MLB DFS Picks for FanDuel and DraftKings – 8/19/17

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

Chris Sale (27300/11500/14100) – Admittedly, I would be somewhat intrigued by Stephen Strasburgh, but he could face an innings restriction, so despite the good matchup, I will pass. Sale has been dominant and already has a few solid games against the Yankees this year.

Zach Greinke (22800/9800/11700) – Greinke is having another solid year this year, and will be leaving behind Chase Field for the friendly confines in Minnesota. This Twins team is certainly one that can be taken advantage of, and I like the upside for Greinke to put together a monster night tonight.

Chad Bettis (13600/6000/6900) – If you really want to go a little risky, I do like Bettis tonight. He looked pretty sharp in his first outing against the Braves, and gets a Brewers team that can strike out with the best of them. I think he is worth the shot in tournaments.

INFIELD

Ozzie Albies (6800/2700/3400) – Albies has not been a beast since he came up from the minor leagues, but he has all the potential to be a good play. He gets Robert Stephenson tonight, who just has not been good against lefties. A .401 wOBA, 40% fly ball rate, 22.2% HR/FB ratio and 47.8% hard contact highlight the shortcomings, so I look for Albies to have a nice game tonight.

Adrian Beltre (10400/4400/5400) – I am always looking to go after a righty when Derek Holland is on the mound, and Beltre is a damn good one. Holland should be abused, with his .404 wOBA, 42.9% fly ball rate, 18.6% HR/FB ratio and 41.1% hard contact. Make sure to get some exposure tonight.

Jose Abreu (8700/3500/4500) – Moving to the other side of the game, Jose Abreu could have a field day with Martin Perez. His .370 wOBA, 32.5% fly ball rate, 14.9% HR/FB ratio and 37.2% hard contact should cause some hard hit balls to make their way to the fence.

OUTFIELD

Seth Smith (7600/2800/4000) – Smith is another one in a great matchup. JC Ramirez has been pretty bad against lefties, allowing a .376 wOBA, 35.8% fly ball rate, 21.1% HR/FB ratio and 44.2% hard contact. Smith is not a huge home run guy, but can come through for you in that category here and there.

Josh Reddick (8100/3400/4100) – Kendall Gravement is yet another pitcher we can go after. He has not been very good at all against left-handed hitters. He has given up a .362 wOBA, 41.2% fly ball rate, 21.1% HR/FB ratio and 31.4% hard contact. This is a great situation for Josh Reddick.

Michael A. Taylor (7800/2700/3900) – Through nothing more than being healthy, Taylor should be in line for a nice output tonight. He had a nice few week span where he was crushing everything, and gets a matchup against Travis Wood tonight. Wood had allowed a .364 wOBA, 39.3% fly ball rate and 30% hard contact. The hard contact might be low, but Wood is likely to give up some runs, and Taylor should be a part of it.

 

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