Spotlight Hitters & Stacks for MLB DFS Lineups | Monday, August 10 | DraftKings, FanDuel & SuperDraft

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Greetings, Gamers! We are back with a nine-game main slate on your favorite DFS sites.

Similar to last year I will be providing a review of one stack for each of the day’s slates. Some of these short-slate options will be good for the full-game set, others will be more contrarian and better suited for the mini-game sets.


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MLB DFS Main-Slate Picks

Chicago White Sox at RHP Michael Fulmer – 5.0 implied runs

We have seen that Fulmer can hold his own against same-handed hitters. Now we will want to remember that he missed last year after Tommy John surgery. The upside according to him is that also allowed his knee to heal, and he is back to his pre-injury mechanics. In his only appearance this season, he went 47 pitches. Monday he is expected to go about the same as the opener.

Across his last 261 righty/righty matchups, Fulmer has held his own with a 1.03 HR/9 and 20.7% strikeout rate. Against lefties it has been a different story, with the last 311 batters face accruing a 1.83 HR/9 with a 18.7% strikeout rate and 9.0% walk rate.

Switch-hitters Yoan Moncada and Yasmani Grandal each have a .210+ ISO against righties since the beginning of the 2018 season. Lefty Nomar Mazara has a .191 ISO in the same time frame. We can look to Eloy Jimenez, Jose Abreu and Edwin Encarnacion if healthy to round things out with fullbstacks. While it is a small sample size, rookie Luis Robert has been phenomenal as well.

Coors Field Extravaganza

Arizona Diamondbacks at RHP Jon Gray – 5.5 implied runs

Over his last 175.0 Coors Field innings, Gray has been excellent, allowing just 22 home runs with a 52.6% ground ball rate and a 23.5% strikeout rate. He has actually been unlucky with a 3.52 xFIP compared to a 4.22 ERA. We will need to get some line drives or gap hits when Gray is on the mound, and then of course the bullpen is a bottom-10 group by most metrics.

David Peralta and Jake Lamb have struggled this season with four combined extra base hits in 75 at bats. This has led to some serious price reductions, particularly on DraftKings. Frontline hitters Ketel Marte and Starling Marte are the key batters to focus on Monday. There is no need to force in Diamondbacks, but Kole Calhoun, Christian Walker and Eduardo Escobar are pretty cheap for being in the thin Denver air.

Colorado Rockies vs. LHP Robbie Ray – 6.1 implied runs

While Ray has averaged 94 pitches across his three appearances, the results have been dismal. Two starts ago, he allowed a career-high six walks, and he has 11 over his 13.1 innings. The strikeouts have been there with 17 total, but he has allowed six home runs. Finally, in two of his starts he did not have a single ground ball out.

Nolan Arenado received a day off on Sunday, and he is our top priority. Across his last 417 righty/lefty matchups, he has a .444 wOBA / .329 ISO, which is rivaled by teammate Trevor Story, who has a .424 /.312 over his last 401 plate appearances against opposite-handed pitchers. They are both over $6,000 on DraftKings, which is good to see. On Yahoo they are $19 and $25, respectively, and on FanDuel they both check in at $4,200. Matt Kemp will be our next target, but he does not offer much of a price break outside of FanDuel. After that, mix and match the lefties as you see fit since it will be a shock if Ray makes it through the fourth inning. It should be noted that Arizona has just two lefties in their bullpen.

MLB DFS Late-Slate Picks

Oakland Athletics at RHP Julio Teheran – 5.5 implied runs

Update: no punishment has been announced yet for the OAK/HOU kerfuffle from Sunday.

After recovering from COVID-19, Teheran made a 52-pitch debut against Seattle. For years the DFS rallying cry has been to take batters swinging the stick from the left-side of the plate against Teheran. Things have normalized quite a bit. Looking at his last 1,400 combined batters faced, lefties have a 15.8% walk rate and righties now have a slight power advantage.

Light tower power abounds with the Athletics, and there is no shortage of options. Look to the heart of the order first with Matt Olson, Matt Chapman and Ramon Laureano all topping a .220 ISO over the last two seasons against righties. Mark Canha, Khris Davis and Marcus Semien are no slouches either, though they are a level down from the first trio. On the late slate Robbie Grossman and Stephen Piscotty are your differentiation options at the bottom of the lineup.

As always, you can reach out to me in Awesemo.com Premium Slack or on Twitter @EMacDFS if you have any questions or want to discuss anything MLB DFS related.


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Eric MacPherson
Eric "EMac" MacPherson won the 2007 Fantasy Baseball grand prize (trip for two to the MLB All-Star game) in the Roto format on ESPN. He won again in 2008, this time in the H2H format. As one of the early adopters of daily fantasy sports, EMac has been providing content for baseball and basketball as well as both professional and college football since 2012 for a variety of websites including DraftKings Playbook, FanVice, RotoWorld, Daily Fantasy Bootcamp, and RotoGrinders. He is well into his third decade of fantasy sports and has a wealth of knowledge and experience. Follow him on Twitter @EMacDFS or contact EMac by emailing [email protected].

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