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Welcome to the Wild Card edition of the Aces and Bases, where I’ll be going through the top MLB DFS Aces and Stacks on DraftKings and Fanduel. 

Playoffs?  You want to talk about Playoffs?  Yes!  Yes, I do!.  The 2022 MLB playoffs start today and as a Mets fan, I’m excited!  MLB DFS is tough during the playoffs as we’re normally dealing with solid starting pitching and today’s pitching is quite good. 

Let’s dig in and see if we can find some stacks to use today!

MLB DFS Aces – Main

Max Scherzer vs. San Diego Padres

While the Padres are a star-studded lineup, the Mets signed Max Scherzer to a massive deal in November for this very moment.  He’s been one of the best pitchers of our generation and tonight is his chance to shine on the big New York stage.  He’s coming into this having struggled in his last outing vs. the Braves, giving up 4 ER in just 5 innings of work. 

Prior to that though he had been lights out, not allowing more than an ER in 4 consecutive starts.  His K rate is nearly 31% over the last month, tops of any pitcher today.  He’ll have his hands full tonight, but he’s the best pitcher on the slate.  I’m locking him in as my SP1. 

Shane Bieber vs. Tampa Bay Rays

We’ll see a substantial drop off in strikeouts from Scherzer to Shane Bieber, but Bieber gets the better matchup today.  This isn’t the same Rays team of last year when they had the likes of Brandon Lowe and Austin Meadows.  Lowe’s on the IL and Meadows was shipped off to the Tigers.  While it’s a solid lineup, it’s also one that has struggled vs. righties.  Over the last month, they have just a .117 ISO, a .224 wOBA, and a nearly 32% K rate vs. righties.  This is a really solid spot for Bieber today.

Zack Wheeler vs. St. Louis Cardinals

While my lean right now is to lock in Scherzer and Bieber, I may take a chance on Wheeler as well.  He’s coming into this one fairly fresh as he’s only thrown 15 innings over the last month. And those 15 innings have been absolutely dominant.  The competition in those last 3 starts wasn’t the toughest, but over them, he allowed just 1 run. 

Although the matchup will be tough for him today against the Cardinals, the Cardinals haven’t really been crushing the ball over the last month against righties.  Against righties, over the last month, they have just a .066 ISO.  It’s only that high due to how well Pujols did coming down the stretch.   

MLB DFS Stacks – Main

Cleveland Guardians vs. Shane McClanahan

While I typically reserve using the Guardians against righties, they’re getting the pitcher today coming into the playoffs pitching the worst.  McClanahan did not have a strong finish to the season.  It could very well be due to the fact he’s never thrown this many innings.  His 166 innings this year were the most he’s thrown in his young career, and by a lot. 

Over the last month, McClanahan pitched to a 5.21 ERA and a matching xFIP.  He was giving up more hard contact and more flyballs as the season ended.  The hope is that it continues today and that the Guardians can take full advantage of his struggles. 

Core:  My core with the Guardians today will be Jose RamirezOscar Gonzalez, and Andres Gimenez.  Ramirez finished up the season strongly.  He finished with a 5-game hitting streak, a streak that saw him get at least 18 DK points 3 times.  Now he’s normally better as a lefty, but he’s the heart and soul of this franchise.  If they’re going to advance to the NLDS, it will be on his back. 

Next up is Gimenez.  Gimenez has been one of their better hitters vs. lefties all year, and especially recently.  Over the last month, Gimenez has a .410 wOBA vs. lefties in about 30 AB.  McClanahan has been slightly worse against lefties this season, making this L/L matchup for Gimenez all the more sweeter. 

Secondary Pieces/Value:  Other Guardians bats we look to today will be Myles Straw and Gabriel Arias.  Arias finished the season strong vs. lefties, with a .384 wOBA and a .273 ISO over since his call-up in late September.

New York Mets vs. Yu Darvish

After getting swept by the Braves, the Mets returned the favor to the Nationals.  Their bates woke up during that series and they’ll hopefully continue with the momentum from the final series.  The matchup will be tough for them against Yu Darvish, but the time to attack Darvish is when he’s on the road. 

His ERA this season was a full run higher away from San Diego.  It also helps that Darvish hasn’t exactly been Mr. October.  In 7 career playoff starts, Darvish has a 5.18 ERA.  Most of that was from when he struggled in the 2017 playoffs with the Dodgers. 

Core:  My Mets stack will start with Jeff McNeilBrandon Nimmo, and Pete Alonso.  Brandon Nimmo finished the season on fire.  He had 6 hits in his final 8 AB and finished with hits in 9 of his last 10 games.  He’s reasonably priced today at $4.6k on DK. 

After winning the 2022 NL Batting Title, McNeil will look to carry that over to the Wild Card round.  McNeil also finished the season strong, with hits in 10 straight.  In those 10 games, he had multi-hit games in all but 2 of them.  He’s their best pure hitter and they’ll need his bat to keep going if they have any chance of making it to the Dodgers in the next round. 

Secondary/Value:  I also like Francisco Lindor, Eduardo Escobar, and Daniel Vogelbach.  Vogelbach makes for a nice punt at 1B as he’s only $3.4k tonight and has power upside.  

Seattle Mariners vs. Alek Manoah

Sorry Ghost, but I’m siding with the Mariners in this one.  Although the ERA has been low for Manoah over the last month, the xFIP isn’t.  Manoah’s xFIP is more than 3.5 runs higher than this 1.07 ERA over the last month.  A lot of this is due to his disappearing K rate.  Over the last month, Manoah has had just a 21% K rate, down significantly from the start of the year. 

He also has a troubling 50% flyball rate over the last month.  This is a strong Mariners and giving up that many flyballs can lead to some damage.  Lefties are the way to really get Manoah.  They have a higher slugging % and wOBA and 11 of the 16 homers he gave up this year were to lefties. 

Core:  When you stack the Mariners, it all starts at the top with presumed Rookie of the Year Julio Rodriguez.  What a year for the kid!  He ended the season strong against righties, with a .421 ISO and a .535 wOBA over the last few weeks of the season.  He’ll look to continue that momentum into this matchup vs. Manoah. 

I’ll also build around Carlos Santana.  He’s risky but also possesses some power from the left side.  Although he doesn’t hit for average as a lefty, 16 of his 19 homers this season were as a lefty.  At just $2.6k he’s a nice value with some upside. 

Secondary/Value:  Jarred Kelenic may also make my lineup today.  He has a ton of risk, but at $2.4k I’m willing to eat that risk as he did start to show some power at the end of the year and fewer strikeouts.   

MLB DFS Summary

I also like the Phillies vs. Quintana today. 

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Today’s edition of Aces and Bases focuses ONLY on FanDuel’s 10-game MLB DFS Main Slate for 7:05PM ET, hopefully finding you some green screens!

Some light rain in Baltimore, where I’m not looking at pitchers anyway, and some normal pop-up chances in Atlanta and Cincy, but nothing tumultuous that could PPD a game we’re featuring. Giddyup!

MLB DFS: The Aces

Top MLB DFS Ace: Julio Urias ($10,000)

Urias may not have the highest upside on the slate, but both he and a pitcher to be named later offer the best chance at safety in cash games. His solid July numbers (2.30 ERA, .264 wOBA, 20% K rate, 5.6% BB rate) portend a more steady stretch in the season’s second half. The scuffling Angels have hit just .216/.271/.342 over the past week and this should not be considered a get-right spot for the halos. I’ll be plugging Urias in about half my cash and a third of my GPP lines tonight and moving on to some value stacks.

Best GPP Value: Yu Darvish ($9,600)

Last week we discussed how Darvish has struggled in July and had a good spot against the Rockies and he got lit up (including yielding a HR to the opposing pitcher, German Marquez) for 5 ER — though he did rack up 8 Ks and 27 FD points. This time we have reason to expect he can improve on those numbers and hit the 40+ threshold we’re looking for in GPPs. Adam Strangis discusses Darvish’s matchup in the 8/7 Starting Rotation article and as usual it’s a must-read. Darvish has been a reverse-splits pitcher in 2021 because of the soft contact he induces against LHB, and with the D-Backs’ featuring a slew of lefty hitters and the team K rate at 23.6% (24.4% vs. RHP), he’s once again in a great spot for GPPs.

Value Cash/Single-Entry GPP Play: Charlie Morton ($8,700)

At one point, a matchup against the Nationals would have scared me off a guy like Morton, and there may still be some oblivious DFS folks who don’t take advantage of what we’re really getting on this slate with the veteran hurler in this spot. That’s a solid floor of around 30-35 FD points and the opportunity to notch 55-60+ points if he hits his ceiling. Over his past nine starts dating back to June 17, Morton has at least 25 FD points in every one, with four in the 45+ point range and three at 52, 54 and 64 FD points. The Nats have been decimated by injuries and trades and have only or two hitters that really frighten me, so I’ll have some shares of Morton in both cash and GPPs where I may need the extra $1,000 to $1,300 to squeeze in a potent stack.

MLB DFS: The Bases

Top Stack: Colorado Rockies

This idea that we don’t have to tell you to play hitters n Coors has been around for quite a while, but some days you need to reiterate just how high the team total for Colorado (or in many cases their opponent) is. Today’s the home team is in a really great spot against a talented but unproven starter in Jesus Luzardo that may not be ready for the Mile-High treatment. There’s a very good avenue to some decent value in fastball-mashing Brendan Rogers ($3,500) and Elias Diaz ($3,400) before we have to pay a premium for Trevor Story ($4,300) and C.J. Cron ($4,000), and we could always mix in a guy like Yonathan Daza ($3,000). It’s not a slate we need to overthink, and getting exposure to the Rockies is a good idea on a slate where they won’t garner that high of the ownership share.

GPP Stack: Cincinnati Reds

They’ve been RED-hot as of late and just got Mike Moustakas back from the IL Damn near everybody in the lineup got in on the action last night, and now we’ve got a roster chock full of left-handed hitters looking to annihilate Mitch Keller and exceed the massive projected 6+ run total the Cincy crew is carrying into the slate. Moustakas is a ridiculous bargain at $2,500, while some of the usual suspects — Joey Votto ($4,100), Jesse Winker ($4,100), Jonathan India ($3,700) and Nick Castellanos ($3,500) — still feel underpriced somehow. Throw in Kyle Farmer ($2,900), who’s been on absolute fire in the second half (.421/.470/.671 slash line, 1.141 OPS with a 200 wRC+), and lefty Tyler Naquin ($2,900) — and you’ve got plenty of options to choose from.

Contrarian Stack: Cleveland Indians

With the majority of ownership heading to the Rockies, Reds and likley the Dodgers and Braves, I’m more than happy to give the future Guardians a chance to put up galactic numbers against a weak Detroit southpaw (Tyler Alexander) and bullpen. Getting exposure to the top four — Myles Straw ($2,600), Amed Rosario ($2,900), Jose Ramirez ($3,700), Franmil Reyes ($3,500) is optimal, and we can take a few shots with Harold Ramirez (2,400), Bobby Bradley ($2,500) and Oscar Mercado ($2,500) if we need some bargain plays. If we want to pay up for a top arm and fade Coors in some lineups, there’s a few cheap and potent bats on the Detroit end (facing the hittable Eli Morgan) to make this a full game stack! Let’s go DET-CLE!!

Make sure to keep an eye on the starters as lineups are released. Good luck tonight, and please utilize the MLB Projection models to land on your one-offs and off-the-wall value plays!

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Today’s edition of Aces and Bases focuses ONLY on FanDuel’s 10-game MLB DFS Main Slate for 7:05PM ET, hopefully finding you some green screens!

Some scattered T-storms in the Colorado vicinity tonight, so we’ll leave that game off our discussion since I don’t have to tell you to deploy bats in Coors if the game looks like it’ll play. Let’s get to it!

MLB DFS: The Aces

Top MLB DFS Ace: Trevor Bauer ($11,000)

We haven’t seen the Bauer ceiling game in a while, and I suspect this could be the night facing the offensively challenged Miami Marlins. There’s no need for a ton of analysis here in determining the top arm of this slate, as Carlos Rodon is an option, but was initially scheduled to start Thursday against the Twins and was pushed back after experiencing back and hamstring tightness. Add to that the prospect of some ugly weather in Chicago and he’s just not nearly as safe as Bauer — although there’s plenty of upside if that game plays without delay. I’ll let that determination fall to the weather watchers, but for me, it’s just easier to build around the chalky but upside-laden Bauer against a Marlins team that hits poorly on the road.

Best GPP Value: Ian Anderson ($8,600)

For two Saturdays in a row, I’m going to be using Anderson in the hopes he can avoid the big inning and settle down a little sooner than his previous start. The price has come up a bit (from $7,900) since last weekend, but Anderson’s opponent has a team total under 4 and he’s capable of striking out 8-10 batters. I’ll be using Bauer as my go to SP in most of my MLB DFS builds tonight, but Anderson makes plenty of sense on a relatively thin pitching slate without many “sure thing” candidates for 40+ fantasy points.

Contrarian GPP Value: Triston McKenzie

Domingo German might get a bit of ownership in MLB DFS tonight, as the Yankees take on the Orioles, but McKenzie is coming off his first win of the season on May 6, so he’s rested and ready. While the addition of Jarred Kelenic has added some firepower to the top of the Seattle batting order, the Mariners have a relatively high K rate (26.3% — tied with the Marlins) and there’s lots of upside at this price point for McKenzie — who’s tailor made for FanDuel scoring with his high walk (8.37 BB/9 in five starts) and K rates (12.93 per 9 IP). If he can keep the M’s off the bases and avoid the big fly, he should make value and get you the 30-40 FD points needed to pay off his meager $6,900 salary.

MLB DFS: The Bases

Top Stack: Houston Astros vs. TEX RHP Dane Dunning

I actually like Dunning a bit in MLB DFS — he’s got swing-and-miss stuff and is coming off a career-high 10K performance against the Mariners on May 9 where he settled down his demons and got back to throwing his effective slider. Unfortunately, the Astros offense has just the kind of firepower and plate patience to make Dunning’s day a long one (or short one, if we’re being honest). The miniscule team K rate (18.7% — lowest in the majors) is a great indicator for stacking against pitchers like Dunning who rely heavily on the K to get outs. While Dunning has fared better against LHB in the small sample of 2021 so far, the Astros are littered with lefty mashers and righties who maintain high wOBA against RHP. Yordan Alvarez ($4,300) is the highest-priced bat on Houston, but I’ll be looking closely at the red-hot Kyle Tucker ($3,400) as well as standard stackers Jose Altuve ($3,800), Alex Bregman ($3,700) and Michael Brantley ($3,100). In his last six games, Tucker has 3 HR, 10 hits and 9 RBI.

Value Stack: Philadelphia Phillies vs. TOR LHP Anthony Kay

The Phillies offer a bit of a discount from the Astros, but the upside is almost as high facing a young lefty in a minor league park with a high ERA (Kay: 10.24, with a 5.59 FIP). Rhys Hoskins ($3,300), J.T., Realmuto ($3,400), Andrew McCutcheon ($3,200) and just about any other Phillies hitter — Jean Segura ($2,800), Alec Bohm ($2,400) stand out as solid value options — made sense last night and they do again today. I like a few stacks today (more on that later), but this could end up being a huge leverage play on a day where they might get lower ownership than expected.

Contrarian Stack: Washington Nationals vs. ARI RHP Seth Frankoff

It’s hard to justify them as a contrarian play after they went off for 17 runs in Arizona last night, but some folks might consider it chasing ands other s will be naturally drawn to the Astros, Phillies and teams like the Indians (also a decent contrarian stack or one-off spot for one-off RHB like Jordan Luplow, Franmil Reyes and Jose Ramirez vs. SEA LHP Justus Sheffield). But the Nats are just loaded with hitters who are heating up like Trea Turner ($3,900), Juan Soto ($4,000) and Kyle Schwarber ($3,200), who has homers in consecutive games and went off for 40.4 FD points last night. Josh Bell ($3,000) and the underpriced Yan Gomes ($2,400) are solid options as well.

Good luck, and make sure you utilize the MLB Projection models to land on your one-offs and off-the-wall value plays!

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The main slate for 9/26 DFS is just a simple, five-game assembly of MLB DFS matchups featuring some playoff implications and some sneaky stacks! Let’s find the best one-off plays and a couple quality stacks to get you on the road to cash!

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9/26 DFS Hitting Stacks ofthe Day

Cleveland Indians at DylanCease

With Jose Ramirez back, the Indians have another titanic bat in their lineup as they try to sneak into the playoffs via the Wild Card. Eliminated from securing their fourth straight AL Central title with Wednesday’s loss (coupled with a victory by the Minnesota Twins), the Indians have a Thursday night matchup that bodes well for the bats facing a hittable Dylan Cease (5.79 ERA). Expect Francisco Lindor to erase that poor showing last night and get some exposure to the 2-5 bats, along with Franmil Reyes and a dirt-cheap Mike Freeman ($3,200 DK, $2,500 FD) at the bottom of the order.

Oakland Athletics atSeattle Mariners

We’ve come to expect a lot from the A’s as September winds down, and this is a prime opportunity for the bats to come alive and pile on some runs on this 9/26 DFS slate. Mark Canha left the game early last night and Khris Davis is battling a stomach bug, but there are plenty of bats to go to in their stead, and while Felix Hernandez is a historically solid pitcher, he’s nearing the end of his career (6.51 ERA this season) and just isn’t the same old King Felix. The A’s also hit well on the road, with a .329 wOBA as a team. I like Matt Olson, Matt Chapman and Marcus Semien.

Houston Astros at JaimeBarria

The Astros plan on sitting Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and George Springer, but that just means you can grab some value at the top of their lineup with Kyle Tucker and mix in some “next man up” types who’ve performed well in limited duty this season. They’re not my favorite stack for 9/26 DFS, but they’re certainly viable and a little cheaper to fit in without all the regulars.

9/26 DFS Hitting Stacks toConsider 

Chicago Cubs at Joe Musgrove – The Cubs face ahittable pitcher who can hand out free passes and get lit up as easily as hecan rack up the Ks.

New York Mets vs. Jordan Yamamoto – Yamamoto isn’t a bad young pitcher, but he struggles with RHBs and the Mets have a bunch of really good ones.

9/26 DFS HittingCatcher  

Wilson Ramos, NYM vs. MIA

DK ($3,600)  FD ($2600)

Unfortunately, the pickings are slim at catcher today, so I’ll be looking to Wilson Ramos and his power upside. The Mets regular catcher is slashing .286/.350/.415 this season and Yamamoto has trouble with right-handed bats (.322wOBA vs. RHBs, .250 wOBA vs. LHBs). Just make sure he’s in the lineup before you lock him in.

9/26 DFS Hitting FirstBaseman 

Matt Olson, OAK at SEA

DK (4,600)  FD ($3,700)   

My affinity for Matt Olson is well-known among my peers, and he’s deliveredfor me time and again in GPPs. This matchup is an interesting one, because Olsonhas a .293 ISO and 150 wRC+ against righties. Olson, who’s been hitting forpower this month with a .345 ISO, will likely face a couple of RHPs and has agood chance at going deep in this game.

9/26 DFS Hitting SecondBaseman 

Aledmys Diaz, HOU at LAA

DK($4,100)   FD ($2,900) 

With some Astros sitting, Diaz probably gets another start tonight and is carrying a decent slash line (.271/.349/.457) into the 9/26 contest. He has a 122 wRC+ against RHPs this season, is fairly priced on DK and is unbelievably cheap on FD. It looks like I may give him a shot in about half my lineups this evening.

9/26 DFS Hitting ThirdBaseman 

Matt Chapman, OAK at SEA

(DK $4,100)  FD ($3,600)

Mr. Chapman homered last night, is very affordable on both sites, and is slightly better against RHPs (124 wRC+ vs. RHPs, 122 wRC+ vs. LHPs). While he had a relatively quiet September, I like the matchup for Chapman against King Felix here here — and there are not many 3B who stick out in this slate other than him, Alex Bregman (who’s available at SS on DK), and Yoan Moncada.

9/26 DFSHitting Shortstop 

Alex Bregman, HOU at LAA

DK ($2,600)  FD ($2,000)

Some of the veteran Astros players will get spelled tonight, but Bregman is slated to stay in the lineup and is red hot at the plate (3-4, two 2B, RBI, R last night). He sports a robust 168 wRC+ and is slashing .298/.421/.595 triple-slash line with 119 runs scored, 40 homers, 110 RBI and five steals this season. The hard-hitting Bregman is a fine place to anchor your SS slot.

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9/26 DFS HittingOutfielders 

Kyle Tucker, HOU at LAA

DK($4,800)   FD ($2,900) 

Tucker draws the leadoff spot for 9/26 DFS a night after launching a solo homer against the Mariners. With Jose Altuve getting the day off, he takes over a prime spot in the Astros lineup and has done ell with his chances so far: The 22-year-old rookie outfielder is hitting .304/.339/.571 with 11 runs scored, three HRs, 10 RBI and five SB in 59 plate appearances this season. The price on DK is fair, but on FD he’s just way too cheap.

Brandon Nimmo, NYM vs. MIA

DK ($3,900)   FD ($2,900)

I love Nimmo in the leadoff spot today for the Mets, who don’t havea lot to play for but still have an exciting group of young hitters. Nimmo hasa 133 wRC+ against RHPs in his career and will have plenty of run scoringopportunities here. He also has a 16.4 BB% facing RHPs in his career and a 19.7BB% this season against righties – a nice patience complement to his burgeoningpower.

Kyle Schwarber, CHC at PIT

DK ($3,800)   FD ($2,700)

While he’s not much of a contact/average hitter, Schwarber has been heating up at the plate (2-4 last night with a pair of singles on Wednesday) just in time for his team to be eliminated from the playoffs. Schwarber is hitting .248/.337/.527 with 37 homers, 91 RBI and 80 runs scored in 152 games overall in 2019, and he’s got a great matchup vs. RHP Joe Musgrove.

 9/26 DFS Additional StackOptions:

C: Wilson Contreras ($4,700 DK, $3,000 FD), Sean Murphy ($4,000DK, $2,900 FD)

1B: Anthony Rizzo ($4,900 DK, $3,900 FD), Pete Alonso ($5,000 DK,$4,000 FD)

2B: Ian Happ ($4,000 DK, $2,600 FD), Yolmer Sanchez ($2,700 DK) ($2,300FD)

3B: Yoan Moncada ($4,800 DK, $3,500 FD), David Fletcher ($3,900DK, $2,800 FD)

SS: Francisco Lindor ($4,600 DK, $4,200 FD), Jack Mayfield ($2,600 DK, $2,000 FD)

OF: Yordan Alvarez ($5,400 DK, $4,400 FD), Nick Castellanos ($4,600DK, $3,800 FD), Michael Brantley ($4,000 DK, $3,500 FD), Oscar Mercado ($4,900DK, $3,400 FD), Michael Conforto ($4,600 DK, $3,500 FD), Robbie Grossman, ($3,500DK, $2,400 FD),

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The 9/25 DFS Hitting Picks is the final Wednesday edition with a main slate filled with strong offensive matchups. Load up here, follow the rest of the WDS crew and count your long green.

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9/25 DFS Hitting Picks — Catcher

Yan Gomes, WAS at PHI

DK ($3,700), FD ($2,600)

Phillies starter Drew Smyly has been owned by Gomes: in 14 at-bats against the Nats’ backstop, Smyly has allowed six hits, including a pair of homers. It also helps that Gomes has homered in each of the past two games and has a .913 OPS during an unsung September that has seen Gomes hit half of his 12 homers this season. Oh: Smyly comes in with a 2.59 HR/9 rate, so there’s that.

9/25 DFS Hitting Picks — First Baseman

Ryan O’Hearn, KC vs. ATL

DK ($3,200), FD ($2,300)

Consider this a punt pick with upside. With the Braves pushing Mike Soroka to Sunday’s regular season finale, O’Hearn will face swingman Josh Tomlin. O’Hearn has homered four times this month and sports a .545 slugging percentage. He also has a 41.7% hard contact rate and has quietly raised his walk rate to 10.8%. Certainly, there are better options available, but if you’re looking for cheap power, then O’Hearn’s a good place to start.

9/25 DFS Hitting Picks — Second Baseman

Garrett Hampson, COL at SF

DK ($3,800), FD ($2,800)

Whoa…where did the pop come from? Hampson has homered four times over the past week and has five dingers in a .371/.435/.677 month of swinging. He homered twice in Tuesday’s win at the Giants and is on a run in which Hampson has scored at least once in nine of his last 10 games. His batting average says .253, but Hampson’s September run has boosted his BABIP to .326. Hampson’s fly ball rate of 38.7% has paid off well this month, so why not jump in the fun before it’s too late?

9/25 DFS Hitting Picks — Third Baseman

Jose Ramirez, CLE at CWS

DK ($5,000), FD ($3,600)

In perhaps the biggest surprise since John Cena showed up unexpectedly in the 2008 Royal Rumble, Ramirez made a loud return to the lineup on Tuesday with a pair of homers and seven RBI. Remember when it was thought he’d be lost for the season? Ah, modern medicine. Ramirez had an August OPS of 1.077 before his hand injury and while a repeat of Tuesday is too much in asking, White Sox starter Ross Detwiler does have a 2.73 HR/9 rate. Just pointing it out…

9/25 DFS Hitting Picks — Shortstop

Trea Turner, WAS vs. PHI

DK ($5,400), FD ($4,400)

Don’t count on Turner to ease up now that the Nationals have clinched a playoff spot. Fourteen of Turner’s 31 hits this month have been for extra bases (nine doubles, five homers), which have been the foundation of his .908 September OPS. Turner’s 7.8% walk rate is modest, but he’s sporting a .347 BABIP while pushing his hard contact rate above average at 37.8%.

9/25 DFS Hitting Picks — Outfielder

Yasiel Puig, CLE at CWS

DK ($4,500), FD ($3,200)

Puig has yet to homer this month, but has still put on a master class as to why most pundits have been enamored with his skills. Along with driving in 11 runs, Puig has gone .392/.471/.500 this month while adding 14 runs scored. His fly ball rate of 40.4% is a career best, yet Puig is also spraying line drives at a 21.2% clip. He’s also hitting to all fields with consistency and also gets to feast on Ross Detwiler.

9/25 DFS Hitting Picks — Outfielder

Austin Hays, BAL at TOR

DK ($4,300), FD ($3,000)

Over the past two weeks, Hays has teamed with Trey Mancini to give the O’s a potent duo. He’s batted .320/.382/.640 with four homers and 12 RBI in that span. Hays has also struck out just 14.8% of the time and has caused damage despite a 28% hard contact rate. Even with the small sample size of 55 at-bats, Hays’ .291 Isolated Power will carry well this evening at hitter-friendly Rodgers Centre.

9/25 DFS Hitting Picks — Outfielder

Aaron Judge, NYY at TB

DK ($4,900), FD ($4,500)

Judge’s bat appears ready for an October run. He’s gone .289/.438/.737 with five homers, seven RBI and 13 runs scored. He’s struggled against the Rays this season (.194 batting average), but let’s throw that out the window. Judge has pushed his Isolated Power to .260, which is helped by the fact his hard contact rate is a very, very loud 53.4%. That rate does more than knock down stop signs.

9/25 DFS Hitting Stacks

9/25 Hitting Stack of the Day: Cleveland Indians: Puig and Ramirez is a great pairing. I’d also consider Roberto Perez ($2800 FD) and Franmil Reyes ($3100 FD) as good bargains to add, yet would consider an all-in by going with Francisco Lindor ($5300 DK).

9/25 Hitting Stack Runner-Up: Houston Astros: Mariners starter Yusei Kikuchi has been hammered for 12 runs (10 earned) and 20 hits over 14 innings of work against Houston. I’d build with Alex Bregman ($5200 DK) or Yordan Alvarez ($5500 DK). Aledmys Diaz ($4100 DK) and Abraham Toro ($3600 DK) are value plays if they’re in the lineup.

9/25 Hitting Stack to Consider: Washington Nationals: You can go beyond Gomes and Turner. Howie Kendrick ($2700 FD) and Anthony Rendon ($4200) make for good additions if going all-in.

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Today we are here to celebrate and congratulate one of our own, @TenaciousDJONES, on his six figure win last night. He rode an Indians/Mets stack to FanDuel glory. Details and how to get advice from David are included in this 8/16 MLB DFS Report.

8/16 MLB DFS Winner: David Jones of Win Daily

DFS Pro David Jones, one of our featured analysts on Win Daily, took down the $200,000 MLB Colossus on FanDuel with a grand prize of $100,000 on Thursday night. The contest had an entry fee of $1,650. The following lineup put David at the top of the tournament: Sonny Gray, Carlos Santana, Joe Panik, Jose Ramirez, Yasiel Puig, Greg Allen, J.D. Davis, Pete Alonso. You can get advice regularly from David on Win Daily as a free member or talk to him one on one in our Premium Gold Slack Chat throughout the week.

8/16 MLB DFS Winner: Mets/Indians

Both teams exploded last night and Tenacious D was all over them in pregame:

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The Mets, led by Todd Frazier and Pete Alonso homers, scored 10 runs on 23 hits. Alonso went five for five with six RBI including his N.L. rookie-record tying 39th homer. Amed Rosario, batting leadoff after Jeff McNeil was injured, had five hits in six official ABs with two doubles, a triple and four runs scored.

The other games Tenacious D loved was in the Bronx. Though he mentioned the Yankees, he stacked the Indians in his winning lineup.

Some highlights from the 19 runs the Indians scored: Carlos Santana with four runs and three RBIs, including 2 HRs; Greg Allen with four each of RBI, runs and hits including a HR and Jose Ramirez with two HRs and six RBI. Ramirez had his counting stats by the end of the second inning.

8/16 MLB DFS Outlooks: Not surprisingly, the Indians are in the playoff hunt. In the lead for the AL wild-card by two games over Tampa Bay, three and a half over Oakland and nine and a half over Boston, they are also chasing Minnesota for the A.L. Central lead. They are only one-half game behind the Twins.

The Mets are surprisingly in the N.L. playoff chase. They are two games behind the current second wild-card leader, the Cubs. However, the Mets have many more teams to deal with than the A.L .contenders do, with Arizona, San Francisco, Philadelphia and Milwaukee all on the outside looking in but within three and a half games.

Also, David’s pockets will be fatter the rest of the season. Here is the final screenshot:

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Here is a look on how some of our staff predicted winners on the Friday August 9 slate for MLB.

8/10 MLB DFS Winner: Cal Quantrill

This was a snippet of what Joel Bartilotta had on the DFS Pitching Plays and Quantrill continued his career stretch. He picked up the victory and went seven scoreless innings with five hits and five strikeouts against the Colorado Rockies. Quantrill has been lighting it up this season as a long-term option for the Padres’ rotation in the future as they continue to build into a contender with Manny Machado and their young core.DFS Outlook: Quantrill is scheduled to start on Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays. Look for him to continue having success on the mound as the Rays are simply a middle-of-the-pack offensive team. Expect Quantrill to remain a value pitcher in his next outing. 

8/10 MLB DFS Winner: Jose Ramirez

Jose Ramirez was highlighted in Brandon C. Williams’ Hitting Stacks & Picks. Ramirez went 3-for-4 with a walk, double, RBI and a stolen base against the Minnesota Twins. He is now batting .355 with nine homers and 29 RBI since the All-Star break. Ramirez is beginning to look like his 2017 self.DFS Outlook: Jose Ramirez is one of, if not, the hottest hitters in baseball. Facing Jake Odorizzi in today’s game while the Indians climbed back in the division race, momentum is on Cleveland’s side and Ramirez could have a huge day at the plate.

8/10 MLB DFS Winner: Mike Tauchman

Mike Tauchman continued his hot streak as another pick on the Hitting Stacks & Picks. Tauchman went 2-for-4 with a home run, RBI and a run scored. It is incredible how Mike Tauchman is the guy you cannot take of the lineup if the season was on the line.DFS Outlook: Who could’ve guessed all Tauchman needed was to leave Coors Field to become an incredible hitter? Mike Tauchman could win the A.L. Rookie of the Year and is arguably the second-best hitter since July 1. He is slugging .825 in his last 15 games and has made the argument to be starting on the Yankees with everyone back and healthy. Keep letting “the Sockman” ride this incredible high and continue to make you money.

8/10 MLB DFS Winner: Aristides Aquino

Brandon was on fire with his selections last night! Aristides Aquino went 1-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and a run. He is making the most of his time in the Majors right now as he is at .417 with four homers and 10 RBI in seven games.DFS Outlook: Aquino is prone to the strikeout, but is also prone to the long ball. He isn’t hitting cheap ones off of no-name guys either. He homered off of Cole Hamels and Yu Darvish on consecutive nights. Aquino hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down any time soon and you should take advantage of one of the hottest hitters in the National League for the past week.

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Yes, there is preseason football on tonight, but it’s the kind of football that will impact your Fantasy draft. In other words, stay focused on the diamond, follow the words and numbers below and be ready to make DFS money off the usual 15-game slate. Caring isn’t sharing here, so if there’s a sore pooh or two upset about not getting all 30 teams equally covered, well…um…tough. Them’s the breaks.Sign up NOW for WIN DAILY Premium Gold right here! Projections, weather reports, wagering info, 24/7 expert chats and more!Opposite Day rules apply: we’ll find our bargains at each position before the glorious task of stacking (mmm…stacking) lineups.8/9 DFS Hitting CFrancisco Mejia, SD vs. COLDK ($3,200), FD ($2,300)Hey, if he keeps hitting, then why not keep him in the lineup? Mejia had his third straight multi-hit game on Thursday night and fourth in his last five, pushing his batting average above .260. His slugging percentage barely hovers above .400, but if there’s anything you need to know about catchers is that the pop sometimes is the last thing that develops. What will make Mejia — and his DFS users — smile in glee is that the Rockies are throwing the extended batting practice pitcher that is known as Kyle Freeland, who has given up as many homers as the number of batters he’s struck out (five) in his last two starts (Bonus smile: Right-handed hitters have gone .292/.362/.603 this season against Freeland).8/9 DFS Hitting 1BJose Abreu, CWS vs. OAKDK ($4,000), FD ($3,800)Abreu has rewarded FanDuel users with games of 37.70 and 25.40 points this week as his August OPS of 1.008 is light years from July’s tepid mark of .608. He’s cheap in either format and you’ll also take comfort in knowing his .804 OPS at Guaranteed Rate Field is better than his .782 away from ChiTown. Abreu’s .211 Isolated Power is slightly higher than last season’s, and his current stretch gives him a better than outside chance to finish with 35+ homers. Mike Fiers isn’t pitching in Oakland, which is a very good thing considering his ERA away from the City that M.C. Hammer Built is 4.62. Don’t hurt ’em, Jose (at least not too much).8/9 DFS Hitting 2BJason Kipnis, CLE at MINDK ($4,300), FD ($3,300)Since July 31, Kipnis has five multi-hit games along with three homers and 11 RBI. He’s been banging it over the past two weeks to the tune of .348./.423/.696, harkening back to the good ‘ol days when he was actually a must-own player in that other kind of Fantasy baseball. After a pair of dogs in 2017-18, Kipnis has found some fortune with his BABIP, which stands at .284. His current run is keyed by his hard contact rate of 38.7%, the best of his career. Rookie hurler Devin Smeltzer has been a revelation of sorts for the Twins’ staff, but Indians batters showed him hellfire and brimstone when they jacked four homers off him in a win on June 4.8/9 DFS Hitting SSBo Bichette, TOR vs. NYYDK ($4,300), FD ($3,900)Like the aforementioned Mejia, if it ain’t broke… Bichette made big league history on Thursday when he doubled for a ninth straight game along with taking Domingo German deep in the 12-6 loss to the Yankees. No one should pull Bichette aside and tell him it can’t be that easy, especially when he’s gone .408/.453/.837 in his first 11 games. Obviously, he’s not getting cheated out of his at-bats as Bichette has made either medium or hard contact 91.2% of the time. And yes, please throw lefty J.A. Happ in front of Bichette, who has hit lefties with a 1.476 OPS.8/9 DFS Hitting 3BJose Ramirez, CLE at MINDK ($4,300), FD ($3,300)Uh, oh. Perhaps I’ve tipped my hand on a stack? Maybe, but Ramirez has been a one-man stack over the past week by hitting .400 with a pair of homers, seven RBI and six runs scored. As bad as his numbers looked earlier in the season, this newfound version of Ramirez is well on his way to another 20-20 season. Ramirez has a 47.8% fly ball rate to go along with a 39.1% hard contact rate. You’ll take that combination to the bank against a hurler like Smeltzer.8/9 DFS Hitting OFYordan Alvarez, HOU at BALDK ($5,700), FD ($4,300)Hell yes, I’m paying steep for the right to have Alvarez in my lineup. A longtime friend of mine was witness to Alvarez’s homer on Wednesday and told me he had never heard the ball come off a bat the way that blast did. Considering I’ve known this guy since first grade, I’ll trust him. You really, really want him in FanDuel, where he’s recorded at least 12.50 points in five of his last six games, including a 27.90 and 22.20 performances. Any hitter with a .404 BABIP and 50.4% hard contact rate going against Orioles pitching, in tonight’s case Dylan “Me and 24 homers Allowed and 5.89 ERA at Home” Bundy, is worth every penny.8/9 DFS Hitting OFMike Tauchman, NYY at TORDK ($4,900), FD ($3,400)With a homer on Thursday, Tauchman has four dingers and 13 RBI this month. He’s not an all or nothing hitter, having recorded four multi-hit games in the same span. One would think Tauchman would have a blistering hard contact rate like Alvarez, but his is a surprising 31.7%. Couple that with a 32% fly ball rate, and you’re seeing a hitter making the most of his opportunities. The Blue Jays are starting Sean Reid-Foley, who is beginning to be stretched out as a starter. Reid-Foley has held opponents to a .229 batting average but has walked 14 in 21.2 innings. Seriously, do you really want that kind of a walk rate when facing the Yankees?8/9 DFS Hitting OFAristides Aquino, CIN vs. CHCDK ($3,700), FD ($3,000)Aquino’s homer off Cole Hamels on Thursday night jumped the fence at 118.3 mph, tying him with Pete Alonso and Gary Sanchez for the hardest-hit homer this season. He’s fanned once every three at-bats, but Aquino has produced a .905 OPS in his first 21 at-bats to go along with three homers (and a throw on Thursday that looked Jose Guillen-like with its velocity). Yu Darvish gets the opportunity to deal against the freakish Aquino and while his 71 strikeouts over his past 59.2 innings is a sign the old Darvish is back, all he has to do is ask Hamels what’s it like when you leave one up there for Aquino to lean into.Let’s take it home and stack ’em up, shall we?Top 8/9 MLB DFS Stack: Houston Astros: We touched on Dylan Bundy and his hitter-friendly numbers, which means get your Astros in where you can fit them it. Obviously, Yordan Alvarez will take a good grip of your salary, but that could be countered by going cheap on a speculative pitcher. George Springer ($4,400 at FanDuel) is hitting .368 with a homer and four RBI over the past week, while Yuli Gurriel ($3,500) scored a combined 102.30 FanDuel points in two games against the Rockies on Tuesday and Wednesday. Michael Brantley ($4,100) hasn’t homered in the past week but still hit .348 with nine RBI. As hot as Houston’s bats have been, you’ll sacrifice at a position or two in order to make this stack work.Chicago White Sox 8/9 MLB DFS Stack: As mentioned earlier, A’s starter Mike Fiers is suspect on the road, and the White Sox have enough hot bats to strongly consider stacking against him. Start with Jose Abreu (see his work at 1B) and follow up with Eloy Jimenez ($3,100 FanDuel) who looks overdue for a breakout since his return from the DL. James McCann ($2,800) has had a good week with 21.90 and 22.50 points sandwiched between a 15.70 outing. Tim Anderson ($3,000) comes into Friday having put up at least 15.20 points in four of his last six games.New York Yankees 8/9 MLB DFS Stack: The Yankees have hit 19 homers in four games this week and I’d bet on world peace coming before betting against the Yankees going homerless on Friday. Go with Mike Tauchman (see OF) and make room for Gio Urshela ($4,600 Draft Kings), who had two homers and four RBI on Thursday night. If you want to spend a bit more, then go with D.J. LeMahieu ($5,100), who has gone .370-2-6 in the past week. Even Cameron Maybin ($4,600), who racked up three hits on Thursday, is worth throwing into the fray.THANK YOU FOR READING. YOU CAN READ SOME OF MY OTHER WORK AND THOUGHTS ON MY AUTHOR PAGE. FOLLOW Win Daily DFS ON TWITTER @WinDailyDFS. PLEASE CHECK OUT EVERYTHING THAT Win Daily DFS HAS TO OFFER. 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For our 8/5 DFS Hitting Picks, we got some great options for you. We actually have a large 12-game slate, which is pretty surprising for a Monday. That is the ideal amount of games for DFS. though, and it should make for a fun slate.

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8/5 DFS Hitting Catcher 

Yasmani Grandal, MIL at PIT 

DK ($4,200)   FD ($3,000) 

Picking catchers is always tough but Grandal is always one of the safest options on the board. That’s clear by his .373 OBP, .481 SLG and .854 OPS. Not only are those all career-highs for Grandal, they also happen to be some of the best numbers at the catcher position. We have to like him against Dario Agrazal, whose 6.21 xFIP is one of the worst marks in the game. It also puts Grandal on the left side, with the switch-hitter posting a .490 SLG and .854 OPS against righties since last season.  

8/5 DFS Hitting First Baseman

Ji-Man Choi, TB vs. TOR 

DK ($3,900)   FD ($3,100) 

Choi is quietly one of the best values in DFS right now and it’s time for these sites to take notice of his stellar play. What’s really changed things for him is the move to the leadoff spot, with Choi batting leadoff in four-straight games against righties. It’s led to one of his best stretches of his season too, with Choi hitting .500 in that span while collecting three doubles, six runs scored and six RBI. That’s no surprise when you consider his splits, with Choi generating a .376 OBP and .878 OPS against right-handers since 2017.  

8/5 DFS Hitting Second Baseman

Rougned Odor, TEX at CLE 

DK ($4,900)   FD ($3,200) 

I’ve had some great luck in recommending this guy and it’s easy to see why when looking at his recent numbers. Over his last 14 games, Odor has accrued three doubles, seven homers, 12 runs scored and 14 RBI en route to a 1.163 OPS. That’s the dude that we’ve been waiting for and he’s always one of the streakiest players in our game. The matchup against Aaron Civale is nice too, as it puts the platoon advantage in Odor’s favor versus a pitcher who’s only made one appearance at this level.  

8/5 DFS Hitting Third Baseman

Jose Ramirez, CLE vs. TEX 

DK ($4,800)   FD ($3,700) 

Much like Odor, Ramirez is one of the hottest hitters in the league. Over his last 27 games, Ramrez is hitting .313 while providing 22 runs scored, 11 doubles, nine homers and 27 RBI en route to a .988 OPS. That’s the stud that we’ve been waiting for and it’s scary that he’s one of the league leaders with 22 steals as well. The icing on the cake is this matchup against Ariel Jurado though, who’s pitching to a 6.70 ERA and 1.58 WHIP over his last nine starts. It also puts Ramirez on the left side, with the switch-hitter posting an OPS north of .900 against righties since 2017.   

8/5 DFS Hitting Shortstop 

Jonathan Villar, BAL vs. NYY 

DK ($4,700)   FD ($3,300) 

Villar is a regular in my articles and recent results would indicate that we’ve been all over this guy. The 14 homers and 24 steals tells you everything you need to know, as that alone makes this price hard to understand. Any leadoff hitter with that power-speed combo is worth using in this price range, especially with his recent form. Over his last nine games. Villar has collected two doubles, three homers, 12 runs scored and seven steals en route to a .455 OBP and 1.121 OPS. That’s absurd production and it’s really no surprise that most of it has come against righties. So far this season, Villar has a .346 OBP and .765 OPS against right-handers while swiping 19 of his 23 steals. That’s huge against Masahiro Tanaka, who’s got an unsightly 10.59 ERA and 1.89 WHIP over his last six starts.  

8/5 DFS Hitting Outfielders 

J.D. Martinez, BOS vs. KC 

DK ($5,100)   FD ($4,200) 

Martinez is starting to get hot and that’s scary from a guy who’s already one of the best hitters in our game. Over his last 15 games, J.D. is hitting .374 while providing a .464 OBP, .729 SLG and 1.193 OPS. That’s the stud that we were expecting and his .584 xSLG and .408 xwOBA would indicate that this streak will only continue. What really adds to his intrigue is this matchup, with Martinez posting a .455 OBP, .887 SLG and 1.341 OPS against left-handers this season. It happens to be a southpaw we want to exploit, with Mike Montgomery pitching to a 6.34 ERA and 1.77 WHIP this season.  

Aaron Judge, NYY vs. BAL 

DK ($4,600)   FD ($4,100) 

While I don’t really like this FanDuel price, it’s pretty hard to fade Judge on DraftKings at $4,600. That price is absurd for someone so talented and the hitting profile is still there. While he’s been struggling recently, this masher is still generating a .545 xSLG, .405 xwOBA and 97.8 exit velocity. That exit velocity happens to be the best mark in baseball and it’s just a matter of time before his numbers start turning around. A matchup against the Orioles is a great way to start the rebound, with Baltimore sitting dead-last in ERA, WHIP and home runs allowed.

Eloy Jimenez, CWS at DET 

DK ($3,400)   FD ($2,900) 

Jimenez is going to be one of the best power hitters in the league in coming years and we have to capitalize on this price. I truly believe that he’ll be $1,000 more on each site come this time next season and it’s really no surprise when you look at his power potential. A .220 ISO speaks for itself, as that’s pretty much on par with the power stud that we saw in the minors. While Jimenez is struggling in his first few games off of the IL, we’re talking about a guy who had 11 homers in his 28 games before going on the IL. That power potential is especially tough to fade in a matchup like this, with Detroit sending out Drew VerHagen and his 11.66 ERA and 2.80 WHIP. We can’t fade a guy with so much upside in such a premium matchup at a price like this! 

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Lucas Giolito Over 5.5 Strikeouts

After another winner in our last article, let’s go back to the well with the K props. What makes this prop crazy is that Giolito has recorded at least four Ks in all 21 of his starts this season. He’s done that to the tune of a 30 percent K rate and gets to face a Tigers offense that ranks bottom-three in runs scored, OBP, OPS, xwOBA, xwOBA and K rate. I’m going to go bold and say he clears this prop in just four innings.

I’ll also be keeping track of my MKF picks from here on out so that you have a better idea of what I’m bringing to the table. I can only tack back to June but here’s where we are since. Record 22-14

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Our Monday DFS article was titled “Don’t Fade the Tribe”. That was alluding to the fact that we loved the Indians and Dodgers and we’re going to look to build off that momentum here. Those two offenses combined for 24 runs and we absolutely obliterated our MKF pick that had Bellinger, Muncy and Seager combining for more than 3.5 hits.

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Wilson Ramos, NYM at MIN 

DK ($3,700)   FD ($2,600)  

Ramos has seen his price drop on these DFS sites throughout the year but this is a spot where we definitely want to use him. Aside from the price, facing a lefty is what makes him such an attractive option on this slate. In fact, Ramos is providing a .438 OBP, .556 SLG and .994 OPS against southpaws this season. That’s actually not far off of his three-year averages, with Ramos generating a .912 OPS dating back to 2017. That’s huge for a player this cheap and Martin Perez is certainly not a guy we need to worry about. Over his last seven starts, Perez is pitching to a 6.32 ERA and 1.41 WHIP. 

First Base  

C.J. Cron, MIN vs. NYM 

DK ($3,700)   FD ($3,300)  

I initially had Pete Alonso in here but I think we have similar upside with Cron at $1,000 cheaper. Not only does Cron have an ISO approaching .250 since the beginning of last season, he’s absolutely obliterated left-handed pitching. So far this year, Cron is posting a .404 OBP and .679 SLG en route to a ridiculous 1.084 OPS against southpaws. That makes these DFS prices hard to figure out, as he should have success against a pitcher with a 5.17 xFIP.  

Second Base  

Keston Hiura, MIL vs. ATL 

DK ($4,600)   FD ($3,400) 

These DFS sites need to take notice of this kid, as he looks like a star in the making. Let’s start with his absurd Triple-A numbers, with Hiura tallying a .330 AVG and 1.089 OPS at that level this season. That fantastic form has appeared to carry over to the Majors, with Hiura accruing a .915 OPS with the Brewers in 117 at-bats, which doesn’t even include a 3-for-3 game with a dinger on Tuesday. Getting to face a lefty is simply the icing on the cake, as that puts the platoon advantage in Hiura’s favor.  

Third Base  

Jose Ramirez, CLE vs. DET 

DK ($4,400)   FD ($3,600) 

Don’t look now but Ramirez is starting to get hot. This dude was simply one of the best players in fantasy last season and it was really hard to understand why he had such terrible numbers over the first three months. All the hard-hit stats were there and positive regression finally appears to be turning around. Over his last 16 games, Ramirez is hitting .333 while generating a .988 OPS. That’s the guy that we’ve become accustomed to and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him do this for the rest of the season. Spencer Turnbull is not really a guy we need to fade either, with the Tigers righty pitching to a 7.80 ERA and 1.93 WHIP over his last four starts.  


Charlie Blackmon, COL vs. SF 

DK ($5,800)   FD ($4,700) 

If you’re unfamiliar with Blackmon’s splits, let me reinforce these ridiculous numbers. So far this season, Blackmon is providing a .426 AVG and .826 SLG en route to a 1.357 OPS. Those are Barry Bonds-like numbers and it’s really no surprise that he’s one of the highest-priced players. What we like here is that he gets the platoon advantage against Shaun Anderson, with Blackmon tallying a 1.028 OPS against righties this season while Anderson is posting a 4.48 ERA and 1.44 WHIP.  

Ryan Braun, MIL vs. ATL 

DK ($4,200)   FD ($3,000) 

I liked Braun a lot more a few years ago for DFS purposes but he’s still always in consideration against left-handers. For his career, Braun has a .389 OBP and .596 SLG agaimst southpaws en route to a .985 OPS. Even those numbers made me shake my head, as he’s truly put together a fantastic career. That alone makes these prices mind-boggling and the fact that he’s gotten on base in seven of his 11 plate appearances against Dallas Keuchel only adds to his intrigue.  

Khris Davis, OAK vs. SEA 

DK ($3,600)   FD ($3,100) 

Davis is mired in a nightmarish slump but these DFS prices are getting kind of insane. The simple fact is, Davis still leads the league in home runs since 2016 while generating an ISO approaching .300 in that span. That sort of power potential isn’t matched by many $4,500 players, let alone a guy who’s on the low $3,000’s. This matchup is fantastic for Davis too, as Leake’s 16 percent career K rate is perfect for a swing-and-miss guy like Davis. That doesn’t even take into consideration that Leake is pitching to a 6.86 ERA and 1.73 WHIP over his last four starts.   

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Cody Bellinger Over 1.5 Total Bases

So, you’re telling me that all we need is two singles or an extra-base hit from Bellinger to cash this prop? That seems downright silly to me, as Bellinger has been the best hitter in the game. I couldn’t write him up in the article because of his price but we absolutely love him against Nick Pivetta, who’s pitching to a 5.81 ERA and 1.49 WHIP.

Robbie Ray Under 7.5 Strikeouts

Trust me, I get the strikeout projection but its way too high. Ray is one of the best strikeout-pitchers in the league facing a K-heavy offense but I’m not even sure Ray will get through the fifth inning in a stadium like Globe Life Park. The Rangers are projected for more than five runs here and that means it will be tough for Ray to navigate through this lineup in such a hitter-friendly ballpark. That means he needs to get his Ks quickly and it will be tough to reach 8 Ks in just five innings.

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