MLB DFS Picks – 9/12/16


Welcome to our MLB Daily Fantasy Breakdown! Today, we have a nice slate of Monday­ 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:

PITCHERS

KYLE HENDRICKS – I can’t say that I am in love with how the pitching lines up today, but we gotta roll with what we are given. Hendricks is the brightest spot on this slate, and he has been in the midst of an awesome season. The opponents, the Cardinals, can be shut down, and they haven’t exactly been hot at home either. I think He is my go to for cash games, but there may be some limitations to his upside, so I don’t blame you if you want to go somewhere else in your tournament lineups.

JEFF SAMARDZIJA – Samardzija was one of those guys in the offseason that everyone fawned over, as a result of him going to a perceived pitchers park. Well, things haven’t exactly been great for him there either. Tonight, however, he is taking on Padres squad that is well known to give up big performances to guys that are struggling. I can’t put The Shark into my cash games, but I definitely think there is merit to using him in tournaments.

WILY PERALTA – Peralta holds a special place in my heart, as he won me my first major tournament – this year. Since coming back from his stint in the minors, he has actually been pretty good. His price doesn’t reflect it, but he’s had more good performances than bad. It will always be a risk to roll him out, but I love the idea of using him against the Reds tonight.

CATCHER

BUSTER POSEY – Somehow, Posey is a guy who doesn’t make it into our breakdowns much. I don’t know if it is because he is always so high priced or what, but regardless, he’s here tonight. Paul Clemens has been absolutely abused this year, and I see no reason why it won’t continue tonight.

SALVADOR PEREZ – Perez has been a really hit or miss play as of late, but that is what attract me to him tonight. Ross Detwiler will have a hard time working around him, and his price makes it easy to fit him in lineups. Let’s face it: there won’t be much difficulty in putting together lineups today, as the pitcher options outside of Hendricks will not cost too much.

FIRST BASE

HANLEY RAMIREZ – Speaking of another guy who has been pretty bad this year, that brings us to Wade Miley. He has been poor in both uniforms on the year, and will face off with a Red Sox club that has a bunch of guys that can hit lefties. Ramirez has been pretty lights out lately, and will definitely be in my lineups tonight.

JOEY VOTTO – I still do believe that Peralta is a good option tonight, but if he has problems with anyone on this team, it will likely be Votto. He hasn’t been as consistent as he had been in times past, but ultimately, he is a high cost, high upside play in tonight’s contests.

SECOND BASE

BRIAN DOZIER – Sure, Dozier hasn’t hit a home run for a few games, and his huge run has died down [no, there’s no such things has hot streaks…], but this is still a great situation. You can get Dozier at a good price, against at best an average lefty in Daniel Norris. Even if he doesn’t go yard, I like his chances of putting together a good game.

NICK FRANKLIN – One guy I am willing to buy into in tournaments today is Nick Franklin, who will get Francisco Liriano tonight. Apparently, it is going to be the day to pick on lefties at the second base position. Franklin is relatively cheap, and does carry upside, so there is a good reason to consider him in your tournament lineups today.

THIRD BASE

NOLAN ARENADO – I had to search awhile to find Arenado, because I’m used to finding him as one of the top priced third basemen. Not today. Why? Who knows. Regardless, this matchup against Shelby Miller should work out very well for him, and I will likely have him in both formats tonight.

JEFRY MARTE – Personally, I am not going to have too many players outside of Arenado tonight, but one guy that does intrigue me is Marte. He has some power upside, and he should be relatively safe in this contest against Ariel Miranda. He will also likely be low owned, which is also a plus in your tournaments.

SHORTSTOP

XANDER BOGAERTS – I’m probably going to have way more Boston ownership than I should, but still, I love the matchup here against Wade Miley. We know all about how talented Bogaerts is, and that he excels at hitting left-handers. His price isn’t too intrusive, so I think there is a lot of merit to owning him tonight.

MATT REYNOLDS – I don’t have any idea of Reynolds will be in the lineup tonight, but this is just a gut call. I think Giolito is going to have a tough time working around the Mets tonight, and I think Reynolds will likely be the lowest owned of all of them. If he is able to have a big game and very, very low ownership, you are golden.

OUTFIELD

YOENIS CESPEDES – Cespedes was very successful in his series with Atlanta, and I think we may see much of the same thing tonight against Lucas Giolito. I already mentioned how I think the Mets are going to have a big game tonight, and I think a lot of that will come off the bat of Cespedes.

CHRIS YOUNG – Young is another one of the Red Sox who I am going to look toward against lefty Wade Miley. We know that Young has made a career out of hitting left handed pitching, and tonight provides a good opportunity to get him in your lineup and get the payoff that is likely to come.

DAVID DAHL – The Rockies are another one of my favorite stacks today, as most of them are priced too cheap since they are outside of Coors. Dahl has cooled a bit, but this matchup against Shelby Miller is very, very good. He will be in a lot of my lineups tonight in both formats.

BRYCE HARPER – Harper is having a far better second half than his first half, and this is a good situation for him here against Rafael Montero. Do I need to tell you about what Harper can do? Simply put: he can do it all. He’s my top play of the day.

STEVE PEARCE – Pearce is another guy on this list who has made a living out of hitting left-handers. The particular right-hander in question here is David Price, so there is a great deal of risk involved with playing him. The upside is there and you can almost ensure he will be lowly owned.