DraftKings & FanDuel MLB Lineups & Picks for September 3, 2017

Written By Nate Weitzer on September 3, 2017

DFS MLB Lineups for September 3, 2017 at Draftkings.com & Fanduel.com

For this daily fantasy baseball season, each day there’s a good slate of DFS MLB games, we’ll be writing up a group of pitchers and hitters that we’re considering for our cash and GPP lineups on DraftKings and FanDuel. We’ll also provide a list of stacks to consider, MLB start times, starting pitchers, and game run totals to give you a good idea of where the fantasy goodness might come from on a given night. As with any DFS sport, the advice below is relevant for fantasy purposes. A player or team might be better or worse from a fantasy perspective than they are in real life due to matchup, price, park factor, etc. This is important when constructing a roster. And if you’re looking for new ways to play DFS, be sure and give BOOM Fantasy and DRAFT a try!

A quick reminder while playing DFS MLB, don’t forget baseball is a game of variance. You can make a really solid lineup and still fall short of the cash line. Even Chris Sale can get lit up, and Paul Goldschmidt can still go 0 for 4. Baseball is funny like that. Trust the process and know that if you’re playing quality lineups, you’ll be a winner in the long term.

Another thing to remember outside of making sure your player is in the lineup, is to always check the weather. Always. Make this something that is part of your basic routine. Baseball games can get postponed! Your players receive no points from postponed games!


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Best DFS MLB Pitchers for September 3, 2017

Chris Sale @ NYY ($13.8k DraftKings, $11.2k FanDuel)
The case for Sale in All Day contests this Sunday is an easy one after he thoroughly dominated the Blue Jays over 7 shutout IP to prove that he still has plenty of gas left in the tank at this point in the season. He’s averaging a healthy 30.8 DK PPG over 4 starts against the Yankees this year due to a lofty 13.38 K/9 ratio and in spite of going 0-2 during those outings. Sale only needs a sliver of run support when he’s on like this and he’s more or less impossible for the Yankees LHB to hit while Aaron Judge and other righties are struggling.

Mike Montgomery vs. ATL ($8.9k DraftKings, $7.3k FanDuel)
Since getting moved into the Cubs starting rotation, Montgomery has been nothing short of super with just 1 ER allowed over 13 IP to earn consecutive wins. He’s stretched it out to 89 and 87 pitches and remains efficient with a 58.4% Ground Ball Rate that could allow the converted reliever to post another Quality Start this evening. Lefties are posting a weak 23.9% Hard Contact Rate against Montgomery at Wrigley Field this year and that bodes well for his chances against Atlanta’s lineup.

Lucas Giolito vs. TB ($7.2k DraftKings, $6.0k FanDuel)
Young Giolito is a true longshot this Sunday but worth a gamble at this price tag in a juicy matchup against a Rays team that’s posted the lowest collective batting average (.223) in the Majors over the last month. A former first round pick with plenty of potential in his 6-foot-6, 255-pound frame, Giolito put it all together by firing 7 shutout innings to defeat the Tigers last Sunday. At home for his third start of the year, he could build on that momentum against a lackluster Tampa lineup.

Other pitchers to consider: Ervin Santana, Mike Fiers, Edwin Jackson, Sal Romano, Luke Weaver, Jose Urena

Best DFS MLB Hitters for September 3, 2017

Jose Altuve vs. NYM ($5.2k DraftKings, $4.2k FanDuel)
After a short lull, Altuve is back to producing like an MVP each and every night with 10 hits, including 2 HRs and 7 RBIs over his last 5 appearances. He could lead an Astros stack tonight against rookie RHP Chris Flexen, who is posting a 6.89 ERA with a matching 6.90 FIP and 1.93 HR/9 ratio over 7 MLB appearances thus far. Flexen cant seem to elicit ground ball outs at this level and Altuve is hitting .362 with a .991 OPS against RHP, so he certainly seems to be worth the money today.

Austin Jackson @ DET ($4.3k DraftKings, $3.3k FanDuel)
Jackson continues to provide a consistent floor as part of a solid Indians lineup and he’s likely to start once again in Sunday’s matchup. The Indians are facing an unproven LHP in Chad Bell, who has been tagged to the tune of a 5.48 ERA and 17.4% HR/FB ratio out of the bullpen (19 appearances) this season. Jackson is hitting .347 with a .425 wOBA against the platoon this year and he remains reasonably priced.

Brandon Crawford vs. STL ($3.8k DraftKings, $3.2k FanDuel)
Feel free to use Crawford until his price tag rises or his rampant production slows down, as the veteran SS just went 3-for-4 with a HR on Friday and is now hitting .417 with a 1.308 OPS over his last 10 appearances. He failed to log a hit on Saturday, but walked twice and attempted a SB, indicating the sneaky upside he possesses as a value play. Cardinals RHP Luke Weaver has been tough against lefties this season but Crawford is locked in to the point that you can trust him at home.

Other hitters to consider: Giancarlo Stanton, Manny Machado, Rhys Hoskins, Khris Davis, Eugenio Suarez, Dee Gordon, Robinson Chirinos, Alex Bregman, Lonnie Chisenhall, Cameron Maybin


Marlins vs Jake Thompson
Young Philies RHP Jake Thompson has been quite homer-prone with a 2.70 HR/9 ratio over 6 appearances this season and he faces the hottest power hitter in the game today. Along with Giancarlo Stanton, the Marlins posses several dangerous bats in Marcell Ozuna, J.T. Realmuto and Christian Yelich, who will have the platoon advantage against a RHP that allowed lefties to post a .387 wOBA with a rare -2.4 K/BB% last season. Dee Gordon is also a prime option to contribute given his ability to steal off inexperienced pitchers and the likelihood that Thompson issues some free passes today.

Astros vs Chris Flexen
Even if you can’t afford Altuve this Sunday, you can stack several appealing Astros, including the newest member of the A.L. West leaders in Cameron Maybin. Alex Bregman is also red hot heading into this matchup and will be quite appealing against a righty that’s allowing RHB to hit .352 with a 23.5% HR/FB ratio this year and is posting a 9.77 ERA over 3 road starts. Big lefty Brian McCann and veteran Carlos Beltran are also worth a look should they crack the lineup this Sunday as the runs could flow early and often for the league-leading Astros at home.

Other Stacks to consider:
Cubs vs. Max Fried
Athletics vs. Andrew Albers
Blue Jays vs. Chris Tillman

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Nate Weitzer is a successful DFS player at DraftKings and FanDuel with numerous tournament wins in NBA and NFL contests. He's been writing about DFS for several years, specializing in NBA picks and advice while continuing to build his bankroll across the daily fantasy industry. When he's not playing DFS, Weitzer is often covering high school sports in the greater Boston area for outlets such as The Boston Globe, or playing basketball himself. Follow Nate on Twitter @Nweitzer7.

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