With every team in action, no threat of rain, and some middle of the road pitchers going, Sunday is a tough slate for baseball. Therefore, a great day for DFS action with so many ways to go with it. Here are some players to target, at every position and price range:
Sonny Gray vs. Tampa Bay Rays ($9700) – Gray had five straight stud starts before having a bad one in a good matchup with Houston last time out. He gets another good matchup here against a team that is one of the worst in MLB for runs scored and batting average, while also having one of the higher strikeout rates. Gray is a -130 favorite in a game with only seven runs expected. He had scored about 25 fantasy point per game in the five games before Houston, so with the price dip today, a repeat of those performances puts him at three points per thousand of cost and makes him a top option to pay up for.
Hector Santiago vs. Boston Red Sox ($7100) – Over his last three games, Hector Santiago has pitched 19.1 innings, allowed 12 hits, 7 walks, only 2 earned runs, and struck out 18. He gets a matchup today with a Red Sox team that is currently hitting .198 against left-handed pitching. they do not have a huge strikeout rate at only 20.7%, but that should be enough to help provide a nice floor here today. Santiago has seen a lot of the early Vegas money came in on him and the money line has already dropped from +125 to +105. He should go off lower owned tomorrow and has a great chance to return three points per thousand of cost and be one of the best value plays at starting pitcher on the day. He has returned 21.3, 23.3 and 23.6 in his last three outings, so a repeat makes him a great play again here at this price.
Buster Posey vs. Colorado Rockies ($5500) – Yes this is a very high price, but the matchup, ballpark, and player are elite. Posey gets to go up against Chad Bettis who has allowed 59 hits in his 38 innings of big league action since 2013. Coors Field is the best hitter’s park in all of MLB, so that’s also in his favor. Lastly, Posey is one of the best hitting catchers we have in the league. He bats third in that Giants order, and has 121 fantasy points in his last ten games. Although the price is high at $5500, he has averaged over 12 points per contest, so you really can not argue with the return on him lately.
Stephen Vogt vs. Tampa Bay Rays ($3800) – Vogt was sat on Saturday, so he should be active on Sunday and back in his five spot in the lineup. He gets a matchup with Erasmo Ramirez, who is a right-handed pitcher that has been up and down throughout his career. Vogt has cooled off a little, but had a homerun in his last game and is still currently hitting .309 with 10 homeruns and has an OPS of 1.019. He hits fifth in that Athletics order, so he is in a good spot to drive in runs. His price is very friendly compared to other five hitter’s at other positions who have less upside, so he makes sense to include today.
Mark Texiera vs. Texas Rangers ($4400) – Gallardo is a high homerun guy and tex is the best homerun threat the Yanks have. Gallardo struggles with left-handed bats who have power. Tex is a left-handed bat with power who will be hitting at home in Yankee Stadium and aiming at that short porch in right field. Tex has averaged a little under 10 points per game over his last ten and has flashed 20+ point upside in a few of those. I think the matchup and home park on Sunday give him a chance to add another high upside game to his recent numbers.
Ben Paulsen vs. San Fransisco Giants ($3500) – Paulsen remains hot since his call up. He had hits in all four games he played heading into Saturday’s double header. In the first game he went two for four with a homerun to extend the streak to five. He also got the start in the nightcap though, so there’s a chance they sit him here on Sunday. Still Paulsen is off to red hot start with an average over .400. He hits in the meat of that Rockies order anywhere from fourth to sixth and gets a right-hander in a great hitter’s park at Coors Field. He is the only cheap option I would consider using at first base, but be sure to check his availability as he could be rested after playing both ends of the double header the day before.
Jason Kipnis vs. Cincinnati Reds ($4500) – Kipnis was originally supposed to be matched up with Johnny Cueto today, but he has been scratched and replaced by Rasiel Iglesias, the Cuban import. Iglesias has been solid, but Kipnis has been great lately. Kipnis has at least nine fantasy points in eight of his last ten games. He gets his preferred lefty/righty matchup in this one as well, so there’s a lot of upside. Kipnis has averaged 11.9 points over his last ten games and should be in line for another chance to reach towards his ceiling in a perfect matchup here today. The price break offered on him is enough to take advantage of based on how he has been hitting lately.
Delino Deshields vs. New York Yankees ($4000) – He has been on fire, and it’s time for daily fantasy players to take notice. Deshields was up on top of the order yesterday against a left-handed pitcher, and there’s a good chance he will be again today against another left-hander in Chris Capuano. He is eleven for his last thirty-four with eight walks, nine runs scored, three RBI, and two stolen bases over his last ten games. He has averaged 10 points per game over this stretch and is still flying under the radar of the average player. His price is still reasonable based on the production and he should be in line for another good game in this one.
Kyle Seager vs. Toronto Blue Jays ($4500) – Seager is starting to heat up. He has a nine game hitting streak going and is twelve for his last thirty-three. He gets an excellent matchup here against Aaron Sanchez who has allowed left-handed batters to hit .317. The game is being played in the Rogers Centre which is a great hitter’s park. Seager should again be hitting in the five hole in this one, so he is in a good spot to drive in a few runs with the probability of a homerun being pretty high. He checks off a lot of the boxes here today and a top target at 3rd base.
Maikel Franco vs. Washington Nationals ($3700) – Franco was called up about two weeks ago to help add some pop to this struggling Phillies offense. He has delivered. He has been averaging 12.5 points over his last 7 and three times has scored about twenty fantasy points or more. He gets a good R/L split matchup against Gio Gonzalez tomorrow and is one of the cheaper options at an expensive third base position who you would not mind using. He has been hitting in the five hole for the Phillies and doing an admirable job of it. He has upside for a tourney, but not enough of a track record yet to use in cash against a solid starting pitcher.
Brad Miller vs. Toronto Blue Jays ($4000) – The name Brad Miller and Stud are rarely uttered in the same breath when speaking about baseball, but today is the exception to the rule. Miller has been on fire with 97 fantasy points in his last nine starts. That is an average of almost 11 per game. He has been hitting either first or second aganst right-handed pitching and gets a matchup with AAron Sanchez tomorrow who has allowed left-handers to hit .317 off of him this year. The game is in the Rogers Centre which is the American league’s version of Coors Field, so there is a ton of upside here today. He will go low owned in tournaments and overlooked in cash, so he is the guy who will help differentiate your rosters and get you the win here.
Erick Aybar vs. Boston Red Sox ($3700) – Erick Aybar is hot with the bat. The Angels shortstop has a .316 batting average in the month of May. He has hits in nine of his last ten games and is currently fifteen for forty-two during this stretch (.357). He has been leading off for the Angels and should be again on Sunday. Wade Miley has no real difference in his splits, but Aybar does better against left-handers, so the matchup is still in his favor. He is not a high upside guy capable of smashing a few homeruns, but he is solid and consistent for a few hits based on his recent history. He has averaged 9.3 fantasy points over his last ten games, so while his upside is lacking for a tournament, he makes a great play for cash games.
Hunter Pence vs. Colorado Rockies ($5500) – Pence has only been back from injury for about a week, but he has made the most of his at-bats. In seven games, he has multiple hits in four of them. He gets a matchup against Chad Bettis who has allowed 59 hits to right-handed batters in 38 innings of work since 2013. The game is played in Coors Field, which is a great place to hit, and Pence should be back in the cleanup spot for this one. While he is pricey, he has scored double digits in four of six starts so far and is averaging just a tick under 10 fantasy points per game since his return.
Mike Trout vs. Boston Red Sox ($5300) – Trout is at the top of the list of outfielders for me. He gets a matchup with Wade Miley, in a game Vegas expects to see some runs scored by Los Angeles. The Angels bats have started to hit a little more and with Pujuols back and Aybar doing a good job leading off, Trout finally has some help on top of that order. This guy is a five tool player who can hit for average and power, while also stealing a few bases for you. He can score fantasy points in so many ways and has a good matchup to do so in this one. He has at least 14 fantasy points in each of his last three games, so neither consistency, nor upside is in question with him.
Denard Span vs. Philadelphia Phillies ($4300) – Span is the most underrated player on DraftKings. He is averaging 9.9 points over his last ten games and was one of the top 30 outfielders fantasy wise last season. He does not have power or steal a ton of bases, so he does not pop out to the average player, but he consistently gets hits and scores runs, which add up to great production. He has at least 8 points in seven of his last ten, which included a streak of six straight games where he returned double digit fantasy pints. He gets his preferred matchup tomorrow against a right-hander in Harang who is due for some regression.
Billy Burns vs. Tampa Bay Rays ($2800) – There is nothing too sexy about Burns, but he has got the job done. He is dirt cheap and with Coco Crisp on the DL again, his time vs. right-handed pitching a top the As order seems secure again. He is a guy who has good upside and is very consistent. Here are his last ten fantasy outputs: 12, 7, 8, 0, 9, 16, 5, 9, 3, 10. That gives him an average of 7.9 fantasy points per game and a mean score of 8.5 per game. At his sub $3K price, that means he is returning three points per thousand of cost as an average and a mean score, which are both elite level numbers. He might not be the guy who gets you 30 ever, but his 8-10 points at that price works for cash games and as a salary saver in tournaments to fit in a bigger bat.