MLB DFS 7/18/23 – Ben’s Building Blocks for DraftKings & FanDuel - DFS Karma
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MLB DFS 7/18/23 – Ben’s Building Blocks for DraftKings & FanDuel

Welcome in to Ben’s Building Blocks for DraftKings & FanDuel! This is a free article written daily to identify my top-overall DFS plays for cash game and small-field contests on both DraftKings and FanDuel. I truly appreciate everyone that reads and supports the content. If you’d like to support further you can click HERE to sign-up for a MLB Premium package. This gets you access to my Core Plays daily — allowing you to tail my builds, access the premium Discord channels and view our DFS Projections Portal. We’ve been on fire already this MLB season, and there’s no better time to sign-up. With that being said, let’s dive into today’s slate…

Above is an example of my MLB Core Plays for the 4/27 slate

Top Pitchers

Bryan Woo

Much like last night, targeting the Minnesota Twins will be a popular move and we will likely see Bryan Woo check in as the highest-owned play on both sites. Unlike Logan Gilbert, Woo is an actual strikeout pitcher at the big-league level and could really take advantage of a free-swinging Twins lineup. I don’t think any mid-level pitcher is a must play in tournaments at this expected ownership but I think he is the clear number one option overall on Tuesday.

Outside of Woo, there are tons of ways to go on this slate with a lot of mid-tier guys and a lack of aces. Tarik Skubal is someone I’m a big fan of, anyone that has ever read my content knows that and I love him against the Royals tonight. He has been dominant since returning from injury and is showing increased velocity this season. Kansas City is one of the worst offenses on the slate with a ton of K’s in the middle to bottom of the order. Skubal likely won’t pitch over 6 innings, but if he is efficient that is more than enough to be one of the top point per dollar plays on the slate.

Building Blocks

Matt Olson

Houston will be the clear top offense tonight, in Coors Field, but Atlanta isn’t far behind against Zach Davies. Davies has been serviceable for the Diamondbacks this season, but his numbers fall off a cliff against left-handed hitters and that’s where Olson comes into play. He has a team-high .430 wOBA against right-handed pitching this season and is also among the league-leaders in HRs hit. I love targeting him at home in Atlanta, and I also love how he matches up indivuslally against Davies. Davies most-used pitch against lefties is his sinker, and there are few hitters in the NL with better numbers against the pitch than Olson. He also will throw four-seam / change-up a lot — two pitches that Olson owns above-average power splits against as well. It’s one of the best overall spots on the slate and I like him in all formats tonight.

Henry Davis

We are definitely going to need some value on this slate, and I think Henry Davis fits that mold against Logan Allen. Allen has been good for the Guardians this season, but his advanced metrics put him pretty close to an average pitcher. Davis has really good numbers against lefties during his short career thus far, along with an 11% walk rate. Allen mainly throws two pitches — fastball / sweeper — so he should have somewhat of an idea of what’s coming and he looks like one of the Pirates best hitters. I don’t think a Pirates stack is a must on a slate this size, so Davis checks in as a one-off for me on both FD and DK tonight.


Written by Ben Hossler (Follow @BenHossler on Twitter)

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