DFS Plays of the Day – 5/28/2023

Your DFS plays for Sunday, May 14 on OwnersBox, DraftKings, & FanDuel

Slate Details

DK/FD – Main slate (8 games) – starts 1:35 p.m. EDT

Weather Impact

No weather concerns at all, an enjoyable Sunday awaits us.


Aside from a 10-run outburst on Friday, the Royals have not been able to get things going offensively lately and their young talent hasn’t matured as quickly as they’d hoped. They were held in check by one young upstart Washington pitcher in Josiah Gray on Saturday and on Sunday another one is in store in MacKenzie Gore. Another lefty who hasn’t been in the best of form lately, Gore is going to enjoy the 27.2 K% that the Royals have been putting up lately. While Montgomery is the high-floor, low-upside LHP option, Gore has the high-K upside but may give up a run here or there if Bobby Witt or Salvador Perez gets a hold of one.
Lastly, Drew Smyly has been dicing up every opponent under the sun since getting beat up in his first start against the Reds. On Sunday he gets a chance for his revenge and while Cincy’s offense does scare me a bit, Smyly has given us no reason to doubt him over the past two months. In his last two starts, he dispatched the impressive Mets and Astros offenses with relative ease and I’m going to keep running him out there until he lets me down.

Pitcher Pricing 5-28-2023


Two of the better offenses in baseball over the first two months of this season have been Texas and Baltimore and I am expecting big things out of that game today. The Rangers are throwing out rookie LHP Cody Bradford, who got shelled by Atlanta for 6 ERs in 5 innings in his debut. Now he will have to face the likes of Cedric Mullins, Adley Rutschman, Austin Hays and Ryan Mountcastle. Not to mention Jorge Mateo, who although he has struggled is as dangerous a 9 hitter as they come.

Kyle Bradish takes the mound for the Orioles and he will be tasked with handling the 2nd-best offense in baseball over the last two weeks. The Rangers have been crushing the ball all season, but have really ratcheted things up a notch lately with the return of Corey Seager. Josh Jung and Adolis Garcia have been absolutely mashing the ball of late, Jonah Heim is one of the better-hitting catchers in the game, oh and don’t forget about Marcus Semien and Nathaniel Lowe at the top of the lineup. Leodys Taveras is also mashing lately and could be an even more dangerous 9-hitter than Mateo.

This may be a surprise, but the Nationals have been the 4th-best offense over the last two weeks. Facing Daniel Lynch in his first start of the season off the IL, I expect that trend to continue. Lane Thomas, Luis Garcia (who had 6 hits on Friday alone), Joey Meneses and Jeimer Candelario have been absolutely mashing the ball of late and will prove to be tough customers for Lynch in his season debut. Despite a tough start to the season, I have always been a fan of Keibert Ruiz at catcher and C.J. Abrams is an interesting option near the bottom of the lineup. I am sure nobody else will be playing the Nationals, so don’t be afraid to think outside the box here.

Other hitters to consider:

  • Dylan Cease has been a shell of his 2022 self this season, but I still don’t think people will be looking at the Tigers today. Well, they should, because Zach McKinstry, Akil Baddoo and Riley Greene have been on fire lately.
  • I was impressed at times with Graham Ashcraft last season, but he just hasn’t been able to get it going in 2023 and allowed 7 ERs in each of his last two starts. Seiya Suzuki and Christopher Morel and the 1-2-3 trio of Nico Hoerner, Dansby Swanson and Ian Happ will be trouble.

Hitter Pricing 5-28-23

Kyle Stanzel

New Jersey-born and North Carolina-bound, Kyle is as die-hard a Pittsburgh Pirates fan as there is, attending the last ever game at Three Rivers Stadium and the first ever game at PNC Park. Follow him on Twitter @style_kanzel

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