Welcome to our MLB DFS Building Blocks, DraftKings and FanDuel picks for 8/17/22! In this article, I’ll break down by top overall plays for today’s main slate. Last year was an extremely big year for the Karma team in MLB, and we are looking to continue that success in 2022. I will be providing Core Plays for every main slate (and day baseball) this season — you can gain access to that as well as our premium discord here. Let’s get to the plays…
Above is an example of the Core Plays given out to Subscribers on Friday May 13th
Pitching is extremely straightforward for me on Wednesday night with Carlos Rodon and Max Scherzer headlining the slate. These are two elite strikeout artists, and they’re in match-ups that they have crushed in the past. We have both projected for over 40% ownership on DraftKings tonight, and as someone that typically spends up for pitching it will be hard for me not to lock them both in this evening. There is plenty of value bats available, so building around both of them shouldn’t be an issue. This will likely be the cash game route for myself, with Rodon sticking out as the number one on FanDuel. For tournaments, I like Cal Quantrill against the Detroit Tigers for a very cheap price tag. Quantrill hasn’t been good this season, but this Tigers lineup is so bad he has to be considered at this price. Their projected lineup owned just a .262 wOBA vs right-handed pitching this season, and I could see him smashing value here. For a lower-owned large-field dart I would probably be looking at Domingo German against the Tampa Bay Rays.
I love this spot for the Texas Rangers tonight against Adam Oller, and that makes Corey Seager my top-overall play on both sites. Oller has been legitimately one of the worst pitchers in baseball this season, especially against left-handed hitters. He’s allowing a .425 wOBA and .352 ISO in the split, and Seager is the clear top bat in this lineup. He is expensive, and will be owned, but we have him inside the top-five in overall projections tonight and I don’t think we can ignore this spot.
Lowe is one of the top value plays on tonight’s slate — and he fits in with the Rangers stack that I want to build around on both sites. He’s been really locked in at the plate, and is riding a seven game hit streak which shows he’s seeing the ball well. He doesn’t have crazy numbers against right-handed pitching this season, but that can be attributed to a bit of bad luck. Don’t get me wrong, he strikes out too much to be an elite hitter, but his .444 expected wOBA vs righties is significantly higher than his actual mark of .325. He also has power, and I could see him and this offense really getting loose on Wednesday night. He’s a lock for me on both FD and DK tonight.
Texas scores 10+ runs!
Written by Ben Hossler (Follow @BenHossler on Twitter)