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DraftKings and FanDuel Spotlight Hitters, Monday 5/14

Josh Engleman



MLB picks: Our FanDuel MLB DFS Cheatsheets column highlights value plays in each price range for fantasy baseball lineups for July 21.

The following Spotlight Hitters were selected by’s Director of Content Josh Engleman. Please check back later for notes/additional picks from Awesemo himself.

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Michael Brantley
FD: $3700
DK: $4200

If you’re ever going to focus on Michael Brantley, tonight is the night to do so. Brantley is significantly better versus right handed pitching, with a career slash line of .303/.359/.455. Since the Indians have the second highest implied total, I had to take a closer look. Brantley’s price is just too low for this matchup. The combination of Mike Fiers low strikeout rate along with Brantley’s keen batting eye could result in a huge day for the Indians’ outfielder.

Nelson Cruz
FD: $3600
DK: $4200

Normally, I’d be looking to target Cruz against a lefty, but Jake Odorizzi isn’t an ordinary right handed pitcher. Odorizzi has aggresive reverse splits, with a career 4.82 xFIP against RHH compared to a 3.95 xFIP against LHH. He shows a similiarly elevated HR/FB rate as well. Those kind of reverse splits make Cruz feel like a bargain.

Brian Dozier
FD: $3700
DK: $4500

Dozier might be the best dollar for dollar play of the day. Dozier sports a career .532 SLG and .251 ISO against lefties, which is great news considering the Twins face LHP Wade LeBlanc. Being able to get that sort of pop at second base is an excellent value. I think Dozier works nicely, even as a one-off lineup option.

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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