Welcome to our MLB DFS Building Blocks, DraftKings and FanDuel picks for 6/21/22! 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
Gausman is actually projecting for sub-10% ownership on tonight’s slate despite being my favorite spend-up option. He’s been great overall for the Blue Jays this season, and definitely has the strike out stuff to post the top score on Tuesday’s slate. He has struck out 30% of right-handed batters this season, and will likely see eight of them in this White Sox lineup. Furthermore, the White Sox have egregious numbers against splitters — arguably Gausman’s most important pitch when it comes to finishing a punch out. I love that we will get him at low-ownership in what is a conviction play spot for me. I love him in DFS, and I expect him to go well over his K prop as well.
SP2 is tough to figure out tonight, there are plenty of options to double-spend with Gausman so I don’t want to rule that out…but I like the spot for Contreras. The innings have not been there yet in his career, but he did top out at 98 pitches in a start so if he’s throwing well they will let him go deep into the game. I think the Cubs are a great match-up for him, and the team as a whole is striking out 25% of the time against righties since the start of last season. If you’re searching for value at SP, I think Contreras is the go-to option on tonight’s slate on both sites.
Walsh is in a fantastic spot tonight against Jonathan Heasley and the Royals bullpen. Heasley is one of the worst pitchers in baseball against left-handed batters — allowing a .369 wOBA and .292 ISO in the split. Walsh is the second-best left-handed bat in this lineup behind only Shohei Ohtani, and he has huge power that can definitely break a slate. He crushes fastballs to the tune of a .405 wOBA — a pitch that Heasley throws half the time to left-handed batters. He is a priority play for me on Tuesday.
I wrote up Cruz last night, and he responded with a monster 20 DK point game at min-price. The Pirates are in another great spot tonight, with over a 5 implied team total as it currently stands. More importantly, Cruz is still only $2,000 and will be one of the highest-owned players on the slate. The case can always be made to fade a hitter at this projected OWN%, but it’s tough to imagine fading him outside of large-field stuff where you don’t correlate with other Pirates bats.
Gausman punches out 10+ White Sox!
Written by Ben Hossler (Follow @BenHossler on Twitter)