MLB DFS Picks – 9/5/16


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

MAX SCHERZER – Scherzer is obviously the top play of the day pretty much any time he takes the mound, but this is definitely a plus matchup. Yes, we want to target them more when they are up against left-handed pitchers, but Scherzer is in a class that handedness doesn’t matter. He should definitely be able to shut the Braves down, and he should be able to put up a huge outing. He’s the top play for me in both formats.

KYLE HENDRICKS – Hendricks is pretty much a lock when he is pitching these days, putting up strong, consistent outings most times he steps to the rubber. Milwaukee is one of my favorite targets when they are going up against good pitching, as they have a tendency to strike out a lot and give up big games. Hendricks is more of a cash game option for me as opposed to a tournament option, but he is priced enough below Scherzer that I see the appeal to using him in either format.

MATT MOORE – Moore is definitely a risky pick today against the Rockies, but I think there is a ton of merit in tournaments. Coors is always auto fade for the vast majority of players when it comes to pitching, and a lot of the time they are right. Every once in awhile, though, a pitcher comes into Coors and puts up a big outing and wins someone a lot of money. Moore has two very strong outings under his belt, and he has a very attractive price. I won’t go overboard with it, but I like the idea of playing him in some tournament lineups.

CATCHER

GARY SANCHEZ – Sanchez has been remarkably consistent since coming up from the minor leagues, but the big games have definitely fallen off a cliff. It will be interesting to see how Sanchez does with Dickey, but I do think this a plus matchup for him. He’s overall my top catching play of the day.

SALVADOR PEREZ – Perez, like Sanchez, hasn’t had any big outings this past week, but he is a threat for them every time he takes the field. The matchup against Jose Berrios is good for him today, and the price is pretty fair as well. I think he is in for a big outing and this is a nice time to use him.

FIRST BASE

JOEY VOTTO – Bartolo Colon will head to the rubber today and this presents an excellent opportunity for the Reds lefties. Colon hasn’t been that bad against right-handed batting, but he has struggled against lefties. This provides the perfect opportunity for a professional hitter like Votto who should find himself having a good game today.

LOGAN MORRISON – Morrison is in a very good spot today, as he is really cheap and in a good matchup against Ubaldo Jiminez. Without question, Jiminez is one of our favorite pitchers to pick on, and this is the perfect situation to roll someone like Morrison out. He has been really up and down all year, and this makes him an excellent option tonight as many will stay away.

SECOND BASE

JOSE ALTUVE – Altuve is always I guy I want to consider when he is in a good matchup, which for him occurs on most nights. Steve Clevinger hasn’t been a force this year for the Tribe, and I think this is an excellent spot for Altuve under $4k. That doesn’t happen often so you should take advantage of it when you can.

NICK FRANKLIN – Franklin makes this list as this is a very, very good matchup for the Rays. I always want to target Jiminez and I really enjoy doing it when I can get a guy really cheap. Franklin is best suited for tournaments if he is in the lineup, and will make a lot of mine if he does make the cut for the Rays today.

THIRD BASE

KRIS BRYANT – Zach Davies has put up some decent outings this year, but this is the best team in baseball he will be facing. The outlook isn’t good for him here. Bryant is on his way to 40 home runs, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him add one to his total here.

YULIESKI GURRIEL – Gurriel is in play here as well today as he goes up against Steve Clevinger. He is priced fairly, and would be a nice addition to cash games at his affordable price. He doesn’t have the most upside, but he has enough to warrant playing him tonight.

SHORTSTOP

BRAD MILLER– Let’s just keep the targeting of Ubaldo Jiminez going, am I right? Miller is having a really nice season by all accounts, and is showing a pretty nice power. I think he should have a great deal of success against Jiminez today and is my top overall play at the position.

ALCIDES ESCOBAR– Escobar really doesn’t show up too often, but I think he makes for a good option today. His play has really picked up over the last month or so, and the price is still really affordable. I love this play today and is one of my favorites at the position.

OUTFIELD

MOOKIE BETTS – Betts is hands down one of my favorite plays in all of baseball, and he gets an awesome matchup today against Edwin Jackson, who hasn’t been great this year. He is usable in all formats, and I am very excited about his upside today.

MATT JOYCE – Joyce is minimum price and isn’t seeing the lineup that much anymore, but he is still a really nice option today against Adam Wainwright. It’s tough to say if he will be in the lineup today, but if he is, he makes a very nice option. He’s a much better player this year than in years past.

CHRISTIAN YELICH – Yelich is an excellent hitter, and finds himself in a very nice match-up today against Jerad Eickhoff. His price is fairly high but he does have upside here, and can certainly put up a big outing every once in awhile. He’s in play in either format, though I kind of prefer him in tournaments.

KHRIS DAVIS – Jered Weaver still hasn’t figured things out this year, which makes him a nice option to target against today. Davis has a ton of tournament upside with his power, and that is exactly what we are counting on here. He doesn’t hit for average, but he can certainly make points accumulate quick with his power.

NELSON CRUZ – Cruz is unquestionably one of the top tournament plays today. He gets a very good pitcher in Cole Hamels, but I’ve seen some questionable teams like the Twins tear him apart. I love the upside for Cruz here and is easily one of my favorite options today.