Thursday DFS MLB Plays


Thursday, August 13th DFS MLB Plays

A very short 5 game slate tonight. Tonight is a great night to take the day off or play lightly with only 5 games and a large amount of overlap in picks. Write-up will be very short today with just a few viable plays at each position.

Pitching Rankings

  1. Francisco Liriano
  2. Stephen Strasburg
  3. Lance Lynn
  4. Mat Latos
  5. Garrett Richards
  6. Trevor Bauer

Liriano, Strasburg, and Lynn are all very close in the model and ultimately all are fine plays in a both cash and tournaments tonight. Strasburg was fantastic in his last start (first start off DL) but draws a tougher matchup tonight but he gets a really nice park to pitch in on the road against the Giants. Lance Lynn has a ton of value pitching deep into games but its difficult to project a win against Liriano. Latos gets his former team in a good park but he is more of a tournament option tonight that has win probability against a young pitcher for the Reds. Richards has been good at limiting runs but the Royals are a tough team that doesn’t K very much.

Catcher Rankings

  • Yasmani Grandal – Grandal is the top play at catcher as a switch hitter. Hopefully he can grab a top 5 lineup spot
  • Buster Posey – Elite hitter always in play on a short slate
  • Brian McCann – Yankees lefties in play in a decent park.
  • Yan Gomes

1st Base Rankings

  • Adrian Gonzalez – AGON is the top play at home in a poor park but against a young pitcher who has had issues with lefties. Big upside on a short slate.
  • Mark Teixeira – OUT tonight… annoying.
  • Carlos Santana – Switch hitter with a good lineup spot against a pitcher who really struggles with LHB.
  • Albert Pujols – Guthrie really only struggles with LHB but Pujols should have a few RBI opportunities tonight.
  • Joey Votto

2nd Base Rankings

  • Anthony Rendon – 2B is very weak tonight. Rendon is the top play on the road at AT&T park.
  • Neil Walker – Not excited to pick on Lance Lynn but its a short slate and Walker is the next in line as far as player skill set.
  • Jose Pereza

3rd Base Rankings

  • Alex Rodriguez – Yankees have a ton of upside against Bauer who has issues with command from time to time. A-Rod has big HR upside tonight.
  • Chase Headley – Guaranteed 9th inning team AB is huge for the Yankees tonight on a very short 5 game slate we want to maximize AB’s as much as possible.
  • Lonnie Chisenhall
  • Yunel Escobar
  • Matt Duffy

ShortStop Rankings

  • Jimmy Rollins – SS is another very weak position tonight so we will likely be looking to prioritize lineup spot over anything.
  • Ian Desmond
  • Jhonny Peralta – Big upside tournament play that hits LHP very well.
  • Brandon Crawford
  • Jose Ramirez/Francisco Lindor

Outfield Rankings

Outfield Tier 1:

Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, Kole Calhoun, Michael Brantley, Yasiel Puig, Brett Gardner, Billy Hamilton, Gregory Polanco

Outfield Tier 2:

Carlos Beltran, David Murphy, David DeJesus

Mike’s Top Five Team Stacks

Yankees – Ellsbury, Gradner, Beltran, Headley, Rodriguez

Angels – Trout, Calhoun, Aybar, Pujoles, Murphy

Indians – Brantley, Santana, Ramirez, Lindor

Dodgers – Grandal, Gonzalez, Ethier, Puig

Reds – Votto, Hamilton, Frazier, Bruce, Phillips

Good luck!

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