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MLB DFS & Lineups & Picks for September 5, 2018

There are 12 games on the main MLB DFS slate for Wednesday, 9/5/18. Below is a list of our best MLB DFS picks for pitchers, hitters, and stacks to target in Cash and GPP lineups on DraftKings and FanDuel.

Please note the advice below is relevant for daily fantasy purposes. A player or team might be better or worse from a fantasy perspective than in real life due to matchup, price, and lots of other factors. This is important to consider when constructing a roster. Remember that more than in other sports, variance is a critical part of baseball. Even Mike Trout can go 0-for-4 on a given night, and Max Scherzer can get lit up by an unexpected team.

Weather can also play a huge role in MLB DFS on a nightly basis, and lineups are constantly shifting. So always, always check the starting lineups and weather reports when playing an MLB slate.

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Best MLB DFS Pitchers for September 5, 2018

Hyun-Jin Ryu vs. NYM ($9.2 DK / $8.5 FD)

Hyun-Jin Ryu has only made 10 starts this season, but he’s been great in just about all of them. Ryu has allowed three or fewer runs in all of those outings, and fewer than two in five of them. He enters with a 2.24 ERA and 10.15 K/9. 35.2 of Ryu’s 52.1 innings have come at home where he has a 1.51 ERA and .191 opponents batting average.

Jameson Taillon vs. CIN ($9.9 DK / $9.3 FD) 

Jameson Taillon has a 2.38 ERA and 1.12 WHIP in his last five starts (34 IP). He’s 3-1 with 30 strikeouts over that span and will pitch against a Reds team that ranks 26th in runs scored in the second half. It’s been a fantastic second half for Taillon as he’s allowed three or fewer runs in 17 straight starts. The Pirates’ pitcher had a 3.91 ERA in his first 106 innings, but in the second half (53 IP), he has a 2.55 ERA. It just so happens that JT’s best start of the season came against Cincinnati: 9.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB & 7K.

Nick Pivetta @ MIA ($8.2 DK /  $8.2 FD)

Nick Pivetta has had some brutal starts this season (allowed four-plus runs nine times), but he’s had some pretty stellar outings (two or fewer 16 times). Pivetta has an impressive 168 strikeouts (10.72 K/9) in 141.1 innings and his 3.32 xFIP is a lot lower than his 4.66 ERA. Pivetta’s ERA is 1.00 higher than his FIP, which is the second-largest number among qualified pitchers, according to FanGraphs. This basically means he’s been the second unluckiest starter this season, behind Jon Gray. Miami ranks 30th in runs scored on the season and during the second half. They also rank 29th in wOBA on the season and in the second half. They’ve been bad all season, and Pivetta has cheap upside with a great chance at a win.

Others to consider: Michael Kopech, Tyler Glasnow 


Best MLB DFS Hitters for September 5, 2018

Giancarlo Stanton @ OAK ($4.9 DK / $4.5 FD)

Giancarlo Stanton will likely be little owned in tournaments tonight because he’s on the road in Oakland against Mike Fiers. The Athletics’ pitcher allowed five total runs in his first four starts with Oakland but gave up five in his last. All of those runs came via the long ball as he allowed three home runs in that start against Seattle. That’s been Fiers’ biggest issue this season despite a 3.33 ERA and 1.78 BB/9. Fiers has allowed 26 home runs (eighth most) on the season, and his 4.57 FIP is 1.20 higher than his ERA. That’s just the opposite of Pivetta (see above), as Fiers has been one of the luckiest pitchers this season. Try Stanton out; we know he has power.

Kole Calhoun @ TEX ($4.2 DK / $2.8 FD)

If you’ve been reading all season, you know I always suggest a big power bat or contact guy against Bartolo Colon. The Rangers’ pitcher has allowed 29 home runs (second most), and his 88.3 contact percentage is by far the highest in the league. Mike Trout is obvious, Shohei Ohtani is feeling it, and Kole Calhoun has a .280 average with 15 home runs since June 1. Over that span (54 games), Calhoun has 39 RBI, 42 runs, and a .356 OBP. Note that Kole’s true value is on FanDuel.

Matt Davidson vs. DET ($4.1 DK / $3.2 FD)

Matt Davidson is in a bit of a groove. He’s hitting .308 with four home runs and 16 RBI in the last 30 days. His average and RBI total over that span ranks first on the White Sox. He enters with an eight-game hit streak with two home runs, eight RBI, and four runs during that span. Davidson’s 20 bombs on the season rank third on the team, and he’ll see pitches from Jordan Zimmermann tonight, who has given up seven homers in his last four outings. Overall, Zimmermann has given up 21 dingers with an 80.4 contract rate.

Adam Frazier vs. CIN ($4.7 DK / $3.4 FD)

Adam Frazier is locked into the No. 2 spot for the Pirates thanks to a .288 average on the season. Frazier has four multi-hit games in his last nine contests with nine runs scored during that time span. He’s the top ranked Pittsburgh batter over the last 30 days and has a great matchup against Homer Bailey. The Reds’ pitcher has a 6.93 ERA, 2.07 WHIP, and has allowed seven homers in his last five starts. Bailey has given up at least a home run in 15 of his last 18 starts and 23 total over his 101.1 innings. His 6.13 ERA on the season isn’t pretty either.

Others to consider: Yadier Molina, Gary Sanchez, Tyler White, Daniel Murphy, Joey Wendle, Gleyber Torres, Matt Carpenter, Adrian Beltre, Andrelton Simmons, Carlos Correa, Gregory Polanco, Starling Marte, Marcell Ozuna

MLB DFS Stacks to Consider for September 5, 2018

Angels @ Bartolo Colon
Mariners vs. Andrew Cashner
Astros vs. Jake Odorizzi
Rockies vs. Andrew Suarez


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