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Fantasy Baseball Picks: Top DraftKings MLB DFS Targets, Values for September 23

Greg Ehrenberg gives his top studs and value plays at each position for Wednesday’s fantasy baseball slate on DraftKings, which starts at 6:05 p.m. ET.

The MLB season is coming down the home stretch and it’s a great time to get in on some DraftKings action. Wednesday features a huge 14-game main slate, starting at 6:05 p.m.

Set your DraftKings lineups here: MLB $200K Relay Throw [$50K to 1st]


PITCHER

Stud

Shane Bieber, CLE vs. CHW, $10,200 - If Bieber is pitching, I am rostering him. Closing out what should be a unanimous Cy Young season, Bieber doesn’t have a single bad start this season. He has a 1.74 ERA, averages 32.1 DKFP and in his worst outing of the season, he scored 19.9 DKFP. The combination of floor and ceiling with Bieber is too much for me to pass up. He has at least eight strikeouts in each of his 2020 outings.

Value

Kyle Hendricks, CHC at PIT, $8,300 - This is a pretty cheap price tag considering how well Hendricks is pitching this season. He’s always been a low ERA pitcher, but for fantasy, his upside often leaves a bit to be desired since he doesn’t strike out a ton of hitters. This has changed a bit recently and Hendricks had 10 strikeouts in his last start. He’s scored at least 22 DKFP in four consecutive outings and draws a favorable matchup against the Pirates.


CATCHER

Stud

J.T. Realmuto, PHI at WAS, $5,300 - After missing over a week, Realmuto returned to the Phillies’ lineup yesterday at a much needed time. The team is fighting for a playoff spot and needs his bat to help push them into the postseason. Realmuto has 11 homers in the shortened season with a career-best 134 wRC+.

Value

Sam Huff, TEX at ARI, $3,000 - After posting good numbers in the minor leagues throughout his career, Huff is getting a shot in the big leagues. So far, so good. In his last three starts, he’s hit a homer and is averaging 8.3 DKFP. He might have a sneaky amount of power from the catcher position since he hit 28 homers last year in the minor leagues.


FIRST BASE

Stud

Luke Voit, NYY at TOR, $5,400 - After hitting 21 homers in 118 games last year, Voit leads the league with 21 homers through 51 games. He’s having a crazy power season and is running away with the lead. Voit has done his best damage against lefties with a 163 wRC+ and he faces Robbie Ray today, a lefty with a 7.18 ERA.

Value

Christian Walker, ARI vs. TEX, $3,300 - While the Diamondbacks’ offense has generally had a terrible season, Walker is not part of the problem. He has a 115 wRC+ and is one of the only consistent producers on the team. Walker is currently on a six-game hitting streak and capping a solid season.


SECOND BASE

Stud

DJ LeMahieu, NYY at TOR, $5,500 - It’s tough to get away from these Yankees bats going up against Ray. It’s been nearly a month since LeMahieu had a game where he didn’t reach base, bumping his wRC+ to a career-best 177. The Yankees’ second baseman is proving to be a really tough out this year and he’s cut his strikeout rate to under 10% for the first time in his career.

Value

Ketel Marte, ARI vs. TEX, $2,900 - Even if Marte has regressed from last season, I don’t think he warrants this cheap of a price tag. Marte is dirt cheap for a guy that put up a 7.1 WAR a year ago. This year hasn’t been as kind to him and he has a 94 wRC+, but he’s still producing around league average, so he’s probably too cheap even if we ignore his past results and only look at his stats from 2020.


THIRD BASE

Stud

Alex Bregman, HOU at SEA, $4,400 - We have to go back a couple of years to find a salary this cheap on Bregman. It’s been an injury plagued season for Bregman after he was in the MVP conversation a year ago, but he’s showing good signs lately. He picked up a pair of hits and drew a walk yesterday, but even so, his salary plummeted by $400. Bregman is a good player to buy low on heading into the playoffs.

Value

Eduardo Escobar, ARI vs. TEX, $3,600 - Escobar is in a similar situation to Marte. Both hitting are having disappointing seasons in the middle of a struggling Diamondbacks lineup. Escobar is having the worst season of his career, although bad luck is playing a factor. He has a .226 BABIP, easily the lowest mark of his career. Escobar collected a pair of hits last night, so maybe his luck is starting to turn before the season ends.


SHORTSTOP

Stud

Trea Turner, WAS vs. PHI, $5,300 - The defending champions aren’t having the follow up season they hoped for. Turner is the one player having an incredible season and it’s flying under the radar due to the Nationals’ struggles. Turner has managed to stay healthy and has a 157 wRC+. The biggest change in his game is an uptick in power. Turner has a .243 ISO and it’s leading to big fantasy games.

Value

Willy Adames, TB at NYM, $4,300 - Adames is on a power surge and he homered again last night. It was the third game out of his last five that he’s hit a home run in. Still young, it’s easy to forget that Adames was one of the top prospects in baseball two years ago. The talent has always been there and it looks like he’s starting to put it together. Adames quietly has a 125 wRC+ this season.


OUTFIELD

Stud

Aaron Judge, NYY at TOR, $5,700 - One of many Yankees to recently return from the IL, Judge had his first big game since getting activated last night. He picked up three hits, finishing with 17 DKFP. Judge has always crushed left-handed pitching and with a 203 wRC+ against southpaws this season, he is one of the more likely players homer to tonight.

Value

Byron Buxton, MIN vs. DET, $3,800 - Keep an eye on where Buxton bats tonight since he was in the leadoff spot for the Twins last night. He hit a homer in his first at bat of the night, so he provided immediate results. Buxton is having a crazy end to the season and is finally starting to live up to some of his hype from when he first got called up. In his last 12 games, Buxton has eight homers.

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