Daily Fantasy Rundown – May 28th MLB DFS Picks and Analysis
Welcome to Thursday’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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Additional catcher notes: On a six game slate, the catcher position (along with some middle infield positions) is usually covered in the additional notes section due to the lack of separation for each individual play. I view Brian McCann (NYY) as the top play at the catcher position but he only ranks among the top 55 options. He has a favorable matchup (Kendall Graveman doesn’t miss many bats and he has struggled to get LHBs out) and his best skill is hitting for power (.187 ISO against RHP since 2012). On sites where McCann is priced as an average hitter, he’s a good target in cash games despite the bad hitting environment (Oakland Coliseum is what’s dragging his value in our model). The Yankees offense will settle with a team total of four runs so it makes sense to have some sort of exposure on a short slate, especially at a scarce position. On sites where Carlos Santana (CLE) has catcher eligibility, he’s the top play. He has good skills against LHP and he’s a switch hitter (good for his value) but the matchup isn’t strong (James Paxton keeps the ball in the ground and has allowed a .262 wOBA to RHBs in the last couple of seasons). Santana is ranked among our top 25 hitters this evening. Teammate Yan Gomes (CLE) will emerge as a fine value if he’s able to lock up a top six spot in the Cleveland lineup. Gomes has accumulated a .369 wOBA and .205 ISO against southpaws in his last 330 PAs. As I mentioned in the Santana blurb, the matchup isn’t compelling but his skills keep him in the cash game conversation. James McCann (DET) is a fine salary relief option. He won’t have a strong lineup spot (will hit seventh) but most of this Tigers lineup will have the platoon edge tonight against C.J. Wilson (hitters in front of him are Miguel Cabrera, J.D. Martinez and Yoenis Cespedes). I’m willing to take the weak lineup spot to get exposure to an offense that should settle in with a team total of four implied runs. The catcher position doesn’t carry much opportunity cost tonight so punting the position with a salary relief option like McCann makes sense on tighter pricing sites.