MLB DFS Picks for FanDuel and DraftKings – 7/14/17

Welcome to another edition of ResearchFantasy’s MLB Breakdown. These picks are what I consider to be the best play of the day, relative to their price. One of the most important things we must consider in daily fantasy is how many points a player gets per dollar. It helps us identify value plays to pair with studs that we know will produce in order to maximize our potential points in lineups. I also try to identify plays that can be used in either cash games or tournaments. Typically, when I build my cash games, I am looking for players that have the best floor combined with good upside. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please let us know!

Prices listed are FantasyDraft/FanDuel/DraftKings

PITCHERS

Johnny Cueto (17400/9000/8900) – Raise your glasses and let’s hope that the second half of the season is much better for Johnny Cueto than the first. The benefit here for sure is that he’ll start things off in San Diego against the Padres. We all know how bad the Padres are against anyone, so hopefully we’ll see Cueto post a nice score tonight.

R.A. Dickey (13200/7400/6600) – I don’t know what to say here, but with how well Dickey was pitching prior to the All-Star Break, he deserves some mention. Could this blow up in your face? Absolutely. At least this game isn’t being played at Chase. He’s very risky, but is relatively cheap and could be in for another nice game tonight.

Jon Gray (15200/6600/7900) – This is just too low for Jon Gray. I get that we haven’t seen anything from him this year because of the injury, but he’s an excellent pitcher. He won’t be pitching in Coors, which is always a plus. He’ll get a Mets squad that just isn’t that great in my opinion. He’s a great option tonight.

INFIELD

Robinson Cano (8000/3200/4200) – We can start the hitting segment off here with Cano going up against James Shields. While Shields seems to be somewhat improving against righties, he’s still getting smacked around by lefties. On the year, it’s a .430 wOBA, 57.9% fly ball rate, 21.2% HR/FB ratio and 32% hard contact. There’s a good chance we’ll see him do some damage here.

Matt Carpenter (7500/3800/3800) – Carpenter is always someone we want to look at when he is taking on a righty who isn’t great against lefties. This game might be at PNC Park, which gets the reputation as being a poor hitter’s park, it actually doesn’t profile that poorly for lefties. Gerrit Cole’s .367 wOBA, 35.9% fly ball rate, 21,7% HR/FB% and 42.1% hard contact go a long way for Carpenter tonight.

Salvador Perez (7600/3500/3900) – What better way to attack Nick Martinez than Sal Perez? The Royals are never an exciting offense to look at, but I think it’s worth going this route tonight. Martinez is allowing a .361 wOBA, 30.8% fly ball rate and 36.5% hard contact. Perez will look to take advantage of that tonight and is one of my favorites.

OUTFIELD

Kyle Schwarber (7200/2300/3700) – The second half has to be better than the first, right? Schwarber gets a tasty matchup against Kevin Gausman who isn’t getting it done against lefties this year. His .364 wOBA, 38.3% fly ball rate and 34% hard contact all set up nicely for The Great Schwarbino tonight. Hopefully he’ll put his horrible first half behind him.

Domingo Santana (9200/3900/4700) – Nick Pivetta vs. righties is something I try to go after every time. I think my favorite of the Brewers tonight would be Santana. He’s having a very good year, and should be able to take advantage of Pivetta’s .415 wOBA, 46.5% fly ball rate, 27.5% HR/FB ratio and 39.1% hard contact en route to a big game.

Justin Upton (8000/3300/4200) – I want to give Aaron Sanchez some benefit of the doubt because he’s only pitched 6 games. It’s just that in those 6 games, he hasn’t been very good. He’s giving up average hard contact, but is giving up a .400 wOBA, 41% fly ball rate and 20% HR/FB ratio. Upton is a guy that can be frustrating, but can also come through with fantasy goodness.

 

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