FanDuel MLB DFS Picks – August 21st

Last night’s FanDuel MLB DFS Picks acquired some production from the gamers that played, although there were some players that didn’t begin their respective games too.
Our lineup has started off on the perfect note with a performance from Reds right-hander Sonny Gray. Gray hurled six innings of all both one-run ball to go along with 10 punchouts while earning the win over the San Diego Padres. His magical rebound season continues while the strikeouts are still in droves because of its veteran.
Our Cubs stack and Ian Happ didn’t exactly get a huge amount of manufacturing and the starting nod, respectively, so you would have experienced an outfield or utility position to play . Having said that, Anthony Rizzo had as he uttered a set of solo home runs in such a one. Kyle Schwarber walked while Javier Baez scored a run and singled and doubled. Rizzo and Schwarber contributed, but I wanted more from Baez within this stack, although it wasn’t the outcome we’ve had using a heap, possibly.
Our Phillies mini-stack turned into a one-off as Sean Rodriguez interestingly didn’t begin despite several numbers versus lefties against the left-hander Brian Johnson this season. Cesar Hernandez did good at knocking two or three base hits, but that I like wouldn’t have used him one-off once Rodriguez was not in the lineup.
The scratches lasted as Harrison Bader has been brought up in the minors, as outfielder Lane Thomas did not begin, so there.
Ultimately, our final one-off Joc Pederson failed his role, though he didn’t hit out of the leadoff spot. It was quite fortunate as Pederson clubbed a three-run home run off of a standing participant in the Jays’ Richard Urena as the Dodgers and the Blue Jays 16-3 blew apart.
We got manufacturing from our starters at this lineup, and let’s keep that moving on the 11-game primary slate of tonight!
P — Walker Buehler (LAD) — $11,000 vs. TOR
For me, you have to pay up for a pitcher on this slate. You’ve Justin Verlander, Walker Buehler and Patrick Corbin all pitching in fantastic situations on this particular 11-game slate, and to me, it’s probably got to be one of the three you roll up with unless you would like to go down a bit further and catch someone like Yu Darvish at home against the Giants. For me personally, I’ll take Buehler as he’s a little more cost-efficient than Verlander and could really realistically boast some of the identical upside despite Verlander facing the strikeout-prone Tigers. Buehler’s matchup isn’t too shabby either because he chooses on a Blue Jays club that sports the eighth-highest strikeout rate versus right-handed pitching this year, and while they’ve hit for more power in the next half of the season, Buehler’s 1.02 HR/9 around the season is much lower than the 1.64 mark Verlander possesses on the season. Buehler has shrunk into a 3.31 ERA over the season, however also a 2.99 FIP and also 3.36 xFIP to go along with a big 10.57 K/9 clip and a tiny 1.66 BB/9 speed. Furthermorehe sports a 2.33 ERA in your home to go along with a 2.39 FIP, 2.80 xFIP plus a massive 13.43 K/BB ratio as he punches out 11.54 batters per nine innings in the home and walks just 0.86 per nine. He’s got a 16 strikeout game in your home and a 15 strikeout game as well, so let’s catch the elite in this one tonight.
C/1B — Logan Morrison (PHI) — $2,100 vs. BOS
Naturally, Buehler is costing us a pretty penny tonight at an $11K price tag, so we’re likely to need to locate some value snakes someplace within this lineup, especially since I am also paying for a high-upside stack as well. After enjoying Triple-A ball for the majority of the year, Morrison latched on with the Phillies and has gotten into five matches with the big club to this point, but just with eight plate appearances. Having said that, Morrison has done serious damage at the Triple-A level this season because he hit 15 home runs and posted a large .368 ISO from the Yankees’ system sooner in the year before catching on with the Phillies and submitted a .237 ISO together with three homers in just 18 games for the Phillies’ Triple-A affiliate. Morrison has shown energy versus pitching in the big leagues prior to this year as he possesses a profession .209 ISO vs righties and a 111 wRC+ against them. Even when the Twins last year cut him he was hitting right-handers for a powerful .204 ISO. Morrison also has has success of tonight’s Red Sox starter Rick Porcello as he’s gone 12 to get 40 (.300) with three doubles and 2 homers from him, good for a .225 ISO and also .874 OPS vs the veteran right-hander. Add it up and I believe there is lots of value upside at this near-minimum cost.
2B — Whit Merrifield (KC) — $3,400 vs. BAL
My main stack tonight is going to function as a four-man Royals pile since they carry on right-hander Aaron Brooks and the Baltimore Orioles in the hitter-friendly confines of Camden Yards tonight. Brooks is among the most targetable stars in DFS today because he enters this one wearing a 6.49 ERA, 5.94 FIP, 5.31 xFIP and a 2.20 HR/9 clip around 13 starts and 22 appearances on the year. He’s also allowed 14 earned runs over his past two starts crossing only 8.1 innings, thus we have something to work with here, particularly if we factor in the barbarous Orioles bullpen with the league’s worst ERA in a grisly 6.36 mark. Enter Merrifield who has to be about the most pesky leadoff men in the sport as he simply gets the work done against both pitching. His power is generally up against lefties, but Merrifield still possesses a .312 average, .821 OPS, .347 wOBA and 115 wRC+ versus right-handed pitching on this season, together with all those characters, save for the OPS, exceptional versus right-handed pitchers. He possesses a .179 ISO, .876 OPS, .367 wOBA and 129 wRC+ on the street versus righties this season. We get power and speed with Merrifield has he’s hit 14 homers and stolen 16 bases on the time, so let’s grab the huge cross-category potential with all the Royals’ second baseman tonight.
3B — Hunter Dozier (KC) — $4,100 vs. BAL
Among the league leading breakout gamers of 2019, Dozier brings a wealth of power within this matchup from a pitcher who’s surrendering over his fair share of home runs. After not just posting a consistent track record of power in his minor league career, Dozier hit 11 homers after his promotion to the big leagues last season in just over half a year’s worth of activity, revealing some power potential in the process. This season, he has hit 22 home runs and introduced a .266 ISO to cement his standing as a power bat in the big leagues, even though he’s a late bloomer in age 27. The power is upward versus lefties, but let us not scoff at Dozier’s budding .255 ISO, .906 OPS, .374 wOBA along with 133 wRC+ on the season vs right-handed pitching. The electricity plays up on the road beyond his pitcher-friendly house park in Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City since Dozier owns a massive .292 ISO to go along with an .884 OPS, .362 wOBA along with 125 wRC+ to the season against right-handers away from house. Dozier’s consistency was on display in addition to he published a .250 ISO, .899 OPS, .371 wOBA and 131 wRC+ in the first half of the year, but he’s raised his performance to some .295 ISO, .951 OPS, .389 wOBA and 144 wRC+ since the All-Star break, like a .388 ISO, 1.049 OPS, .418 wOBA and 163 wRC+ at the month of August. It’s not necessary to fade the massive baseman tonight.
SS — Jean Segura (PHI) — $3,300 vs. BOS
The shortstop position is a bit difficult to fulfill tonight, particularly when we must continue to keep costs down with a few expensive pitchers on the slate. But with Morrison at this low price I was able to fit in a Phillies mini-stack contrary to Porcello along with also his 5.49 ERA on the year. For starters, I usually need to roll Segura against left wing pitching as that’s where a lot of his power comes out, however, he remains a rather productive bat against righties also as had success against Porcello in his profession, so I do not mind him as a part of a mini-stack in this 1 tonight. For the season versus righties, Segura owns a .284 typical while he attracts some solid stolen base upside to the table as well with seven steals in the year, all which have come from right-handed pitching. Segura can be swinging a hot bat at the plate as he is riding a four-game hit streak entering this one and has gone 6 for 16 (.375) with four doubles, four runs scored and four RBI in that span. His four championships have come across the previous three games along with his four RBI have come over his last two matches, including a double and 2 RBI in last night’s series-opening win. Considering that the thin crop of shortstops, especially when we factor in cost and matchup, I will utilize Segura at quite low ownership as a portion of a mini-stack tonight.
OF — Jorge Soler (KC) — $3,800 vs. BAL
Next guy up in our four-man Royals pile is Soler who, for example Dozier, has enjoyed a huge breakout with the bat here in 2019. Soler struggled to stay healthy and find a regular spot in the Cubs or Royals outfielder before this year, but he is removed in full-time job this time . Entering this one tonight, Soler has smacked 35 home runs on the season, almost tripling his preceding career-high of 12 set in part-time obligation with the Cubs in 2016. The best news with Soler with this particular matchup tonight is that the fact that he possesses reverse breaks on the season. Against right-handed pitchers such as Brooks, Soler has blasted 26 of his 35 home runs and owns a massive .313 ISO, .932 OPS, .382 wOBA and 139 wRC+ vs same-handed casting on the season. The figures tendency upward on the road to a .335 ISO, .939 OPS, .385 wOBA and 141 wRC+ vs righties away from home. Furthermore, Soler has been enjoying a enormous month of August to this stage as he possesses an eye-popping .471 ISO, 1.338 OPS, .526 wOBA and 236 wRC+ for the month to this stage. Against a pitching staff that is letting the many home runs in baseball this season, Soler has a number of the slate’s largest housing run upside to be sure.
OF — Adam Duvall (ATL) — $2,900 vs. MIA
I believe we have something here with Duvall and the Braves as they take on left-hander Caleb Smith and the Miami Marlins tonight. Smith is having a great season and seems to be a genuine fine young arm for the Marlins’ long run, nonetheless Smith has been susceptible to the long ball this season, particularly on the road where he owns a massive 2.30 HR/9 rate despite adhering a 3.95 ERA on the road. He possesses a 5.20 FIP and 4.91 xFIP versus right-handed nerves on the road also, so I’ll be rostering a couple cost-efficient Braves outfielders in this one tonight, beginning here with Duvall who has smacked left-handed pitching in the big leagues as well as the minors this year. At Triple-A prior to his big league promotion, Duvall posted a gigantic 1.154 OPS versus left wing pitching with 10 home runs in just 89 at-bats against them. From the big leagues, all of Duvall has done is post a .358 average to cooperate with a large .474 ISO, 1.251 OPS, .486 wOBA and 201 wRC+ vs lefties over a 19 at-bat sample dimension with three homers in that time. The power versus lefties is nothing new as Duvall possesses a profession .228 ISO versus both and a 102 wRC+ to boot, so I am all over this man against a pitcher allowing plenty of home runs from his pitcher-friendly house venue tonight.
OF — Charlie Culberson (ATL) — $2,000 vs. MIA
It’s participant like Culberson who provide us the chance such as we have with our Royals heap to collect some bats. Nevertheless, he’s not just a throw in at minimal cost for salary reasons, but instead a player who might give this lineup a large shot in the arm with a few production given his splits on the year. Like Duvall, Culberson is mashing left handed pitching this year as he owns a .370 average, .239 ISO, .992 OPS, .410 wOBA and also a 152 wRC+ against southpaw pitching. To put it differently, with park variables contained, Culberson was 52% over league average versus left-handers this season. At home versus lefties, he possesses a .313 ISO, .978 OPS, .397 wOBA and 144 wRC+. The one drawback with Culberson is he has been struggling at the plate late despite seeing some rather routine playing time throughout the previous few months, but at the minimum cost I think we certainly have something to work with here. He is 1 for 3 with an RBI at a small career sample contrary to Smith, but I’m here for the power upside down against a pitcher that’s been yielding the ball on the road this year.
UTIL — Ryan O’Hearn (KC) — $2,400 vs. BAL
Completing our four-man Royals pile is O’Hearn who’s not possess a terrific season this time round, but can certainly deliver some value for the price given some previous generation. This year against right-wing pitching, O’Hearn possesses a .139 ISO and also .582 OPS, really poor numbers to make sure. On the other hand, the numbers perk up somewhat into a decent .152 ISO and .648 OPS on the road versus righties, and the Royals will indeed hit in a hitter-friendly surroundings tonight. Nevertheless, there is time for O’Hearn to flip things around and we don’t need to look too far back to get signs of his ability to strike right-handed pitching for power. Last season across a 112 at-bat sample size versus righties, O’Hearn published a massive .393 ISO, 1.108 OPS, .458 wOBA plus also a 194 wRC+. He also hit righties to get a .412 ISO, 1.132 OPS, .467 wOBA and 200 wRC+ to the road versus righties last year. Furthermore the 26-year-old O’Hearn has posted a tremendous 1.049 OPS against right-wing pitching in the Triple-A level this season. Truth be told, I had a utility spot open with $2,400 to invest in this lineup , and we may as well go together with O’Hearn to finish a four-man stack given the gigantic numbers he’s shown versus righties in recent history despite some poor numbers so far across 74 enormous league games that year.

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