Hello and welcome to the MLB DFS Playbook for April 23! We have a nice sized 10-game slate on our hands today, so the options are deeper. It is an early slate with a 1:35 pm ET start time, so keep that in mind! Make sure to check out our awesome MLB DFS tools as they are always worth going through before building your lineupsHowever, as I am sure you have figured out by now, the new playbook will be a one-stop shop that includes everything from easy-to-read player write-ups and suggestions to MLB Weather Reports to lineup construction tips to our best value plays for DraftKings and FanDuel. You will be given core plays around which to build your lineups, DFS stacks to consider for GPP tournaments and key statistics to help you in your DFS research. Let’s dive in! 


MLB DFS Playbook April 23

MLB Weather Updates


Games that appear to have a decent wind blowing out:

All but one game that is playing outdoors has a slight wind blowing out, but nothing very significant. 

Games that appear to have a decent wind blowing in:

Oakland A’s vs. Texas Rangers (blowing in towards home)

DFS Lineup Construction Thoughts

Medium to big slates like the one we have today make things a bit easier as we have more options in each and every price range. We also have less exposure to each individual player.  Pitching on this slate is very strong with guys like Jacob deGrom, Clayton Kershaw, Jesus Luzardo, Corbin Burnes, and more! We do still have some nice stack options to pick from though, so let’s dive into it all! 

Recommended DFS Starting Pitchers

Top Options for Strikeouts

Jacob deGrom vs. Oakland A’s

Jesus Luzardo vs. Cleveland Guardians

Corbin Burnes vs. Boston Red Sox

Hunter Greene vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

Best Odds for a Win

Jacob deGrom (Texas Rangers -319)

Bailey Ober (Minnesota Twins -260)

Corbin Burnes (Milwaukee Brewers -182)

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Favorite Starters to Use for DFS Lineups

Jacob deGrom, Texas Rangers

deGrom worked through his Friday session without any issues, so he is good to go for this start after leaving his last start after four no-hit innings. He has given up just three runs across 17 innings (1.59 ERA in that span) over his last three starts and he has a 0.87 WHIP on the season with 32 strikeouts across 20.2 innings of work. It’s hard to envision the A’s having any chance against him. 

Hunter Greene, Cincinnati Reds

Greene has been his usual self so far, a mixed bag of outcomes. The good: he has 24 strikeouts across 17 innings of work this season. The bad: He has a 4.24 ERA, a 1.53 WHIP, and has yet to win a game. Greene brings elite upside to the table with his ability to strike people out, so he’s well worth a shot at this price against the Pirates. 

Logan Allen, Cleveland Guardians

This is a different Logan Allen than the crappy one that you might remember from the past couple years. This Logan Allen will make his MLB debut today against the Marlins and he has plenty of upside at a $5,000 price tag on DK. He got off to a great start at AAA with a 1.26 ERA and 20 strikeouts across 14.1 innings of work.  

Recommended DFS Hitters

Highest Expected Run Totals 

4.79 – Minnesota Twins vs. Patrick Corbin

4.73 – Milwaukee Brewers vs. Brayan Bello

4.69 – Toronto Blue Jays vs. Clarke Schmidt

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Favorite Hitters to Use for DFS Lineups

Rowdy Tellez, 1B, Milwaukee Brewers

Tellez has homered in back-to-back games and now has seven long balls on the year with 29 total R/RBI across 19 games of action. Today he faces Brayan Bello, who many believe will be a strong caliber arm in the big leagues, but he has not shown that yet with a career ERA of 5.25 through his first 14 games in the bigs. Tellez is 0-8 against lefties this year, so all of his damage has been against righties. 

Marcus Semien, 2B, Texas Rangers

Semien is off to another fantastic fantasy season as he is hitting .296 with four dingers, two steals, and 40 total R/RBI across just 20 games of action (leading the MLB in runs scored with 20). He faces Kyle Muller, who is simply not a good pitcher. Muller has a 7.23 ERA and 1.98 WHIP through his first 18.2 innings of work this season and opposing batters are hitting .346 against him. 

Jose Miranda, 3B, Minnesota Twins

Miranda is off to a very slow start, but he was strong against lefties last season with a .821 OPS, compared to a .721 OPS against righties. Today he gets to face one of the worst pitchers in the league in Patrick Corbin. Corbin has a 6.30 ERA and 1.75 WHIP thus far and righties have devoured him, slashing .338/.375/.514 against him (compared to the .267/.313/.400 line that lefties have managed). 

Carlos Correa, SS, Minnesota Twins

Correa has smashed lefties in a small sample to begin the year, slashing .444/.500/.778 against them through 12 plate appearances, but he’s also been better against them in his career with a .873 OPS, compared to a .818 OPS against righties. There is no worse lefty to face in the entire big leagues than Corbin, so Correa should be able to have his way today. 

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