DFS MLB Hitting Coach: August 5
Kenneth Le examines the data to breakdown the very best hitting options around the diamond for Friday night's 15-game DFS MLB slate.
Friday night brings us another ginormous 15-game DFS MLB slate. A multitude of options are available with some big name Aces going along with some good matchups, including another Coors Field game.
Weather may be very problematic tonight in Colorado, which is always tough to work around. The only other game that has a significant threat of delays is the Mets/Tigers contest.
|Russell Martin||TOR||R||KC||Dillon Gee||290||69||8||38||40||37||1||.238||.695||.121||.323||.309||20.3%||34.3%||78.3%||$3,300||$4,000||$4,650|
|Willson Contreras||CHC||R||OAK||Dillon Overton||140||38||5||17||19||17||2||.271||.805||.171||.340||.351||17.6%||26.5%||79.4%||$3,100||$3,800||$4,600|
|Jonathan Lucroy||TEX||R||HOU||Dallas Keuchel||348||103||14||50||52||34||5||.296||.839||.187||.335||.356||23.7%||35.8%||89.0%||$3,000||$3,600||$4,700|
|Brian McCann||NYY||L||CLE||Josh Tomlin||292||69||15||40||42||38||0||.236||.755||.185||.261||.328||19.4%||35.1%||90.4%||$2,800||$3,100||$4,700|
|Chris Iannetta||SEA||R||LAA||Tim Lincecum||250||53||7||21||21||34||0||.212||.649||.128||.261||.290||21.9%||34.2%||82.2%||$2,000||$2,200||$4,150|
Russell Martin has a 7-game hitting streak where he has accumulated an OBP of over .500 while homering once, doubling thrice, and walking and scoring seven times.
Willson Contreras won’t be catching Jon Lester, but he’s the most likely Cubs DH tonight. He went on a cold spell, but has a 4-game hitting streak where he has gone 5-for-15 (.333 AVG) with a double, three walks, three RBIs, and a stolen base.
Jonathan Lucroy has been one of the best hitting catchers this season, and will be in a great situation playing most of his games in Arlington. Still, Minute Maid Park may be an even better situation, and he gets a nice matchup against Dallas Keuchel, who hasn’t be at the top of his game lately.
Brian McCann’s price went up a tad, but he’s still under $3000, and is facing another fly ball prone righty at Yankee Stadium.
|Edwin Encarnacion||TOR||R||KC||Dillon Gee||404||107||30||67||91||53||2||.265||.902||.285||.274||.379||20.3%||36.7%||85.6%||$4,600||$4,800||$5,700|
|Wil Myers||SD||R||PHI||Jeremy Hellickson||404||111||20||70||66||50||21||.275||.841||.213||.314||.359||21.1%||34.6%||87.6%||$3,700||$4,600||$4,900|
|Mike Napoli||CLE||R||NYY||Michael Pineda||380||96||27||69||77||48||4||.253||.851||.261||.318||.361||18.4%||40.6%||77.9%||$3,400||$4,200||$5,100|
|Justin Morneau||CHW||L||BAL||Yovani Gallardo||54||15||3||4||8||4||0||.278||.852||.241||.293||.359||22.7%||34.1%||88.4%||$2,700||$3,300||$4,500|
|Ji-Man Choi||LAA||L||SEA||Felix Hernandez||77||14||4||8||10||10||1||.182||.662||.208||.175||.282||20.0%||29.5%||88.0%||$2,200||$2,900||$3,400|
Edwin Encarnacion has a 7-game hitting streak where he has gone 9-for-30 (.300 AVG) with three homers, three doubles, five runs, and four RBIs.
Wil Myers is 5-for-12 (.417 AVG) with a double, two walks, two stolen bases, three runs, and two RBIs.
Mike Napoli may have snapped his 5-game homer streak last night, but he still gave us a big 18.2 point day thanks to his plate discipline and even swiping a bag. He’s a proven winner who only gets better as the pennant race heats up.
Justin Morneau is undoubtedly proving to the baseball world that he should have been signed to a team from day one. He’s 8-for-24 (.333 AVG) with two homers, three doubles, and four RBIs over his last six games, and has a 1.352 OPS against Yovani Gallardo from their time in the National League.
Ji-Man Choi went double dong last night and should be in strong consideration if you need a spot to punt. He’s going to get every opportunity in the world to get at-bats, and Mike Scioscia actually prefers him over Jefry Marte for defensive purposes.
|DJ LeMahieu||COL||R||MIA||David Phelps||374||120||7||67||39||42||9||.321||.857||.147||.363||.368||25.4%||36.3%||95.1%||$3,900||$5,000||$5,200|
|Daniel Murphy||WSH||L||SF||Jeff Samardzija||386||138||21||66||80||23||3||.358||1.027||.272||.358||.425||21.8%||39.4%||95.0%||$3,900||$5,400||$5,450|
|Brian Dozier||MIN||R||TB||Blake Snell||395||104||22||63||61||42||8||.263||.847||.243||.271||.358||16.5%||31.0%||87.8%||$3,800||$4,800||$4,950|
|Dustin Pedroia||BOS||R||LAD||Scott Kazmir||424||127||12||71||46||49||5||.300||.817||.146||.325||.355||24.0%||31.9%||92.9%||$3,400||$4,400||$5,000|
|Ryan Schimpf||SD||L||PHI||Jeremy Hellickson||120||27||9||23||20||20||1||.225||.910||.333||.247||.379||17.1%||40.2%||86.2%||$2,900||$3,400||$4,000|
Brian Dozier should be the most expensive pitcher of the day the absolute tear he has been on. Since the All-Star Break, he has batted .329/.363/.720 with a ridiculous EIGHT home runs.
Ryan Schimpf, the NL Rookie of the Month, is still getting it done at the plate. Batting average has dropped a bit, but he is still maintaining a .371 OBP and .588 SLG over his last 15 games. As long as you can get on base and drive in some runs, probably shouldn’t be too worried about that average.
|Kyle Seager||SEA||L||LAA||Tim Lincecum||400||112||20||59||67||44||1||.280||.872||.233||.299||.366||21.2%||37.2%||87.6%||$3,700||$4,500||$4,800|
|Hernan Perez||MIL||R||ARI||Braden Shipley||203||59||8||26||35||9||19||.291||.774||.167||.347||.329||20.1%||34.2%||84.6%||$3,300||$4,400||$4,150|
|Maikel Franco||PHI||R||SD||Christian Friedrich||391||99||20||42||66||29||0||.253||.759||.199||.263||.318||18.1%||30.0%||84.9%||$3,200||$4,100||$4,900|
|Danny Valencia||OAK||R||CHC||Jon Lester||304||92||14||47||39||23||0||.303||.845||.188||.359||.361||24.7%||35.5%||85.4%||$2,900||$3,900||$4,750|
|Jorge Polanco||MIN||S||TB||Blake Snell||47||14||1||6||8||5||1||.298||.945||.277||.310||.392||30.2%||25.0%||95.7%||$2,600||$2,800||$3,400|
Hernan Perez, if you didn’t know, is the Greatest of All-Time. Just kidding. But he has gone 13-for-35 (.371 AVG) with three homers, double, nine runs, eight RBIs, ad five stolen bases. As I’ve mentioned before, the Brewers tend to make great cash plays because they are extremely aggressive on the bases, and give you additional ways to accumulate points.
Maikel Franco is most definitely one of the captain’s of Team Boom or Bust. Seven of his 20 home runs this season have come over his last 30 games.
Danny Valencia excels against lefties and has gone 6-for-20 (.300 AVG) with a homer, two doubles, and three RBIs.
|Jonathan Villar||MIL||S||ARI||Braden Shipley||387||115||8||55||38||52||40||.297||.813||.137||.402||.353||22.3%||33.6%||85.0%||$4,100||$5,000||$5,000|
|Corey Seager||LAD||L||BOS||Steven Wright||418||128||19||71||51||36||1||.306||.890||.222||.348||.375||22.7%||39.5%||88.3%||$3,600||$4,700||$5,300|
|Adeiny Hechavarria||MIA||R||COL||Jorge De La Rosa||361||91||3||39||33||22||1||.252||.639||.094||.276||.271||23.3%||32.5%||92.0%||$3,100||$4,000||$4,500|
|Javier Baez||CHC||R||OAK||Dillon Overton||277||77||11||34||40||11||9||.278||.764||.170||.340||.327||18.0%||30.2%||80.7%||$2,700||$4,700||$4,350|
|Andrelton Simmons||LAA||R||SEA||Felix Hernandez||272||79||1||29||24||12||3||.290||.687||.077||.311||.299||22.5%||24.5%||93.1%||$2,300||$2,500||$3,950|
Jonathan Villar has been a machine. Homers. Stolen Bases. Runs. Doubles. I don’t know… you can probably expect a lot of those in his scoresheet. Last time he faced Braden Shipley, he homered and doubled.
Corey Seager’s only experience against the knuckleball was against R.A. Dickey earlier this season. Seager reached base in each of his three plate appearances against Dickey, so the hope is that it translates well against Steven Wright.
Adeiny Hechavarria has hits in each of his last eight starts, going 10-for-28 (.357 AVG) with a double, four runs, five RBIs, and a stolen base.
Javier Baez has been a lefty crusher throughout the season, batting .349/.419/.554 with four homers in just 83 at-bats.
Andrelton Simmons’s price remains amazing throughout the industry, and he’s consistently getting shots higher in the batting order (batted cleanup last night). The defensive specialist has hits in eight of his last nine games, going 13-for-37 (.351 AVG) at the plate while scoring six runs.
|Ryan Braun||MIL||R||ARI||Braden Shipley||332||107||16||52||49||31||12||.322||.914||.208||.354||.386||20.5%||33.0%||90.5%||$4,500||$4,900||$5,100|
|Carlos Gonzalez||COL||L||MIA||David Phelps||404||130||23||71||75||33||2||.322||.941||.248||.370||.395||20.9%||36.5%||81.3%||$4,400||$5,600||$5,900|
|Mike Trout||LAA||R||SEA||Felix Hernandez||382||121||19||85||67||74||17||.317||.972||.225||.363||.411||22.0%||39.7%||86.1%||$4,200||$5,200||$5,550|
|David Dahl||COL||L||MIA||David Phelps||40||15||3||8||5||2||0||.375||1.030||.250||.480||.437||25.0%||28.6%||76.8%||$4,000||$4,100||$4,300|
|Marcell Ozuna||MIA||R||COL||Jorge De La Rosa||393||117||19||60||58||33||0||.298||.866||.216||.336||.367||20.6%||37.6%||86.2%||$3,700||$5,400||$5,350|
|Brandon Moss||STL||L||ATL||Joel De La Cruz||232||62||18||43||43||24||0||.267||.936||.319||.317||.390||20.6%||40.1%||81.7%||$3,600||$4,900||$4,650|
|Matt Kemp||ATL||R||STL||Jaime Garcia||419||108||23||56||70||19||0||.258||.767||.224||.283||.319||20.7%||35.3%||84.5%||$3,600||$4,800||$4,850|
|Mark Trumbo||BAL||R||CHW||Miguel Gonzalez||423||113||31||60||77||30||1||.267||.858||.272||.299||.361||16.7%||38.7%||81.5%||$3,600||$3,400||$5,100|
|Ian Desmond||TEX||R||HOU||Dallas Keuchel||424||126||20||75||65||32||17||.297||.856||.210||.367||.363||20.2%||33.0%||82.2%||$3,500||$4,400||$5,400|
|Billy Hamilton||CIN||S||PIT||Jameson Taillon||310||78||3||49||15||21||38||.252||.645||.094||.314||.283||22.6%||18.9%||90.4%||$3,200||$4,200||$4,600|
|Lonnie Chisenhall||CLE||L||NYY||Michael Pineda||261||79||6||31||35||18||5||.303||.817||.165||.343||.348||25.2%||25.8%||91.6%||$3,000||$3,200||$3,700|
|Curtis Granderson||NYM||L||DET||Justin Verlander||374||88||17||50||30||49||3||.235||.772||.203||.264||.331||20.7%||35.3%||89.5%||$3,000||$3,000||$4,800|
|Robbie Grossman||MIN||S||TB||Blake Snell||206||55||6||34||23||43||1||.267||.823||.160||.353||.364||25.2%||32.4%||81.0%||$2,900||$3,300||$4,300|
|Kevin Kiermaier||TB||L||MIN||Ervin Santana||179||39||6||28||21||27||10||.218||.722||.179||.237||.315||18.8%||34.5%||83.6%||$2,700||$3,500||$4,250|
|Jabari Blash||SD||R||PHI||Jeremy Hellickson||37||7||1||4||2||7||1||.189||.645||.108||.333||.303||10.5%||36.8%||64.4%||$2,300||$2,400||$3,000|
Ryan Braun has homered in back-to-back games and matches up extremely well against Braden Shipley. Last time Braun faced Shipley, he reached base safely in each of his three plate appearances against the young D-Backs righty.
Carlos Gonzalez may be back in the lineup after sitting out last night because of an ankle tweak. Nonetheless, he has been smokin’ hot and gets another crack at Coors Field against David Phelps of the Marlins.
David Dahl is 15-for-40 (.375 AVG) with three homers, a double, eight runs, and five RBIs over his last 10 games. And yes, he has hits in all 10 of those games. Best value remains DraftKings and FantasyAces.
Marcell Ozuna is my favorite Coors play tonight. He’s actually a better value on FanDuel than the other big outfielders, and is 4-for-8 (.500 AVG) with three homers, lifetime, against Jorge De La Rosa.
Brandon Moss has gone 6-for-13 (.462 AVG) with a homer, three doubles and three RBIs since coming off of the Disabled List a few days ago.
Billy Hamilton just can’t stop stealing bases. The speedster has stolen bases in each of his last three games, and has stolen seven over this last 10 games.
Curtis Granderson is only $3000 on FanDuel and is looking as promising as he has been in quite some time. Over this last two games in Yankee Stadium, he has reached base safely six times in 10 plate appearances, and even homered for the first time in a long while.
Robbie Grossman is batting .342/.432/.553 with three homers in 76 at-bats this season against southpaws.
Kevin Kiermaier’s value is incredibly high batting 2nd in the Rays lineup. He is a very disciplined hitter at the plate and isn’t afraid to steal a base or two (four steals in his last seven).
Jabari Blash is getting every chance in the world to make an impact for the Padres, and he hasn’t disappointed. Over his last two games, he has gone 3-for-6 with a homer, two walks, two RBIs, and a stolen base.
Be sure to keep an eye on the Fantasy Alarm Daily Lineups page to confirm that your players are starting.
If you guys have any questions, you can always reach me on Twitter @kle18. Good luck!