Welcome to our MLB Daily Fantasy Breakdown! Today, we have a nice slate of Wednesday 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:
DAVID PRICE – It has been a bad few days for some of the better pitchers on these slates. I know I am taking a major risk in suggesting Price, as he has been much more up and down this year than usual. The matchup is good against the Padres, and I like him as my top dollar play with some of the other expensive options in less than stellar matchups. He does have very big upside with his strikeouts, so I think there is merit to using him in both formats.
ROBBIE RAY – Robbie Ray put together a long string of good outings before putting up a dud last time out. In his defense, it was in Coors, so that is a big reason to consider this an outlier. His price is very fair, and while his upside isn’t sky high, his floor is reasonably high in this matchup. The Dodgers can be a scary offense, but at the same time, they can confound us with their inability to make contact with anything coming their way. At this price, I don’t hate this play in cash games.
DYLAN BUNDY – Bundy has shown some pretty good upside since taking over his role as a starter. His price is very cheap, and we’ve seen him put up some big games. We know that the Rays are often shut down by right-handed pitching, and Bundy is an above average one. I love the fact that he is this cheap, as he makes for the best type of tournament play: high upside and cheap.
BUSTER POSEY – I usually stay away from the games at Coors, but I had to mention Buster Posey against Jorge de la Rosa. We haven’t seen the upside we are used to out of Buster lately, but a trip to Coors has been known to wake up even the most quiet bats. I would probably prefer him in tournaments to cash games.
STEPHEN VOGT – The Athletics are in a good spot here as they are going up against a young pitcher in Alex Meyer. Vogt actually made the breakdown yesterday, and his price remains usable in either format. I think he will be low owned and makes an excellent option today.
PAUL GOLDSCHIMDT – Goldschmidt is one of the most high upside plays in all of baseball, and today he gets a matchup against the struggling Brock Stewart. He is very expensive, but there is enough value on this slate to make things work. I’m expecting a big game from him.
JUSTIN SMOAK – Smoak is not really that great of a hitter, but he does carry some tournament appeal. He will certainly be low owned because he most often does nothing, but a matchup against a relatively inexperienced pitcher in Bryan Mitchell could end up being good for him.
ROBINSON CANO – Robinson Cano is still amongst the best hitters in baseball, and actually is cheaper than he should be in this contest. A.J. Griffin has seen his performance drop off, and he is prime to be taken advantage of by Cano. He’s my top play of the day at any position.
BRIAN DOZIER – Dozier has unquestionably been the top hitter in baseball in August and September, and his price has jumped as a result of it. Danny Duffy hasn’t been bad by any stretch of the imagination, but this is a hitter who is mashing the ball and on fire. Right now, he’s worth the price.
ADRIAN BELTRE – Adrian Beltre is both priced very well and in a wonderful matchup against Ariel Miranda tonight. He’s had a pretty good year for sure, and there is no reason it shouldn’t continue tonight. He is playable in both formats and should have a good game.
JAKE LAMB – Lamb is starting to pick his play back up to the level it was at for the first part of the year, and gets a good opportunity tonight against Brock Stewart. He is very cheap and should be able to put something together than justifies his price. He’s still better suited to tournament play in this situation.
FRANCISCO LINDOR – Lindor is fairly priced and in a reasonable matchup against Doug Fister. Lindor isn’t the most exciting option, as he hasn’t really put together too many big games, especially as of late, but this is a matchup that suits him well. I’m a fan of using him in cash games today.
ORLANDO ARCIA – Orcia hasn’t been the best player to use in fantasy games, but every now and then he ends up putting together decent games. His price is affordable, and he could connect with one from Mike Montgomery today.
A.J. POLLOCK – This is the first time we’ve used Pollock in this breakdown all year. He is very affordably priced, and has a ton of upside today. Brock Stewart should absolutely get hammered in this contest, and Pollock is an affordable option to get access to what should be a big game by the Diamondbacks.
KHRIS DAVIS – Khris is always an option to take one out of the park, as he has done almost 40 times on the year. His price is up there, but he does have pretty significant upside against a less than experienced pitcher. He is tournament only, as his floor is a goose egg.
MIKE TROUT – Trout is the top priced player at the outfield position, and that should come as no surprise to anyone. He carries elite upside in this matchup against Jharel Cotton. I’ll gladly use him in any way I can tonight, and it won’t be surprising if he is amongst the top scoring players overall.
MICHAEL SAUNDERS – We talked about the matchup against Bryan Mitchell when talking about Smoak, and the same thing applies here to Saunders, who is a much, much better hitter than Smoak. His price is fair, and he does have some pretty good upside as he’s showed us in the past.
STEVE PEARCE – Any time a lefty is on the mound, we want to consider Pearce, who is priced very nicely in this contest. Drew Smyly is an absolutely hittable pitcher, and I think the Orioles will have a field day with him today.