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MLB DFS (8/20/18) – Bobby’s Batter Up

MLB BATTER UP August 20th, 2018
  •  This PREMIUM article features top offensive batters per position
  • This includes value plays, upside plays, and contrarian plays
  • Strategic game theory on why we are selecting these batters
  • Advice on the best “Game Stacks” of the day
  • The same players in these articles are the same players you can find in the core of our lineups!

Top Stacks – One of the most important concepts to understand in DFS MLB.  Watch our daily YouTube live podcast for more information on this understanding/mindset.  Keep in mind it is ok to stack 4 guys or 3 from the same team.  This mathematically increases your chances of “cashing” in tournaments.  It isn’t as necessary to stack in cash games (double ups/heads up).  Below is our rankings starting from the best at number 1.

    1. Rangers (+170) –  I cannot disagree more with this implied vegas total for the Rangers.  3.6 runs against Mike Fiers? You have got to be kidding me.  Fiers comes into this game managing a 3.38 ERA with a LOB% over 83%.  That is extremely lucky/unsustainable and something that we shouldn’t take into account when judging his performances this season.  His FIP is a 4.54 which is extremely telling and his xFIP is even higher. He allows 1.52 HR/9 and is almost guaranteed to give up a home run (if not a few) in this start against a Rangers team that lives and dies by the home run.  Joey Gallo leads the pack for the Rangers against righties with a .263 ISO.  Although he is not the best hitter on the team in terms of wRC+ he is the best bet here for a home run given his power stroke.  He’s followed by Shin-Soo Choo who owns an impressive 152 wRC+/.400 wOBA/.937 OPS line.  After Choo, you want to look at getting exposure to Roughned Odor (127 wRC+/.364 wOBA/.230 ISO), Nomar Mazara (114 wRC+/.346 wOBA/.803 OPS), and Elvis Andrus who is a nice value batting 3rd under 4k on DK with a 105 wRC+/.332 wOBA line.  The Rangers will be extremely low-owned on this slate and have crazy high upside given this matchup with Fiers.  I can’t believe the ballpark will limit the Rangers as much to a 3.6 implied run total.  OVER in this game.
          1. Favorite One-Off: Sin-Shoo Choo
          2. Best Bet for a home run: Joey Gallo
    1. Astros (-171) – I can’t believe how much the Astros are falling under the radar today.  I feel like this is another spot where the ballpark is really driving people off these plays and although it is a factor it is not the largest one.  Felix Hernandez is back from the bullpen and he really shouldn’t be.  His FIP is over 5 for the year, his xFIP is approaching that level, his SIERA is a 4.7, aHC% at 40%, and his SwStr% is at a career low.  He’s playing one of the best teams in the MLB and all these hitters are going to be fairly low-owned.  Eight Astros hitters have a wRC+ 100+ and we should expect to see around 5-6 of them in this lineup.  Alex Bregman, Tony Kemp, Max Stassi, Carlos Correa, and Marwin Gonzalez are the top plays here and I prefer them in that order.
          1. Favorite One-Off: Alex Bregman
          2. Best Bet for a home-run: Carlos Correa


Joey Gallo – 4.6k = 111 wRC+/.263 ISO/.340 wOBA
Eugenio Suarez – 4.6k = .358 wOBA/.233 ISO/123 wRC+
Jake Bauers – 4.6k = .213 ISO /112 wRC+/.762 OPS
Devin Mesoraco – 3.2k = .200 ISO/154 wRC+/.396 wOBA


Good luck everyone let’s hit this slate out of the park!


Written By: @DF_Advantage 

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