MLB DFS Daily Fantasy Rundown – May 11th, 2015
Welcome to Monday’s edition of the Daily Fantasy Rundown with “leonem”, “dinkpiece” and “thenumbersguy”. Each day throughout the MLB season our daily MLB scouting reports will highlight the best top, value and cheap plays of the day based on the Daily Fantasy Industry’s pricing for salary cap games. The goal of our analysis is to help you improve consistency and become a better player long-term.
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Catcher notes: I hate starting the content with a generic notes section, but the catcher position is unique on Monday. We don’t have any catchers that rank within our Top 60 overall hitters and as a result pricing will play a key role in your decision making. Unfortunately, the pricing varies wildly across the industry. Yasmani Grandal (LAD), Wilson Ramos (WAS), Russell Martin (TOR) and Salvador Perez (KC) represent our “top” options. Martin and Grandal are generally priced up after some recent strong performances but are most assured of a good lineup spot. I think they’re better as a part of stacks in tournaments than they are as solo pieces in cash games. Wilson Ramos and Salvador Perez come at more affordable prices on many sites. They don’t have a great lineup spots, but on the road in offenses we project well above average, the impact of hitting sixth should be mitigated. Ramos and Perez are two of the options we’re most likely to deploy in cash games. They each rank within 7-10 spots of one another in our model. Miguel Montero (CHC) typically doesn’t catch Jon Lester, but if he finds his way into the middle of the Cubs lineup in an elite hitting environment, he earns cash game consideration. A.J. Pierzysnki (ATL) has the benefit of an elite lineup spot and a great hitting environment. His price tag remains depressed compared to other catching options. Mike Leake is vulnerable to LH power (.333 wOBA, 1.13 HR/9) and a lot of that is because how homer friendly Great American Ballpark plays (inflates LH HRs 12 percent above the league average). On tighter pricing sites, Pierzynski’s more depressed price point could serve as a fine alternative. Caleb Joseph (BAL) has severely outperformed our expectations early in the season in both his BB Rate and his power. If he gets that sixth spot in the lineup we’ve seen some of late, he’s another Pierzynski-like alternative to the catchers who rank better in our model. Brian McCann (NYY) and Stephen Vogt (OAK) have strong matchups against opposing starters who have struggled getting lefties out, but the overall offensive environment pushes them down in our model. They generally have price tags commensurate or above the group of “top” options, so they’re better suited as solo tournament plays in our opinion.