boston ($4,300) PIVOT: J.P. Crawford
Farmer’s cost has skyrocketed because he is on absolute fire right now. So much so, I highlighted him in this week’s “Walking the Waiver Wire”. He is still being undervalued. Farmer had a nine-game hitting streak snapped that saw him hit three moonshots with the boomstick, three doubles, and drive in 12. It’s been quite the tear, after he struggled to 0-for-a zillion early in the season. Cincinnati is awash with role players, so it’s hard to know know which position player will be in the lineup. Famer is a must-start for the price, but Crawford is a nice pivot in case Reds manager David Bell messes with the lineup. Farmer is swinging a hot bat, though, and should assume his rightful spot in the lineup regardless of fielding position. The guy literally plays every position, so it’s a good bet he’ll be on the field.
Adolis Garcia, OF – at Texas ($4,000) PIVOT: Jesse Winker
You guys know I love players that have the ability to stuff the stat sheet. In DFS, those are the greatest values. Garcia might only be batting .227, but the guy has crossed the plate 27 times and he has driven in 31 with the lumber. On top of that, he has eight balls that cleared the fence to go along with five swipes on the basepaths. Garcia is slugging .436, and if not for a poor OBP (.236) his OPS of .705 would be. We all know the DFS is a boom or bust game, and I expect him to show up. I picked Springs to have a great game on the mound for Tampa Bay, but he’s not gonna throw a no-no. Garcia could do some damage through the air or between the bases.
Stud Finder: Tyler Stephenson (C – CIN), Adam Frazier (OF – SEA), Ke’Bryan Hayes (3B – PIT), Aaron Judge (OF – NYY)
Plenty of money left over after the value picks to stack your lineup. Build fat stacks today and keep the ball rolling. Best of luck with all of your entries.
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