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FanDuel MLB DFS Picks – September 18th

Last night wasn’t a big hit for my MLB DFS picks, but I still had a few solid plays. Patrick Corbin (34 fantasy points) wasn’t the stud I paid for, but one a slate where both Zack Wheeler and Mike Foltynewicz struggled, I’m not sure I can complain.

My bats were a mixed bag. Both Jay Bruce and C.J. Crone were late scratches, so from the jump you were forced to make some pivots. The good news is Eddie Rosario and Ji-Man Choi both went yard. Mike Moustakas (9) and Kevin Kiermaier (6) also got on the board, too, so my sticks really weren’t awful.

It still wasn’t a big winner, but if you used Rosario, Choi and Corbin, you could have found your way to some money.

Let’s go back to the drawing board for Tuesday’s 14-game main slate at FanDuel:

SP: Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers ($11.5k)

I’m not getting cute at pitcher tonight. The Dodgers badly need wins just to make the playoffs right now and they still have a shot at taking the NL West division title. I have to think Kershaw will show up in this spot, while he gets a Rockies lineup he obviously knows very well.

Colorado is more disciplined in the plate than they’ve been in the past, but Kershaw still has serious upside here. He’s not cheap, but he’s probably the best arm on the board tonight. With several pivots up top, there’s hope that Kershaw can serve as a late-game contrarian hammer.

C/1B: Jake Bauers – Tampa Bay Rays ($2.8k)

I backed the Rays last night and as a whole and they only put up three runs in a great spot. They have way too good of a matchup and positive park upgrade to ignore on Tuesday, though. Yovani Gallardo has gotten lit up in his last two starts (11 runs allowed) and is well known for the contact he allows.

I love the Rays again tonight and will be going right back to the well. Bauers boasts a fun .203 ISO and the park should help him out a bit. Tampa should put up a good amount of runs tonight, but I’ll be issuing a three-man stack to pay up for my favorite hitters.

2B: Logan Forsythe – Minnesota Twins ($2.2k)

I mentioned I liked the Twins last night and they went nuts. They might do that again tonight, but I’ll reserve my exposure to just an extremely cheap Forsythe. Minnesota as a whole is actually pretty bad against southpaws, so I wouldn’t go crazy with them as they face off against Daniel Norris.

Norris is far from elite, though, so I’ll roll with Logan as an elite value play. His numbers are garbage this year, but he’s in a good park and has traditionally done his best work against left-handers.

3B: Joey Wendle – Tampa Bay Rays ($3k)

Wendle is another Rays stick to consider. He’s a good price and obviously has a good matchup at his feet. He also has some pop and Matt Duffy is the only guy on the team that connects (80%) more than he does.

SS: Lourdes Gurriel – Toronto Blue Jays ($2.9k)

There are better offenses in terms of talent and consistency, but my favorite stack tonight is Toronto. Let’s keep in mind that I want to pay for Kershaw, so you need to find a way to grab some value that can really pay off.

I think the Jays can do that, as they’re in Camden Yards against a high contact arm in Dylan Bundy. This is a legit gas can we’re talking about, so I’m rolling out a full four-man Jays stack and hoping they fire away.

Gurriel is cheap exposure to this stack. His numbers aren’t amazing versus righties, but Bundy is getting tattooed (+.247 ISO) from both sides of the plate.

OF: Billy McKinney – Toronto Blue Jays ($2.8k)

McKinney has been in a nasty drought, so be sure to check if he’s even starting tonight. I hope he does, because he’s cheap exposure to this stack and he offers solid splits (.194 ISO, .362 wOBA) against righties. If you don’t want him, perhaps drop in a Ray here (Mallex Smith is $3.2k) and try to get another Jay like Kendrys Morales.

OF: Randal Grichuk – Toronto Blue Jays ($3.5k)

Grichuk might be my favorite Jays stick tonight. He provides the best ISO (.273) on the team and he double-donged just three games ago. He feels like a dong waiting to happen in this spot.

OF: Kevin Kiermaier – Tampa Bay Rays ($2.9k)

I like a couple other Rays bats, but the Blue Jays are my preferred stack. I’m seeking value with the Rays and I can get it via Kiermaier here. He’s been heating up over the past month and gets a nice bump in this park. I’m calling for a dong tonight.

Util: Justin Smoak – Toronto Blue Jays ($3.2k)

I also will consider Morales here, but he’s been bad lately. Smoak has been a little more reliable and with a sweet .263 ISO against righties, he offers just as much power upside. Really, this is about the park and Bundy being such a terrible gas can at times. I’m hoping tonight is one of his classic blow-up games.

Summary

I want the safety and upside of Kershaw tonight, so I’m willing to pay up and then get some cheap bats elsewhere. If you want a cheaper arm or don’t like these stacks, feel free to pivot as needed. A lot of teams have dicey matchups, though, so this is the direction I’m headed tonight in GPPs.

Whatever you do, I wish you luck. Enjoy the games!

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