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

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 (24000/11700/12400) – When I initially wrote this, I thought Kluber was in Coors. He is not. He is an easy play for me today at home, and he should see every opportunity for another double digit strikeout game.

Chris Sale (24600/11400/12600) – Look at me go! It feels like I am just reading down the list of pitching by price. If you do not like Kluber, Sale is the logical pivot. He is in a better location and matchup, and outside of the meltdown against Cleveland, had been pitching lights out. I expect that to return tonight against the Rays.

Sal Romano (12600/5700/6300) – If you really want to dumpster dive, I do not hate the idea of Romano. The Padres are still the Padres, and Romano has shown at least some upside at times this year. The price is fair and the strikeout upside could be there. I do not hate him as an SP2.

INFIELD

Joey Gallo (8400/3400/4300) – Chris Flexen has only pitched in two games, but he has looked bad in both. I will not bother to approach this via statistics because of that, but he has looked bad against lefties. Gallo is killing the ball, and this is yet another spot he could go deep tonight.

Robinson Cano (8400/3500/4300) – Kendall Graveman could end up having a decent enough game here, but overall, I am not optimistic. He is allowing a .387 wOBA, 45.5% fly ball rate, 16.7% HR/FB ratio but under 30% hard contact. Cano is a great hitter and can make all of that work to his advantage.

Freddie Freeman (9200/3900/4800) – Pat Eflin is someone I do not mind taking advantage of tonight. He is allowing a .383 wOBA, 38.6% fly ball rate, 21.9% HR/FB ratio and 40% hard contact to lefties. Freeman is still a killer at the plate, and someone I want to have in my lineups tonight.

OUTFIELD

Mookie Betts (9300/4000/4700) – Austin Pruitt takes the mound tonight for the Rays and he has not been very good against right-handers at all this year. The .374 wOBA, 31.8% fly ball rate, 14.8% HR/FB ratio and 36.1% hard contact are all negative factors for him. Betts is one of the best in baseball and should manage to have a nice game here.

Hunter Renfroe (7500/3000/3800) – Yes, I am well aware that Sal Romano makes our list of potential targets tonight, but I do not hate the other side of the equation. Romano has given up a .367 wOBA, 30.4% fly ball rate, 14.3% HR/FB ratio and 24.5% hard contact. Yeah, we want the hard contact number to be higher, but it is not the end all be all of things. Renfroe could have a big game tonight.

Andrew McCutchen (9300/3900/4700) – The Pirates will be taking on Matthew Boyd tonight, who while not bad, is not good either. On the year, his .364 wOBA, 39.2% fly ball rate and 39.8% hard contact make him a prime target. While he is not giving up a ton of home runs, he is still letting runners on base. McCutchen is doing well for himself right now, and should have another big game tonight.

 

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