MLB DFS Picks for FanDuel and DraftKings – 8/31/17

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


Madison Bumgarner (23400/9800/12100) – Bumgarner has not been overly impressive as of late, but he is still the most skilled pitcher on the slate. The Cardinals could make things difficult on him, but if his stuff is on, he will be above and beyond the highest scoring pitcher on the slate. I am fine with him in all formats.

Gio Gonzalez (23100/9300/11900) – Gonzalez is the next best pitcher going today, and he has a better matchup against the Brewers. The problem for me is that I still see him as untrustworthy. The upside is there, and I will have ownership for sure, but I think I would rather use Bumgarner.

Jeremy Hellickson (12300/6800/6200) – Hellickson is a risky proposition, no question about it. The upside really is not through the roof either. His best case scenario is probably 40/24 on FanDuel and DraftKings respectively. The Blue Jays have given plenty of mediocre pitchers big nights this year, and that is what I am hoping for tonight.


Manny Machado (10800/4200/5500) – Marco Estrada has been all over the place this year. Sometimes he has looked very solid, but otherwise, he has been a disaster. It is a good guess as to which one shows up. He is a big time fly ball pitcher at over 50%, and that could be a problem with a guy like Machado.

Javier Baez (6800/3200/3400) – I feel like I am always looking for a reason to play Javier Baez. Sean Newcomb will be his competition tonight, and while he could have a good game, I think he might have some problems. His .345 wOBA, 40.4% fly ball rate and 15% HR/FB ratio are all indicators that Baez could be in for a nice night.

Hanley Ramirez (7200/3100/3600) – Ramirez is actually a pretty solid hitter against left-handed pitching, and C.C. Sabathia is on the mound for the Yankees tonight. Even on a short slate, Ramirez could end up being pretty low owned. The price is nice and the upside is there with this play.


Christian Yelich (8800/3800/4600) – There should be little doubt that Giancarlo Stanton will pull the ownership from the Marlins, and I will have plenty of him, but Ben Lively has actually been worse against righties than lefties. He has given up a .374 wOBA, 40% fly ball rate,15% HR/FB ratio and 33.7% hard contact. I really like Yelich tonight.

Rhys Hoskins (9000/4600/4600) – Odrisamer Despaigne is not good. Hoskins is knocking the cover off the ball. This is a pretty simple equation. Until he stops killing the ball, he needs to be in your lineups, especially against a guy like Despaigne.

Howie Kendrick (9600/3100/4900) – Honestly, there just are not a lot of spots I really want to go after tonight, but I do not mind Kendrick against Zach Davies. To his credit, Davies is not awful, and he could end up surprising us tonight.Kendrick has been good this year, and could be able to do some damage tonight.


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