Welcome to our MLB DFS Building Blocks, DraftKings and FanDuel picks for 8/8/22! 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 have a small slate on tap for Monday, with the pitching pool being pretty watered down due to the lack of games. We have two pitchers projecting for over 35% ownership in Chris Bassitt and Blake Snell, which doesn’t sound great to me. I actually like this spot for Snell, however, against a high strikeout Giants lineup. He’s tough to play as chalk due to his high walk rate, but this feels like a must win for the Padres at home after getting swept by the Dodgers. I also like Keegan Thompson for value, against a terrible Nationals lineup. Thompson doesn’t have super high upside, but he is a capable pitcher and it says a lot that he is listed as a near -200 favorite tonight.
Zac Gallen will likely be pretty chalky as well against the Pirates, and he is my favorite SP2 to pair with Snell in all formats on DK.
Lindor and the Mets are in the top offensive spot tonight, matched up with Justin Dunn. Dunn has yet to pitch this season for the Reds, but the last time we saw him in the big leagues (Seattle) the results were not great whatsoever. It also doesn’t appear he’s gotten any better, with a near 7.00 ERA in six minor league starts this season. He’s bad overall, but the last time we saw him that was especially the case against left-handed hitters. Lindor has regained his power this season, and has great numbers from the left side of the plate. I think the Mets are the clear top stack tonight, and Lindor is my HR call and favorite play in all formats.
Varsho has been on a tear recently, and sports a 41% fly-ball rate and 36% hard-hit rate over the last 14 days. Tyler Beede is actually worse vs right-handed hitters than left-handed hitters, but he isn’t good overall and we know Varsho has big-time power vs right-handed pitching. His .235 ISO is the best mark in the Diamondbacks lineup this season. He also crushes fastballs, which is Beede’s most-used pitch. I think he is around $500 too cheap in this spot, and is a top one-off candidate on Monday.
The Mets score 10+ runs!
Written by Ben Hossler (Follow @BenHossler on Twitter)