Welcome to our MLB DFS Building Blocks, DraftKings and FanDuel picks for 8/2/22! 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
We are absolutely stacked out with high-end pitching on Tuesday night — with names like Jacob deGrom, Corbin Burnes, Spencer Strider, Yu Darvish and Kevin Gausman. Overall, when looking at ownership projections we see no real chalk at the position outside of Burnes against the Pirates. I 100% agree with him being the top option, however, this Pirates lineup is not good and he has dominated them in his career. It should be fairly easy to spend-up for two pitchers tonight, making Burnes plus Spencer Strider my clear favorite pairing. Despite occupying the third wild card spot right now, this Phillies offense has not been great and Strider just faired pretty well against them in his last start. He actually does have the strikeout upside to compete with someone like Burnes, but comes at a nice little discount. deGrom is great, as we know, but with his pitch limit concerns there is no way I can roster him in DFS tonight.
Outside of those three, you can make the case for several arms in tournaments. I like dropping down to that mid-tier, because Strider will suck up so much of the attention in that pricing tier. Someone like Triston McKenzie has been great, has an above-average match-up and is only projecting for around 9% ownership tonight.
Seager is one of my favorite higher-end bats tonight in a great spot against Jordan Lyles. Over the last two seasons, Lyles allows a .363 wOBA and .250 ISO against lefties and those numbers don’t get any better if you isolate to just this season. Seager has essentially be the only competent hitter in the Rangers lineup this season, and his .208 ISO is second behind only Adolis Garcia. Lyles throws mostly fastballs, and Seager is a fantastic hitter against heaters with numbers like a .544 wOBA and .519 ISO against the pitch over the last three seasons. He’s definitely expensive, but I like this spot for the Rangers and he can be used even as a one-off in all formats.
Tellez is not as cheap as we are used to due to his breakout season, but there is plenty of value to be found on a big slate so plugging him in shouldn’t be an issue. This is one of the best spots on the slate — with Bryse Wilson being maybe the worst pitcher in baseball against left-handed pitching. This season, he’s allowing a .444 wOBA and a .255 ISO in the split. Tellez has the most power in this Brewers lineup, and actually has a homerun off Wilson this season. Like Seager, he can be used even as a one-off but I think stacking the left-handed Brewers will be a popular move on Tuesday night.
Corey Seager homers!
Written by Ben Hossler (Follow @BenHossler on Twitter)