I hope everyone enjoyed their Labor Day weekend! MLB DFS targets starts the week with a full 15-game slate. Also, September baseball can be tricky with rosters expanding so make sure to do your due diligence and put in some extra time into looking at lineups and statistics for players you aren’t familiar with.
Corey Kluber (CLE vs. HOU)
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Over/Under: 8 1/2
FanDuel: $10,800/DraftKings: $12,600
Kluber has been consistent for almost two months now, and that shouldn’t change tonight against the Astros, who have the fourth highest strikeout rate at 23.6%. Their lineup is predominantly made up of right-handed bats, which bodes well for Kluber as he does slightly better against them than left-handed batters. There’s not much more convincing to do for Kluber in this matchup.
Clay Buchholz (BOS @ SD)
Over/Under: 8 1/2
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FanDuel: $6,000/DraftKings: $7,900
Buchholz isn’t safe by any means, but could he win you a tournament if he’s on his game? Sure! Bottom line is, you know that you’re taking a risk by rostering him but Buchholz does have a nice matchup tonight against the Padres. In his last two games started, Buchholz pitched at least six innings and gave up just one earned run in both. The Padres are only second to the Brewers when it comes to the highest K-rate at 25.5% so there is strikeout upside for Buchholz in this game, but: roster at your own risk.
Buster Posey (SF @ COL)
FanDuel: $4,000/DraftKings: $4,700
Posey hasn’t been a target of mine very much, if at all, but it’s Coors Field so why not? Tim Anderson is the Rockies lefty that will be on the mound. The Giants’ offense is having tough time scoring runs and this could be the chance for them to break out. Posey had the day off yesterday, so with a little bit of rest and a couple of southpaws starting in the next two games, he could add more numbers to his Coors Field stats.
Joey Votto (CIN vs. NYM)
FanDuel: $4,100/DraftKings: $5,500
Votto has been making up for his slow start to the season and tonight’s matchup against Mets’ right-hander, Rafael Montero is a favorable one. Since July 15th, Votto is taking walks 18.9% of the time, with batting stats of: .677 slugging, .252 ISO, .450 BABIP, .492 wOBA, and 212 wRC+. Although it’s a small sample size, Montero is giving up almost a walk per inning, and Votto has a 17.5% walk-rate this season. He can hurt you with his bat, and with his eye at the plate.
Brian Dozier (MIN vs. KC)
FanDuel: $4,300/DraftKings: $5,300
Dozier is taking the cake right now in terms of making up for slow starts. With eight home runs in his last seven games, it’s hard to not make Dozier your prime target at the position, especially with Dillon Gee taking the mound for the Royals.
Other second basemen to consider: Devin Travis (TOR @ NYY), and Ryan Schimpf (SD vs. BOS).
Adrian Beltre (TEX @ SEA)
FanDuel: $3,400/DraftKings: $5,000
I really like a lot of players tonight at third base, and it might be a good night to play on a site that’ll allow you to roster multiple of them. Beltre is an ageless wonder of sorts, as he keeps on hitting even as he gets older. Age is just a number, right? His splits against southpaws this season has been exceptional, with: .613 slugging, 1.016 OPS, .421 wOBA, and hard contact rate of 41.9%. Beltre and the Rangers just faced James Paxton on August 30th, which went in favor of the Rangers offense. Paxton’s velocity has been dropping, which could be an explanation as to why he hasn’t been pitching effectively, which is an advantage for the Rangers.
Brad Miller (TB vs. BAL)
FanDuel: $3,200/DraftKings: $4,500 (also 1B on DraftKings)
This is a really nice price for Miller on FanDuel, while it spiked on DraftKings. Don’t shy away from rostering Miller when the Rays are playing at Tropicana Field. 20 of his 26 home runs have come at home, while hitting only six on the road. This is surprising considering how many hitter-friendly parks are in the AL East. The Orioles are sending Yovani Gallardo to the mound, with Miller having the platoon.
Khris Davis (OAK vs. LAA)
FanDuel: $3,400/DraftKings: $3,600
In a rare occasion, we’re seeing a player priced similarly on both sites. How many people are going to be on the Ricky Nolasco bandwagon tonight after his last start? Nolasco has reverse-splits this season, with .512 slugging, .350 wOBA, and giving up 1.89 HR/9 to right-handed batters. Davis, on the other hand, has hit 27 of his 35 home runs against right-handers this season. Plug him in!
Nelson Cruz (SEA vs. TEX)
FanDuel: $3,900/DraftKings: $4,700
Cruz and the Mariners are facing Rangers’ lefty, Martin Perez tonight. Cruz is an automatic target for consideration, at the very least.
Other outfielders to consider: Carlos Gonzalez (COL vs. SF), Hunter Pence (SF @ COL), Mike Trout (LAA @ OAK), Mark Trumbo (BAL @ TB), Mookie Betts (BOS @ SD), Trea Turner (WAS vs. ATL), and Matt Kemp (ATL @ WAS).
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Thank you for reading, and good luck with your picks!