MLB DFS 5/16/23 – Ben’s Building Blocks for DraftKings & FanDuel - DFS Karma
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MLB DFS 5/16/23 – Ben’s Building Blocks for DraftKings & FanDuel

Welcome in to Ben’s Building Blocks for DraftKings & FanDuel! This is a free article written daily to identify my top-overall DFS plays for cash game and small-field contests on both DraftKings and FanDuel. I truly appreciate everyone that reads and supports the content. If you’d like to support further you can click HERE to sign-up for a MLB Premium package. This gets you access to my Core Plays daily — allowing you to tail my builds, access the premium Discord channels and view our DFS Projections Portal. We’ve been on fire already this MLB season, and there’s no better time to sign-up. With that being said, let’s dive into today’s slate…

Above is an example of my MLB Core Plays for the 4/27 slate

Top Pitchers

Cristian Javier + Zack Wheeler

Javier and Wheeler check in with the best match-ups tonight, yet are priced below some of the other big-name SP’s. This is resulting with them both catching over 25% ownership projections in our Projections Portal. Javier has been great this season, he doesn’t walk a lot of hitters and has some of the best strikeout stuff on the slate. The Cubs can beat you with a longball from time to time, but there are plenty of K’s to be had up and down the lineup. San Francisco profiles the same for Wheeler — they have power but a ton of high strikeout bats and it’s one of the best pitching environments on the slate. Cincinnati has the second-highest team total on the slate, but are once again priced in the basement as a stack so stuffing in these two with the Reds will be the chalky cash game build on Tuesday.

The other guy that could draw ownership is Jordan Montgomery. JoMo matches up with the Brewers, who are arguably the worst team in baseball against left-handed pitchers this season. I prefer the double-spend strategy but all three can be used in cash game / single entry formats.

Dane Dunning

Dunning is a lock to be low-owned tonight, but I’ve always thought he was underrated and spending down for your SP2 unlocks a build that most users won’t be using tonight. I think that the Rangers win this game tonight, and the Braves lineup actually only owns a combined .308 wOBA against right-handed pitching this season. The top of the lineup is very good, while the bottom is bad and filled with some high-K bats. He’s been good against both sides of the plate this season, and doesn’t walk a lot of players either. Priced in the $5K range on DK, you can do worse than taking a shot on Dunning while spending up for whatever offense you want.

Building Blocks

Josh Naylor

Well, well, well. I wanted to write-up both Jose Ramirez and Josh Naylor tonight…but Ramirez was placed on the bereavement list and won’t be in the lineup tonight. That leaves us just Naylor, who matches up well against Lance Lynn. Lynn has struggled this season, and is getting strikeouts but giving up a ton of power. He’s been especially bad against left-handed hitters allowing a .452 wOBA and .350 ISO in the split. Naylor has singlehandedly been carrying the Guardians offense as of late, and has as good of a chance as anyone to hit a HR tonight. He has good hard-hit numbers against fastballs, which is key against Lynn who throws his fastball around 50% of the time. Overall, I likely won’t be full-stacking Cleveland, but Naylor is one of my top one-offs on Tuesday night.

This slate is tough, because we have two terrible pitchers toeing the rubber in Coors Field resulting in a 12.5 total. In cash games, I will be stacking that game per usual but will likely look to fade it on my main GPP roster.

Ben’s Stat of the Day

Lance Lynn is one of 12 pitchers that’s allowed double-digit homeruns this season.

Written by Ben Hossler (Follow @BenHossler on Twitter)

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