MLB DFS Picks – 9/24/16
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:
CLAYTON KERSHAW – Kershaw is definitely coming around since coming off the DL, and I think this is a perfect time to buy in on him against a visiting Rockies team. We’ve seen the Rockies struggle pretty consistently when on the road, especially against lefties, and while maybe that hasn’t been the case so much this year, this is Clayton Kershaw we are talking about. He’s my top pitching option on the day.
RICK PORCELLO– Perhaps I should clarify what I said above: Kershaw is my favorite pitcher not names Rick Porcello. His work speaks for himself, as he has been one of the best overall pitchers all year. We know this Tampa Bay Rays team can fall flat, especially against right-handed pitching, and Porcello is easily one of the best in the game. I have no problems firing him up in any format today.
ALEX REYES – Reyes is a highly touted prospect, and there is no question that his best days are definitely ahead of him. That is not to discount the fact that he is starting to put up some pretty big outings as the year winds down. The Cubs are a good offense, but if Reyes has his good stuff, it is going to be tough for the Cubs to get things going. There is definitely some risk here, but the price/upside combination makes it worth your while.
CAMERON RUPP – Rupp is always a guy I like to have in a few of my tournament lineups when it makes sense, and today is one of those days. He should have a good opportunity to drive in some runs, and his power stroke is what makes him a nice tournament option.
WELLINGTON CASTILLO – If Castillo is in the lineup today, this is a really good matchup for him against Wade Miley. Castillo is a career lefty-smasher, and this is a great opportunity for it to happen again.
PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT – Goldy is easily my top play on the night, as he is currently priced about $1k lower than he should be in a matchup like this. He will be very, very highly owned and should be able to come through with a nice outing.
JUSTIN BOUR – Bour hasn’t been right since coming off the DL, and it is tough to say if he will before the season expires, but there is a ton of upside to him against a pitcher like Aaron Blair. We’ve seen Bour put up some double dong games in the past, and that’s what we will hope to see today.
BRIAN DOZIER – I’m still not quite sure how this happened, but Brian Dozier has 42 home runs. He gets to go against a decent lefty in Ariel Miranda, but this is a matchup he could certainly win. The price is right, and I think we should see at least an extra base hit out of Dozier.
BRANDON PHILLIPS – I can guarantee that this is the only time this year I have written up Phillips, but I think this can be a good matchup against Taylor Jungmann. We know Phillips can hit, and I think he should be able to at least make value today.
ADRIAN BELTRE – Beltre continues to see his price stay around the $3k mark today, and that makes him a nice play against Raul Alcantara. He is one of my top cash game plays, as I think he should be able to put up a nice game today.
MAIKEL FRANCO – Franco is starting to look better at the plate, and I want to get him in my lineups today, as he is in a very good matchup against Sean Gilmartin. It is easy to make a nice lineup with him in it.
DANSBY SWANSON – Swanson is in a really good position today against Wei-Yin Chen, and is priced very fairly. Chen can do a good job at limiting big outings, but I think Swanson, even at his young age, can manage to put something nice together.
JOSE PERAZA – Peraza is another one of those guys who just makes a really nice cash game play considering his price and what he has continued to put out. I do typically like guys who can hit for power, but he is always a threat to steal bases, which can be just as good.
CHRISTIAN YELICH – Aaoron Blair really is a bad pitcher at this point in his career, so we need to look into quite a few of the options that will be squaring off with him. Yelich is extremely solid and has some upside with a nice floor, making him a very appealing option.
YASMANY TOMAS – Tomas is still priced way too low for a matchup like this against Wade Miley. There is no question he has a ton of upside, and I think we’ll get to see him take one yard tonight.
ADAM DUVALL – Duvall is only in play in tournaments, as he has been very, very bad at the plate this year. He does have some home run upside, which is something Taylor Jungmann may have a hard time dealing with.
NELSON CRUZ– Cruz isn’t as volatile as Duvall, but shares the same ability to hit home runs, except better. Tyler Duffey isn’t a pitcher we want to be scared away from at all, so I will definitely have some shares of Cruz today.
IAN DESMOND – Desmons is another guy in a great position today, going up against Raul Alcantara. This has been a very good year for Desmond, and I think he has at least one big game left in him for 2016.