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MLB DFS & Lineups & Picks for September 8, 2018

Happy Saturday, DFSers. We’re back for another full slate of MLB DFS games scheduled for 9/8/18 at DraftKings and FanDuel. We’re listing our MLB DFS best picks at pitcher, hitter, and stacks to target in Cash and GPP lineups.

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 huge part of baseball. Even Mookie Betts can go 0-for-4 on a given night, and Chris Sale 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 for an MLB slate.


Rally Cap: $8 entry, $150k guaranteed (DraftKings) – $25,000 to 1st!
Pitcher’s Mound: $60.60 entry, $300k guaranteed (DraftKings) – $100,000 to 1st!
MLB Compound Squeeze: $6.66 entry, $55k guaranteed (FanDuel) – $10,000 to 1st!
MLB Criss-Cross Squeeze: $9.99 entry, $100k guaranteed (FanDuel) – $20,000 to 1st!

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Best MLB DFS Pitchers for September 8, 2018

Max Scherzer @ CHC ($12.5k DraftKings, $11.7k FanDuel) 

I don’t like throwing guys with this kind of salary in here often, but there are a few reasons to look at Max Scherzer today. One, he’s playing the Cubs, a team that has struck out more per game over their last 10 than any other offense on this slate. Two, they’re two years removed from a World Series win, and they’re the Cubs, so Scherzer’s ownership will likely be depressed. Then, there’s the fact that Scherzer is averaging just shy of 27 DraftKings points and more than 46 FanDuel points over his past 10 starts. In his last outing, Scherzer struck out 11 Cardinals in seven innings of work. Expect a similar performance today. He’s a very strong GPP and Cash play on FanDuel, while I’m more inclined to play him in GPPs on DraftKings.

Matthew Boyd vs. STL ($8.4k DraftKings, $7.8k FanDuel)

Boyd is the classic home/road split case, as he’s 3-9 away this year and 6-3 at home. He’s also allowing a 25% higher batting average to opposing hitters when starting on the road compared to at home, and his ERA more than doubles when pitching away from Detroit. Fortunately, today he’ll face the Cardinals at home. In his past four home starts, Boyd has allowed two runs total. With two shutouts and two one-run performances, he’s a very safe start today. Plus, the Cardinals do strike out, as I pointed out re: Scherzer. Consider Boyd in Cash games, but he’s also worth a shot in GPPs over at DraftKings.

Other pitchers to consider: Jack Flaherty, James Shields, Kyle Freeland, Noah Syndergaard, Clay Buchholz, Cole Hamels


Best MLB DFS Hitters for September 8, 2018

Travis Shaw vs. SF ($4.3k DraftKings, $3.3k FanDuel)

The lefty Travis Shaw faces Chris Stratton today, a pitcher he’s taken deep once in just four at bats. Stratton has struggled against left-handed bats this season, allowing them a .816 OPS. He’s also allowed nine of his 15 home runs given up this season to LHBs. Then, it doesn’t hurt that he’s playing on the road, where he’s also allowed nine of 15 home runs this season. Meanwhile, Shaw has a .886 OPS against RHPs this year, and he had seven home runs in 79 at bats in August. There’s plenty of reason to believe Shaw is capable of going yard today, and that’s enough for me to roster him in GPPs. He’s particularly appealing on FanDuel, where he’s $1k less than on DraftKings.

Jake Cave vs. KC ($3.5k DraftKings, $2.5k FanDuel)

Cave is just a few games removed from back-to-back-to-back, double-digit fantasy outings on DraftKings. Though the opposing Jorge Lopez has his moments, I like the righty/lefty matchup for Cave, who has a 25% higher OPS against righties compared to lefties. Lopez has allowed three home runs across roughly 150 official at-bats this season, and all three came against left-handed bats. Cave, meanwhile, has a .510 SLG% against righties compared to a .409 SLG% against righties. He’s risky, considering his missing track record, but Cave is a strong option in GPP if you want to take savings and get some leverage by targeting a matchup many will avoid.

Brandon Nimmo vs. PHI ($5.5k DraftKings, $3.6k FanDuel)

With a very hefty price tag, Nimmo shouldn’t be all that popular today. He’s also not playing in a hitter-friendly park. But the Phillies’ Zach Eflin has allowed nine home runs to lefties, compared to five to righties (even though he’s faced more of the latter). Nimmo, for his part, has achieved an OPS of .961 against RHPs. He also had a 1.058 OPS in August, and he has a 1.114 OPS so far in September. With 10 home runs allowed over his last 49.2 innings, coupled with Nimmo’s hot streak from August only improving thus far in September, the left-handed Met is a very strong play at FanDuel, where his salary is probably too low. On DraftKings, I love him as a high-leverage GPP play, as I expect many will try to avoid committing that much salary to a guy playing at Citi Field and for the Mets.

Giancarlo Stanton @ SEA ($4.7k DraftKings, $4.5k FanDuel)

In the mid-$4k range, Stanton is squarely in play across all formats, but specifically on DraftKings. The Bronx Bomber faces Felix Hernandez today, a Seattle legend struggling to maintain relevance at this stage in his career. Though he’s only met Hernandez seven times, Stanton has earned three hits in those matchups, including a home run. Hernandez has allowed six home runs over his last five games and hasn’t earned a win since June. Stanton, meanwhile, hasn’t been much better as of late. He’s 2-for-17 in September, but he racked up nine home runs in August. He’s also 4-for-11 with a home run over his past three seasons at Safeco Field. Sure, there is risk associated with Stanton given his recent play, but he’s still the best power hitter in baseball. With Hernandez continuing to fade, Stanton is primed to continue his dominance at Safeco.

Other hitters to consider: Anthony Rizzo, Mike Trout, Kole Calhoun, Yoan Moncada, Nicky Delmonico, Chris Shaw, Brandon Belt, Christian Yelich, Ryan Braun, Whit Merrifield, Salvador Perez, Eddie Rosario, Jorge Polanco, Rhys Hoskins, Todd Frazier, Ronald Acuna Jr., Paul Goldschmidt, David Peralta, Justin Turner, Max Muncy, Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story, Luke Voit, Aaron Hicks, Mitch Haniger, Nelson Cruz

MLB DFS Stacks to Consider for September 8, 2018

Brewers vs. Chris Stratton (Giants)
Twins vs. Jorge Lopez (Royals)
Yankees vs. Felix Hernandez (Mariners)


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