After three afternoon games, tonight’s DraftKings’ main slate includes a dozen games which hopefully won’t be as affected by the weather as last night’s soggy slate which featured three rain-outs and a delay. Make sure to double-check the forecast as tonight’s games get closer and you finalize your lineup.
As you fill in your last few spots, you may need to find some value plays with cheaper options that still produce points–that’s where the bargain bin comes in. Each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, I identify my favorite inexpensive but productive players highlighting two starting pitchers under $8K and three hitters under $3.5K. Let’s check out the best from the bargain bin this Wednesday:
Dylan Bundy – SP – BAL vs. TB – $7,800
So far this season, Bundy has been showcasing the potential that scouts have raved about for so long. He has allowed no runs in his last two starts holding the Blue Jays and Red Sox scoreless for 13 innings on 11 hits and two walks while striking out nine and picking up a pair of wins. On the season, he is now 3-1 with a 1.37 ERA and a WHIP under 1.00. He has at least 21 DKFP in three of his four starts although his strikeout numbers aren’t quite enough to make him an elite option.
He is a very strong play tonight, though, as he faces the Rays who strike out more per game (10.09) than any other team in the Major Leagues. Bundy may or may not keep his scoreless streak intact, but he should at least turn in a strong enough start to get the win against Alex Cobb.
Luis Severino – SP – NYY @ BOS – $7,600
If the Yankees and Red Sox can dodge the raindrops and get tonight’s game in, Severino will be the other cheap option to consider on the mound. Severino is a little bit riskier than Bundy since he has a much higher ERA (4.05) and has given up four homers in his three starts. On the bright side, though, Severino has a higher strikeout rate with 27 punch-outs in his 20 innings this year and double-digits K’s in each of his last two starts. He posted over 30 DKFP in each of those outings.
In his career numbers against Boston, those same trends hold. He is 0-3 with a 5.71 ERA in four games against the Red Sox with 20 strikeouts in 17.1 innings. If he can keep the damage under control, his strikeouts give him an extremely high ceiling making him a good GPP option even if he isn’t a “safe” cash game play.
John Hicks – 1B/C – DET vs SEA – $2,600
The Tigers’ lineup has continued to produce some nice run totals despite being without Miguel Cabrera thanks to contributions from players like Alex Avila, James McCann and even a boost from Hicks. Hicks hit .310 with 10 homers between Double-A and Triple-A last season and was recalled Saturday. He and Alex Avila are expected to split time at 1B while Cabrera is out.
The Tigers face lefty James Paxton tonight so Hicks will likely return to the starting lineup. He hit his first homer in the Majors in his last start producing 30 DKFP going 3-5 with two runs scored and five RBI. He also went 1-1 last night and scored a run coming off the bench. If he does draw the start tonight, Hicks is a great cheap way to fill in behind the plate and brings some intriguing upside for such a cheap salary.
Justin Turner – 3B – LAD @ SF – $3,200
A much more familiar name than Hicks, Turner’s price continues to be low despite his strong start to the season. So far this year, Turner has anchored the middle of the LA lineup from the third spot in the order. He is hitting .352 (25-71) with an impressive .904 OPS. He hasn’t hit a homer yet this season but does have nine doubles, seven RBI and a stolen base.
The Giants and Dodgers have both started the season slower than expected and split a pair of tight 2-1 games the last two nights. Tonight, Turner and the Dodgers will try to take the rubber game from their rivals as they face Johnny Cueto. The matchup shouldn’t scare you away from Turner at this price, though, especially since he is 7-21 (.333) with two doubles and a home run off of Cueto in his career.
Daniel Nava – OF – PHI vs. MIA – $3,300
With bargain bin stalwarts Mitch Haniger (injury) and Kevin Pillar (weather concerns) looking like they won’t be available tonight, one cheap OF who makes sense at his price is the Phillies’ Daniel Nava. Nava hasn’t quite locked up an everyday job yet, but he should be in the lineup tonight against lefty Wei-Yin Chen. Nava has gone 7-17 (.412) against Chen in his career with a homer and three RBI.
Nava has made the most of his opportunities with Philadelphia this year and is 9-23 (.391) with two doubles, two homers and seven RBI. With Howie Kendrick’s trip to the DL opening more time, hopefully Nava will get the start tonight and hit near the top of a surprisingly productive Philadelphia lineup.
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