MLB DFS Picks for FanDuel and DraftKings – 9/6/17

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

Carlos Carrasco (24600/10100/12600) – While this is the time of the year where I will start to get a little worried about pitch counts and all of that, I am not there yet with the Tribe. Carrasco has a good matchup against the White Sox, making him an excellent target this week.

Dinelson Lamet (16400/8400/8500) – I am a big fan of Lamet and his strikeout upside. I think there is a good chance he could finish with the most on the slate pretty much any time he is out there. He is still priced fairly and going against a Cardinals team that is dealing with injuries. I can take the risk with him tonight.

Nick Pivetta (14800/6800/7500) – The Mets lineup is horrible. Pivetta might not be great, but at the end of the day, a decent pitcher (I almost called him a quarterback – ahhh, football season) will be able to take down a bad lineup. He is not a guy I am looking at in cash games but I will roll with him in tournaments.

INFIELD

Jose Ramirez (10800/3700/5600) – Over the last week or two, Jose Ramirez has been killing the ball. Reynaldo Lopez has looked solid at times, but still has a long way to go before we are not going to play the Indians against him. Three games is not enough to really rely on the stats with Lopez, but I will have no issues rolling with Ramirez.

Didi Gregorious (8000/3400/4100) – Didi has been one of my go to players this season, and nothing will change tonight. Kevin Gausman is susceptible to giving up big games, and his .369 wOBA, 41% fly ball rate and 32% hard contact against lefties put Didi in a really good spot tonight.

Travis d’Arnaud (5200/2200/2700) – I know it is not common to see a catcher end up here, but if Pivetta is going to get caught up tonight, it will be against a righty. His .410 wOBA, 40.5% fly ball rate, 25.8% HR/FB ratio and 42.2% hard contact against them are evidence. The Mets do not have a lot of them, which makes Pivetta a good tournament option, but I could see Travis getting a hold of him here.

OUTFIELD

Odubel Herrera (7200/3600/3600) – It is easy to pick on the Phillies with pitchers, but do you really want to do that with Matt Harvey? I think when his play when downhill to start the 2016 season, we assumed it would turn around – which has not been the case. Herrera should be able to take advantage of Harvey tonight with low ownership.

Lorenzo Cain (8000/3200/4100) – I know we just talked Cain up, but who cares? He will be taking on Matthew Boyd who is just bad against righties. He boasts a .373 wOBA, 40.9% HR/FB ratio and 38% hard contact. Cain should be in line for a pretty solid game tonight.

Ian Desmond (7200/3200/3700) – It is surprising that we find ourselves putting batters against Johnny Cueto, but that is the year it has been for him. The game being in Coors is no help with things. Desmond has been through a lot with injuries this year, but could be a guy we want to have exposure to tonight.

 

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