Monday DFS MLB Plays

Monday, August 17th DFS MLB Plays

Shorter 10 game slate tonight with a few decent pitchers and a few nice hitting spots. Overall it’s a decent looking slate of games.

Pitching Rankings

  1. Gerrit Cole
  2. Cole Hamels
  3. Michael Wacha
  4. Scott Kazmir
  5. Sonny Gray
  6. Danny Salazar
  7. Carlos Rodon
  8. Colin Rea
  9. Andrew Heaney
  10. Taijuan Walker

Gerrit Cole earns the top spot in projection tonight at home against the Diamondbacks who are in the middle of a long east coast road trip. This is a huge negative park shift for Arizona but they still have a few bats to be concerned about with Peralta and Goldschmidt. Cole is a huge -200 + favorite tonight. On a shorter slate I definitely recommend sticking with the top plays since several of the hitters are available at near minimum price like Lucroy at 2200 on FanDuel. Cole Hamels is next in line but he is definitely a play that has more risk than Gerrit Cole. Hamels is pitching at home in Texas against a decent Seattle team. Seattle is still pretty left handed so we have a ton of upside here tonight where I think Hamels will come with relatively low ownership levels on single pitcher sites like FanDuel. Michael Wacha gets to pitch at home against the Giants who are actually a very solid team vs RHP. This one could go either way… I don’t see Wacha striking out 10 but I also don’t see him giving up more than 2-3 ER. Sonny Gray is a nice contrarian play against the O’s who exploded for us yesterday. Baltimore going off on Sunday will definitely reduce the Gray ownership around the industry tonight.

Catcher Rankings

  • Jonathan Lucroy – Lucroy remains a top play while he is minimum price. I have no clue how he is minimum price but I’m going to play him every single day until the price moves.
  • Brian McCann – McCann is a little more expensive but its hard to argue with the matchup at Yankee Stadium. McCann just barely missed a HR on Sunday… I think he gets it tonight.
  • Chris Iannetta – Deep contrarian tournament play.
  • Yan Gomes – Nice spot for the Indians tonight and Gomes typically gets a good spot in order with all the injuries.

1st Base Rankings

  • Prince Fielder – Prince has HR upside at home in Texas against a hard throwing pitcher in Walker.
  • Carlos Santana – Switch hitter in a great spot. Brantley is back for the Indians tonight which improves everyones value for CLE.
  • Mark Teixeira – Another switch hitter with power from both sides of the plate. Love those Yankees tonight.
  • Jose Abreu – Tournament play… poor park shift against a good young pitcher.

2nd Base Rankings

  • Brian Dozier – Nice park for the Twins tonight against a young pitcher.
  • Jose Altuve – Altuve and the Astros have big upside against Erasmo Ramirez who has pitched over his head all year.
  • Dee Gordon – Big SP upside against Matt Garza in a huge park shift for the Marlins.
  • Jose Ramirez – Leading off for the Tribe… love the dual positional eligibility on DraftKings

3rd Base Rankings

  • Miguel Sano – Another Twins player that ranks well. Amazing hitting environment for Sano tonight who ranks at the top of the list at 3B
  • Alex Rodriguez – Hey look… another Yankee. A-Rod has seen a sharp decline in price as he hasn’t hit a HR in about a month.
  • Derek Dietrich – Similar upside to Dee Gordon. Marlins are a nice contrarian stack tonight
  • Matt Carpenter – Not the best matchup but Heston isn’t an ace vs lefties.
  • Matt Duffy

ShortStop Rankings

  • Carlos Correa – Correa ranks as the top play but is immediately moved to GPP only because of the price tag. Big power and speed upside.
  • Jung-Ho Kang
  • Francisco Lindor – Switch hitter with great lineup spot for the Indians tonight. We are high on the Indians lefties.
  • Jean Segura – Leading off as the Brewers face a LHP at home. Nice play in all formats at that price

Outfield Rankings

Outfield Tier 1:

Mike Trout, Nelson Cruz, Andrew McCutchen, Michael Brantley, Ryan Braun, Carlos Gomez, Preston Tucker, Josh Reddick, Jason Heyward, Starling Marte

Outfield Tier 2:

Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury, Delino DeShields, Mookie Betts, Eddie Rosario, Carlos Beltran, Avisail Garcia, Justin Upton, Matt Kemp

Mike’s Top Five Team Stacks

Yankees – Ellsbury, Gardner, Teixeira, McCann, Rodriguez

Twins – Dozier, Sano, Hunter, Hicks

Indians – Lindor, Ramirez, Brantley, Santana

Brewers – Lucroy, Davis, Braun, Segura

Astros – Altuve, Correa, Gomez, Gatti


Good luck!

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