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8/7 DFS Hitting and Prop Picks: Manny, Kelly and Piscotty

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With games spread all throughout the day, we’re going to try to give you guys from every slate. That way, whatever sort of player you are, you can play on whatever slate suits you best. It will make weather tough to figure out though, and the cities/teams we need to key in on are New York, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Cleveland, Boston and Baltimore. So, let’s get into our 8/7 DFS Hitting plays!

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8/7 DFS Hitting Catcher 

Carson Kelly, ARI vs. PHI 

DK ($3,900)   FD ($2,600) 

I don’t like to tout myself but every time I recommend Kelly, he seems to homer. It’s easy to see why when you look at his splits, with Kelly providing a .383 AVG, .471 OBP, .767 SLG and 1.238 OPS against left-handers so far this season. That’s why he’ll always find his way into my articles when he gets the platoon advantage in his favor and these are some of the most underappreciated splits in the game. Getting to face Jason Vargas is only a bonus, with the Phillies lefty posting an xFIP north of 5.00 so far this season.  

8/7 DFS Hitting First Basemen 

Jose Abreu, CWS at DET 

DK ($4,000)   FD ($3,800) 

This DK price is really surprising and it’s a wonder why one of the most consistent players in baseball has seen such a drastic price drop. We’re talking about a player who’s a guarantee for 30 homers and 100 RBI every year and he’s on pace to surpass those numbers yet again this season. While this price is fantastic, we have to like this matchup too. Tyler Alexander has only thrown 22 innings in the Majors, which is scary when you consider his 4.98 ERA and 1.46 WHIP dating back to 2016 at the minors.  It also puts the platoon advantage in Abreu’s favor and he’s got a .944 OPS against lefties since 2017.

8/7 DFS Hitting Second Basemen

Keston Hiura, MIL at PIT 

DK ($4,600)   FD ($3,100) 

This is one of those cases where I like Hiura on one site and not another. This DraftKings price is much more indicative of the guy we’ve seen and that makes this FanDuel price an absolute bargain. We’re talking about a guy who’s generating a .299 AVG, .560 SLG and .928 OPS. That’s really no surprise when you look at his 1.095 OPS at Triple-A this season and he’s simply one of the most dangerous second basemen in the league. Getting to face Trevor Williams only adds to Hiura’s value, with him pitching to a 6.64 ERA and 1.57 WHIP over his last seven starts.

8/7 DFS Hitting Third Basemen

Josh Donaldson, ATL at MIN 

DK ($4,800)   FD ($3,600) 

Donaldson has returned to his MVP form as of late and it’s done wonders for the Braves. Over his last 28 games, Donaldson has 11 homers and 19 RBI en route to a .415 OBP, .667 SLG and 1.081 OPS. That’s the stud that we’ve been waiting for and that doesn’t even take into consideration that he gets to face a lefty here. For his career, Donaldson has a .571 SLG and .954 OPS with the platoon advantage in his favor. It happens to be a weak lefty too, with Martin Perez pitching to a 4.58 ERA and 1.40 WHIP this season.  

8/7 DFS Hitting Shortstop 

Manny Machado, SD at SEA 

DK ($4,300)   FD ($4,000) 

Machado is one of the hottest hitters in the game and he’s always tough to fade whenever he faces a left-hander. Since a series in Colorado in the middle of June, Machado is hitting .330 over his last 42 games while generating a .653 SLG and 1.027 OPS in that span. It’s really no surprise when you look at his numbers against lefties, with Machado posting a .391 AVG, .484 OBP, .823 SLG and 1.307 OPS with the platoon advantage in his favor this season. That’s obviously ridiculous production and it really makes him enticing against Yusei Kikuchi’s 5.49 ERA and 1.48 WHIP.  

8/7 DFS Hitting Outfielders 

Yordan Alvarez, HOU vs. COL 

DK ($5,500)   FD ($4,100) 

This dude is simply absurd and his majestic blast on Tuesday shows just how much power this kid has. We’re talking about a guy who has 13 homers and 41 RBI in just 41 games played en route to a .340 AVG. That’s really no surprise when you see his .343 AVG and 1.185 OPS at Triple-A this season and it’s clear this kid is going to be a threat for years to come. What makes him particularly scary here is this matchup, as he gets the platoon advantage against Peter Lambert and his 5.71 ERA and 1.46 WHIP.  

Hunter Renfroe, SD at SEA 

DK ($4,300)   FD ($3,000) 

Much like Machado, Renfroe has made minced meat of left-handers all season long. In fact, the big outfielder has a .738 SLG and 1.049 OPS with the platoon advantage in his favor this season. That’s why this club has mashed lefties all season long and Renfroe actually has an OPS north of .950 against southpaws for his career. Getting to face Kikuchi may be the best part of this play though, with the Seattle southpaw pitching to a 7.65 ERA and 1.91 WHIP over his last eight starts.  

Stephen Piscotty, OAK at CHC 

DK ($3,400)   FD ($3,000) 

This is a strange play but Piscotty has been abusing left-handers all season long. In fact, Piscotty’s .952 OPS against southpaws this season is 300 points higher than his OPS against righties. That’s why he’s typically in the heart of the order under these circumstances and Jose Quintana is not really a pitcher we need to worry about. In fact, the Cubs lefty has a 4.40 ERA and 1.35 WHIP, which are some of the worst numbers of his career.  

Monkey Knife Fight Pick of the Day 

Gerrit Cole Over 7.5 Strikeouts

We are talking about the league leader in strikeouts and K rate facing an offense that sits 26th in K rate, 29th in road OPS and last in road OBP. This prop should be two Ks higher than it is.

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I've been playing fantasy sports since I was 12, which means I've been playing for over half of my life. I love DFS and season-long formats and have been writing for nearly a decade. I started my writing career at RotoWire and currently write for FantasyPros, Rotoballer, Razzball and DFSR. I cover NBA, MLB and NFL and follow all major sports. I generally cover primarily DFS but I also do game previews, recaps, player write-ups, injury updates etc.

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