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

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

Lance McCullers (22400/9100/11500) – I would say that McCullers highlights what is another lackluster night of pitching in baseball. McCullers has the highest strikeout rate on the slate, and takes on a Seattle team that could allow him to put on pretty solid strikeout numbers. This is where I’m starting with most of my cash games and a lot of my tournament lineups.

Julio Teheran (16200/7800/8400) – It says everything that Teheran makes this list as our second favorite pitcher of the day. He seemed to regain decent control in the last two games, but is taking on a Cubs team that could do some damage. Still, the Cubs haven’t been as great of an offense this year, and I think Teheran could put up a nice game. I wouldn’t be using him in cash games, though.

Jerad Eickhoff (12800/6900/6400) – I’m not 100% sold on Eickhoff, but he’s the guy who makes me the least sick out of who is left. The Marlins aren’t one of my favorite teams to go after, but I will tonight because of a shortage of options.

INFIELD

Travis Shaw (8800/4000/4500) – Chad Kuhl will take to the mound for the Pirates tonight and go against the Brewers. He’s struggled against lefties this year to the tune of a .388 wOBA, 46% fly ball rate and 35.2% hard contact. Shaw has been excellent this year, and could be a good bet for a long ball even out of Miller Park.

Elvis Andrus (7800/3100/3900) – Chris Tillman is on the mound tonight, and he is bad. I could leave the statement just with that, but I won’t. Against righties, he’s giving up a .410 wOBA, 43.1% fly ball rate and 37.9% hard contact. Andrus is a great option that really won’t break the bank.

Buster Posey (7600/3200/4000) – In a ballpark like this, I won’t be shocked if Josh Tomlin is able to put together a good game. Still, he has his struggles. He’s giving up a .372 wOBA, 38.5% fly ball rate and 35.1% hard contact against righties. Posey does not need to go deep to end up with a good game, so he’s a guy I’ll look to in my cash games tonight.

OUTFIELD

Odubel Herrera (7800/2800/4000) – Coming out of the All-Star Break, it actually looks like Herrera wants to play baseball. He’s still cheap, and he gets a nice matchup against Tom Koehler. His .483 wOBA, 47.4% fly ball rate, 22.2% HR/FB ratio and 35.6% hard contact put Herrera in a position to succeed tonight.

Charlie Blackmon (10800/4800/5600) – Luis Perdomo isn’t an all around bad pitcher. He is good at inducing ground balls at a high rate, an does limit the long ball. However, he is in Coors. His .392 wOBA and 35.5% hard contact against lefties make Blackmon look like a great option tonight.

Lorenzo Cain (7200/3200/3700) – Jordan Zimmerman will be a pitcher to target tonight. He’s been all around bad this year. Against righties specifically, he’s given up a .367 wOBA, 41.6% fly ball rate, 16.4% HR/FB ratio and 35% hard contact. Cain is cheap and carries a fair amount of upside, so I like him in tournaments tonight.

 

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