We’re still very early in the 2020 MLB season and not all salaries have been adjusted appropriately. That leaves some strong values to target on Wednesday’s main DraftKings slate. Here are the plays that standout to me.
SP Nathan Eovaldi, BOS vs. NYM ($6,800)
I’m planning on being able to buy a yacht after fading the Red Sox on a daily basis this season, but I can’t let that cloud my vision here. As long as he’s healthy, Eovaldi is a solid starter. He had a very solid Opening Day start against the Orioles, allowing five hits and one run over six innings, punching out four O’s in the process (19.9 DKFP). Throw the 15 runs the Mets have scored so far in this series out the window — that came against bottom of the barrel pitching. This Mets offense is nothing special, scoring five total runs in three games against MLB-level pitching from the Braves. It’s tough to see the Mets losing with Jacob deGrom ($12,000) on the mound, but Eovaldi should be able to have a quality start.
OF Kyle Lewis, SEA vs. LAA ($3,800)
Lewis is off to a terrific start for the Mariners, batting .421 and averaging 12 DKFP through five games. He’s been pretty consistent, scoring at least 10 DKFP four times, and has a good matchup against Andrew Heaney ($7,900) and the Angels. Lewis should hit third for Seattle and has an opposite-hand matchup against the lefty starter. The M’s have shown a little more pop in their bats than expected.
1B C.J. Cron, DET vs. KC ($3,200)
Cron’s a hit-or-miss play, but we’re targeting homers here. He’s hit two already in 2020, following 25 with the Twins in 2019 and 30 with the Rays in 2018. Cron’s averaging 10 DKFP in the young season and projects to bat cleanup for the Tigers, who are at home against LHP Danny Duffy ($7,100) and an awful Royals bullpen.
1B/3B Colin Moran, PIT vs. MIL ($3,100)
The Pirates’ offense has been much better than expected so far and scored 13 total runs in the first two games of this series against Milwaukee. Moran’s been a huge piece of the success, hitting a pair of homers in the first game of the series. Averaging 13 DKFP, it doesn’t get much better than a $3,100 bat in the top half of the order with 1B/3B eligibility. Moran has an opposite-hand matchup against Brandon Woodruff ($8,100), who’s struggled at PNC Park.
OF Michael Brantley, HOU vs. LAD ($3,000)
Brantley continues to be one of the most head-scratching values to begin the MLB season. He bats cleanup in the explosive Astros offense, and yet the three bats that are ahead of him are all over $5,000. Brantley’s been better than all of those bats thus far, hitting .421 and averaging 12.8 DKFP. Dustin May ($7,300) has great stuff, but Brantley is probably $1,500 underpriced.
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