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MLB DFS Hitting Picks for 5/15 – Astro Assault

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Our player write-ups have been on point recently and we’re hoping to continue our hot stretch today. Much like any other slate, the first thing we need to do is check in on Mother Nature. The good news here is that we have almost no rain in the forecast. There is one shady forecast in Philly but it appears to be nothing serious. To get more info, check in with Mark Paquette.  

Catcher 

Gary Sanchez, NYY vs. BAL 

DK ($5,300)   FD ($4,000) 

While Sanchez is one of only two Yankees in this article. New York very well may be the best stack on the board. While many might be concerned about his status, the fact that he was in Tuesday’s lineup before a postponement proves that he’s fully healthy. What we like here about Sanchez is this matchup, with David Hess posting a 5.50 ERA and 1.31 WHIP. Those numbers are pretty bad, but his .281 xBA, .609 xSLG and .405 xwOBA are even worse. That really makes Sanchez an attractive option with his impressive .467 xwOBA and .380 ISO, which are simply some of the best marks in the majors. 

Also Consider: Wilson Ramos hit a grand slam on Tuesday and is just $3,200 on DraftKings.  

First Base 

Luke Voit, NYY vs. BAL 

DK ($5,000)   FD ($3,900) 

It’s hard to fade the Yankees with those ugly aforementioned Hess statistics, and Voit will be one of the key pieces to a New York stack. Voit’s peripherals are almost as ridiculous as Sanchez’s, with the first baseman posting a .400 xwOBA this season and a .261 career ISO. Vegas appears to love this Yankees stack too, as they have the Bronx Bombers projected for more than five runs. 

Also Consider: Tyler White continues to be priced super cheap and could be a contrarian piece to a Houston stack.  

Second Base 

Rougned Odor, TEX at KC 

DK ($3,700)   FD ($2,500) 

The one time we recommended Odor earlier this season he homered, so hopefully, we can keep that unlikely luck going here. It’s hard to look at his season-long numbers and get excited, but there’s reasons to like him today. While his .153 average is downright unsightly, hitting two doubles on Tuesday is hopefully the start of a special run. Not only does Odor have a .750 career OPS against right-handers, almost all of his stolen bases have come against righties too. Facing Jorge Lopez is a good way to continue his mini-surge, with the Kansas City righty posting a 6.07 ERA and 1.49 WHIP so far this season. 

Also Consider: Robinson Cano is just $3,300 on DraftKings. While I don’t like this matchup, that price is crazy.  

Third Base 

Alex Bregman, HOU at DET 

DK ($5,300)   FD ($4,400) 

Bregman is the second piece to our Astros stack, as he may be the hottest hitter in the league right now. Since April 30, Bregman has collected nine homers and 20 RBI en route to a 1.132 OPS. That’s obviously absurd and it’s really no surprise when you consider the fact that Houston is averaging 11.3 runs per game across their four fixtures while posting the best OPS in the league against left-handed pitching. That spells disaster for lefty Gregory Soto, who allowed 11 baserunners and seven runs in his one start this season. 

Also Consider: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. remains super cheap on both sites and his two homers on Tuesday shows the sort of potential that he has.  

Shortstop 

Carlos Correa, HOU at DET 

DK ($4,800)   FD ($3,900) 

Correa had a hell of a game on Tuesday and he makes for another great piece to our Houston stack. In that outburst on Tuesday, Correa hit a homer and a triple while collecting two runs scored and three RBI. That now gives him 16 extra-base hits over his last 24 games, as he’s also provided 16 runs and 20 RBI in that span as well. Facing a lefty should only help, as he, Bregman and George Springer all perform better with the platoon advantage in their favor. 

Also Consider: Gleyber Torres has been slumping but he could have success against Hess in a Yankees stack.  

Outfield 

Joey Gallo, TEX at KC 

DK ($5,400)   FD ($4,200) 

Gallo is probably my best bet to homer in this slate and he’s truly established himself as one of the best power hitters in the game. After hitting two doubles on Tuesday, Gallo has pushed his ISO to an absurd .372. That happens to be the second-best mark in the league and his .438 xwOBA is one of the best marks in the Majors, too. Lopez’s ugly numbers from the Odor write-up should only help, with Gallo posting a .530 SLG against righties since the beginning of 2017. 

Andrew McCutchen, PIT vs. MIL 

DK ($4,000)   FD ($3,700) 

Picking outfielders is tough in this slate, but McCutchen makes for a nice pivot batting leadoff against a lefty. Using BvP is dangerous, but McCutchen and Gio have had a ton of matchups over the years. In fact, McCutchen is 8-for-25 at the plate against Gonzalez, collecting a .935 OPS and .405 wOBA against him. That’s all you can ask for, especially considering the fact that McCutchen has a .948 OPS against left-handers throughout his career. 

Marwin Gonzalez, MIN vs. LAA 

DK ($3,500)   FD ($2,900) 

Gonzalez is actually third base eligible on both sites but I wanted to get him here in the outfield. What I really like is this price, as Gonzalez has traditionally been a $4,000 player over the last three years. In fact, Gonzalez has a .799 OPS since the beginning of 2017 and he finds himself in the heart of the order for one of the best teams in baseball. Marwin appears to be finding some rhythm at the plate too, posting an OPS just shy of 1.200 in his current seven-game hitting streak. We prefer to use Gonzalez against righties too, as he has an OPS north of .800 against right-handers since the beginning of 2017. 

Also Consider: George Springer is one of the highest-priced players on the board but he’s tough to fade atop that Astros order against another weak lefty.  

I've been playing fantasy sports since I was 12, which means I've been playing for over half of my life. I love DFS and season-long formats and have been writing for nearly a decade. I started my writing career at RotoWire and currently write for FantasyPros, Rotoballer, Razzball and DFSR. I cover NBA, MLB and NFL and follow all major sports. I generally cover primarily DFS but I also do game previews, recaps, player write-ups, injury updates etc.

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