FanDuel MLB DFS Picks – August 29th
Though there was some improvement within the group of last night, our challenging week continued last night’s FanDuel MLB DFS Picks.
Our starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz surrendered two earned runs, but he also allowed eight hits and a pair of walks and lasted just 4.2 innings as a result, falling one out shy of qualifying for what was finally a Braves win. He struck out only three in the process to provide a base from the lineup to us.
Our four-man Twins left plenty to be desired despite the group scoring eight runs against Ross Detwiler and the White Sox bullpen. Mitch Garver was undoubtedly the bat of the group because he homered within a three-hit night with two RBI and 2 runs too. Nelson Cruz gave us just two falls, Miguel Sano knocked in a hurry and C.J. Cron delivered just one on this particular night.
Just 1 bat — Jason Kipnis carryed our three-man Indians stack. Even the Indians’ second baseman homered after off of Jordan Zimmermann and off of the Tigers bullpen that was bad. Franmil Reyes walked and moans while Yasiel Puig delivered a goose egg.
Finally, our one-off shortstop — the Willi Castro of Detroit — knocked in a run by means of a sacrifice fly.
We are still looking to have the bats moving this week and which is going to be the aim on the slate of tonight!
P — Jacob deGrom (NYM) — $11,300 vs. CHC
For GPP functions I did some research on every pitcher on this slate, however in the close of the afternoon I could not justify not reaching deGrom’s ceiling as he takes on the Cubs tonight. The Cubs can hit right-handed pitching and current Cubs players have combined to strike .299 using a rock-solid .777 OPS against him, however the Cubs are a small strikeout prone as well and deGrom boasts double strikeout upside no matter that he confronts in any given outing. Entering this one tonight, even deGrom sports a 2.56 ERA, 2.67 FIP along with a 3.20 xFIP on the summer season to go together with a bit-time 11.50 K/9 clip, even numbers which have actually seen him grow back to the Cy Young race after a rough start to the year. In his latest outing, deGrom faced a harmful Braves offense, but all deGrom did to Atlanta was hurl seven innings of all one-run chunk to go alongside a 13 punchouts. DeGrom has allowed only two earned runs over his last three starts combined. He hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs on June 28th and has not allowed more than three earned runs in a start. Eight of his 26 starts this season have led to double-digit strikeouts and together with all the Cubs wearing the league’s 10th-highest K-rate versus righties at 23.6percent, but his ninth might not be far off.
C/1B — Pete Alonso (NYM) — $4,100 vs. CHC
Pete Alonso is appreciating a time in 2019 with the Mets he has already set the record for most home runs and is now the one time home run leader for a single-season at Mets history as. Next on the chopping block would be the MLB rookie home run record, and there is a solid chance he gets that done tonight against left-hander Jon Lester. Following a start to the year, Lester has scuffled of late and has certainly been blowup prone too. The veteran allowed six earned runs in his last outing against the Nationals and allowed a whopping nine earned runs four starts ago one beginning, against the A’s after allowing five earned runs to the Cardinals. Not merely is Lester blowup prone, but Alonso is awkward left-handed pitching at home this year to the song of the unworldly .520 ISO, 1.173 OPS, .453 wOBa along with 187 wRC+. Is that good? The guy has homered seven days in only 50 at-bats against lefties at home that year. He’s also cruising right along in the moment as Alonso has published a big-time .319 ISO, .980 OPS, .395 wOBA and 150 wRC+ thus far on the month of August. I think I’ll take this kind of production and operate with the guy.
2B — Nick Solak (TEX) — $2,900 vs. SEA
As they take on right-hander Felix Hernandez from the veteran second start back by a length IL stint Even the Texas Rangers face a familiar foe tonight. While Hernandez posted a nice 3.38 ERA across five rehabilitation starts and allowed just two earned runs over 5.2 innings in his return to the big leagues, he still owns a 6.09 ERA along with a 5.80 FIP over the season after pitching into a 5.55 ERA along with 5.18 FIP final season. As a result, I believe a few vulnerability is in order as I’ll kick a mini-stack with here with Nick Solak. The prior Rays and Yankees farmhand was red-hot at the plate since debuting in the big leagues with the Rangers this year as Solak possesses a .357/.486/.536 slash line across the first nine games and 35 plate looks of his career, good for a 166 wRC+. Apparently, this sort of output isn’t going to be more replaceable, however I enjoy the upside from a pitcher that is largely struggled during the last few seasons. After all, Solak has hit 27 home runs between Rays Triple-A affiliates and the Rangers this year and he’s murdered five bases to boot into the minors. He’s homered and has yet to sneak in the big leagues, but the potential is there. I enjoy Solak at this spot as opposed which Rangers second base-eligible participant Rougned Odor brings to the table.
3B — Starlin Castro (MIA) — $2,400 vs. CIN
Given the sky-high price we’re paying to get deGrom and the simple absence of alternatives on a tiny six-game slate, I am likely to lineup a Marlins stack in this lineup in addition to they take on left-hander Alex Wood along with the Cincinnati Reds tonight. While Wood has largely been a dependable MLB arm with a 3.39 ERA across 833 big league innings for his livelihood, he’s actually struggling big-time this season after spending the year around the IL with a back problem. Across six starts this season, Wood was pumped around for a 6.07 ERA, a number very much encouraged by his own almost-identical 6.04 FIP. He has also allowed home runs in an alarming 2.43 HR/9 speed, so I wish to target Wood until he gets things straightened out. Castro, despite having a down year, is actually having a nice year against left-handed pitching with a .321 average, .172 ISO, .833 OPS, .347 wOBA and also a 118 wRC+ against left handed pitching. In other words, with park variables contained, Castro has been 18 percent better than league average vs southpaws this season. He also possesses a powerful .217 ISO . As he has gone for 10 with a double against the veteran 27, he’s had lots of success from Wood previously. I will take each of the above at a bargain price versus a struggling Wood tonight.
SS — Amed Rosario (NYM) — $2,800 vs. CHC
Rosario brings nice tools into the table from Lester in this 1 tonight and also the simple fact that he is extremely likely to strike in the leadoff spot just gives him all the more worth at this reasonable price considering his numbers versus lefties and his profession figures versus Lester. On the season against left-handed casting, Rosario has published a eye-popping stat line of a .322 typical, .235 ISO, .930 OPS, .385 wOBA and enormous 143 wRC+. No wonder he strikes on leadoff against lefties ? Rosario also brings some nice stolen base upside to the dining desk with 15 steals on the season to go together with his 12 home runs — five against lefties — however just two of the 15 steals come come against a southpaw. That said, Rosario does have two steals against Lester in his profession as he’s also gone 5 for 9 from him, albeit with those five strikes coming in single kind. Lester has quieted the running game this year after years of inability to throw to first base as he once allowed a whopping 44 steals in a season. He has allowed only seven to the stage in the year, but Rosario really much remains a threat in this area. His big-time figures versus lefties, his spot as the leadoff hitter, his numbers against Lester and his power/speed blend all give me plenty of optimism for Rosario to present nice value tonight.
OF — J.D. Davis (NYM) — $2,900 vs. CHC
I can finish my three-man Mets heap right here using Davis, a stack I wanted to go one further with but we could just roll three Mets bats due to using deGrom as our pitcher. Still, it’s been a successful season for Davis in his first full major league campaign as he’s hit both lefties and righties for power that is notable. Against lefties, Davis is hitting on .310 using a .195 ISO, .885 OPS, .369 wOBA and 133 wRC+. Those amounts are in fact almost equal to his numbers against right-handed pitching also, which is good as it makes him rather matchup-proof for when the Cubs’ bullpen enters this game. The one thing that I’m enjoying about Davis tonight is how his home/road splits. On the road, Davis owns a tiny .118 ISO, .692 OPS, .297 wOBA and 80 wRC+. However, in the home, his bat simply explodes into the tune of a .318 ISO, 1.100 OPS, .446 wOBA and also a 189 wRC+. I mean, with park variables contained, Davis’ bat has been a whopping 89 percent (!!!) Above league average in the home this season. The home numbers prefer left-handers as well, which will be just another tidbit of good news in this matchup against the southpaw Lester. Finally, Davis has homered in back matches and can be 5 to 12 at the time as well, so let us ensure we do this lights-out bat at home in to this lineup tonight.
OF — Willie Calhoun (TEX) — $3,700 vs. SEA
Calhoun was brought over from the Los Angeles Dodgers organization from the trade that shipped Yu Darvish to the Dodgers at 2017. Afterwards, while Calhoun has ever done damage in the minors, he fought in his first taste of major league action at 2017 and once again scuffled when given a chance in 2018 as well. But, 2019 has been another story. Calhoun has made good on the hype surrounding him in the time of this transaction as he has smacked 15 home runs and owns a .275 ISO across 56 games at the big league level this season. Interestingly, the lefty-swinging outfielder owns reverse splits and has struck left-handed pitching to get a ton of power this season, something we’ve seen in the minors also, but he enters tonight wearing a .215 ISO, .813 OPS, .339 wOBA along with 104 wRC+ around the year versus right-handed casting. Again, since he hits both lefties and righties to get electricity, I’d like his chances from the matchup game in the future in this . Calhoun was feeling it at the plate at the month of August as well with some .301 ISO, .904 OPS, .370 wOBA plus a 125 wRC+ thus much for the month while he has homered four times over his past nine matches went 2 for 4 with a double and a stroll his final time out. He completes his against Hernandez tonight.
OF — Harold Ramirez (MIA) — $2,200 vs. CIN
I did a little research to determine if I wanted Ramirez or even Austin Dean involved with this stack, and Ramirez got the advantage in my opinion as Dean has yet to put it together in the big league level despite some big-time little league amounts against both lefties and righties. The Ramirez, although not tearing the cover does possess a solid .741 OPS, .310 wOBA and 94 wRC+ on the season against left wing pitching. Prior to obtaining the call to the big leagues in 2019, Ramirez submitted a huge 1.154 OPS with 2 homers and six doubles across 30 at-bats against left handed pitching in the Triple-A degree. Like most young bats in this league, Ramirez is certainly dealing with consistency problems, and given his price, that’s obvious. He has a couple of a game plus three-hit games over the last 11 times. While I definitely think there is possibility in his bat, especially against lefties, this has something to do with the simple fact that Wood is allowing an .896 OPS to right-handed hitters this year in addition to a 2.28 HR/9 rate. In addition, he possesses a 6.17 FIP versus right-handed hitters this season. This lineup would be given a shot in the arm tonight by some manufacturing from the Ramirez.
UTIL — Garrett Cooper (MIA) — $2,500 vs. CIN
Completing our lineup and Marlins stack is Cooper who will lead this tonight out of the projected three-hole off. Because of this, in case the FantasyLabs lineup projection shows true, we’ll have a 3-4-5 stack with the trio of Castro Cooper along with Ramirez, an optimal stack to be sure. Cooper is a small amount of a late bloomer in 28-year-old and with just 120 massive league matches under his belt, but he has shown some soda up this year with 12 home runs and possesses a 108 wRC+ which proves his bat has ever been more productive than league average with park variables considered. His breaks are in the feeling that his bat has been productive on a general basis versus pitching, but also the energy is increased versus lefties as he possesses a .183 ISO versus lefties when compared with some .143 markers against righties. Despite watching them far less compared to right-handed pitchers five of his 12 homers have come from lefties. The great news is that Cooper owns a .211 ISO, .815 OPS, .338 wOBA along with 111 wRC+ in homer versus left-handed pitching this year. He has largely scuffled in August, but is riding a small three-game hit run into tonight’s actions and pitched in last night’s match, his first extra-base hit in a week and a halfdozen. Let’s see if this three-man Marlins stack can deliver some value against the Wood.
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