MLB DFS Picks for FanDuel and DraftKings – 8/23/17

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

Corey Kluber (24600/110000/12700) – Sure, the Red Sox are a tough offense, but this is Corey Kluber we are talking about. He has certainly been one of the best pitchers all year in baseball. The upside is always the top on the board, and tonight is absolutely no different.

Luis Severino (24000/9900/12300) – If Kluber is a little risky in your mind, I would not hesitate to throw out Severino. He has been an awesome pitcher all year, and the matchup is a little bit safer for him against the Tigers. I will have my shares of both, but I like saving a little bit of money.

Luke Weaver (13600/7800/6900) – I do not mind Luke Weaver, going up against a less than exciting San Diego Padres team. The upside is pretty solid, but the floor is pretty much heartbreaking. It is the low hanging fruit that we deal with 162 times a year with picking on the Padres, but it could work out.

INFIELD

Didi Gregorious (8000/3100/4100) – Is it like a thing that Jordan Zimmerman and James Shields have to pitch on the same night every time? Anyway, Zimmerman is bad. On the year, he has allowed a .385 wOBA, 42.5% fly ball rate, 14.9% HR/FB ratio and 40.4% hard contact. Go with Didi tonight.

Freddie Freeman (9200/4100/4800) – Speaking of bad pitchers, Erasmo Ramirez is pitching tonight. That is always a great thing to see. His .351 wOBA, 33% fly ball rate, 25.7% HR/FB ratio and 45.4% hard contact against lefties make Freeman an interesting option tonight.

Alex Bregman (8800/3800/4500) – The Astros are one of the best hitting teams in baseball and will get a matchup with Edwin Jackson tonight. He has allowed a .368 wOBA, 40.6% fly ball rate, 14.3% HR/FB ratio and 30% hard contact against righties. Bregman has been doing well lately, and I will gladly take some exposure to him.

OUTFIELD

Eddie Rosario (8800/3600/4600) – It makes sense to go after James Shields tonight, though he could end up causing us some pain. He is allowing a .439 wOBA, 47.9% fly ball rate, 23.2% HR/FB ratio and 36.4% hard contact against lefties. Rosario should roll tonight.

JD Martinez (9900/3900/5100) – Why not hope for a repeat tonight? I had Martinez as one of my favorites last night to great success, and he gets another solid matchup tonight. Chris Flexen just is not good enough to stand in front of these guys and will be dominated tonight.

Jose Bautista (6000/3600/3100) – It has been awhile since we have gone to Joey Bats, but why not tonight? Austin Pruitt and his .392 wOBA, 34.2% fly ball rate, 13% HR/FB ratio and 37.2% hard contact against righties should give Bautista all the opportunity he needs to succeed.

 

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