MLB DFS Picks – 9/21/16
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, the year is rounding down, and we are looking at probably having only one more time to roster some of the top guns. Scherzer should be able to shut this Marlins lineup down pretty well today, which makes him my top overall play of the day. It isn’t by much, but I just feel a little safer going with him than Sale.
CHRIS SALE– I know I just mentioned preferring to go Scherzer over Sale, but I assure you, the gap is narrow. Sale has been putting his best stuff out there at this point in the year, and he gets a Phillies lineup that can certainly be shut down. They do hit lefties better than righties, but I think we have to realize that it isn’t by much, and it doesn’t strike fear into my heart when I think about using Sale.
BARTOLO COLON –Colon is just an ageless wonder. I feel like the entire time I’ve played MLB DFS, I’ve heard that this is going to be the end of the road for him. Heck, I know I’ve SAID that myself before! Still, he continues to come out, and while the outings he puts together aren’t going to get him the Cy Young, he is still a viable pitching option at his price. Yeah, I know: the Braves don’t strikeout a lot. Colon has been around long enough to know how to work around that.
YADIER MOLINA – Molina isn’t exactly my favorite DFS player, because, while he is a good hitter, it doesn’t always translate well to fantasy production. German Marquez is going to be in over his head here, and I think this is a prime opportunity to buy into some Cardinals.
MIGUEL MONTERO – This is perhaps the second time I’ve suggested Montero, but I think there is some merit in using him against a poor pitcher in Robert Stephenson today. Montero is cheap and has some power, making him a nice tournament option to pair with a high-priced pitcher.
MIGUEL CABRERA – I feel like it has taken all year for Miggy’s price to get to the $4k mark, and now that it has, I wish it never got there. Jose Berrior seems to be getting challenged more and more with each outing, and Cabrera and this Tigers lineup is not one to get shaky with.
JOSH BELL – Speaking of price jumps, I’ve been pushing Bell for quite sometime now, and we are finally seeing him, because of a good run of production, have his price climb north of $3k. We know Jimmy Nelson can get knocked around, so this is another buy-in opportunity for me with Bell.
ROUGNED ODOR – Odor has been stroking it all year, and finds himself in another prime matchup against Jered Weaver. This is not the Weaver we once know, and we can feel free to target him whenever we get the chance.
SCOOTER GENNETT – Gennett seems to be on a nice little run right now, and gets another good matchup against Chad Kuhl. His price is fair, and he often goes overlooked, but when I feel the situation is right, I love tossing him into my lineup.
KRIS BRYANT – Bryant put together a very nice sophomore campaign, where he is just a few swings away from 40 home runs and 100 RBI’s. A matchup with Robert Stephenson will likely give him some additional opportunities to add to those totals.
ADRIAN BELTRE – Beltre has been very solid all year, and makes an excellent cash game option today as he is likely to be able to dominate his matchup with Jered Weaver. He is easily a guy I am willing to build my lineups around, and he doesn’t even have that much of a cost to him.
ADDISON RUSSELL – Russell is just far too cheap for this contest, and I am going to have to get him in my lineups. I know he’s not the most consistent hitter, but I really think the Cubs are going to like the Reds up, and I was as much exposure as I can get.
ADAM FRAZIER – Frazier is a very cheap option to put into your lineups tonight. I think I feel comfortable enough putting him into my cash games, as I don’t think he’s going to leave you win less than double-digits.
J.D. MARTINEZ – Let’s go back to picking on Jose Berrios for one second. Even though it isn’t evident in this breakdown, I am a big fan of the Tigers’ stack today. Martinez brings so much upside to the equation that I will be rolling him out in a lot of my lineups.
CHARLES BLACKMON – Luke Weaver hasn’t been a bad pitcher this year, but the circumstances surrounding this game are not favorable to him. Blackmon is a very intelligent hitter, and I think he’s be able to pick his spots to attack Weaver today.
MAX KEPLER – Kepler makes for a nice tournament option today against Buck Farmer. The thing with Kepler is that he can have these monster games and you never see them coming. He has gone over 60 points twice this year at least, and that is enough for me to continue to consider him when the timing is right.