MLB DFS: Targets for 5/23

Clayton Kershaw sits atop of the Dirty Dozen this week. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

It’s a tough one for MLB DFS, but today’s article can help narrow down your targets and put some on your radar as well. There are two early games that won’t be covered today: Rockies and Pirates, and the first game of the double header between the Indians and White Sox. Also, DraftKings is not offering the second game of the Indians and White Sox double header.

Pitchers

Clayton Kershaw (LAD vs. CIN)

Moneyline: -400

Over/Under: 6 1/2

FanDuel: $13,200/DraftKings: $14,000

As usual, Kershaw is the highest priced pitcher on both sites. Overnight, the moneyline jumped from -360 to -400, making Kershaw even more of a favorite. If value bats aren’t available, Kershaw is probably a tournament play because of his price. Kershaw is so good, he doesn’t leave us with much else to say.

Gio Gonzalez (NYM @ WAS)

Moneyline: -155

Over/Under: 7 1/2

FanDuel: $8,900/DraftKings: $9,900

The Mets’ offense has slowed down as of late and that bodes well for Gonzalez, He has career bests in BB/9 at 2.42 and ERA of 1.86. Interesting stat: Gonzalez has a 23% strikeout rate against right-handed batters this season, which part of an explanation as to why he’s been pitching well.

Other pitchers to consider: Johnny Cueto (SF vs. SD), John Lackey (CHC @ STL), and Rich Hill (OAK @ SEA).

Catchers

J.T. Realmuto (MIA vs. TB)

FanDuel: $2,700/DraftKings: $3,500

It’s been a while since Realmuto’s hit in the leadoff spot but he could today against southpaw, Matt Moore. For his career, Realmuto against left-handed pitchers has a .461 slugging percentage, .775 OPS, and .330 BABIP and wOBA.

Curt Casali (TB @ MIA)

FanDuel: $2,600/DraftKings: $3,000

Casali has been a nice, low cost target when the Rays have the platoon. They face southpaw Wei-Yin Chen and the Rays will load up on right-handed bats and you can include Casali as part of a stack.

Other catchers to consider: A.J. Ellis (LAD vs. CIN), and Victor Martinez (DET vs. PHI).

First base

Steve Pearce (TB @ MIA)

FanDuel: $3,600/DraftKings: $3,400 (second base eligible)

Pearce has been getting a lot of playing time and he’s been one of the Ray’s hotter hitters. You can count him in as one of right-handed bats to roster from the Rays against southpaws.

Carlos Santana (CLE @ CWS)

FanDuel: $3,700/DraftKings: $ N/A

In the second game of the double header, the Indians will be facing right hander, Erik Johnson. For the season against southpaws, Santana has a .592 slugging percentage, .320 ISO, and .422 wOBA. Johnson has only one game start this season that lasted only five innings and this could turn into a bullpen game.

Other first basemen to consider: Eric Hosmer (KC @ MIN), and Anthony Rizzo (CHC @ STL).

Second base

Jason Kipnis (CLE @ CWS)

FanDuel: $3,600/DraftKings: $ N/A

Kipnis is one of the top targets at the position tonight, and I like him for the same reasons I like Santana. With the positive ball park shift to U.S. Cellular Field, Kipnis has really good career numbers there with five home runs, 26 RBIs, and .514 slugging percentage.

Johnny Giavotella (LAA @ TEX)

FanDuel: $3,100/DraftKings: $3,700

Giavotella’s been hitting higher in the batting order for an Angels offense that has had its struggles. He is getting expensive, but the Angels are facing Derek Holland in Texas and the game has the highest run total of the night at 9 1/2.

Other second basemen to consider: Rougned Odor (TEX vs. LAA), and Cesar Hernandez (PHI @ DET).

Third base

Evan Longoria

Evan Longoria (TB @ MIA)

FanDuel: $4,000/DraftKings: $4,600

Longoria really expensive, but his offense has been very steady as of late and we need to go back to May 7, to find a game where he scored zero fantasy points. He’s in a good matchup against Chen, but his price will be the deciding factor, especially on DraftKings where he’s the highest priced at the position.

Kris Bryant (CHC @ STL)

FanDuel: $4,500/DraftKings: $5,200 (outfield eligible)

Bryant hits well against righties and the Cubs are facing Adam Wainwright tonight, who has been having a rough season to say the least. Even in a pitchers park, Bryant had a productive series against the Giants and he can certainly continue that tonight.

Other third basemen to consider: Trevor Plouffe (MIN vs. KC), and Maikel Franco (PHI @ DET).

Shortstop

Tim Beckham (TB @ MIA)

FanDuel: $2,400/DraftKings: $2,800 (second base eligible)

Shortstop is my least favorite position but Beckham is my most favorite target. He’s been swinging a hot bat over his last few games and his price is what you’re looking for because there is so much to pay up for. If he bats lower in the order, you could still roster him if you need to.

Zack Cozart (CIN @ LAD)

FanDuel: $3,900/DraftKings: $2,300

It’s hard to recommend a hitter against Kershaw, but Cozart’s price is intriguing. He’s one of the most expensive on FanDuel, and one of the cheapest on DraftKings. If you want a punt on DraftKings, this is your guy.

Other shortstops to consider: Francisco Lindor (CLE @ CWS), and Eduardo Nunez (MIN vs. KC).

Outfield

Giancarlo Stanton (MIA vs. TB)

FanDuel: $3,400/DraftKings: $4,700

Stanton is in one of the worst stretches of his career, but all he needs is to be dialed in on one swing to get you the home run that you’re rostering him for. That being said, Stanton price on FanDuel has fallen but is still right about where you’d expect on DraftKings. It’s not exactly a punt play, but Stanton can be a target for your tournament lineups.

Odubel Herrera (PHI @ DET)

FanDuel: $3,500/DraftKings: $4,000

The Phillies are facing Mike Pelfrey and as one of the their best hitters, Herrera could be in for a high scoring fantasy night with a run total of 8 1/2 so both teams are in play. Pelfrey is not good against either handedness, but Herrera has the platoon here and against righties he has a .446 slugging percentage, .372 OBP, and .357 wOBA.

Ian Desmond (TEX vs. LAA)

FanDuel: $3,800/DraftKings: $4,800

Of the higher priced outfielders on the slate, Desmond jumps off the page for me. Stanton’s slumping, Mike Trout injured his ankle, Bryce Harper‘s facing a southpaw, and Dexter Fowler and Nelson Cruz are too pricey for my liking. For his career, Desmond’s splits are similar and Nick Tropeano this season is giving up a 16.7% HR/FB to right-handed bats, an 22.2% HR/FB in away games versus righties.

Other outfielders to consider: Hunter Pence (SF vs. SD), Nomar Mazara (TEX vs. LAA), Trayce Thompson (LAD vs. CIN), and Steven Souza (TB @ MIA).

Results from 5/20 targets:

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Thank you for reading, and good luck with your picks!

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