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DraftKings and FanDuel MLB Spotlight Hitters, Thursday 4/5

Josh Engleman



MLB picks: Our Yahoo MLB DFS Cheatsheets column highlights value plays in each price range for fantasy baseball lineups for July 7.

These spotlight hitter picks come directly from the lineups of the #1 player in DFS, Awesemo. Follow him on Twitter for more.

Kris Bryant
FD: $4200 | Fpts: A | Value: D
DK: $5600 | Fpts: A | Value: C

Don’t let the price deter you. Bryant has a .407 OBP, .554 SLG and .262 ISO in 464 plate appearances vs. LHP in his career. That’s about as good as it gets. The Cubs have either the 1st or 2nd most implied runs in the Main slate, depending on which site you play on. Kris Bryant is a top-shelf play.

Ryan Braun
FD: $3300 | Fpts: A | Value: B
DK: $4300 | Fpts: A | Value: B

Other than the difference in implied runs, Ryan Braun looks like Bryant-lite tonight. Do these numbers look familiar? .389 OBP, .557 SLG, .249 ISO in 399 plate appearances vs. LHP in the past 3 years. Braun thrives against lefties, and there’s no reason to suspect the trend ends on April 5. He’s an excellent value on both sites.

Aaron Judge
FD: $4000 | Fpts: A | Value: D

FanDuel does the MLB DFS community a solid by including the Yankees/Orioles game in the Main slate, which allows for the rostering of Yankees’ slugger Aaron Judge. Everyone knows Judge rakes. The major benefit for Judge is combination of a gigantic 5.4 run implied total and a match-up against the Artist Formerly Known as Andrew Cashner. Cashner had a K/9 of 4.6 last season over 166 innings. If he can’t get strike-outs, these Yankee bats will give him a quick shower. Look for Judge to lead the way.

Josh is Contributor for where he hosts video and writes content regularly across the primary sports of MLB, NBA, and NFL as well as contributing to the development of models and projections for soccer. He originally started producing projections & articles for Reddit's r/DFSports in 2014 where he built a loyal following that brought him to where he is today. Josh is most known for his elaborate Excel spreadsheets, which he shares in all of his video content. You can find him on Twitter or hanging out in Awesemo's Premium Slack. You can contact Josh by emailing [email protected].

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