MLB DFS 5/20/24 – Ben’s Building Blocks - DFS Karma
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MLB DFS 5/20/24 – Ben’s Building Blocks

Welcome in to Ben’s MLB DFS Building Blocks for DraftKings and FanDuel! In this article, I will highlight my favorite MLB DFS plays for small-field tournament formats. If you’re interested in signing up for premium access, which grants you Core Plays for every slate, projections + expert picks and our premium Discord click HERE. You can also sign up for our AI-driven sports betting tools and access to my daily betting card by clicking HERE. Let’s get into the plays…


Welcome into another season of Ben’s MLB Building Blocks! I believe this is my seventh season providing MLB DFS content and I couldn’t be more excited to have baseball back.  Let’s dive into our Tuesday starters…

  1. Pablo Lopez
  2. Yoshinobu Yamamoto
  3. Joe Ross
  4.  Michael Wacha
  5. Reese Olson

This is my list in order of pitchers tonight.

Tonight is a pretty clear slate on the mound in my opinion, we have Pablo Lopez and Yamamoto at the top followed by several strong cheap options. I like to lean into double-ace builds more often than not, but could certainly see dropping down for value tonight in order to fit in whatever stack you want.

Joe Ross appears due for positive regression, his expected stats are better in most categories than the surface numbers and there’s basically no better match-up in baseball right now than the Marlins. He can be used in all formats tonight.

I also like both options in the KC/DET game. Michael Wacha looks like he could catch some ownership, but I think Reese Olson is viable too against a Royals team with pretty average numbers across the board vs RHP. DET definitely provides more K upside than KC, but I wouldn’t be shocked if they end up scoring similarly at their cheap price tags and I’m more inclined to take the OWN% discount in tournaments.

Building Blocks

Carlos Correa

Correa and the Twins draw a favorable spot tonight against Mitchell Parker and the Washington Nationals. Parker has been good during his time in the majors, but he will see an entirely right-handed Twins lineup tonight who have feasted on left-handed pitching this season. Aside from being a top-ten offense vs LHP in 2024, the Twins also crush fastballs which Parker relies on heavily (50% of the time). Of those fastball crushers, nobody grades out better than Carlos Correa and his .415 wOBA in the split. Both he and Ryan Jeffers are at the top of my list tonight — and a Twins full or mini-stack will occupy my main team on Monday.

Joey Ortiz

Milwaukee owns first place in the NL Central coming into this week, and their offense really owes it to this full-on break-out from Joey Ortiz for its success over the past few weeks. Ortiz is batting .292 this season, and .385 over his last seven games. I love Milwaukee’s match-up tonight against Ryan Weathers, who has struggled with right-handed batters this season. Like Parker, Weathers is better in same-handed match-ups and MIL is going to trot out nearly a full lineup of right-handed hitters on Monday night. Ortiz hasn’t been great vs LHP in his young career, but the sample-size is small enough I’m willing to discount it given his current form at the plate. He’s also hit changeups really well in that small sample, which is a pitch Weathers goes to often after his fastball.

Written by Ben Hossler (Follow @BenHossler on Twitter)

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