DFS MLB 101: June Value Pitchers
DFS MLB 101: June Value Pitchers

This article is part of our DFS MLB series.

I have written two monthly articles this season for value pitching on DraftKings, which you can find here:

April Value Pitchers – Matthew Boyd, Joe Musgrove, Max Fried, Caleb Smith, Brad Keller

May Value PitchersMartin Perez, Luke Weaver, Brandon Woodruff, Zach Davies, Tyler Mahle, Lance Lynn (Road), Wade Miley (Home)

Most of these have paid off as SP2's when paired with an ace. To qualify for the list a pitcher must have at least four starts and average salary of $9,000 or less. Currently, 45 pitchers on DraftKings have a salary of $9,000 or greater.

Let's dig into the value pitchers for June.

Adrian Sampson, Rangers

Since May 18, Sampson has had four starts (three home, one road). He has averaged 27.1 points in those four starts against the Mariners (twice), Royals and A's. His salary has ranged $4,800-$6,900, making him an extreme value play.  Sampson's recent improved performance can be contributed to his increased fastball velocity and slider usage, which generates a 10 percent swinging-strike rate.     

Sandy Alcantara, Marlins

Alcantara was one of the worst pitchers from April to mid-May, but then a 43.5 point performance against the Mets on May 19 started a turnaround. In three of his next four starts, he had at least 14.7 points, including 24.2 points at Milwaukee. However, his other road start in that stretch, at Washington, was a stinker in which he posted 1.9 points.

Alcantara is definitely

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Michael Rathburn
Known as “Rath” in the Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) community, he has helped run operations for two prominent daily fantasy sports startups. Michael has taken his insider knowledge and expertise in daily fantasy sports to the content side. Rath won the 2016 FSWA "Baseball Article of the Year, Online" award and was a finalist for the FSWA Best Baseball Series in 2011.
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