FanDuel MLB Picks – August 16th

Had I personally stuck with the FanDuel team we built last night, I would have cashed everywhere. Hopefully our readers used that team or at least a version of it. Giancarlo Stanton donged again for the sixth straight game, while Jonathan Schoop also homered.

We had hits all across the board the rest of the way, as Travis Shaw and Jonathan Villar both chipped in 9+ fantasy points, Logan Morrison was solid and both Jay Bruce and Dexter Fowler topped 20+ fantasy points with ease.

Our favorite arm even panned out at a high level. Dinelson Lamet was a nice value play at $8.3k and he responded with a strong 46-point fantasy outing. Our lone gaffe was at catcher, as Alex Avila ended up getting scratched. If you stuck with this lineup and merely swapped out Avila for Wilson Ramos, you could have won big.

We missed out on the winnings personally last night, but hopefully our FanDuel MLB picks brought you some green. It’s onto another day as we take a look at our favorite daily fantasy baseball picks for Wednesday’s main slate:

SP: Yu Darvish – Los Angeles Dodgers ($10.4k)

If Yu is awful tonight, so be it. He’s been reborn since being traded to the Dodgers, though, putting up 45 and 61 fantasy points in his first two starts with L.A., while giving up two total runs. He’s not invincible, but in a way right now he kind of is. He’s also at home, backed by one of the best offenses in the majors and gets a bad White Sox team. Sold!

I’m also on the Darvish train because there isn’t much else to get excited about. I have mild interest in Carlos Carrasco and Marcus Stroman, but both guys have tricky matchups against teams that boast plenty of power. In a GPP I’d dance with the devil there, but I’m otherwise all in on Yu tonight and you probably should be, too.

C: Austin Barnes – Los Angeles Dodgers ($2.2k)

We can’t be certain Barnes starts, but Yasmani Grandal usually takes a seat against lefties and Barnes crushes southpaws to the tun of a nasty .282 ISO and .400 wOBA.

I’m team Barnes as long as he starts, but Gary Sanchez might dong again tonight and I’m always interested in Alex Avila ($2.7k) when he faces a beatable righty. He and the Cubs take on Homer Bailey tonight at Wrigley. I will look there, but Barnes has killer splits and is insanely cheap.

1B: Mitch Moreland – Boston Red Sox ($2.7k)

I don’t really want to go cheap at 1B, but I find myself doing so with Moreland as I build out this roster. I love a lot of the pricey bats at this position – per usual – but Moreland is at home in a great park against a guy in Lance Lynn that has power problems against lefties. Moreland has fine enough splits and at this price we can gamble he can take advantage of Lynn’s .220 ISO against lefty bats.

If I can swing it, I still like the idea of paying up. I can’t imagine Freddie Freeman ($4.4k) exiting Coors Field without a home run. He and Anthony Rizzo (facing Homer Bailey) are probably my top picks at 1B tonight beyond the value we’re chasing with Mitch.

2B: Jason Kipnis – Cleveland Indians ($2.6k)

Kipnis is probably too cheap to avoid right now. He has not connected consistently in 2017, but he’s a better hitter than he’s shown for much of the year. He also has a nice matchup in a great park against Kyle Gibson. Gibson is giving up a .212 ISO to lefties, but I don’t need much of an argument to play Kipnis at this price.

I’m really not into 2B as a whole tonight, but I don’t hate the idea of paying up a bit more for Ian Happ ($3.1k) who is at home against Homer Bailey. Happ has power for days and crushes righties.

3B: Jake Lamb – Arizona Diamondbacks ($3.5k)

Charlie Morton gives Lamb and the traveling D’Backs a less than ideal matchup, but I can’t fade Lamb at this price when he’s facing a beatable righty. The splits are always to die for with Lamb versus right-handed pitchers (.285 ISO, .405 wOBA) and he’s probably due for a long ball. This guy brings 2 HR upside to the table and we get him at a nice discount, so I don’t see a reason to pay up at 3B tonight.

SS: Marwin Gonzalez – Houston Astros ($3.3k)

Corey Seager might be my favorite SS play of the night (he kills southpaws) but Marwin has his best splits (.249 ISO, .416 wOBA) against righties. Taijuan Walker doesn’t give him an easy matchup, but we get some value here, along with plenty of upside. I don’t hate paying up in this spot, but I’m fine with Marwin and I don’t see a punt option I love at the moment.

OF: Jay Bruce – Cleveland Indians ($3.3k)

I don’t want to stack The Tribe, just because Kyle Gibson can be one of those annoying pitchers who you think will implode but rarely does. This is still a great matchup for Bruce, who has been shredding since being traded to the Indians. We used him last night and he’s in another great spot, so we can go back to the well here.

Bruce sports nasty splits (.259 ISO, .372 wOBA) against righties, while Gibson has a tough time with lefty power, as we noted with Kipnis. Just make sure this game is safe, as early weather reports suggest it’s probably the diciest game on tonight’s main slate.

OF: Jackie Bradley – Boston Red Sox ($2.5k)

Most people will try to get Andrew Benintendi in this spot, as the Red Sox are at home against Lance Lynn, who struggles against lefty power. Lynn has been in solid form, but I don’t mind shooting for a one-off lefty bat here. Bradley has been batting low in the order but he has solid splits against righties and Lynn’s .220 ISO against lefty bats could be bad news in this park.

OF: Aaron Judge – New York Yankees ($4.5k)

I’m torn between getting Judge or punting the last OF spot so I can use Rizzo or Freeman. I honestly think we might be fine either way. The only issue is I like Moreland better than any other spare OF I can find around the $2.7k price range. Besides, settling on Judge never feels like a bad idea.

We have Judge picking up some steam here, as he donged two games ago and has now hit in three straight games. He is always a threat to go yard and tonight he has a solid matchup against Robert Gsellman. Gsellman allows an ISO over .200 no matter who he’s facing, so Judge and his gaudy splits (.324 ISO, .428 wOBA) against righties is very much in play here.

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