This series uses the FantasyLabs Tools to analyze three key MLB players in the day’s slate.
Jose Berrios: Pitcher, Twins
He has only one win this season, but Berrios’ K Prediction of 7.8 leads the slate, and the Twins are a solid -187 moneyline favorite against the White Sox. Historically, FanDuel pitchers with comparable salaries, K Predictions, and Vegas odds have been safe investments (per our Trends tool):
Berrios is a solid pitcher with a 1.20 WHIP, 0.92 HR/9, and 8.95 SO/9 over the past 12 months. He’s in an excellent matchup against a projected White Sox lineup that has a high 29.8% strikeout rate and a subpar .283 weighted on-base average (wOBA) against right-handed pitchers over the past year. He’s affordable on FanDuel with his 91% Bargain Rating.
Brett Gardner: Outfielder, Yankees
Per our Vegas Dashboard, New York has a DraftKings Team Value Rating of 84, the second-highest mark on the main slate. The Yankees take on Indians righty Josh Tomlin, who easily has the slate’s worst Statcast data with a recent batted-ball distance of 256 feet, exit velocity of 96 miles per hour, and fly-ball and hard-hit rates of 50% and 52%. Since this 1-5 stack will likely be popular, you could differentiate it by removing leadoff hitter Brett Gardner, who has a subpar recent batted-ball distance of 189 feet, exit velocity of 87 mph, and fly-ball and hard-hit rates of 32% and 24%. He also sports a -54 Recent Batted Ball Luck, indicating that his short-term fantasy production has been more about luck and less about how he’s swung the bat.
Matthew Joyce: Outfielder, Athletics
Underpriced leadoff hitters are typically preferred targets of high-stakes DFS players. On Wednesday’s slate, Jonathan Villar owned one of the highest volatility ratings on DraftKings at $3,300 (per the Ownership Dashboard):
Facing struggling Orioles right-hander Andrew Cashner, Joyce could certainly be that player on today’s slate. He’s been crushing the baseball as of late, boasting a recent average distance of 228 feet, exit velocity of 97 mph, and hard-hit rate of 66 percent. Those numbers trounce his 12-month averages, giving him a distance differential of +4 feet, velocity differential of +6 mph, and hard-hit differential of +35 percentage points. His +32 Recent Batted Ball Luck suggests that Joyce is hitting the ball better than his short-term fantasy production indicates.
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