Thursday DFS MLB Plays


Thursday, August 27th DFS MLB Plays

2 Cash, 3 GPP for FanDuel and 1 Cash, 3 GPP for DraftKings.

Pitching Rankings

  1. Gerrit Cole
  2. Joe Ross
  3. Carlos Rodon
  4. Carlos Martinez
  5. Drew Smyly
  6. Andrew Cashner

Gerrit Cole is the clear cut top play based on talent alone. Cole has a K/9 rate approaching 9.5 and he gets a positive park shift in Miami in a NL park where he will face a pitcher at the plate. After Cole we have a few high upside plays with guys like Joe Ross, Carlos Rodon and Carlos Martinez. All of these guys have good strikeout upside but all have a few limitations working against them tonight. Ross is next in line but he is on an innings limit for the season so he could have a shot leash maybe 5-6 innings. Rodon has big strikeout upside against a pretty lefty heavy team in Seattle but he has a tough park to pitch in. Martinez has a really tough park to pitch in against a dangerous team that has power and speed.

Catcher Rankings

  • Travis d’Arnaud – Travis d’Arnaud is the top play with the most upside tonight but he is definitely priced as such so he is probably better suited for tournaments tonight.
  • Francisco Cervelli – Cervelli gets a prime lineup spot hitting 5th tonight on the road (guaranteed 9th inning team AB) in a poor park, but the Pirates are used to playing in poor parks.
  • Yadier Molina – Molina and the Cards have a nice positive park shift at Chase Field.
  • Geovany Soto – Soto ranks well for all formats if he is in the lineup tonight at home against Elias

1st Base Rankings

  • Jose Abreu – Jose Abreu comes in as the top play tonight at 1B at home in a great park against Elias.
  • Darin Ruf – Ruf ranks well in the model which is a little shocking but he has a decent lineup spot hitting 6th tonight against Jon Niese.
  • Paul Goldschmidt – Goldy appears to be heating up again and has a nice matchup at home in a great hitters park. Carlos Martinez is a good pitcher but he is a little wild at times.

2nd Base Rankings

  • Daniel Murphy – Murphy is hitting 3rd tonight in a nice matchup with Harang. The Mets are on the road here so we get that important 9th inning team AB.
  • Kolten Wong – Wong is a great play if he is in the Cards lineup tonight. Ruby struggles with lefties and this park is ideal for Wong’s skill set.
  • Kelly Johnson – Johnson has moved to 2B on FanDuel which is annoying for stacking the Mets but he is a fine option hitting 5th tonight in a good lineup.
  • Brian Dozier – Poor park but Dozier is very good vs LHP. Fine tournament play.

3rd Base Rankings

  • Matt Carpenter – Carpenter is the easily the top play at 3B in a big park shift against a guy who really struggles with lefties. De La Rosa has a wOBA allowed approaching .400 vs lefties.
  • Andres Blanco – Feels weird playing/recommending Phillies but Blanco is playing well (ranking well) and has a prime lineup spot hitting 2nd.
  • Evan Longoria – Another lefty masher who has fallen off a bit but he still has tournament appeal on a short slate vs a very average LHP.
  • Aramis Ramirez – Pirates get a young LHP tonight. Definitely worth a look in tournaments despite the poor park.

ShortStop Rankings

  • Jhonny Peralta – 3 of the other targets we had listed are OUT of the lineup tonight so Peralta becomes the clear cut top play at SS in a great park shift.
  • Alexei Ramirez – Ramirez is a fine play in all formats and could gain extra value if he draws a better lineup spot tonight.

Outfield Rankings

Outfield Tier 1:

Nelson Cruz, Bryce Harper, Jason Heyward, Curtis Granderson, Trayce Thompson, Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen, Avisail Garcia

Outfield Tier 2:

Denard Span, Brandon Guyer, Franklin Gutierrez, Ender Inciarte, Austin Jackson, Tommy Pham

Mike’s Top Six Team Stacks

White Sox – Abreu, Garcia, Ramirez, Thompson

Mets – Granderson, d’Arnaud, Flores, Murphy, Johnson

Cardinals – Carpenter, Heyward, Peralta, Pham, Wong

Pirates – McCutchen, Marte, Cervelli, Kang, Harrison

Rays – Longoria, Guyer, Forsythe, Beckham


Good Luck!

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