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MLB DFS (8/5/18) – Bobby’s Batter Up

MLB BATTER UP August 5th, 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. Cubs  –   The Cubs are a Sunday thing.  I don’t know why but I feel like the Chicago Cubs always show up on Sundays and I think they have a great chance to keep that trend going today.  Clayton Richard has a SIERA above 4.5 which is very poor.  He’s not a player we need to be worried of targeting and behind him a weakened bullpen that just lost their best reliever. The Cubs have six batters with a wRC+ above 100 against left-handed pitching and like most teams, they always perform better at home.  When at home against LHP the cubs have eight hitters with a wRC+ over 100.  We’re going to start with Kyle Schwarber with Bryant/Almora out.  Schwarber has been having an awesome bounce-back season posting a 145 wRC+ against LHP.  This is pretty great given the L/L matchup but his ISO really suffers.  Lefties won’t be in against Schwarber the entire game so get some pieces of him in your lineups.  Next, give a look at switch-hitter Ian Happ who has (besides Bryant) the best power numbers against lefties on the Cubs.  Happ posts an incredible .262 ISO/124 wRC+/.829 OPS which he will be utilizing.  He’s my top option in terms of home-runs from the Cubs.  Although Javier Baez posts a below average wRC+ he makes up for it with a .200 ISO and should have some positive regression coming his way with only a .244 BABIP.  Anthony Rizzo isn’t the best power hitter in a L/L split but does still own a quality 119 wRC+, .790 OPS, and .352 wOBA.  Get exposure to as many Cubs as you can on this Sunday slate.
          1. Favorite One-Off: Kyle Schwarber
          2. Best Bet for a home run: Ian Happ
  2. Rays – The Rays are in a great spot against James Shields who I’m going to be all over until this guy gets knocked out of the majors.  This is a can’t miss spot even with a weaker Rays lineup to work with.  This didn’t work out with Lucas Giolito last time but I’m going right back to the well and chalking that past L up to variance.  It’s hard to believe given the names on this Rays roster but they have 9 players over a 100 wRC+.  No one really stands out too much but you do want to focus on the guys towards the high-end of this wRC+ range.  This starts off with Jake Bauers (131 wRC+) who also brings a strong ISO to the table at .265.  He’s an amazing play where he is projected to bat 3rd in the Rays lineup.  Next get exposure to Daniel Robertson (125 wRC+/.351 wOBA), CJ Cron (120 wRC+/.241 ISO), Wilson Ramos (118 wRC+/.340 wOBA), Mallex Smith (sucks he bats ninth but owns a 113 wRC+/.334 wOBA), and Matt Duffy – who lacks a lot of pop at .089 ISO but is a great hitter none the less with a 112 wRC+ and .333 wOBA.  This stack should be even lower-owned after a bust on Thursday in similair conditions so look to the Rays bats for an awesome GPP leverage play on this Sunday slate.
          1. Favorite One-Off: Jake Bauers
          2. Best Bet for a home run: CJ Cron





Highest upside player picks per position 
(High Owned, Low Owned)
Catcher –   R. Chirinos,  A. Hedges
1st base –  J. Gallo, C. Santana
2nd base –  R. Odor, J. Baez
Shortstop –  F. Lindor, T. Beckham
3rd base – A. Beltre, J. Ramirez
OF –  M. Betts, J. Gallo, B. Harper
  E. Rosario, C. Yelich, W. Merrifield
Good luck everyone let’s hit this slate out of the park!


Written By: @DF_Advantage 

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