The Starting 5: Featuring pitcher and hitter MLB DFS picks for FanDuel & DraftKings cash game lineups on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 (5/16).
Sharing articles with picks and advice to help you build winning MLB lineups on FanDuel (FD) and DraftKings (DK).
Welcome to the Starting Five MLB edition. In this article, we will give you a pitcher to consider and three hitters in each salary range. The hitters will be broken down into the following categories stud ($4,000 plus in salary), midrange ($3,000 to $3,900 in salary) and value hitter (below $3,000 in salary). We will use FanDuel’s pricing as a reference. To end the article we will give you our top player of the day regardless if that player is a hitter or pitcher. These picks will also come from the main slate of games on FanDuel each day and may not include all games played that day.
Manning the Mound
SP to Target: Walker Buehler, LAD
This ugly slate is loaded with pitching options but Buehler is by far my favorite of the group as the kid is special. In his four starts, Buehler has allowed a total of four runs while striking out 27 in 22 innings of work. The match-up for Buehler is also elite as he gets to face a Marlins team that is the worst team in the majors against right-handed pitching. This season the Marlins rank dead last in team OPS, team ISO and team wOBA against righties while also have a high team K rate of 24.2%.
The Batter’s Box
Stud Bat to Target: OF, Mookie Betts, BOS
Trevor Cahill has started twice on the road this season and in those games, he has allowed seven runs and two home runs. While those numbers are not awful when you compare him to his two home starts in which he has pitched 13 scoreless innings and looking at this slate overall he is a pitcher that I am going to be targeting tonight. I prefer the Red Sox right-handed hitters as Cahill has been a reverse splits pitcher and the best right-handed hitter on the Red Sox and maybe the entire MLB is Betts. This season Betts leads the league in OPS, ISO, wOBA, and wRC+.
Mid-Range Bat to Target: C, Willson Contreras, CHC
Contreras is starting to heat up. In his past seven starts, he has reached base safely with at least a run scored or RBI in each game. In those games, he has four doubles, two triples, three home runs, eight runs scored, 12 RBIs and a stolen base. Tonight I don’t see Contreras slowing down as he takes on Brandon McCarthy who has been a reverse splits pitcher this season and is allowing right-handed hitters to slash .380/.404/.557 with a .414 wOBA.
Bargain Bin Bat to Target: 3B, Justin Turner, LAD
I am a huge Caleb Smith fan and normally don’t target hitters against him. With that being said we have limited options for hitters on what is going to amount to a four-game slate and Turner does have elite splits against left-handed pitching. Last season Turner had an OPS of 1.181, an ISO of .324 and a wOBA of .484 against left-handed pitching.
Top Play of Day
3B, Kris Bryant, CHC
I talked about how Brandon McCarthy is a reverse splits pitcher earlier but what I didn’t talk about was how bad he has been the past two games. In his past two starts, McCarthy has allowed 14 runs on 23 hits with three home runs in just 8.1 innings of action. The Cubs are by far my top team to stack on this slate and Bryant like Contreras is starting to heat up with five home runs in his past nine games.
With this being an ugly slate I am not going to be doing a stacks article today. For me, it is pretty cut and dry on who you want to target for stacks today. In the early slate, it is once against the smoking hot Indians and on the main slate, it is the Cubs. Outside of those two teams, I like the Cardinals as a team to stack with the Indians on the early slate and on the main slate I don’t like any other team minus the Cubs for a full stack. I am going to be pairing the Cubs with one-off hitters or mini stacks tonight.
Best of luck in your contests today!