MLB DFS Picks for FanDuel and DraftKings – 9/5/17

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


Stephen Strasburg (24400/10600/12500) – Strasburg has a huge strikeout upside here tonight, and gets a matchup against the Marlins whom he just thoroughly dominated. The price is high, but the upside is huge, and on a bigger slate, I think you want to get your lineup started with a guy who can grab you a ton of points.

Justin Verlander (22400/8600/11500) – Verlander remains one of the top pitching options through the second half of the season. He will be taking on the Mariners on the road with one of the best offenses in the league behind him. That alone makes it very difficult to want to look away from. I love the play tonight.

Michael Wacha (13800/6900/6900) – It is the old pick on the Padres routine tonight, but I am fine with doing it. Wacha had a nice run for a few weeks where he was dealing, and it would not be unheard of for him to do that again tonight. The price is fair and I like him in tournaments.


Logan Morrison (8000/3500/4200) – Morrison has been ridiculous in 2017, and gets the shot to send another one deep tonight against Bartolo Colon. In 2017, Colon has allowed a .387 wOBA, 46.5% fly ball rate, 13% HR/FB ratio and 42.2% hard contact. The upside is there for Morrison tonight for sure.

Travis Shaw (7600/2900/3900) – Shaw is back in action now and gets a very good matchup against Robert Stephenson tonight. Allowing a .373 wOBA, 39.4% fly ball rate, 15.4% HR/FB ratio and 43.3% hard contact, Stephenson is highly likely to give up damage to someone like Shaw tonight.

Nolan Arenado (10000/4300/5200) – Arenado is at home against a poor lefty in Ty Blach. Honestly, no other information is needed.


Nomar Mazara (7600/3300/3900) – Julio Teheran is well known for having serious difficulties against lefties, though he has looked much better recently. His 40% fly ball rate and 37% hard contact are most notable. Mazara has been inconsistent through the year, but does carry solid upside in this matchup.

Lorenzo Cain (7800/3100/3900) – Despite the fact that the Royals have not been great, Cain remains one of my favorite MLB DFS plays. He will be taking on Anibal Sanchez tonight, who is horrible against righties to the tune of a .415 wOBA, 39% fly ball rate, 26.5% HR/FB ratio and 42% hard contact. Cain should roll tonight.

Randall Grichuk (7600/3100/4000) – Travis Wood has not been great this year either. While he does not really give up too much in terms of hard contact, he does give up a lot of fly balls. I would expect the Cardinals to get into him tonight, and Grichuk could end up having a nice day.


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