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As I explain in the daily fantasy baseball rankings today, I am as excited about today as I have been about any slate in DFS this season. I am always confident in the numbers we generate with the Playbook, but today we have a tremendous blend of super hot players with tremendously valuable value plays. This combination doesn't happen very often and there is no guarantee it all goes according to plan, but its definitely something to be motivated by tonight.

The key to it all is getting these mid-line pitchers to support the bats this evening. I am going to roll out Matt Harvey in most of my cash games as he should have success against the awful Phillies lineup. The reasoning behind Gio Gonzalez is that he strikes out over a batter per inning, is at home, is a heavy favorite and the Nationals lineup matches up very well against Braves starter Eric Stults. Jimmy Nelson is a risky play for sure but his price is low and the Cubs have been extrodinarily lucky with their balls put in play (.329) this season. Nelson's indicators are much better than his record (1-2) & ERA (4.03) suggest. I am throwing in Aaron Sanchez as the fifth option tonight as mostly a tournament play. I never include five starters but Sanchez is in a situation where his price is crazy low and my stack of the night is the Blue Jays against Wade Freaking Miley (actual name). 

As always, I'll be adding some value plays throughout the day and keep a watch over the lineups as they come out. 

Here is the DFS MLB Playbook for Friday May 8th:

Matt HarveySPNYMPHI7,95010,60011,000Phils have low BB% & high K%
Gio GonzalezSPWSHATL6,7508,9009,500More indictment of Stults Vs Nats lineup
Jimmy NelsonSPMILCHI6,2506,7006,200Cubs good luck meets Nelson's bad
David PriceSPDETKC7,50010,90010,400Great option but KC is tough matchup
Aaron SanchezSPTORBOS4,8506,4005,800Extreme value, Jays will kill Miley tonight
Yasmani GrandalCLACOL4,7503,2004,10012-17 (.706) 3HR, 10 RBI in last 5 games
Russell MartinCTORBOS5,2503,9004,800.723 wOBA & 4 HR over last 6 games
Wilson RamosCWSHATL4,6002,8004,100.497 wOBA in last 5 & better Vs LHP
Anthony Rizzo1BCHIMIL5,7504,6005,300.391/.462/.957 3 HR in last 26 PA
Edwin Encarnacion1BTORBOS5,2003,7004,900Discounted price in sweet matchup
Kennys Vargas1BMINCLE4,3502,6003,900Hitting .412 in last 4 games, value
Robinson Cano2BSEAOAK5,1003,4004,100Discounted price & starting to get hot
Aaron Hill3BARISD4,4002,9003,60010-35 (.286) 3 HR Vs Shields
Dee Gordon2BMIASF5,6503,8004,500The guy is hitting .437 on the SEASON!
Josh Donaldson3BTORBOS5,6503,6004,400.293/.375/.576 career Vs LHP
Yasmany Tomas3BARISD3,6503,0004,0006-11 (.545) 4 R 3 RBI in last 2 games
Trevor Plouffe3BMINCLE4,7502,9004,100.364/.462/.636 in last 7 games
Ian DesmondSSWSHATL4,5503,0004,200Deflated $, great power & speed combo
Andrelton SimmonsSSATLWSH4,7503,0004,0006-18 2HR Vs Gio; .594 wOBA in last 6 gms
Jhonny PeraltaSSSTLPIT4,9502,8003,60015-46 (.326) 2 HR Vs Liriano
Brad MillerSSSEAOAK4,0502,2003,200VALUE PLAY, hitting 2nd tonight
Michael BrantleyOFCLEMIN5,3504,2005,500.435/.556/.826 w/ 0 K's in last 7 games
Juan LagaresOFNYMPHI4,5002,3003,30011-25 (.440) Vs Hamels
Jacoby EllsburyOFNYYBAL5,2504,4005,200.445 wOBA in last 6 games
Preston TuckerOFHOULAAN/A3,0002,000.320/.378/.650 10 HR & 32 RBI in minors
Jose BautistaOFTORBOS5,5004,8004,900Blue Jays going to roll on Wade Miley
Anthony GoseOFDETKC4,5003,1003,100Value, hits leadoff Vs RHP
Carlos PegueroOFTEXTB3,3502,9003,000.621 wOBA & 3 HR in last 6 games
Jayson WerthOFWSHATL4,5502,9004,400Crushes LHP