MLB DFS Picks for FanDuel and DraftKings – 8/5/17

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


Gerrit Cole (21300/9600/11000) – Cole gets a great matchup tonight against the San Diego Padres. They are still not great against right-handers and Cole has already put up a nice game against them his last time out. He is the default here on Saturday night.

Danny Duffy (17700/8600/9200) – Duffy can be in for a good night as well taking on the Seattle Mariners. No team in baseball is too good to not play against, and I think the Mariners have shown weaknesses that would make Duffy a solid play. I do not think he has huge upside, but the floor is pretty solid.

Luis Castillo (15600/7700/8000) – Outside of his game against the Yankees, Castillo has been a strikeout machine. Sometimes that is all we can ask in MLB DFS. He will be taking on a Cardinals team he just struck out six times and went eight innings on, so I do not mind going back to the well tonight.


Josh Bell (6900/3500/3500) – Whenever Dinelson Lamet is on the mound, I feel like I want to get some exposure. So far this year, he has allowed a .410 wOBA, 49.4% fly ball rate, 17.5% HR/FB ratio and 39.5% hard contact. There is a ton of power upside with Bell tonight.

Joey Gallo (8800/3500/4600) – Why not continue just rolling him out? He has been so good lately, just crushing the ball at every turn. Kyle Gibson has not been great against lefties this year, allowing a .383 wOBA, 33.5% fly ball rate and 36% hard contact. Gallo should be able to benefit from this.

Nolan Arenado (10400/4700/5400) – Any time I can use Nolan I want to, and against a low-tier lefty tonight, I will gladly take advantage of that. Nick Pivetta has allowed a .408 wOBA, 44.3% fly ball rate, 25.9% HR/FB ratio and 44.7% hard contact. That is a lot of bad in one place, and Arenado should take advantage of that.


Andrew Benintendi (9000/3700/4600) – Maybe this series with the White Sox will be the wake up call Benintendi needs. He gets a matchup tonight with James Shields and his .445 wOBA, 53.3% fly ball rate, 20.4% HR/FB ratio and 33% hard contact. This is the perfect spot for him.

Justin Upton (10800/4100/5500) – I am going to go back to the well again with Upton after he came through for us the other night and throw him out there against Wade Miley. Allowing a .377 wOBA, 28% fly ball rate, 20.3% HR/FB ratio and 35% hard contact bodes well for Upton. He should come through tonight.

Lorenzo Cain (9600/3800/4900) – Felix Hernandez has not been all bad, but he has not been great either. He is giving up a .334 wOBA, 33.6% fly ball rate, 25.6% HR/FB ratio and 32.8% hard contact. Cain has been turning his game up and is someone I want exposure to tonight.


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