MLB DFS Picks for FanDuel and DraftKings – 7/4/17

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 FanDuel/DraftKings 


Clayton Kershaw (12400/12900) – Kershaw is finally pitching like Kershaw again, and he gets another kind of favorable matchup at home against the Diamondbacks at home tonight. The favorable part is “at home” not “Diamondbacks”. Nonetheless, Kershaw is still one of the best in the game, and makes a top tier play tonight.

Corey Kluber (12000/12600) – I am going to take Kluber over Kershaw 100% of the time. He’s going to be playing at home against the Padres. That’s it folks – it’s a wrap. Kluber has the highest floor and ceiling combination on the day. If you can manage both of them in your lineups, you’re set!

Brad Peacock (8400/9600) – Peacock has been a pretty solid option outside of a few times the past month or so. He’s taking on a Braves team that still just isn’t great, and he’s got some strong upside. He’s a significant savings on the two highest priced pitchers on the slate, and will make my lineups tonight.


Robinson Cano (3600/4900) – Honestly, this feels like deja vu, but here we are again with Cano. He’ll be up against Jake Junis in this one. Junis has allowed a .351 wOBA, 40% fly ball rate and 42.3% hard contact to lefties, and it’s another solid chance to use Cano tonight.

Justin Bour (3200/4300) – Lance Lynn is another one of those middling pitchers who will probably keep ownership of the Marlins somewhat subdued. Yes, the talent is there, but there are concerns. For example, a .349 wOBA, 42.7% fly ball rate and 33.6% hard contact. That’s all concerning to me tonight, and I love using Bour in my lineups.

Todd Frazier (3500/3900) – The White Sox have their issues against righties and all of that, but we aren’t going to avoid them against one who hasn’t been great. Daniel Gossett has allowed a .352 wOBA, 34% fly ball rate and 42.6% hard contact on the year. Frazier hasn’t been overly impressive or anything, but he’s still worth looking at tonight.


Corey Dickerson (3400/4300) – Dickerson is one of my favorite plays tonight because of the fact that he gets the train wreck that is John Lackey. On the year, we’ve seen a .373 wOBA, 38.1% fly ball rate and 36.5% hard contact against lefties. Having the terrific season he is having, he makes a great play tonight.

Stephen Piscotty (3200/4200) – We’ve seen Jose Urena have some good performances, but on the whole, he usually disappoints. On the year against righties, he’s given up a .345 wOBA, 34.4% fly ball rate and 31% hard contact. Piscotty has his struggles, but could definitely end up coming through tonight.

Carlos Gomez(3100/3700) – Speaking of guys with issues, let’s talk David Price. There is definitely some upside to his game, and a lot of it. Much of the time, though, he’s giving up runs. This isn’t a favorable stadium for him, and his 48% fly ball rate and 38% hard contact rate against righties make Gomez look awfully tempting tonight.


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