MLB DFS Value Vault September 26: Roansy Contreras is Too Cheap
Ray Kuhn brings you his favorite MLB DFS value plays for the Monday, September 26th daily fantasy baseball main slate on DraftKings, FanDuel, and Yahoo.
With the 2022 MLB season winding down, we have one of the smallest slates of the year with just four games on the docket for tonight. It is quite a manageable MLB DFS main slate to work through, but that does not make it any less important to follow along with the latest MLB weather, MLB news, and MLB lineups. Let us jump right into some MLB DFS value options for tonight.
DFS Value Pitchers
Roansy Contreras (PIT); DraftKings - $7,500; FanDuel - $8,200; Yahoo - $36
While there is some volatility in play here with Contreras, the strikeout upside does make up for it. In his last start against the Yankees, Contreras allowed six runs in 4.2 innings but by striking out 10 batters, he still managed to finish with 14 DK points. The overall body of work has been solid this season, 3.68 ERA, as the right-hander has struck out about a batter per inning and things should be a little easier for him tonight against the Reds.
Bryce Elder (ATL); DraftKings - $8,400; FanDuel - $8,900; Yahoo - $31
While Elder is a little more expensive than we might like tonight, with only four games on the slate, we have to work with what we have. Earlier this month, Elder threw six shutout innings scattering two hits and two walks while striking out six before facing the Nationals in his last start. This time, Elder limited Washington to one run on four hits and two walks while striking out six once again. There is nothing wrong with attempting to pick on the Nationals. After a strong 2021 campaign in which he started in High-A and ended in Triple-A, Elder had a 4.46 ERA in 18 games this season, and to this point, pitching in pennant race has not proved to be too large of a task for him.
DFS Value Hitters
Triston Casas, 1B (BOS); DraftKings - $2,100; FanDuel - $2,400; Yahoo - $13
With a .125 batting average on the season, this is plain and simple about one thing; chasing a home run. Three of Casas’ four home runs have come over the last 10 days and all four have come against right-handed pitching. From a matchup perspective, Lyles is a lot worse on the road (5.48 ERA) and that is where he has allowed 18 of his 24 home runs.
Terrin Vavra, 2B/SS/OF (BAL); DraftKings - $2,100; FanDuel - $2,100; Yahoo - $151
While he has just one extra base hit over his last 10 games, Vavra is hitting .381 in that stretch with two RBI and five runs scored. Connor Seabold should not offer much in the way of resistance for Baltimore tonight and Vavra is pretty close to a minimum price option. After hitting .324 in 45 games at Triple-A this season, the utility player is hitting .279 with the Orioles through 80 plate appearances.
Oswaldo Cabrera, SS/3B/OF (NYY); DraftKings - $2,900; FanDuel - $2,900; Yahoo - $15
Cabrera has turned himself into a valuable part of the Yankees seemingly out of nowhere as he plays everywhere and no moment seems too big for him. Over his last 10 games, which is all we really care about at this point, Cabrera is hitting .294 with three home runs, 10 runs scored, nine RBI, and eight walks. Since September 4th, Cabrera has just three games in which he has not picked up a DFS point and it is hard to argue with that level of consistency as well.
Eddie Rosario, OF (ATL); DraftKings - $2,500; FanDuel - $2,100; Yahoo - $7
Cory Abbott is certainly a pitcher we can feel comfortable targeting and Rosario is cost-effective piece of any Braves stack we put together tonight. In his last 29 at bats, over 10 games, Rosario is hitting .414 with seven runs scored and the veteran does have a track record in place even if this has been a rough year for the outfielder.
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