Welcome to our MLB DFS Building Blocks, DraftKings and FanDuel picks for 6/17/22! In this article, I’ll break down by top overall plays for today’s main slate. Last year was an extremely big year for the Karma team in MLB, and we are looking to continue that success in 2022. I will be providing Core Plays for every main slate (and day baseball) this season — you can gain access to that as well as our premium discord here. Let’s get to the plays…
Above is an example of the Core Plays given out to Subscribers on Friday May 13th
Pitching is pretty straightforward for me on Friday night even though it’s a big slate. We once again have Robbie Ray projected for over 30% ownership, and I’m simply going to just not play him. I know he is pretty cheap relative to his strikeout upside, but I see no reason why he should be this highly-owned on a big slate like this. Carlos Rodon and Tarik Skubal check in as my clear one and two options tonight, but I think the double-spend strategy will be tougher to implement with the Padres offense being so hot and now moving to Coors Field. I will likely look to pair one of my aces with Jon Gray, who is once again underpriced on DraftKings despite a match-up with the Detroit Tigers. Gray will also likely be high-owned, but I’m much more inclined to play a chalkier sub-$7K pitcher than I am Robbie Ray. Rodon is probably the easy cash game choice against the Pirates, with Skubal being the lower-owned tourney pivot on both sites.
Schwarber is someone I’ve played a lot recently, and he continues to stay locked in for Philly with a huge 51% hard-hit rate over the last 14 days. He matches up with Paolo Espino tonight, who has allowed a ton of hard-contact to left-handed batters this season. He actually is projecting for pretty high-ownership despite it being a Coors slate — but this chalk I’m willing to eat especially in cash games / single entry in this spot.
Anyone that reads my content knows I’ve been attacking Robbie Ray all season with right-handed power, and that won’t stop tonight. He has started to turn things around, but is still giving up a ton of homeruns and Ward has one of the highest ISO marks in all of baseball against southpaws this season. He also has dominant numbers against fastballs — including a .353 ISO — a pitch that Ray throws over half the time to both sides of the plate. I love him in all formats at his price on Friday.
Taylor Ward hits a lead-off HR!
Written by Ben Hossler (Follow @BenHossler on Twitter)