6/3 MLB DFS Studs & Values

6/3 MLB DFS Studs & Values

The Yankees-Orioles game this afternoon has been postponed, which leaves just seven games (eight on DraftKings) to navigate.

Favorable wind conditions  are expected in Atlanta, Chicago, and Washington today.

Here are my favorite plays this afternoon:

Pitchers:

Stud: Mike Clevinger (@ Minnesota)

Clevinger is coming off a nice outing against the White Sox, where he went 6 2/3 innings and struck out 7 batters in a quality start. The Twins have a combined .227 batting average against him in 53 total plate appearances. At the high priced level, he’s the option I’m most comfortable with today.

Also Consider: Jon Lester (@ NY Mets)

Value: Nick Kingham (@ St. Louis)

Kingham has performed well through four major league starts, posting a 3.75 ERA and a 9.38 K/9 in 24 total innings. His first major league start was his best – 7 innings, 1 hit, and 9 strikeouts against these same Saint Louis Cardinals. Can he do it again? I like his chances to put in some quality work this afternoon.

Also Consider: Jakob Junis (vs. Oakland)

Catchers:

Stud: Francisco Cervelli (@ St. Louis)

Cervelli is 4-11 with a home run and a 1.053 OPS against Michael Wacha in his career. He’s a stud because he hits near the top of the order, which almost guarantees him a fourth at-bat, and a chance to produce at the catcher position.

Value: Kevin Plawecki (vs. Chicago Cubs)

Plawecki is hitting cleanup against Jon Lester, which almost makes him an autoplay at his price today. Plawecki is 2-7 with a .730 OPS against him in his career. Consider him a value here purely because of his spot in the batting order.

Also Consider: Yan Gomes (@ Minnesota)

First Base:

Stud: Edwin Encarnacion (@ Minnesota)

Edwin loves facing Kyle Gibson. He has a 1.419 OPS against him thanks to a double, 3 HR, and 8 RBI in 17 at-bats against him.

Value: Kendrys Morales (@ Detroit) 

Morales is the only Blue Jay in the lineup with a hit against Michael Fulmer in his career, and he has five of them! He has a .885 OPS in 13 at-bats against Fulmer.

Also Consider: Adrian Gonzalez (vs. Chicago Cubs)

Second Base:

Stud: Javier Baez (@ NY Mets)

Baez is 4-6 with a home run, 2 RBI and an 1.833 OPS against Steven Matz. He’s also hitting third in the order today with a lot of the Cubs regulars getting the day off; he should have a good chance to be a key part of producing their 4.1 implied runs today.

Value: Jason Kipnis (@ Minnesota)

Kipnis has a 1.309 OPS in 23 at-bats against Kyle Gibson. As he’s hitting right behind Encarnacion today, he should hopefully have some RBI opportunities at the plate.

Also Consider: Brian Dozier (vs. Cleveland)

Third Base:

Stud: Justin Turner (@ Colorado)

Turner has an 1.167 OPS thanks to going 9-18 with 3 doubles against Chad Bettis in his career. On FanDuel, opt for Jose Ramirez and the Indians today.

Also Consider: Jose Ramirez (@ Minnesota)

Shortstops:

Stud: Trevor Story (vs. LA Dodgers)

Story is 3-8 with a double, a home run, and a 1.250 OPS against Alex Wood. I like him as the primary way to get exposure to the Rockies at Coors Field today.

Also Consider: Francisco Lindor (@ Minnesota)

Value: Amed Rosario (vs. Chicago Cubs)

Rosario’s low price makes him a nice option for a contrarian Mets stack with Plawecki and the next Met on our list (spoiler alert) against Jon Lester. He’s 2-3 in limited at-bats against Lester in his career.

Outfielders:

Stud: Lorenzo Cain (@ Chicago White Sox)

The Brewers leadoff hitter is my favorite option for exposure to Dylan Covey this afternoon. He’s 0-5 against him, but the Brewers do have an implied run total of 5.3 runs today that he should contribute to if he gets on base.

Also Consider: Matt Kemp (@ Colorado)

Value: Jose Bautista (vs. Chicago Cubs)

Joey Bats is a Met now! After a brief cameo with the Braves, he’s been in New York for a little while, and hasn’t been completely awful actually. He has a .300 batting average and an .899 OPS as a Met (since May 22nd). He’s no stranger to seeing Jon Lester, as they faced each other often when they were both members of the AL East. He’s hitting second in the order today, so I like him in a Mets stack with Plawecki and Rosario as a result.

Also Consider: Max Kepler (vs. Cleveland), Adam Frazier (@ St. Louis)