An abbreviated schedule is slated to go Thursday on the diamond, but the match-ups still present us with a number of value spots.
With that the name of the daily fantasy baseball game, here’s a look at some players that either fit the bill or don’t for today’s slate.
“VALUE PICKS FOR THURSDAY MLB”
Brett Gardner: (DraftStreet: $7,046 | FanDuel: $3700) A bulk of the Yankees line-up hasn’t fared too well against Minnesota’s Anthony Swarzak, but that’s hardly been the case for the top of the order in Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson who check in a combined 6-for-10 lifetime against the righty.
That could open the door for Brett Gardner who in his L/15 at-bats registered 15 daily fantasy baseball points; you can’t help but become giddy about averaging a fantasy point per at-bat with any player you add to a roster. He’s 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs in his career against the Twins starter, and could be the major table setter at an economical price at the bottom of the Yanks line-up.
Kyle Seager, Dustin Ackley, and John Jaso: (DraftStreet: See Salaries At DraftStreet) Felix Hernandez is a nice saved favorite (-155) to win his third game of the season against Josh Tomlin and his Indians teammates on Thursday night. Though he’s limited the Tribe to a .243 batting average against in 10 career starts, a number of Cleveland hitters have decent numbers against him, so it will be up to his offense to answer whatever they tally.
Look no further than the value packed trio of Kyle Seager, Dustin Ackley, and John Jaso to answer the bell, as they come in a combined 7-for-11 versus Tomlin lifetime. The value pick no doubt goes to Seager whose three career daily fantasy MLB at-bats against him all resulted in doubles (1 RBI).
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“NOT WORTH THE PRICE TAG”
Jayson Werth: (DraftStreet: $6,705 | FanDuel: $4,100) The Washington Nationals are currently the surprise frontrunners in the NL East, and will be looking to close out their four-game stint with the Astros on a high Thursday night. Unfortunately for them, Bud Norris has given their line-up problems in his two career starts against them; he’s 1-0 with a 2.63 ERA & .220 BAA.
Jayson Werth has been raking of late collecting 12 hits and 3 BB in his L/28 at-bats, but he’s been brutal versus Norris in 11 career looks going 2-for-11 with five strikeouts; both hits were singles. Still, his salary ranks amongst the Top 15 OFs going on Thursday, but due to his career splits vs. the Astros hurler, stay far far away and look for more value packed options!