The Sundays before regular season NFL kick off are winding down but we still have some solid MLB DFS action that we can participate in up too NFL taking over. Last night was a fun one in the industry with the FanDuel main event final for MLB taking place in Vegas. Another million dollars was given out to 1st place. A lot of the big names in the industry can be found scattered throughout the leaderboard. Congrats to all of those who participated and did well. Lets dive right into our MLB DFS Strategy for todays all day slate of games.
D’Backs @ Reds(-135) 8
Phillies @ Marlins(-115) 8
Giants @ Pirates(-195) 7.5
Brewers @ Nationals(-185) 7.5
Braves @ Cubs(-205)
Cardinals(-145) @ Padres 7
Mets(-134) @ Rockies 11
Rangers(-145) @ Tigers 8.5
Royals(-115) @ Red Sox 8.5
Twins @ Orioles(-175) 8.5
Blue Jays(-120) @ Angels 8
Rays(-135) @ Athletics 7.5
White Sox @ Mariners(-150) 7.5
Indians @ Yankees(-171) 8.5
Dodgers(-171) @ Astros 6.5
Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers (FD $13,000, DK $14,800) – Kershaw gets an ideal match-up from a K point of view as the Astros strike out more than anybody in baseball. He and the Dodgers are a -171 road favorite in this game and the over/under is 6.5 runs. The Dodgers offense is struggling quite a bit right now so the Win might be tough to come by, however Kershaw is capable of shutting everybody out. Kershaw has been worse on the road so far in 2015, which is generally typical of a pitcher. I do not think I have to convince you about how good Kershaw is, the only rough thing is generally his price tag.
Michael Wacha, St Louis Cardinals (FD $9200, DK $11,000) – Wacha and the Cardinals are a -145 favorite in San Diego tonight as he gets to make his second start against the Padres in 2015. He managed 7 innings of 1 run baseball to go with 6 strikeouts. He managed a no-decision in that start and will look to pick up the win today. The game has an over/under of just 7 runs as he faces a rookie in Colin Rea. Wacha has been extremely dominant in August and that should continue today as he has thrown 20 August innings, allowing just 3 runs while striking out 19.
Cole Hamels, Texas Rangers (FD $10,400, DK $10,600) – Hamels and the Rangers are a -145 favorite in Detroit today and the game has a higher over/under as it sits at 8.5 runs. Hamels has not been all that great since the Rangers acquired him however, as we saw with his no-hitter of the Cubs earlier this year, he is capable of shutting down any team he faces at any point, even if he has been struggling. The Tigers certainly are not a pushover offense as the top half of the lineup can hit left handed pitching very well. I just feel like one of these starts are going to be lights out and that could certainly be today.
Colin Rea, San Diego Padres (FD $3000, DK $4800) – Rea has not been very dominant in his first two major league starts, however he picked up victories in both starts and gets to face a struggling Cardinals offense today. As I stated under Wacha, the Cardinals are a -145 favorite in this one and the game has the second lowest over/under of the day at 7 runs. Rea is coming off of the best start of his two so far as he went 5.2 innings and allowed just 2 runs while striking out 4 and I think we might see him pitch into the 7th tonight and if that is the case, his prices across the industry are gigantic bargains.
Kevin Gausman, Baltimore Orioles (FD $6700, DK $5100) – Gausman and the Orioles are a -175 favorite at home against the Twins today and Gausman is looking to get revenge against a Twins team that lit him up earlier this season. Gausman has been a completely different pitcher at home as he sports an ERA of just 2.10 to go with an average against of .212 through 30 home innings pitched. The Twins generally struggle against hard throwing right handed pitchers and I think he is just too under priced to ignore today.
Francisco Liriano, Pittsburgh Pirates (FD $9400, DK $10,300) – Liriano and the Pirates are a -195 favorite tonight as they face the Giants at home. Liriano has looked pretty rough lately and that has me a bit scared against a sneaky Giants offense. This will be Liriano’s second start against the Giants in 2015 as he went 7 innings of 1 run baseball to go with 6 strikeouts en route to the W in that start. I think that as long as Liriano can avoid Posey and Byrd in this game, he should be in a great spot as long as he figures out what has been wrong the last couple of starts.
Taijuan Walker, Seattle Mariners (FD $6700, DK $7700) – Walker has been pretty volatile so far in 2015 and we just never know what we are going to get. With that said, the White Sox offense just does not scare me at all and I think Walker could surprise a little bit today. The Mariners are a -150 favorite in this one as the game has an over/under of just 7.5 runs. Walker has pitched a lot better at home this season as he has just a .220 average against him to go with 68 K’s in just 61.2 innings.
New York Mets: Curtis Granderson (FD $4800, DK $5100), Daniel Murphy (FD $4100, DK $4500), Yoenis Cespedes (FD $5300, DK $6000), Kelly Johnson (FD $3200, DK $3600) – We have seen a ton of runs scored at Coors over the last 2 games and that should continue today. Fade at your own risk, basically. I think the entire Mets lineup is in play and you will want to check the lineup as they just placed Duda on the DL. The Mets offense have been extra base hit machines in this series and that is a perfect way to rack up fantasy points.
Colorado Rockies: Charlie Blackmon (FD $4600, DK $5000), Jose Reyes (FD $3600, DK $4900), Carlos Gonzalez (FD $5100, DK $5400), Nolan Arenado (FD $5500, DK $5300) – The Rockies have been pretty potent themselves in this series and the Mets might be using the bullpen approach to this game as they skipped Harvey’s start for the day. I think the entire lineup for both teams is in play and there are generally some cheaper pieces to these lineups that allow to get some cheap Coors exposure to offset the high priced guys.
Seattle Mariners: Kyle Seager (FD $3500, DK $4000), Nelson Cruz (FD $5000, DK $5100), Robinson Cano (FD $3500, DK $4000), Franklin Gutierrez (FD $2900, DK $3300) – The Mariners get to take on the gas-can that is known as John Danks and they get to do so with him pitching on the road. I think Marte, Trumbo and Montero are usable options in a stack and I think they will go pretty under owned as all eyes should be on Coors today.
Chicago Cubs: Dexter Fowler (FD $3300, DK $4400), Kyle Schwarber (FD $4200, DK $4700), Chris Coghlan (FD $3400, DK $3400), Anthony Rizzo (FD $4400, DK $5200) – The Cubs have been playing excellent baseball of late and are really driving the ball right now which means I think Wisler and the Braves are in for a long day. As with most of the stacks today, I can understand wanting to use anybody in the lineup as this team has some pretty serious pop and they can rack up the home runs in a hurry.
I think there are plenty of options to be used at the Pitcher’s spot today and that should be how people differentiate their Coors game stacks, along with the few other sneaky stack options. The mid-tier range of pitchers are filled with a handful of GPP options and could make for sneaky pieces. When it comes to pitching on a site like DK, you really want a guy who is efficient and can get you 7+ innings in his start and get 6+ K’s as that is the way to rack up points. FD you need to focus on getting the Win with some strikeout upside. I was very close to suggesting the Phillies as a stack again as they get to face another left handed pitcher. I also think the Yankees, Red Sox and the Reds are in play today.