MLB DFS Picks – 9/13/16
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:
NOAH SYNDERGAARD – Typically we want to use Syndergaard when he is at home, but that has kind of become a worn out narrative. He did just put up a poorish outing against these Nationals a few outings back, but in daily fantasy, you need to have short-term memory. Outside of that one poor outing, he has been very good in recent memory, and in my opinion, there isn’t anyone else going today that has the safety and the upside that he has in this contest.
ROBBIE RAY – At one point in time, when the Rockies where playing a lefty on the road, it was a lock to put that pitcher in your lineup. It isn’t as severe as it was at that point, but this is still definitely a positive matchup for him. The Rockies do sport some power, but I think Ray has enough in his tank at this point to put together a big game against them. I don’t love the idea of using him in cash games, but roll him out in tournaments.
IVAN NOVA – I can honestly say I have no problem at all playing Nova in cash games. He is way too cheap, and he has a ton of upside in this contest against the Phillies, despite being on the road. His price is really a joke when you think about what he has done since moving to Pittsburgh. To me, it makes just way too much sense to lock Nova in and move on.
TYLER FLOWERS – Tyler Flowers isn’t exactly the type of player you expect to see written up, but as far as cash games go, I think there is merit in using him so long as he’s in the lineup. He showed earlier in the year that he does have some pretty big upside and he has been hitting fairly well lately. Jake Esch is certainly not an imposing pitcher either.
WELLINGTON CASTILLO – Jose de la Rosa is on the mound for the Rockies today, and that means we will be loading out lineups with Diamondbacks tonight. It seems like this is the only team that ever works out for me when I write them up as a stack, so I definitely want to go with them and give it another shot. We know Castillo carries nice power and hits lefties well, so there is a lot to like here.
PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT – I just got through talking about Castillo, and now we move on to my play of the night, Paul Goldschmidt. He is just way too cheap to be in this situation tonight, and is an easy play in my lineups. There is definitely merit to fading him in tournaments, but he’s an easy cash game play for me.
MITCH MORELAND – Moreland is definitely nothing more than a tournament option today against Brad Peacock, but there is definitely a lot to like here. Moreland is never going to hit for average, but he has very good upside, and should carry a low ownership, making him a perfect option for our tournament lineups tonight.
BRIAN DOZIER – If you would have asked most people in June if Brian Dozier was going to crack 40 home runs this year, you would have been laughed at. Dozier has cooled from his amazing streak, but the matchup here against Matt Boyd is another good one. He’s one of the best in the league against lefties, so lock and load him into your lineups.
GORDON BECKHAM – I feel like I’m going to start putting one gut pick in her a day, and today that gut call is Beckham. He’s hit poorly his year, but he carries enough power upside that he makes for an interesting play at minimum price. If you build a lineup and have a minimum price slot left at second base, he’s your guy.
KYLE SEAGER – Seager continues to just hit away, and he gets a very nice matchup against Alex Meyer tonight. Much like Goldschmidt, Seager just seems priced way, way too low, and it is a no brainer for me to just lock him into my lineups tonight.
ADONIS GARCIA – I can’t believe that I have three different Braves in my breakdown today, but you will have that every once in awhile. Garcia has a strong tournament appeal for me today, as he can hit for power, is relatively cheap, should carry low ownership, and has a good matchup. Those are all things we are looking for in a tournament play.
JAVIER BAEZ – In the right circumstances, I am a big fan of Javier Baez. This is one of those situations. Baez occasionally puts together some pretty good fantasy outings, and I think he could be in for one against Jaime Garcia tonight. He is very cheap, which only adds to his appeal.
CHRIS OWINGS – Owings is a nice cheap exposure to what I think will be a high scoring Diamondbacks lineup. He tore through this same team during the series at Coors, and I really don’t see a reason he can’t do the same thing when playing on his home turf. He’s a great tournament punt.
YASMANY TOMAS – Tomas is priced very, very cheaply for what could be some pretty serious upside in this contest today. He hasn’t been hitting the ball very well, but we really don’t need to care as long as he does today. Everything lines up for him to have a big game, and you should get him in your lineups.
SETH SMITH – Smith is more expensive than I would have imagined him to be, and that is exciting to me, as I think he could carry low ownership in tournaments. He has a ton of upside in matchups like this, and I will use him in some tournaments as I think many will avoid him.
MIKE TROUT – Taijuan Walker has his moments, but when we are talking about him going up against possibly the best player in baseball, I’m going to side with Trout every time. With how things break down tonight, I don’t think it’ll be that tough to get him in your lineups, and he will be in a ton of mine.
J.D. MARTINEZ – Martinez is in a pretty good situation today against Kyle Gibson, and sports a pretty fair price. He’s still putting together pretty decent fantasy outings, and he is always capable of putting one together that wins tournaments. I’ll definitely have my shares tonight.
BRANDON GUYER – Guyer should be in the lineup here as the Indians go up against Jose Quintana today. Quintana hasn’t been a bad pitcher by any stretch of the imagination this year, but some times you need that guy who gets overlooked in tournaments to win. We know that Guyer has some power upside, especially against lefties, so he’s a fair shot in tournaments.