6/16 MLB DFS Studs & Values

6/16 MLB DFS Studs & Values

Took last weekend off from DFS, but I’m back with a vengeance tonight. It is World Cup season, and I’ve come to a very obvious conclusion about my fantasy “football” DFS capabilities: I suck!

But that doesn’t mean I won’t still be dipping my toe in the water on some of these World Cup slates for fun. Picking Messi was a Messi proposition today, as he missed a key penalty kick in this morning’s opening Group D match that led to Argentina’s draw with Iceland.

The main Major League Baseball slate (since this is a baseball DFS blog, I guess I’ll cover that) features four games with absolutely zero weather concerns tonight. The games in St. Louis and Los Angeles do, however, offer favorable wind conditions for offense tonight.


Stud: Patrick Corbin (vs. NY Mets)

The Mets have been terrible for awhile now (this applies to both the 2018 season and the majority of 21st century, frankly), and head to Arizona to face Patrick Corbin tonight. Corbin brings a 3.21 ERA and an 11.83 K/9 in 87 total innings of work this season into this matchup.  The Mets have a combined .255 batting average and .785 OPS against Corbin. He’s expensive on this slate, but he also offers the highest strikeout upside.

Value: Alex Wood (vs. San Francisco)

Wood’s first start of 2018 was an impressive eight inning, one hit performance against this San Francisco team at the Dodgers’ Chavez Ravine adjacent stadium. He has been extremely inconsistent in recent starts, but still holds a respectable 8.61 K/9 69 total innings of work on the year. The Dodgers are favored in this matchup tonight, so I like Wood as a solid second starter on sites that require one with his win and strikeout upside.

Also Consider: Kyle Hendricks (@ St. Louis)


Stud: John Ryan Murphy (vs. NY Mets)

JRM has five home runs in 56 at-bats in the last 30 days, and regularly hits out of the cleanup spot for the Diamondbacks when he’s behind the dish.  Tonight is no different. The Diamondbacks have the highest implied run total on the slate at 4.6 runs.

First Base

Stud: Paul Goldschmidt (vs. NY Mets)

Goldschmidt is 2-5 with 2 home runs in his career against Steven Matz. He’s been hot as of late, hitting .354 with 10 home runs and 22 RBI in the last 30 days.

Also Consider: Anthony Rizzo (@ St. Louis)

Second Base

Studs: Ben Zobrist (@ St. Louis), Enrique Hernandez (vs. San Francisco)

Positional eligibility is going to matter a lot tonight, so pay attention to which play is best depending on which site you prefer. I like Zobrist on Fanduel and Hernandez on DraftKings tonight. Hernandez has a 1.417 OPS against Madison Bumgarner in 30 career at-bats and hits at the top of the order. Zobrist leads off against Carlos Martinez tonight and should be a factor in generating the 4.4 expected runs for the Cubs tonight.

Third Base

Stud: Matt Carpenter (vs. Chicago Cubs)

The St. Louis leadoff hitter has 2 home runs and an .867 OPS against Kyle Hendricks in his career. He’s been hot this week, with 2 home runs in the last seven days.

Value: Jedd Gyorko (vs. Chicago Cubs)

On the value side, Gyorko is hitting 5th tonight and brings an .808 OPS against Hendricks into the matchup. The Cardinals have an implied run total of 4.1 tonight.


Stud: Nick Ahmed (vs. NY Mets)

Ahmed hits second behind Goldy and JRM tonight, which means he rounds out a nice top of the order stack of the offense with the highest implied run total by slotting him in at shortstop. Brandon Crawford is really the only other shortstop I like tonight, but since Corbin projects to be the best pitcher on the slate, Ahmed is a bit of an auto-play for me at his salary.


Stud: JD Martinez (@ Seattle)

Martinez is hitting .333 with 4 home runs in the last 15 days. He brings a 2.333 OPS (in just three at-bats, though) against Wade LeBlanc into tonight’s matchup. The Red Sox have an implied run total of 4.3 tonight, and JD should figure to be a part of their run production in the pacific northwest this weekend.

Also Consider: Jason Hayward (@ St. Louis), Dexter Fowler (vs. Chicago Cubs), Jon Jay (vs. NY Mets)