MLB DFS: Targets for 6/8

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It’s a really nice sized, 11-game MLB DFS slate tonight, and a fun one with the pitching and hitting options.

Pitchers

Noah Syndergaard (NYM @ PIT)

Moneyline: -140

Over/Under: 7

FanDuel: $10,600/DraftKings: $12,400

Syndergaard has been the Mets’ best pitcher this season and he gets the start tonight in one of the best ball parks for pitchers. He faces a Pirates team who are having trouble scoring runs as of late and should have the upper hand here in this game. Over the last two weeks, the Pirates are striking out 23.6% of the time, while Syndergaard has a K-rate of 32.9%.

Yu Darvish (TEX vs. HOU)

Moneyline: -150

Over/Under: 9

FanDuel: $9,600/DraftKings: $11,000

Some people are weary of rostering Darvish in the early goings of his return from Tommy John surgery, but my gut has been telling me to go for it. With a K-rate of 27.9% and two walks in those two starts, Darvish matches up nicely against the Astros. The Astros are striking out 25.3% of the time, which is second in majors to the Brewers. For his price on FanDuel, I like Darvish’s upside because of the strikeouts.

Other pitchers to consider: Madison Bumgarner (SF vs. BOS), David Price (BOS @ SF), Kenta Maeda (LAD vs. COL), and Jameson Taillon (PIT vs. NYM-available on DraftKings).

Catchers

Brian McCann (NYY vs. LAA)

FanDuel: $3,100/DraftKings: $3,600

McCann and other left-handed bats will be popular today, as the Yankees face Jered Weaver at home. Weaver has started one game in each of the last three seasons at Yankee Stadium and has given up multiple home runs in each. McCann with the platoon at home is always worth a look, and he is as close to a must-play against Weaver, unless you’re punting the position.

Buster Posey (SF vs. BOS)

FanDuel: $3,200/DraftKings: $3,600

Posey sat out of last night’s game, so it’s possible he’ll miss tonight’s game too. If he plays, he’s an interesting one against David Price and more of a GPP play. If Posey sits out and you’d rather punt the position, look to his teammate, Trevor Brown.

Other catchers to consider: Jonathan Lucroy (MIL vs. OAK), and Trevor Brown (SF vs. BOS).

First base

Matt Adams (STL @ CIN)

FanDuel: $3,400/DraftKings: $3,900

Adams with the platoon against Alfredo Simon at the Great American; sign me up! For his career against right-handed pitchers, Adams has a .493 slugging percentage, .195 ISO, and .360 wOBA. Compare that with his career numbers in June of a .539 slugging percentage, .255 ISO, and .368 wOBA. This is the month to roster Adams when he’s in favorable matchups.

Justin Bour (MIA @ MIN)

FanDuel: $2,900/DraftKings: $3,300

This game between the Marlins and Twins has a run total of nine, which is one of the highest on the slate. Pitching for the Twins is right-hander, Ricky Nolasco. Bour has been quietly having a nice season and has been taking more walks and striking out less. Against right-handers for his career, Bour has a .332 slugging percentage and .226 ISO, so the power upside is there.

Other first basemen to consider: Chris Davis (BAL vs. KC), and Rob Refsnyder (NYY vs.LAA).

Second base

David Murphy (WAS @ CWS)

FanDuel: $4,100/DraftKings: $5,400

Murphy has been excellent this season and has a positive park shift here in U.S. Cellular Field. James Shields will be making his White Sox debut and I think this is a good time to roster against him. Although Shields is familiar with pitching in the American League, he will need to adjust to his new pitching environment and teammates so the Nationals could be a sneaky stack if you think Shields will struggle.

Rougned Odor (TEX vs. HOU)

FanDuel: $3,100/DraftKings: $4,300

Odor’s been batting fifth in the order for the last few games, but that’s not a bad thing. He can be the one to punch through the runs, which counts for 3.5 points per RBI on FanDuel, versus 3.2 for each run scored. Astros pitcher, Doug Fister, is struggling against left-handed batters this season and is giving up a .536 slugging percentage, .383 wOBA, and 1.82 HR/9.

Other second basemen to consider: Derek Dietrich (MIA @ MIL), Starlin Castro (NYY vs. LAA) and Scooter Gennett (MIL vs. OAK).

Matt Carpenter is a top-5 third baseman and extra-base machine. (Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports)

Matt Carpenter is a top-5 third baseman and extra-base machine. (Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports)

Third base

Matt Carpenter (STL @ CIN)

FanDuel: $4,000/DraftKings: $5,300

Much like his teammate Adams, I like Carpenter because of the platoon and ball park. He’s always a scrappy hitter at the plate and finds ways to put balls in play and has better than average power for a leadoff batter. If you can afford Carpenter, play him.

Alex Rodriguez (NYY vs. LAA)

FanDuel: $3,200/DraftKings: $3,600 (first base eligible)

Rodriguez has slight reverse splits which makes him for a fine play against Weaver. He’s more of a singles or home run hitter, and is better suited for GPP lineups.

Other third basemen to consider: Todd Frazier (CWS vs. WAS), Adrian Beltre (TEX vs. HOU), Trevor Plouffe (MIN vs. MIA).

Shortstop

Eduardo Nunez (MIN vs. MIA)

FanDuel: $3,500/DraftKings: $4,200 (third base eligible)

Nunez is sure lighting it up at the plate, so why stop now? In his last two games, he’s done it against southpaws and Nunez gets another in Wei-Yin Chen. The position seems to be one to spend up for lately and if you believe in hot streaks, Nunez is plug-and-play.

Jonathan Villar (MIL vs. OAK)

FanDuel: $3,800/DraftKings: $5,300

Villar has been a nice surprise at the position too. He showed his abilities while with the Astros, but getting a chance to play everyday has really propelled him. The Brewers are facing Jesse Hahn tonight, who didn’t get out of the first inning in his last start against the Astros. Batting leadoff with the platoon as a switch-hitter, Villar will try to add to Hahn’s woes.

Other shortstops to consider: Aledmys Diaz (STL vs. CIN), and Danny Espinosa (WAS @ CIN).

Outfield

Carlos Beltran (NYY vs. LAA)

FanDuel: $3,900/DraftKings: $4,300

Beltran has his in 10 of the last 11 games, with five home runs in that span. He’s really picked it up with his bat and it should continue against Weaver. Beltran’s price is higher than you may want to pay for, but this matchup is something that can’t be overlooked.

Trayce Thompson (LAD vs. COL)

FanDuel: $3,700/DraftKings: $3,500

The sites have caught onto Thompson and he’s gotten pricey, but for good reason. Thompson has been mashing the ball, and doing it against pitchers of both handedness. Rockies pitcher, Chris Rusin, will have his hands full if this continues. For the season against southpaws, Thompson has a .571 slugging percentage, .906 OPS and .286 ISO.

Bryce Harper (WAS @ CWS)

FanDuel: $4,000/DraftKings: $4,600

Harper has definitely cooled off since his torrent start to the season, but Shields might he the pitcher he needs to get his home run swing going again. Shields should give Harper chances at pitches to hit in the hitter friendly ball park. If Harper is too risky, you can pivot to his teammate, Jayson Werth.

Other outfielders to consider: Matt Holliday (STL @ CIN), Nomar Mazara (TEX vs. HOU), Giancarlo Stanton (MIA @ MIN),  Adam Jones (BAL vs. KC), and Adam Duvall (CIN vs. STL).

Results for 6/6 targets:

2016_06-06

Thank you for reading, and good luck with your picks!

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