Previewing the Second Half of the MLB Season
With a multitude of dynamic stars to choose from in both pitching and offense, it can be difficult to craft a winning lineup each day. Everyone knows Mike Trout and Chris Sale are can’t miss players, but it’s not always wise to devote that much of your bankroll to such high salaries.
Winning DFS baseball lineups on DraftKings and FanDuel are often made up of great value picks. Now that a hundred plus games are in the books, let’s look back at the players at each position that can provide your roster that sneaky value that can help you win big.
Starters like Jon Lester, Blake Snell, and Miles Mikolas have all racked up double digit wins, but won’t put quite the dent in your bankroll as Max Scherzer or any of the Houston pitchers for that matter. If you are looking for an intriguing, but affordable option, Shane Bieber of the Cleveland Indians has made quite the splash since becoming a fixture at the backend of an already dominant rotation. He’s available for around $8000 on FanDuel and $8100 on DraftKings.
These two positions don’t have the same amount of offensive prowess as in years past, but many emerging young players are quickly putting an end to that. J.T. Realmuto has managed double digit home runs and a .300 plus average from the weaker group at the catcher position. C.J. Cron of the young Rays team has shown quite a bit of pop this year, belting 19 home runs. Each player will be found in the mid-tier price range and average double digit fantasy points a game. Will Meyers is a player that has been rounding into shape as of late, and could represent a good sleeper pick depending on the pitching matchup.
Despite his strikeouts, Yoan Moncada has averaged over 10 points per game on FanDuel this season. He’s heated up this past month, but can still be found toward the bottom of the salary list for second baseman. Jed Lowrie was lighting things up in the first half, but has cooled as of late. But with his name linked to many trade rumors, a fresh start could find him producing once again.
Eugenio Suarez is all the talk of the 2018 MLB season, but for daily fantasy purposes, he’s still a bonafide sleeper. Available in the mid three thousand range, the young Reds third baseman can provide significant punch to a lineup. Travis Shaw is another option to consider if looking for a cheap option. His sub .250 average isn’t pretty, but he’s the type of streaky hitter who could go on a tear for a few weeks and rack up the fantasy points.
Xander Bogaerts is on the higher end of the middle tier, but with so many powerhouses hitting in front of him, the Boston shortstop has feasted on pitchers’ mistakes to the tune of 16 home runs. Bogaerts’ pinstriped rival, Didi Gregorius, is also one who could provide great value in the second half of the season. The left handed hitter has shown decent pop this season and is likely to continue hitting as a part of the much vaunted Yankee lineup. He can usually be picked up for around $4000 on DraftKings.
There are so many studs at this position that the value picks are a plenty. Arizona’s A.J. Pollock has really found his form as the season moves along, and is still found way down the list of available options. Kris Davis has cooled off recently, but it appears the All-Star break has rejuvenated him. With a two-homer game last weekend, the Oakland slugger may be that sneaky pick that puts you ahead of the pack. Shin-soo Choo and Nicholas Castellanos are two players that continue to put up solid numbers, but picking them up in the $3000 ranges could save you quite a bit if you’ve splurged for a big name player like Mookie Betts.
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