Major League Baseball keeps rolling as we come down the stretch of the shortened 2020 season with a solid slate of nine games on DraftKings main slate on Wednesday night. Six of the nine matchups are divisional rivalries while the other three are interleague matchups.
As you construct your DraftKings lineup for Wednesday, there are some key matchups to focus on and others to avoid. Based on current form, matchup and expected opportunity, I’ve selected my favorite value plays and studs at each position in this post. As always, make sure to stay locked in to @DKLive on Twitter throughout the day and check the latest news in the DK Live app for any breaking news that should impact your roster.
Yu Darvish, CHC vs. CIN, $11,500 — The top two SP on the slate go head-to-head as Darvish takes on Trevor Bauer ($10,900) and the Reds. Darvish has been outstanding all season and has a better matchup at home, so I’m rolling with the Cubs’ righty. In his eight starts, he has gone 7-1 with an exceptional 1.44 ERA and 63 strikeouts in his 50 innings. He faced the Reds two starts ago and threw six shutout innings, fanning eight on his way to 28.1 DKFP. He has over 24 DKFP in each of his past five outings and is averaging 28.8 DKFP per start in his six appearances at Wrigley Field. His ceiling is extremely high, and he has been locked in all season, so go with Darvish if you have the salary to spend up at this spot.
Other Options — Clayton Kershaw ($10,500), Zach Davies ($8,700)
Dane Dunning, CWS at PIT, $6,500 — Dunning has made three starts for the White Sox this season and has had pretty solid results. He was ranked as the No. 7 prospect in the organization coming into the season by MLB Pipeline, and has totaled 18 strikeouts in his 14 innings in the Majors. He came just one out short of his first MLB win in his most recent start and fired five shutout innings in his previous outing but earned a no-decision. His strikeout upside and a very nice matchup against the Pirates makes Dunning a solid way to save salary and still have a good ceiling without taking on a ton of risk.
Other Options — Nick Margevicius ($6,900), Luis Garcia ($6,200)
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Pedro Severino, BAL at NYM, $4,600 — The Orioles are just a half game behind the Yankees for the final Wild Card spot coming into play Wednesday and have been getting solid production from Severino all season. He’s hitting .325 with five homers and a .921 OPS in his 34 games this year, and he has been hitting the ball especially well lately with three multi-hit performances in his past four games. Over his eight most recent contests, he has gone 10-for-25 (.400) with a double, a triple, eight runs scores, and an average of 7.9 DKFP per game.
Other Options — Austin Nola ($4,900), Will Smith ($4,400)
Joey Bart, SF vs. SEA, $3,500 — At the end of August, the Giants called up Bart, who was their No. 1 prospect coming into the season per MLB Pipeline. So far he hasn’t disappointed hitting .268 and looking very solid behind the plate, although he’s still looking for his first MLB long ball. Bart has been heating up lately with hits in each of his past six starts while going 10-for-24 (.417) in those contests with at least five DKFP in each of those outings. He isn’t exactly punting the position with his $3.5K salary but has been more consistent than the ultra-cheap plays behind the plate.
Other Options — Max Stassi ($2,700), Carson Kelly ($2,200)
Freddie Freeman, ATL vs. MIA, $5,600 — Freeman has been outstanding after a slow start while still shaking off the effects of COVID-19. He hit .330 with a 1.023 OPS in August and has been even hotter in the early days of September with a .357 average and 1.179 OPS. He has crushed righties, going 38-for-112 (.339) against them with all seven of his home runs and a 1.119 OPS. He has hit safely in nine of his past 10 games while averaging an impressive 12.5 DKFP per contest. He’s a big bat you can build around if you can work his hefty salary under your cap.
Other Options — José Abreu ($5,500), Anthony Rizzo ($4,700)
Jesús Aguilar, MIA at ATL, $3,600 — The Marlins have a nice matchup in which their right-handed bats like Aguilar could offer some good value. Braves SP Tommy Milone ($9,200) has been good against lefties, but he has let righties hit .339 with a .938 OPS against him. Aguilar has been much better on the road, where he’s hitting .316 with a .957 OPS, and he has been very good on the Marlins’ current road trip with double-digit DKFP in four of his past five games and a five-game hitting streak.
Other Options — Pete Alonso ($4,400), Mitch Moreland ($3,800)
Donovan Solano, SF vs. SEA, $4,300 — Solano is in the midst of a breakout season for the Giants, hitting .353 with three home runs and a solid .931 OPS. He has hit lefties well throughout his career and is hitting .356 with a .989 home OPS this season including all three of his home runs. He has been hot lately as well, going 12-for-26 (.462) over his past seven contests. He has 20 or more DKFP in two of his past three games and is still very affordable for this contest against the Mariners.
Other Options — Wilmer Flores ($4,100), Gavin Lux ($4,000)
Dylan Moore, SEA at SF, $3,500 — Moore has also been hot when healthy although he missed a couple of weeks with a wrist injury. Since returning, he has three stolen bases and has done 5-for-17 in his five games. He has at least seven DKFP in each of those contests and went off for 27 DKFP on Sept. 7. Moore has nine stolen basis and six home runs in his 26 games this season and his power-speed combo gives him a super-high ceiling at an affordable price.
Other Options — Ketel Marte ($3,900), Jason Kipnis ($3,100)
Manny Machado, SD vs. COL, $5,600 — Machado is averaging 10.7 DKFP this season and has shown no signs of slowing down. He went 3-for-3 with a walk and 21 DKFP on Tuesday and has at least seven DKFP in four of his past five contests. He has nine RBI in his past nine games and is up to 37 RBI in 44 games on the year. He is 4-for-10 (.400) with a pair of doubles in his career against Antonio Senzatela ($7,200).
Other Options — Alex Bregman ($4,800), Ty France ($4,000)
Ke’Bryan Hayes, PIT vs. CWS, $2,500 — Hayes has been very good since joining the Pirates six games ago. The 23-year-old has gone 8-for-21 (.381) with a double, two triples a home run, a pair of walks and a 1.197 OPS. Hayes is still extremely cheap and a bit off the radar since he’s playing for the Pirates. Still, it’s impossible to ignore his 10.5 DKFP per game average even if he is hitting in the bottom-third of an order that isn’t that exciting.
Other Option — Brian Anderson ($3,600), Isiah Kiner-Falefa ($3,400)
Tim Anderson, CWS at PIT, $5,800 — There are some great elite options at SS on almost every slate, and Wednesday’s slate is no exception. Anderson is expensive but has been very productive at the top of the White Sox emerging lineup. He is hitting .353 on the year with seven homers and five stolen bases. Two of those stolen bases have been in his past 10 games, and he has averaged 11.2 DKFP over that stretch. His matchup against JT Brubaker ($6,400) should be a good one, so he’s an option that makes a lot of sense if you can find the salary to spend up to Anderson.
Other Options — Fernando Tatis Jr. ($5,900), Dansby Swanson ($5,200)
Miguel Rojas, MIA at ATL, $3,900 — Rojas has been limited to 20 games this season due to COVID-19 and abdominal soreness, but when he has been active he has been very productive. He is hitting .367 on the year with a 1.040 OPS. He has gone 7-for-17 (.412) in September and excelled against lefties like Milone this season, going 11-for-21 (.524) against them with three doubles, a triple and a home run for a 1.470 OPS. While that sample size is admittedly very small, he’s a solid way to get production at SS while not having to pay up over $5K.
Other Options — Carlos Correa ($4,100), Anderson Tejeda ($2,900)
Mike Trout, LAA at TEX, $5,900 — Trout is another very expensive option but one that has been piling up big-time production and makes sense if you have the salary. Trout has been insanely good over his past 10 games, going 15-for-33 (.455) with five home runs, 13 RBI, four doubles, 11 walks, and a 16.4 DKFP per game average. He has over 12 DKFP in three of his past four games and has raised his average to .301 to go with his 15 home runs which ties him for the league lead. The rest of the Halos’ lineup is still struggling, but Trout has continued to produce at a truly elite level.
Other Options — Starling Marte ($5,400), Kyle Lewis ($5,100)
Ryan Mountcastle, BAL at NYM, $3,600 — Mountcastle has given the Orioles’ lineup a nice infusion of energy and production over his 16 games in the Majors. He has an impressive 1.004 OPS on the season and has done most of that damage in his past nine games. Over that span, he is 12-for-32 (.375) with a double, four home runs and 12 RBI. Rick Porcello ($7,900) hasn’t been good in his first season with the Mets, going 1-4 with a 5.54 ERA. Mountcastle should be in a place to continue his hot hitting at Citi Field.
Other Options — George Springer ($4,200), Tim Locastro ($2,500)
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