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5/3 MLB DFS: James Shields is a top pitching value on Sunday

5/3 MLB DFS: James Shields is a top pitching value on Sunday
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Daily Fantasy Rundown – May 3rd, 2015 – James Shields is a top pitching value on Sunday

Welcome to Sunday’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.

Weather: No major concerns today. The weather in Wrigley strongly favors offense.

Please see Meteorologist Mark Paquette’s game by game weather forecasts below the Analysis.

If any weather situations shift drastically, we will keep you updated with lineup alerts so make sure to check your email inbox up until roster lock.

Catcher

Top Play:

Evan Gattis (HOU) – Gattis is the top play at the catcher position and on FanDuel he can easily be rostered (James Shields is too cheap on that site). The catcher position is usually shallow and Sundays it’s more exaggerated because of the quick turn around of night games to afternoon games but Gattis doesn’t carry this risk given that he serves as the team’s DH. Gattis has awesome skills against LHP (.372 wOBA, .253 ISO in 177 PAs against LHP) and opposing pitcher J.A. Happ isn’t missing many bats (17 percent K rate this season and his fastball velocity is sitting at 90 MPH this season after peaking at 93 MPH last season). If you’re not investing in Gattis’ DFS stock in cash game formats, you’re likely investing in the next written option below.

Value Play:

Miguel Montero (CHI) – The wind is blowing out at Wrigley Field today! Montero isn’t a great hitter even when he has the platoon edge (.339 wOBA) but he’s close to a league average hitter (against RHP) and he’s usually blessed with a good lineup spot (fifth). Those are enough contextual factors to make him a good value play and his matchup against Jimmy Nelson (has allowed .337 wOBA and 1.12 homeruns per 9 to 213 LHBs) boosts his value.

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