MLB DFS Picks – 9/10/16
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:
MAX SCHERZER – Well, this should be fun. Scherzer sticks out like a sore thumb on this slate, especially after he just put a 60+ point outing on this same Phillies team a few outings back. No matter how much he costs, he makes for a common sense play, and he will likely be very highly owned in all formats. Typically, when we know a guy is going to carry high ownership, we think about fading him to have an advantage in tournaments. I don’t know if that is such a good idea at night.
ADAM WAINWRIGHT – To me, when I look at the rest of the pitchers on the slate, I see pitchers that aren’t going to give me the warm fuzzies [that is the professional term] like Scherzer does. There are two guys for tournaments I like at least a little bit. Wainwright is pretty cheap, and could end up putting at least a decent game against the Brewers today. He certainly isn’t a sexy pick, but he would have had close to 50 fantasy points if he got the win the last time these two teams met.
JON GRAY – I always love looking at Jon Gray when he is in a good situation, and this is one of the best situations a right-handed pitcher could find themselves in. Gray has shown to be a very good pitcher at points this year, and he has dominated the Padres the few times he’s played them. Everything lines up for him to be a good play today especially at his price points, and will be used as a cheaper pivot to Scherzer in many of my lineups.
JONATHAN LUCROY – Daniel Wright is going to find himself in a world of hurt today when he has to go up against a hard-hitting Texas Rangers team. Lucroy has been awesome this year, and I have no reason to think it won’t continue tonight. He is probably at this point the best hitting catcher in baseball, and should have a strong showing today.
VICTOR MARTINEZ – Victor Martinez hasn’t been hitting very well at all lately, but there is always one thing that can turn things like that around: Ubaldo Jiminez. 75% of the time we play against him, we will be happy we did, and I can’t see a way that the Tigers won’t have a nice outing today.
BRANDON BELT – Belt is a guy that never seems to see very high ownership and usually it is unwarranted. Some of it has to do with the west coast bias. More recently, it has to do with the fact that he went through the Cubs and Rockies series, until the last game, completely flat. The matchup here with Archie Bradley is very good, and he should find a way to have a big game today.
HANLEY RAMIREZ – Ramirez is very good at hitting lefties, and today gets one of the better lefties this year in J.A. Happ on the mound. Because of the matchup, I would favor him more in tournaments, but I don’t hate the idea of using him. There is definite upside, as many may avoid him.
ROUGNED ODOR – The Rangers are going to be a team I will go out of my way to use for the second straight night. Daniel Wright should be outclasses, and Odor is one of the guys I like to do some damage against him. He’s had a heck of a season, and I don’t think he is close to done yet. The price is fair for a guy who is doing the things he is doing.
JOE PANIK – Panik makes a great play in my opinion in cash games. He is cheap, so he helps you get Scherzer into your lineups more comfortably. He is also going against a pitcher I think will give up a big outing. That should give plenty of opportunities for Panik to knock runs in and be knocked in, giving him a nice floor and upside today.
KRIS BRYANT – I think some could be off Bryant tonight due the fact that he’s expensive and has not done well over the last two series. I will gladly buy in on him in this matchup against Colin McHugh and the Astros. I think this is an excellent spot for him, and he could be lost in the shuffle, as some of the other high priced options have good matchups as well.
EUGENIO SUAREZ – Suarez is a tournament only option for me, but he is cheap and he is in a good matchup. Drew Hutchison should have his hands full with this Pirates squad, who make a nice stack today as well. This doesn’t look like it will be much of a pitchers duel, but should be a shootout.
COREY SEAGER – It seems like Seager never leaves the breakdown, but he is having an awesome season, is very consistent, and does have a great matchup against Tom Koehler. I think Koehler is a good enough pitcher, but ultimately, he is outclassed by Seager. This should be another good shot for the youngster to go over 20 fantasy points.
JOSE PERAZA – Peraza is another guy who is in a good position, as he has been hitting the ball very well, snagging bags and gets a great matchup against Hutchison. Add to it, he is priced very attractively. He makes a common sense cash game play if he is in the lineup, and he is a guy who will be in all of my lineups.
ADAM DUVALL – Duvall is the final Reds player who will make the breakdown tonight, and he makes an excellent tournament option. He is affordable, and has the power upside to take the ball out of the park. I think it should be a good day for the Reds, and Duvall could lead the way.
BRANDON GUYER – Guyer is a guy I am always looking at when he goes up against a left-handed pitcher, and today he gets the matchup with a very hittable Hector Santiago. I love the Indians when they are taking on a mid-tier or lower lefty, and that is exactly the situation in front of them tonight. Tournament only for Guyer, though.
MARK TRUMBO – A guy with 42 home runs in September is priced so low for this matchup. I don’t know what kind of world we live in. Jordan Zimmermann isn’t a pitcher that I am going out of my way to avoid, and you shouldn’t either. This is a nice spot to play Trumbo in tournaments, and I will have pretty good ownership on him.
STARLING MARTE – Marte is dealing with a back injury right now, so it is very unclear if he will make it to this game or not. If he does, I love the spot for him against Robert Stephenson. Marte was in the midst of a nice hot streak before needing to sit, and I would expect him to be able to get right back into things if he plays.
YOENIS CESPEDES – Jon Gant is definitely hittable, and Cespedes is a guy who can hit. One would think this would be a great spot to exploit that matchup. I don’t think he is a guy I want to spend on in my cash games, but there is a ton of merit to using him in tournaments today.