MLB DFS Picks – 8/28/16
Welcome to our MLB Daily Fantasy Breakdown! Today, we have a nice slate of Sunday baseball.
We’ve got a long day of baseball ahead of us, so it should be fun. As usual, we have a variety of pitching options that we can choose at all levels, and a nice amount that we can target as well. This should make tournaments fun and diverse. I like what I saw as I started out my research today, and am looking forward to building some cash winning lineups! Let’s make tonight a good one, as there are a number of great contests that are being offered on FanDuel. If you don’t have an account, use our link to sign up for FanDuel.
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With that out of the way, let’s move on to the picks:
MADISON BUMGARNER –Bumgarner is just an easy pick for me against the Braves. We know the Braves just really struggle against left-handed pitching, so what do we expect them to do against one of the best in the game? As DFS players, we can’t over think this one. He’s the top option in both cash and tournament formats.
JON LESTER – Lester has been rolling as of late, and makes another fairly simple decision here against the Dodgers. He slots below Bumgarner, but is still a serviceable play. He sets up well against the Dodgers and is my high-priced pivot to MadBum.
DOUG FISTER – I think Fister makes a really nice tournament play today against a Rays team that has really struggled against right-handers. His price is pretty low considering he has actually been good this year. I don’t see a reason not to use him in at least a few of your contests.
GARY SANCHEZ –Is he in the lineup? Then he goes in yours. Next.
J.T. REALMUTO –Typically, Realmuto is here against lefties, but I’ll give him the nod against righty Luis Perdomo today. Perdomo is one of our classic pick on guys, and today is no different. Realmuto is priced fairly and does carry reasonable upside into this contest.
ANTHONY RIZZO –One major theme you will see today is to pick on Brock Stewart. I think I put more Cubs in this lineup here today that I ever have, but I feel strongly about it. Rizzo should be able to put a very strong game together against him.
JOEY VOTTO –Votto makes first base play number two, going against Archie Bradley. This sets up well for the well hitting Votto of the second half of the season, and I love his chances at having a double digit-point outing today.
BEN ZOBRIST – Alright, third position and already two Cubs! Zobrist makes a nice exposure to the Cubs and is reasonably cheaper than both Rizzo and Bryant that make this list. He’s got big upside if, or when, the Cubs go off, and he’s a guy I want exposure to.
RYAN SCHIMPF – Schimpf is a breakdown favorite, and today, I like him despite the lefty-lefty matchup. He’s got extreme upside, and I think the Padres will get to Nicolino and get him out of the game relatively early, opening up more split matchups for Schimpf.
KRIS BRYANT –Bryant is the top overall play of the day for me, as I cannot imagine a world where he does not crush Luis Perdomo. The cost is up there, but so is the upside, and he has been swinging a very hot stick lately.
JAKE LAMB – Homer Bailey has been hit around a considerably amount, and even though Lamb hasn’t been hitting with his normal success, this is still a strong matchup for him. I fully expect him to cross the double digit mark, and he should lead your team to victory.
JAVIER BAEZ –Baez is just too cheap in this matchup to ignore, so we’ll throw him here. I guess the point I’m trying to get across is that you should really try to get some exposure to the Cubs today.
BRANDON CRAWFORD – Aaron Blair has not had the start to his pro career that he’s desired, and I don’t see the Giants letting that change any time soon. Crawford is a high upside play at the position tonight, and isn’t too expensive either.
DEXTER FOWLER – Fowler is the final piece to the Cubs puzzle tonight, and comes in priced reasonably for this contest. I would consider these five and Addison Russell has worthwhile plays tonight in what should be a high scoring game for the Cubs.
BRANDON GUYER – Guyer has made this list the last few times he’s gone up against a lefty and it has really paid off. Today, it’s Derek Holland on the mound, and another opportunity for Guyer it exceed his value. I like that to happen today.
DAVID DAHL –Dahl has been a monster as he’s started his pro career, and Lucas Giolito is unlikely to stop that tonight. I love this upside here and he should be considered one of the top outfielders on the day.
MIKE TROUT – Trout is always in play, but we have to like him a little bit more in situations like today against a poor pitcher in Anibal Sanchez. The upside is massive, and so is the price, but he should be well worth it today.
JORGE SOLER – Oh, Soler! I totally forgot about him. He’s good to. Just stack the Cubs. See you tomorrow!