MLB DraftKings Plays: Great Values, SB Matchups, and Pitcher

Tonight, DraftKings is running the $500,000 MLB Sweet Spot. It’s only $27 to enter, and 1st place wins $50,000. It will likely have an overlay, so even if it’s your first time playing MLB you could make a profitable lineup even with a little knowledge. And if you’re new to DraftKings, sign up through this link to receive a 100% deposit bonus up to $600!


Great Values

Mark Canha (1B/OF $3,400) – Canha is a 26 year old rookie who was never a highly touted prospect, but the As really like him and he continues to bat 2nd in the Athletics order. Steamer doesn’t project Canha as a great hitter, but he’s been outperformed expectations significantly so far this season. Even if you believe Steamer’s projections for a sub .700 OPS season, Canha is still one of the best hitting values of the night. And he has the added benefit of going from the Oakland Colliseum, a pitchers park, to Houston, a great hitter’s park.

Yangervis Solarte (2B/3B $3,000) – In the past, daily fantasy baseball players have shied away from playing any Padres at home, since Petco Park is such a pitchers park. But San Diego has moved the outfield walls in twice in the past few years, and slowly Petco Park has become more and more of a hitters park, especially for lefties (although it’s still certainly not ideal for hitting). Solarte is a switch hitter but bats much better from his left side, and is batting 2nd in the order for the Padres. At only $3,000, he’s a ridiculous bargain.

Steve Pearce (1B/OF $4,000) – Pearce may not be a name you know, but he’s batting clean up tonight for the Orioles and is actually a very, very good hitter, especially against lefties. In his career, he has a .872 OPS against them and faces a pitcher in CC Sabathia who’s a complete shell of his former self. Pearce had one of the best seasons of his career last season with a .900+ OPS, and Steamer doesn’t think it’s a fluke, projecting him at a solid .820 OPS this season. He’s one of the top projected performers tonight regardless of salary, and his price makes him an absolute must-play tonight.

Stolen Base Plays

Christian Yelich (OF $4,600) and Dee Gordon (2B/SS $4,700) – It’s a dream matchup tonight for Gordon and Yelich. They face Trevor Cahill, a righty who struggles in all the right areas. He’s very bad against lefties, has a high walk rate and a -3 rSB, and his battery mate, A.J. Pierzynski, is a poor defensive catcher. Gordon and Yelich should both have an easy time getting on base and an easy time stealing once they’re on. Note: Yelich scratched with a sore back, Ichiro batting 2nd in the order and is great value at $3,200.

Pitcher Must Play

Matt Harvey ($9,300) – Put Matt Harvey in your lineup. He could very well be the NL Cy Young winner this year when things are all said and done, and he has a cake matchup vs the Phillies awful lineup. His price should be $12,000 tonight. Absolutely do not fade this man, especially with such weak options at pitcher otherwise.

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Max J Steinberg Max Steinberg is a professional poker player and a top Daily Fantasy player who uses his creativity and mathematical abilities he cultivated as a poker player to win money on both DraftKings and FanDuel. He already has several big tournament scores to his name including the Victiv Bowl and countless MLB Monster wins. Follow him on twitter @maxjsteinberg.

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