Welcome to our MLB DFS Building Blocks, DraftKings and FanDuel picks for 8/9/22! 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
It’s absolutely stacked out with upper-tier pitching tonight, and it’s very clear that there will be value available at the various hitting positions. This should allow us to spend up for two pitcher pretty easily on DraftKings, and it will all come down to picking two from the plethora of options. Shohei Ohtani and Gerrit Cole are the highest graded in both projection, and projected ownership. They both have strong match-ups against the Athletics and Mariners respectively, and I don’t think I need to go into a ton of detail here. They both have the highest strikeout ceilings on tonight’s slate, and in winnable match-ups they will be tough fades. If I’m only choosing one, my lean would towards Ohtani who has been other-worldly down the stretch of this season.
There’s plenty of other big names outside of the clear and obvious top two. For tournaments, I would solely be playing the ownership game and looking at someone like Joe Musgrove. He’s projected for single-digit ownership tonight, despite a decent spot against a high-strikeout Giants lineup.
STL might be the top-overall stack tonight and I’m focused on Nolan Gorman as my favorite bat. They match up vs Ryan Feltner, who has upside, but has been horrific against left-handed hitters this season. He relies too much on his fastball currently, and he has allowed way too much power to lefties. Gorman actually has the second-highest ISO on the team against RHP this season, and is the best lefty in their lineup currently. I’ll likely be stacking the Cardinals, but Gorman is my top one-off on Tuesday as well and I have him graded as a near must play in cash game / single entry formats.
I love the Pirates as a cheap stack tonight, and plugging in a few of these cheapies will allow us to get two aces at SP. We’ve only seen Tommy Henry for one start, but is was very bad from an advanced metric standpoint and I don’t have a ton of hope for him. It looks like he’s going to profile as someone that struggles with right-handed batters, and Chavis is one of the better righties in this lineup. He strikes out a lot, but Henry doesn’t have huge swing and miss stuff so that may not come into play as much as it usually would. He also has over a .200 ISO vs lefties this season, and it’s nice to have some legit power potential from a min-price bat.
Ohtani strikes out 10+ batters!
Written by Ben Hossler (Follow @BenHossler on Twitter)