Monday, August 3rd DFS MLB Plays
- Francisco Liriano
- Garrett Richards
- Jon Lester
- Jose Quintana
- Corey Kluber
- Jesse Chavez
- Tyson Ross
- Felix Hernandez
- Nate Karns
- 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.
- 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!
- 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 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