The MLB DFS Strategy goes through the best pitchers and stacks to target in your FanDuel and DraftKings lineups. We have a split slate on both sites but will offer plays from both to help your GPP Lineups. Lets get into our favorite plays for Saturday, August 8th.
Dodgers @ Pirates(-135) 7
Giants @ Cubs(-140)
Rockies @ Nationals(-185) 7.5
Cardinals(-140) @ Brewers 7.5
Marlins(-115) @ Braves 7.5
Reds @ Diamondbacks(-152) 8.5
Phillies @ Padres(-180) 7
Blue Jays(-125) @ Yankees 8
Astros(-125) @ Athletics 7.5
Rangers @ Mariners(-135) 7.5
Red Sox @ Tigers(-105) 9
White Sox @ Royals(-120) 8.5
Twins @ Indians(-145) 7.5
Orioles @ Angels(-140) 7
Mets(-115) @ Rays 6.5
Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets (FD $10,800, DK $11,500) – Shockingly the Mets and Syndergaard are just a -115 favorite on the road against the Rays. The game has an over/under of just 6.5 runs. Syndergaard seems to be getting stronger and stronger as the season goes on and I find it hard to believe the Mets will try to limit his innings in any way given the battle for the N.L. East that has been going on and that will continue to go on til the end of the season. In July and August Syndergaard stuck out 47 batters in 42 innings while allowing just 26 hits.
Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals (FD $8700, DK $10,100) – I was debating where to slot Strasburg in as he has really struggled in 2015, however I decided to put him into the Studs category as he has looked very sharp in his rehab games and I think he comes out with something to prove. I certainly understand there are going to be many that avoid Strasburg and say that they need a few starts before they give him a shot again. He has a solid history against the Rockies as he has a K every 3 at-bats against him by the guys on the Rockies roster and they have an average of .234.
Jaime Garcia, St Louis Cardinals (FD $8000, DK $10,000) – Garcia has been a favorite of mine for some time as he continually just gets it done on the mound without powerful stuff. Lefties have actually hit him better than righties have as they have a .250 average as compared to a .184 average by right handed hitters. Garcia and the Cardinals are a -140 road favorite in this game and it has an over/under of 7.5 runs. The Brewers are running out a struggling Wily Peralta in this match-up. Peralta has thrown 11 innings against the Cardinals this season and has managed to give up 17 hits and 6 runs while striking out only 5 batters.
Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants (FD $7100, DK $6500) – Cain has really struggled for the Giants in 2015 as he has been hit hard by left handed hitters. That is a dangerous thing when facing a very potent Cubs offense that swings it very well from the left side. With that said, the Cubs do strikeout a ton and the Giants and Cubs are battling for the second wild card spot and Cain has been in this league long enough to understand the importance of these head to head games. I think Cain will be extremely low owned and makes a very solid GPP SP2 on DK. The Cubs roster has not fared very well against Cain in their careers as they have a .196 average over 163 at-bats with a slugging of just .294.
Tom Koehler, Miami Marlins (FD $7000, DK $7500) – Koehler has thrown 14.1 innings against the Braves so far in 2015 and has managed 11 strike outs and has allowed just 4 runs. The one concerning thing is the fact that the Braves have hit 3 home runs against him in those 14.1 innings. The Marlins are a -115 road favorite in this game and the game has an over/under of 7.5 runs.
David Price, Detroit Tigers (FD $11,100, DK $11,300) – David Price and the Blue Jays travel to Yankee stadium to take on the Yankees in a huge series. The Blue Jays are a -125 favorite as Price gets to face off with the Yankee team that lit him up earlier this season as they got to him for 8 runs in just 2.1 innings pitched. Actually the Yankees have gotten to him the last two times they have faced him and its a small hurdle that Price is going to have to overcome in this match-up. Price makes it sound like he has loved his short time in Toronto and I expect to see Price’s best in this one. With that said, because the Yankees are so potent against left handed pitching, I have to keep him in the GPP section as his price has creeped upwards.
Garrett Richards, Los Angeles Angels (FD $8800, DK $10,500) – Richards was very close to finding himself in the stud category in place of Strasburg and I think both can be used interchangeably in each section. Richards and the Angels are sitting as a -140 favorite against the Orioles and the game has an over/under of just 7 runs. Richards has made one start against the Orioles so far in 2015 and he went 7.2 innings, struck out 7 and allowed just 2 runs in that start. Richards has allowed an average of just .174 in 2015 when pitching at home.
Detroit Tigers: Jose Iglesias (FD $2500, DK $3100), Ian Kinsler (FD $4100, DK $4300), Victor Martinez (FD $2900, DK $3400), J.D. Martinez (FD $3700, DK $4600) – The Tigers are a small favorite in a game with the highest over/under as it sits at 9 runs. The Tigers lineup just continues to put up runs even after the trades they’ve made to deplete their roster. Top to bottom the lineup is not that scary but they do have some dangerous pieces. I would include Rajai Davis, James McCann and quite possibly Jeffry Marte should he be in the lineup.
Toronto Blue Jays: Troy Tulowitzki (FD $4400, DK $4800), Josh Donaldson (FD $5500, DK $6100), Jose Bautista (FD $4900, DK $5200), Edwin Encarnacion (FD $5000, DK $4400) – The Blue Jays find themselves in a familiar position as they are going to find themselves in my stud category basically every single day. The top 4 of this lineup is as dangerous as there is out there and they should come through more often than not. Martin, Smoak, Colabello, Pillar and Revere make for solid inclusions in a stack and ones that might set your stack a part from the others that will be out there. In fact, I think with a potent offense like this, that it makes sense to stack them a few different ways.
Boston Red Sox: Xander Bogaerts (FD $3400, DK $4200), David Ortiz (FD $3800, DK $4200), Hanley Ramirez (FD $3300, DK $4200), Mike Napoli (FD $2600, DK $3700) – The Red Sox are the other side of the highest over/under game going on in Detroit. Detroit is sending out Simon and he has been pretty bad for them in 2015, which means the Red Sox may be the dangerous stack of the day and might be sneaky given the fact that they have been pretty bad overall. I think you can include Holt and Castillo in any stack of the Red Sox.
Washington Nationals: Bryce Harper (FD $4400, DK $5800), Ryan Zimmerman (FD $2600, DK $3700), Jayson Werth (FD $2200, DK $3000), Ian Desmond (FD $3000, DK $3500) – It’s nice to see the Nationals with nearly their entire starting lineup in tact and it is only a matter of time before they start putting up runs as they are a lot more dangerous than they have showed in 2015. I think you can include Rendon, Ramos and Escobar against the lefty that the Rockies are sending out to the mound. With this game being at home I expect the atmosphere to be electric as the Nationals will be welcoming Stephen Strasburg back.
There appears to be a lot of so-so pitching options throughout the day which makes for interesting debates for GPP purposes as you can look to use both sides of each of those match-ups. Some of the pitching options that I have not mentioned so far are Tyson Ross, Kyle Hendricks, Robbie Ray, Trevor Bauer, Ervin Santana and Collin McHugh. There appears to be not as much offense out there as we would like to see but I think a few of the teams that are in sneaky positive spots are the Cardinals, White Sox, Astros, Marlins and Diamondbacks. We are heading down the home stretch of the MLB season and I know a lot of you are probably getting frustrated and are ready for the NFL season to get started. With that said, I suggest taking a day off here and there in order to keep yourself sharp and focused on the slate in front of you.