With another full Wednesday MLB slate on tap, SCFE is here to help with our Draftkings Picks For June 28.
This is definitely a tougher than usual slate to navigate because of poor pitching options and a couple of injuries to batters.
The only two aces on the slate are Stephen Strasburg and Yu Darvish, and both don’t have great matchups.
If I had to go with one, Darvish will be my pick, but both aces have severe boom or bust potential, which isn’t what you want when spending $10,000 plus on a player.
With the hitting options, there are definitely some stars worth targeting at all positions. Even with these stars, there is definitely some smart value plays at every position as well.
My recommendation is to mix and match stars and value picks with whoever you feel the most comfortable with. Below is our Draftkings picks For June 28!
Draftkings Picks For June 28
Yu Darvish, TEX @ CLE ($10,900)
In an unattractive pitching slate, I like Darvish to pitch well against a strikeout-prone Cleveland lineup. Darvish is having a great, healthy season so far, with a 6-5 record, 109 strikeouts, a 3.12 ERA, and a 1.07 WHIP. Look for Darvish to be the best bet among the high-priced pitchers in the slate.
Zack Godley, ARI vs STL ($8,800)
What has been most impressive to me about Arizona’s 2017 season is their pitching, and Godley has been a huge factor. Even though Arizona is not a pitcher friendly park, Godley has a 2.13 ERA in home games this season. The Cardinals are definitely a good matchup for opposing pitchers, so start Godley in this slate.
Other Pitchers I Like
- Masahiro Tanaka, NYY @ CWS ($8,300)
- Alex Meyer, LAA vs LAD ($5,900)
J.T. Realmuto, MIA vs NYM ($3,600)
Even though Realmuto hasn’t been hitting as well as he was earlier in the year, I like his odds against Steven Matz. Even though Matz was a big sleeper pick for me this year, he has hardly pitched due to injury. I like for Realmuto to give you some production out of the catcher spot, for a cheap price.
Evan Gattis, HOU vs OAK ($4,100)
Gattis is still fairly high priced despite not playing every day. However, he has scored nine or more Fantasy points in each of his last four games and faces an Oakland team that they have played too many times this season. If you have the extra money, look for Gattis to continue this streak against Jesse Hahn.
Other Catchers I Like
- Buster Posey, SF vs COL ($4,600)
Paul Goldschmidt, ARI vs STL ($5,600)
As I mentioned last week, Goldschmidt has been the best player in Fantasy so far this season. With a washed up Adam Wainwright coming to town, it’s hard to expect Goldy to struggle in this matchup. Even for a high price, Goldy is worth using in all DFS formats.
Joey Votto, CIN vs MIL ($4,300)
Whenever Cincinnati and Milwaukee face off, there always seems to be an abundance of offense. With Joey Votto going for a discounted price, I’d say this is an excellent value pick in the slate. Look for Votto and the whole Reds lineup produce in this good matchup.
Other First Basemen I Like
- Cody Bellinger, LAD @ LAA ($5,400)
- Mark Reynolds, COL @ SF ($4,600)
- Brandon Belt, SF vs COL ($4,300)
Daniel Murphy, WSH vs CHC ($5,100)
There are a couple high-priced second basemen that are worth targeting in this slate, but Daniel Murphy is my guy today. Murphy gets to face a struggling John Lackey that just hasn’t looked good in a year. Even though there are numerous players that I can’t argue with at the position, Murphy should have a high ceiling in this matchup.
Brian Dozier, MIN @ BOS ($4,600)
Another high priced second basemen I love in this slate is Brian Dozier against the struggling Rick Porcello. Despite being injured for a good portion of the season, Dozier is hitting well with 13 home runs and 35 RBI. If you’re looking to save a little money on the elite names, Dozier is a solid bet to produce in this matchup.
Other Second Basemen I Like
- Robinson Cano, SEA vs PHI ($5,300)
- Jose Ramirez, CLE vs TEX ($4,900)
- Howie Kendrick, PHI @ SEA ($4,000)
Travis Shaw, MIL @ CIN ($4,500)
One of the most under the radar big performers in Fantasy this season, Shaw has been dynamic for the Brewers. Shaw already has 53 RBI this season, is averaging 9.5 Fantasy points per game and still costs just $4,500. Start Shaw with confidence in this slate.
Yunel Escobar, LAA vs LAD ($3,800)
Another smart value pick in this slate is Yunel Escobar, who gets a great matchup against the struggling Hyun-Jin Ryu. Escobar has had two hits per game in five of his last seven games. If you’re looking to save money, Escobar is a great cheap option today.
Other Third Basemen I Like
- Nolan Arenado, COL @ SF ($5,200)
- Jake Lamb, ARI vs STL ($4,900)
- Adrian Beltre, TEX @ CLE ($4,100)
Trea Turner, WSH vs CHC ($5,000)
Turner and this whole Nationals lineup has been torching Cubs’ pitchers, and making their catchers work. In his July 27 matchup against the Cubs, Turner dominated the basepaths with four stolen bases. Look for Turner to hit well and steal bases against John Lackey and the Cubs again today.
Elvis Andrus, TEX @ CLE ($4,200)
Andrus is continuing to have a big Fantasy season and is a great cheaper pick at shortstop in this slate. While hitting almost .300 and averaging 9.4 Fantasy points per game, this is a steal for 9 or 10 Fantasy points. Look for Andrus to continue to produce against a struggling Trevor Bauer.
Other Shortstops I Like
- Carlos Correa, HOU vs OAK ($4,800)
Aaron Judge, NYY @ CWS ($5,600)
Judge has continued his breakout season in huge fashion, and his Draftkings value shows it. With Carlos Rodon finally healthy and pitching for the first time this season, the Yankees will make it tough on him. Look for Judge to continue producing big on the road in Chicago.
J.D. Martinez, DET vs KC ($4,400)
For a cheaper option in the outfield, J.D. Martinez provides a lot of Fantasy production. So far this season, Martinez is hitting .294 with 12 home runs, 27 RBI, and 9.4 Fantasy points per game. With a struggling Ian Kennedy on the mound, Martinez is in line for a strong outing, along with the rest of the Tigers lineup.
Other Outfielders I Like
- George Springer, HOU vs OAK ($5,200)
- Bryce Harper, WAS vs CHC ($5,200)
- Andrew Benintendi, BOS vs MIN ($4,300)
- Adam Duvall, CIN vs MIL ($4,300)
Even though this isn’t the easiest slate to play, I love the value that some of these mid-tier priced options have. Obviously, we can’t all start only stars in DFS, so it’s important to find the balance you feel comfortable with. Best of luck in DFS today everyone, go win some money!
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