MLB DFS Picks – 9/2/16

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

Today, we will break everything down position by position. If you like what you see, don’t hesitate to follow us on Twitter @researchandwin and let us know we helped you or yell at us for leading you down the wrong path. Also, make sure to check out our baseball research portal by clicking on this sentence.

With that out of the way, let’s move on to the picks:


RICK PORCELLO – I am not in love with the top three priced plays today at the pitching position, especially considering that two of them are going up against east other. Jose Fernandez is in Cleveland, and I would prefer to stay away from that as well. That leaves old faithful Rick Porcello. The matchup isn’t the best against an Athletics team that doesn’t strike out a lot, but he’s just been so consistent that he is an auto play for me in cash games. His upside isn’t huge but his floor is great.

RICH HILL – Normally, we like to look at right-handed pitching against the Padres, but we will have to make an exception here with Rich Hill. He’s gone through some injuries here this year, but I still think he matches up well enough against the Padres that he is worth a look in tournaments. I don’t think there is any merit in playing him in cash games, but he has some definite upside in tournaments today.

IVAN NOVA – Nova actually looks like one of my favorite players on this slate, as he is cheap, has been mostly consistent, albeit without a ton of upside, against the Milwaukee Brewers. I won’t argue with playing him in cash games, mostly due to the price, and I am a known risk taker even in my cash games. Overall though, he makes a fantastic tournament play that really lets you build around him.


YASMANI GRANDAL – Grandal is always a player that makes me a bit nervous, but this is an excellent matchup for him tonight against Luis Perdomo. I like to target Perdomo, though he is improving somewhat as a pitcher. Grandal has a poor floor, but has some of the biggest upside at the position.

EVAN GATTIS – The same thing I just said about Grandal can just as easily be said about Gattis. He has a ton of power potential, but he absolutely cannot be trusted in cash games. He is expensive, but a matchup against Derek Holland is worth the risk in tournaments.


FREDDIE FREEMAN – Freeman is often overlooked in DFS circles, but there is no reason to overlook him today. He gets a very good matchup against Jeremy Hellickson, and he has been mashing the ball as of late. He’s my top play at the position and it isn’t even close.

RYAN HOWARD – Howard is likely to see his playing time to shrink moving forward, but this is still a good situation here. He’s cheap, and he will be going up against an overmatched pitcher in Aaron Blair. He makes a nice tournament play, as he has actually been doing alright at the plate lately.


JOSE ALTUVE – Anytime he is going up against a left-handed pitcher, Altuve is going to find his way into our breakdown. He is the highest priced play at the position, quite frankly for obvious reasons. Derek Holland will likely find himself in trouble with this matchup, and I like Altuve’s chances at a big game.

JACE PETERSON – Peterson is a cheap play I like to use in tournaments off and on, and this is one of those matchups that make sense. Hellickson isn’t awful, but he has struggled against left-handers this year. He is a cheap play to help build your lineups with some bigger bats.


NOLAN ARENADO – I hate to do this, but I think I put enough value at pitcher out there tonight that you can afford some of the bigger bats. Arenado vs. Braden Shipley is not fair, and the way that Arenado has been hitting will make things very, very difficult on Shipley. I like the spot for him today and he should have a nice outing.

JOSH DONALDSON – Donaldson against lefties is another narrative we always like to play up to, and that is what we have tonight as the Blue Jays will take on Blake Snell, who has done surprisingly well for himself thus far. Still, Donaldson is among the elite hitters in baseball, and should be able to take Snell down today.


COREY SEAGER– In my opinion, Seager’s price is just way too cheap in this matchup. He is priced just $3.6k and is going against Luis Perdomo, so I think now makes a great time to buy in. Seager is ony of my top plays in DFS, and this is another great time to use him.

TIM ANDERSON– I think Anderson should be in the lineup tonight, despite dealing with a calf injury that kept him out Friday. Hector Santiago is really an up a down pitcher, and Anderson is a guy that can put up fantasy points in a lot of different ways. I like him in both formats tonight.


BRYCE HARPER – Robert Gsellman is going to have a tough time working around Bryce Harper today. We’ve seen the reigning MVP get back into form as of late, and he is priced very well in this matchup. I’ll have him in many of my lineups and he is usable in both formats.

MIKE TROUT – It isn’t common that both Trout and Harper end up in my breakdowns. In fact, this is probably the first time it has happened all year. Trout will get Taijuan Walker, who has been hittable this year. He is going to cost you, but he is one of the best players in all of baseball, so it’s worth the risk.

GEORGE SPRINGER – Springer is the last of the Astros to make the breakdown against Derek Holland. It is looking like it might be a good night to stack the Astros. Anyway, this is a great situation, and though he’s expensive, he should end up being well worth the price.

ODUBEL HERRERA – Herrera has not been the stellar hitter we saw at the beginning of the year, but his price of $2,400 is just way, way too cheap for this matchup. Aaron Blair has been pretty bad, and is absolutely hittable. I don’t care how bad things have been: he’s going in my lineups.

MAX KEPLER – Kepler is another guy that hasn’t seen things go his way lately, but he’s in a nice matchup against James Shields. Believe it or not, Kepler’s managed some of the biggest fantasy games this year, and is worth a look in tournaments today.