DFS MLB Playbook: September 12
James Grande pores over all of the statistics, splits, and matchups to uncover the very best DFS MLB players for today's contests.
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|Pos||Player||Lineup||Matchup||Opponent Pitcher||FanDuel||*Own %||DraftKings||*Own %||Yahoo! Daily||BreakDown||Weather|
|SP||A. Nola (R)||WSH@PHI|
|S. Strasburg (R)||$11200||UPGRADE||$11200||UPGRADE||$57||$13800||$7000||UPGRADE||$21600||UPGRADE|
|SP||D. Price (L)||TOR@BOS|
|A. Sánchez (R)||$9700||UPGRADE||$9700||UPGRADE||$51||$13900||$6300||UPGRADE||$19000||UPGRADE|
|SP||C. Rodon (L)||CWS@KC|
|E. Skoglund (L)||$8600||UPGRADE||$8600||UPGRADE||$46||$11900||$5400||UPGRADE||$16900||UPGRADE|
|SP||S. Strasburg (R)||WSH@PHI|
|A. Nola (R)||$9500||UPGRADE||$9500||UPGRADE||$44||$14000||$8100||UPGRADE||$18700||UPGRADE|
|SP||K. Hendricks (R)||MIL@CHI|
|C. Anderson (R)||$8900||UPGRADE||$8200||UPGRADE||$44||$12600||$5900||UPGRADE||$16300||UPGRADE|
|SP||F. Pena (R)||TEX@LAA|
|Y. Gallardo (R)||$7100||UPGRADE||$7300||UPGRADE||$34||$9900||$3700||UPGRADE||$14400||UPGRADE|
|OF||M. Betts (R)||TOR@BOS|
|A. Sánchez (R)||$4800||UPGRADE||$6000||UPGRADE||$23||$9200||$7200||UPGRADE||$11200||UPGRADE|
|OF||M. Trout (R)||TEX@LAA|
|Y. Gallardo (R)||$5000||UPGRADE||$5700||UPGRADE||$27||$9500||$6800||UPGRADE||$10500||UPGRADE|
|OF||K. Davis (R)||OAK@BAL|
|A. Cashner (R)||$4200||UPGRADE||$5400||UPGRADE||$20||$8600||$5700||UPGRADE||$10500||UPGRADE|
|OF||A. García (R)||CWS@KC|
|E. Skoglund (L)||$2500||UPGRADE||$4300||UPGRADE||$15||$5600||$3100||UPGRADE||$8300||UPGRADE|
|OF||M. Holliday (R)||ARI@COL|
|P. Corbin (L)||$3000||UPGRADE||$3400||UPGRADE||$20||$4300||$2500||UPGRADE||$6300||UPGRADE|
|OF||B. Zobrist (B)||MIL@CHI|
|C. Anderson (R)||$3200||UPGRADE||$4200||UPGRADE||$11||$6100||$3700||UPGRADE||$8300||UPGRADE|
|SS||T. Story (R)||ARI@COL|
|P. Corbin (L)||$4100||UPGRADE||$5700||UPGRADE||$26||$8700||$6700||UPGRADE||$10000||UPGRADE|
|SS||X. Bogaerts (R)||TOR@BOS|
|A. Sánchez (R)||$3800||UPGRADE||$5100||UPGRADE||$23||$8000||$5900||UPGRADE||$9400||UPGRADE|
|SS||M. Semien (R)||OAK@BAL|
|A. Cashner (R)||$3300||UPGRADE||$4500||UPGRADE||$18||$5000||$3800||UPGRADE||$9000||UPGRADE|
|SS||T. Anderson (R)||CWS@KC|
|E. Skoglund (L)||$2700||UPGRADE||$4100||UPGRADE||$18||$5500||$3400||UPGRADE||$8000||UPGRADE|
|3B||N. Arenado (R)||ARI@COL|
|P. Corbin (L)||$4400||UPGRADE||$5000||UPGRADE||$18||$9200||$6900||UPGRADE||$9700||UPGRADE|
|3B||M. Chapman (R)||OAK@BAL|
|A. Cashner (R)||$3900||UPGRADE||$4900||UPGRADE||$22||$7600||$3800||UPGRADE||$8700||UPGRADE|
|3B||R. Devers (L)||TOR@BOS|
|A. Sánchez (R)||$2800||UPGRADE||$3900||UPGRADE||$16||$5600||$4600||UPGRADE||$7300||UPGRADE|
|2B||D. Murphy (L)||MIL@CHI|
|C. Anderson (R)||$3700||UPGRADE||$4000||UPGRADE||$17||$8200||$4500||UPGRADE||$7700||UPGRADE|
|2B||J. Villar (B)||OAK@BAL|
|L. Hendriks (R)||$3500||UPGRADE||$4600||UPGRADE||$19||$4700||$3500||UPGRADE||$9000||UPGRADE|
|2B||D. Travis (R)||TOR@BOS|
|D. Price (L)||$2500||UPGRADE||$3600||UPGRADE||$13||$3300||$2900||UPGRADE||$7300||UPGRADE|
|2B||J. Lowrie (B)||OAK@BAL|
|A. Cashner (R)||$3700||UPGRADE||$4900||UPGRADE||$19||$6300||$4400||UPGRADE||$8800||UPGRADE|
|1B||P. Goldschmidt (R)||ARI@COL|
|J. Gray (R)||$4900||UPGRADE||$5700||UPGRADE||$28||$9000||$7000||UPGRADE||$10200||UPGRADE|
|1B||M. Moreland (L)||TOR@BOS|
|A. Sánchez (R)||$3000||UPGRADE||$4100||UPGRADE||$11||$5000||$4400||UPGRADE||$8200||UPGRADE|
|1B||L. Voit (R)||NYY@MIN|
|J. Odorizzi (R)||$3500||UPGRADE||$4000||UPGRADE||$18||$3300||$2900||UPGRADE||$7600||UPGRADE|
|1B||J. Fernandez (L)||TEX@LAA|
|Y. Gallardo (R)||$2300||UPGRADE||$3000||UPGRADE||$14||$3300||$2500||UPGRADE||$5800||UPGRADE|
|C||G. Sánchez (R)||NYY@MIN|
|J. Odorizzi (R)||$3200||UPGRADE||$4200||UPGRADE||$10||$7300||$5700||UPGRADE||$8300||UPGRADE|
|C||O. Narváez (L)||CWS@KC|
|E. Skoglund (L)||$2600||UPGRADE||$3200||UPGRADE||$14||$4100||$2500||UPGRADE||$6300||UPGRADE|
|C||M. Piña (R)||MIL@CHI|
|K. Hendricks (R)||$2200||UPGRADE||$3500||UPGRADE||$14||$4200||$2900||UPGRADE||$6800||UPGRADE|
Player AlarmsView All
E. Skoglund - SP
Skoglund is listed as the Royals' probable starter for Tuesday's game against the Reds and is expected to take the hill for the team's season finale Sunday against the Indians, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Kansas City has been trotting out a six-man rotation for much of September, but with youngsters Brad Keller and Jorge Lopez likely to be shut down and only long-reliever Glenn Sparkman expected to replace them, it appears manager Ned Yost will roll with five starters during the final week of the season. Since Skoglund will lead off the Royals' six-game week, he'll tentatively be lined up for the two step, making him a more appealing option for fantasy lineups than he normally would be. Though the lefty has allowed just two runs on seven hits and three walks across 13 innings in his three outings since returning earlier this month from a lengthy stay on the disabled list, Skoglund underwhelming 6.5 K/9 on the season limits his upside.
Added 10:00 am (EST)
G. Sparkman - RP
Royals manager Ned Yost said Sparkman will most likely start Thursday's game against the Indians, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
With Yost planning on shutting down young arms Brad Keller and Jorge Lopez for the final week of the season, it appears the Royals will streamline their rotation from six to five men. Unless he's needed out of the bullpen for the two-game set in Cincinnati that begins Tuesday, Sparkman, who previously made two starts with the Royals before transitioning to a long-relief role, looks on track to fill Lopez's spot in the rotation. With a 4.86 ERA, 1.71 WHIP and 6.8 K/9 across 33.1 frames this season, Sparkman doesn't offer much to get excited about from a fantasy standpoint.
Added 9:53 am (EST)
J. Lopez - SP
Royals manager Ned Yost said Monday that Lopez would likely be shut down for the final week of the 2018 season, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
The report doesn't specify why Lopez will be unavailable, but it's likely just a matter of the Royals not wanting to overwork the right-hander after he suffered a rib contusion when he ran into teammate Hunter Dozier in his Sept. 14 outing. Lopez was able to make his subsequent turn through the rotation Thursday against the Tigers, but was lit up for seven runs on eight hits over one inning before getting pulled. While it appears Lopez's season will end on a sour note, he flashed some potential during his brief run in the Kansas City rotation, highlighted by a perfect-game bid Sept. 8 against the Twins that was broken up in the top of the ninth inning. The 25-year-old should be given every opportunity next spring to claim a full-time starting role with the big club.
Added 9:45 am (EST)
J. Hicks - RP
Hicks, who's thrown 75 innings this season after making the jump from High-A to the majors, is being used judiciously in September in anticipation of a possible postseason run, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports. "We're mindful of everyone's health, but clearly with Jordan, we're a little more mindful," manager Mike Shildt said. "I don't think Jordan has any restrictions. I don't see any limitations on him moving forward."
Hicks' 70 appearances lead the Cardinals and have him tied for ninth among National League relievers, while also qualifying as the second-highest number of frames he's thrown in his professional career. Shildt has managed his young phenom carefully during the current month, with Hicks having last pitched on back-to-back days back on Sept. 3-4 and having enjoyed a six-day layoff between appearances earlier in September as well. The 22-year-old right-hander is on pace for his fewest innings in a full month this season, but the extra rest should leave him well-positioned to serve as a key cog in a postseason relief corps if the Cardinals are able to qualify for the playoffs.
Added 8:51 am (EST)
J. Urías - RP
Urias fired a pair of scoreless innings while giving up a hit and striking out four in Sunday's 14-0 win over San Diego.
Urias made his second relief appearance following his 2018 debut Sept. 15. Both outings came in situations where the Dodgers held double-digit leads, so it appears that the 22-year-old is being eased back in a low-leverage role after missing significant time with a shoulder injury.
Added 8:36 am (EST)
R. Laureano - CF
Laureano went 2-for-4 with a double in a loss to the Twins on Sunday.
Despite a disappointing day for the Athletics in which they failed to clinch a postseason berth, Laureano continued his stretch of stellar offensive play. The rookie has now hit safely in five straight, with four multi-hit efforts included in that span. The combination of 21 hits and eight walks during September has led to a .361 on-base percentage for the month and pushed his season figure to an even more impressive .370.
Added 8:33 am (EST)
C. Taylor - CF
Taylor started in left field and went 1-for-3 with a pair of walks and a pair of runs scored in Sunday's 14-0 rout over the Padres.
Taylor has lived up to his super-utility role, starting four of the Dodgers' last five games while manning three different defensive positions. The 27-year-old's uptick in playing time was due in large part to the slew of left-handed starters the club faced this week. Taylor should be in line for at least a few more starts next week with southpaws scheduled for three of the final six games of the regular season, starting with Arizona's Robbie Ray on Monday.
Added 8:28 am (EST)
G. Heredia - CF
Heredia laced an RBI double, walked twice and stole a base over three plate appearances in a loss to the Rangers on Sunday.
The Rangers will be glad to be rid of Heredia, who went 4-for-6 with a pair of two-baggers, two RBI, two walks, Sunday's steal and two runs over the two weekend games of the series. The Cuban outfielder has hit safely in four straight and boosted his season average 13 points to .230 during September by going 8-for-19 thus far during the month.
Added 8:26 am (EST)