Major League Baseball teams are already starting to separate themselves from contenders and pretenders as we head into the third week of the season. With nine games on tap for tonight under the lights, there are lots of options to choose from as you build your lineup. If you need a cheap option to balance some big bats or ace arms, check out these bargain bin plays. Each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, you can find my top two value arms under $8K, and my top three hitters under $3.5K here in the bargain bin on DraftKings Playbook. Let’s take a look at who can produce good value despite a reduced salary tonight:
Brandon McCarthy – SP – LAD vs. ARI – $7,900
McCarthy costs just under $8K tonight as he makes his third start of the season. So far, he has been fantastic for L.A., going 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in his 12 innings of work. He held the Cubs scoreless for six strong innings in his last start, allowing four hits and three walks while striking out four at Wrigley Field.
Tonight, he’ll be back home as the Dodgers close their four-game set with his former team, the Diamondbacks. McCarthy dealt six scoreless innings when he faced Arizona last season, and he should be motivated to help L.A. pull even with its division rivals atop the NL West with a win tonight.
Jordan Montgomery – SP – NYY vs CWS – $6,000
The Yankees got a solid MLB debut from big lefty Jordan Montgomery last Wednesday against the Rays. Montgomery only lasted 4.2 innings, but he struck out seven and allowed just two earned runs. He got a no-decision in that outing, but his 15.7 DKFP are still a fine return for a bargain arm at just $6K.
Tonight, he’ll get a better matchup as he takes on the White Sox, who are at or near the bottom of most offensive categories in the Majors. Over the last week, they’ve scored just 19 runs in six games while hitting a combined .205 as a team. Montgomery has shown strikeout stuff in the minor leagues, and he’ll continue to try to convert that to Major League success tonight in the Bronx.
Adam Frazier – 2B/OF – PIT @ STL – $3,000
Frazier had an outstanding weekend, helping the Pirates take games on Saturday and Sunday at Wrigley Field. He went 2-5 with a triple, a RBI and two runs scored for 17 DKFP on Saturday and followed that up with 26 DKFP on Sunday, going 3-4 with a double and his first homer of the season.
Frazier has been hitting leadoff often against RHP like Lance Lynn, who he and the Pirates will take on tonight in St. Louis. His big game yesterday, though, came out of the eighth spot in Pittsburgh’s lineup, so he can be a threat wherever he’s batting. He’s hitting .343 after his big weekend with a .953 OPS.
Lonnie Chisenhall – 3B/OF – CLE @ MIN – $3,300
Another option with positional flexibility like Frazier is Cleveland’s Lonnie Chisenhall who has looked good since coming off the DL. He went 1-5 with a double in is season debut last Thursday, homered in his only at-bat Friday, and then went 3-5 with another homer and 25 DKFP on Saturday.
Tonight, he’ll take on Kyle Gibson, who he is 6-18 (.333) against in his career with a pair of doubles. Gibson is the only Twins’ pitcher who has struggled this season, and he comes into tonight’s start with an 8.00 ERA. Chisenhall is a nice cheap way to get in on what will likely be a popular stack tonight against Gibson.
Ronald Torreyes – SS – NYY vs. CWS – $2,700
Torreyes has done a good job filling in at SS for the injured Didi Gregorious so far this season. Torreyes has hit safely in six of his last seven starts after going 1-4 in each of the Yankees’ three games against the Cardinals this weekend. His two RBI last night give him 10 on the season to go with his .250 (10-40) average.
The Yankees’ lineup will face Derek Holland of the White Sox tonight who has been solid in his first two starts for Chicago. However, with a price still under $3K, Torreyes is a great way to save salary and still get a player who will usually find a way to contribute to both the red-hot Yankees and your fantasy team.
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