Monday DFS MLB Plays


Monday, August 3rd DFS MLB Plays

Pitching Rankings

  1. Francisco Liriano
  2. Garrett Richards
  3. Jon Lester
  4. Jose Quintana
  5. Corey Kluber
  6. Jesse Chavez
  7. Tyson Ross
  8. Felix Hernandez
  9. Nate Karns
  10. Lance McCullers

Francisco Liriano is the top play in projection but I don’t think he is anywhere near a must play tonight. The strikeout upside is certainly there against the Cubs but there is always risk associated with Liriano who is a little wild at times. We will certainly want some Liriano exposure tonight but we definitely don’t want to be all in. The top 5 are all relatively close tonight in my opinion with Liriano, Richards, Lester, Quintana and Kluber. Richards has a lot in his favor tonight as he gets the Indians at home in LA where its a large negative park shift for the Indians batters. Jason Kipnis is OUT for the Indians so that removes a great lead-off man from the Indians who are in the middle of a long road trip. Lester is in a similar spot to Liriano where he also has big strikeout upside but the difference in projection from Liriano/Lester to Richards/Quintana doesn’t match the cost difference. Tyson Ross is an interesting tournament play against a watered down Brewers lineup… obviously it’s a negative park shift but we are staying in the NL where he gets to face a pitcher at the plate.

Catcher Rankings

  • Buster Posey – Posey is the top play in a good matchup for the Giants against Foltynewicz. The Giants were nearly shutout by Martin Perez on Sunday… expecting a much better performance tonight in Atlanta. The park is neutral but Folty really struggles with LHB and is below league average against RHP.
  • Hank Conger – Conger has played well recently for the Astros but there is no guarantee he will be in the lineup tonight. The model likes Conger in this matchup.
  • Evan Gattis
  • Stephen Vogt – Vogt gets a rookie pitcher who will make a start on the road. The park poor for the A’s but Vogt is a great hitter vs RHP and he should be able to reach base a few times tonight.
  • Mike Zunino/Jesus Sacre – Whoever catches for Seattle is a fine play in all formats tonight thanks to Coors Field

1st Base Rankings

  • Brandon Belt – Belt is the top play tonight against Folty. Folty has really struggled with lefties so far this season.
  • Adam Lind – Lind and the Brewers are playing at home against Tyson Ross. Ross is a good pitcher so this is definitely more of a tournament play, but you should be able to score a low ownership level here if you like Adam Lind.
  • Logan Morrison – Morris is 1B/0F eligible on DraftKings which is nice. Great play at Coors Field if he is in the lineup tonight.
  • Paul Goldschmidt – A lot of people will over look the D-Backs on the road against the Nationals but I like them quite a bit in tournaments tonight against Doug Fister.
  • Prince Fielder – Tough matchup on paper with McCullers but Prince is an elite hitter on a relatively short slate (outside of Coors)

2nd Base Rankings

  • Robinson Cano – More Mariners… Cano is the obvious top play in the best park shift in baseball. Great play in all formats if you  have the cap space.
  • Jose Altuve – Altuve is next in line to Cano and a great place to  look if you want to fade Coors for whatever reason. The Astros really look forward to playing the Rangers this season… this should be a fun, competitive game.
  • Anthony Rendon – Rendon ranks surprisingly well tonight and we’re projecting low ownership levels tonight. Rendon will hit 2nd again tonight in front of Bryce Harper.
  • Scooter Gennett – Only interested in hitting top 5 in lineup.

3rd Base Rankings

  • Kyle Seager – Seager is the clear cut top play at 3B. Tonight is the night he finally rewards us for our loyalty over the past 7 days. I don’t really need to tell you that he is a good play at Coors Field.
  • Luis Valbuena – Valbuena has cooled off considerably but we love the Astros tonight so he is definitely a nice contrarian play if hitting top 6.
  • Matt Duffy – Duffy hits 3rd tonight in front of Posey, Pence, Belt, Crawford…. Amazing lineup spot against a below average pitcher.
  • Evan Longoria – Nice park shift for Longoria and the Rays. Personally I like Quintana but Longoria has tournament upside.
  • Derek Dietrich – The Marlins are a sneaky team tonight at home in an awful hitters park. Colon has had an up and down year and I think he struggles tonight. I love that Vegas has the Mets favored here as it should keep ownership levels low on some of these Miami guys. Dietrich hits clean up tonight!

ShortStop Rankings

  • Ketel Marte – Must play on DK if he is leading off again tonight.
  • Brad Miller – Fine play in all formats regardless of lineup spot because of HR and speed upside.
  • Carlos Correa – Correa will likely be under owned tonight due to a high price tag with an emphasis on Coors Field.. great tournament play with 2 HR upside.
  • Brandon Crawford – Poor lineup spot for the team leader in HR’s. Tournament play.
  • Jose Reyes

Outfield Rankings

Outfield Tier 1:

Nelson Cruz, Seth Smith, Preston Tucker, Bryce Harper, Carlos Gomez, Hunter Pence, Gregor Blanco, Mark Trumbo, Josh Reddick.

Outfield Tier 2:

Austin Jackson, Colby Rasmus, Mike Trout, Nori Aoki, Mitch Moreland, Adam Eaton, David Peralta, Justin Upton.

Mike’s Top Six Team Stacks

Mariners – Cano, Seager, Marte, Miller, Trumbo, Smith, Jackson

Astros – Tucker, Correa, Altuve, Gomez, Rasmus

Giants – Posey, Belt, Pence, Aoki, Duffy, Crawford

Nationals – Harper, Rendon, Werth, Ramos, Escobar

Marlins – Yelich, Gordon, Dietrich, Prado, Suzuki

Diamondbacks – Goldschmidt, Peralta, Inciarte, Pollock, Lamb, Castillo


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