Dobish’s MLB DFS Quick Hits
We’ll take an in-depth look at a handful of value plays to help put your DFS team over the top. Sure, everyone knows who the studs are, but let’s take a look at production to dollars spent. That’s where the wins and losses are determined on a daily basis.
(FantasyAces.com salaries in parentheses) (all times ET)
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS, Miami ($4,450 vs. NYM): When casual fans and DFS players are scanning the shortstops on a nightly basis, Hechavarria is not a player usually on the tips of people’s tongues. However, he has driven in nine runs over the past six games, and he has a total of 16 RBI to lead all major league shortstops. His .809 OPS ranks sixth in the league at shortstop right behind Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki. However, Tulo will cost you roughly 21 percent more in DFS salary than Hechavarria.
Hechavarria faces Mets SP Bartolo Colon, who has been cruising along, but the Miami shortstop is hitting .308 against right-handed pitching with 11 RBI in 65 at-bats. While his home batting average over .167 is of slight concern, he remains a tremendous value because of his mid-level salary and high overall numbers.
Daniel Murphy, 2B, N.Y. Mets ($4,750 at MIA): Murphy had been stumbling along, posting an awful .145 average with a .217 on-base percentage. However, it’s like a light went off in the interleague series finale at N.Y. Yankees, as he picked up a pair of doubles in three at-bats while driving in two runs. He has hit safely in three straight games, posted four extra-base hits (three doubles, a homer) and driven in five runs to raise his average over the Mendoza line to .205.
Murphy isn’t your prototypical power hitter, but he is a big doubles hitter and he will help DFS owners at a position which normally requires big spending. To make Murphy even more attractive, he is 6-for-17 (.353) with two doubles, two RBI and a respectable .804 OPS against Miami Marlins SP Mat Latos. Take advantage of Murphy’s terrible start and ride the wave until his DFS salary catches up to his recent uptick in production.
A.J. Pierzynski, C, Atlanta ($4,550 vs. WAS): Pierzynski was originally signed to serve as the backup and mentor to youngster Christian Bethancourt, but after a four-hit performance in Tuesday’s 13-12 loss the veteran is hitting a robust .439, while Bethancourt limps along at just .147. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said this week that the two will split time behind the dish, but if Pierzynski keeps raking he will be seeing a majority of the starts. The Braves, at least until Tuesday, have had difficulty scoring runs, so there is no way Gonzalez can afford to wait for Bethancourt to get untracked when no one outside of regulars Freddie Freeman (.286/.345/.519) and Nick Markakis (.329/.440/.371) are hitting.
Power isn’t Pierzynski’s game, but more homers at his position than anyone on the board other than Oakland Athletics C Stephen Vogt. Keep rolling with Pierzynski at your catcher spot and enjoy the savings he provides.