FanDuel MLB DFS Picks – August 17th

There’s a decent chance you won some cash if you rolled with my MLB DFS picks last night. Jon Lester (52 fantasy points) was the top pitching play of the slate, while I nailed several useful bats.

The best was undoubtedly Miguel Sano (34.9!), who was dirt cheap and in a terrific spot. That type of value opened things up for me and helped me land some big bats. Anthony Rizzo was a bust and Charlie Blackmon was a late scratch, but Bryce Harper (22.5) was worth the cash.

I got some solid production out of Daniel Murphy and Trea Turner, while Kyle Schwarber was another scratched bat. As a whole it wasn’t the best lineup on the board (you needed a lot of Twins with their 15 runs), but I got you going in the right direction.

The aim is to do that again but climb even higher on Friday, when FanDuel rolls out an intense 14-game main slate. I won’t be going too hard on this slate after losing last night, but I still have a collection of MLB DFS picks I want to toss into a GPP. Here’s my favorite daily fantasy baseball lineup for tonight:

SP: Max Scherzer – Washington Nationals ($12.2k)

I won’t get cute at pitcher tonight. There are countless rabbit holes to dive down on a slate featuring 27 other starting pitchers, but nobody tops Mad Max tonight. He was lackluster a few starts back against the Miami Marlins, but he’s been on a tear ever since.

Miami knows him, but he’s at home in a pitcher’s park and nobody offers more upside. Here’s to hoping vintage Max is wheelin’ and dealin’ tonight and ends up being worth the steep price tag.

Can’t stomach the price for Scherzer? Consider dropping down to Robbie Ray ($8.3k). He hasn’t been quite the same guy this year and he’s been giving up a lot of contact, but he’s still criminally under-priced. He’s also facing the Padres at Petco Park.

I’m quite tempted to go there, but with the crazy value in the hitting department tonight, I’m all in on Scherzer in all formats.

C/1B: C.J. Cron – Tampa Bay Rays ($2.7k)

I will certainly have to get creative when it comes to my bats thanks to the demanding salary of Mad Max, but like I mentioned, there’s actually a lot of value in front of us on this slate.

It starts with Cron, who gets a huge park upgrade in Fenway Park and faces a relatively beatable lefty in Brian Johnson. Cron has mashed southpaws in the past and is arguably due to launch one. I wouldn’t put it past him to crank out two tonight.

2B: Scooter Gennett – Cincinnati Reds ($3k)

Gennett is never a lock, but he sports solid power and works out of a nice hitter’s park. He’s a really nice price given his upside, especially considering he gets an unproven arm in Casey Kelly.

You can dive further with someone like Niko Goodrum, but I don’t see a point in that with Scooter sitting here at $3k.

3B: Miguel Sano – Minnesota Twins ($2.8k)

If you need savings, let’s just double-dip our toes in the beautiful waters of Sano. He was amazing last night and I think it’s possible that’s a sign of things to come.

He’s certainly mashed southpaws in the past and he gets a beatable one at home tonight in Matthew Boyd. I’m game for going right back to the well here.

SS: Carlos Correa – Houston Astros ($3.6k)

There are a lot of SS options I like, but I’ll stop at Correa, who got it going in his last start and seems ready to go on a run. He remains a nice price given his talent and upside, while a showdown with Edwin Jackson is none of the scary.

OF: Eric Thames – Milwaukee Brewers ($2.9k)

The Brewers are struggling right now, but Thames is their best power hitter and wrecks right-handed pitching. He’s had a lot of success against the Cardinals and has fared well in Busch Stadium as well.

Using hitters against Jack Flaherty isn’t a great way to win money most of the time, but this is a one-off pick in search of a dong. I think we might get two.

OF: Daniel Palka – Chicago White Sox ($2.7k)

The story is similar here, as Palka is in a hitter’s park and gets Jakob Junis. Junis has been in better form lately, but has been known to be a bit of a gas can this year.

I think Chicago will get in a few runs in this one and 1-2 should be of the long ball variety. Palka could be responsible for one of them.

OF: Brett Phillips – Kansas City Royals ($2.4k)

I don’t normally feel great about KC bats, but they’re dirt cheap. Their lineup as a whole remains very inefficient, but through trades and young guys being called up, they’ve actually improved their power upside.

Phillips is part of that, as he can mash righties and he’ll face one in James Shields that has long struggled with lefty power.

Util: Brandon Belt – San Francico 49ers ($2.7k)

I have a stud ace on the docket here and I’m surrounding him with a sea of murderous one-off homers. Truly, all of these guys can smack the heck out of the ball and some are even really efficient hitters. Belt fits both descriptions, as he should be roaring to go in just his third game back from injury.

Belt crushes right-handed pitching and will get a huge park upgrade in Cincinnati. He’ll also be facing Anthony DeSclafani, who has given up a ton of contact to the left side of the plate.

I do think using someone like Robbie Ray is worth a look and opens up some cash to land a couple mashers, but I like the overall feel of this roster.

I get my elite arm and I think I’ve built a very strong hitting lineup around him. You’re free to pick your spots or roll with stacks as you please, but in a huge slate like this, I prefer to pick my spots instead of blindly stacking teams.

Whatever you do, hopefully I help you in some way tonight. Good luck with your daily fantasy baseball contests and enjoy the games!


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