We have a six-game MLB DFS main slate on both DraftKings and FanDuel on this Wednesday, August 23rd. They actually have five of the same games but FanDuel is including the 6:40 pm ET including the Rockies and Rays game while DraftKings includes Reds and Angels Game 2 of their double-header. Kevin Gausman, Clayton Kershaw, and Charlie Morton top the pitching slate. There are elite offensive stacks as well including the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, and Washington Nationals. Be sure to check out all of our tools including the MLB Lineups page, MLB DFS Projections – powered by FanJections –, MLB DFS Ownership, and all of the rest of our tools HERE! Let's dive into today's playbook, core plays, and top stacks of the day!


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Recommended DFS Starting Pitchers

Top Options for Strikeouts

Kevin Gausman, Toronto Blue Jays vs. Baltimore Orioles: 6.5 Ks (+110)

MacKenzie Gore, Washington Nationals vs. New York Yankees: 5.5 Ks (-145)

Charlie Morton, Atlanta Braves vs. New York Mets: 5.5 Ks (-145)

Best Odds for a Win

Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers: -211

Charlie Morton, Atlanta Braves: -196

Luis Severino, New York Yankees: -141

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Favorite Starters to Use for DFS Lineups

Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers

It’s been a slowwwww pitch count rise as he went from 67 to 71 in his two starts back from the IL but it’s definitely possible we see a spike to 80. He’s looked sharp since returning but the strikeout stuff hasn’t been there just yet. The Guardians aren’t the best match-up for strikeouts, but their offense has been quite bad. Since the start of August, they’re dead last in OPS, wOBA, and ISO against southpaws. Lock and load Kershaw.

Charlie Morton, Atlanta Braves

Outside of the walks, Charlie Morton has been quite good lately. He’s notched 11 straight scoreless innings and has 14 strikeouts over that span as well. Since the start of August, the Mets are 21st in OPS and 20th in wOBA against right-handed pitchers. They have flashed power upside and they’re walking a bunch, two things Morton has struggled with at times. He’s one of Vegas’ favorites today to win, and has some of the best strikeout odds as well. I like Morton as a spend-up.

Reid Detmers, Los Angeles Angels

Detmers had not been pitching well into his last start and fired seven no-hit innings and finished his outing with 27.5 DKP. Detmers has massive strikeout appeal as he’s notched 136 Ks across 115 IP. Speaking of strikeouts, the Reds strike out a LOT. Since the start of August, the Reds have been striking out 26.2% K-rate. The Reds have also slowed in general against southpaws notching a .652 OPS and .281 wOBA, which are both bottom-10 in the league. 

Dean Kremer, Baltimore Orioles

The Orioles made a pitching change today as Jack Flaherty was scratched and Kremer stepped in here. He faces the Blue Jays who have struggled mightily against right-handed pitching. During August, Toronto ranks 26th in OPS, 25th in wOBA, 24th in ISO versus RHP. Kremer has faced the Blue Jays twice and has posted a 2.38 ERA and has averaged 19.1 DKP/game.

FD Play only: Aaron Civale, Tampa Rays - $9,700

Recommended DFS Hitters

Highest Expected Run Totals 

Atlanta Braves: 5.5 implied runs

New York Yankees: 4.94 implied runs

Los Angeles Angels: 4.92 implied runs

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Favorite Hitters to Use for DFS Lineups 

Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Dodgers

Over the last 10 games, Mookie Betts is hitting .500 and has averaged 13.9 DKP/game. He has three bombs over that span, he stole two bags last time out, and is now up to .300 on the year with a .995 OPS. He’s hit .419 during the month of August and .362 since the All-Star break overall. Xzavion Curry is absolutely a reverse splits pitcher and has struggled against them mightily allowing a .232 ISO and .342 wOBA.

Marcell Ozuna, Atlanta Braves

Ozuna is on a different planet right about now. He homered and had three hits on Tuesday, he belted two bombs on Monday, and is batting .500 with a 1.604 OPS over his last 10 games. Ozuna has a .363 ISO and a .414 wOBA against left-handed pitching this year and that’s first and second respectively on the Braves this season. Ozuna’s elite mid-tier option.

Adam Duvall, Boston Red Sox

Things have been good for Duvall lately homering in back-to-back games and has multiple hits in three of the last four games. He also has hits in four of five games overall. Duvall has hit righties very well notching a .287 ISO and a .364 wOBA on the year and where Urquidy has struggled this season has been with right-handed bats. Righties have a .194 ISO and a .372 wOBA against Urquidy. This has been a trend with Urquidy struggling against righties throughout his career.

Keibert Ruiz, Washington Nationals

Catchers don’t always make the list here, but Keibert Ruiz has been fantastic lately. Since the All-Star break, he’s hitting .333 with a .953 OPS, .222 ISO, and a .403 wOBA. Over the last 30 days, Ruiz has a .215 ISO and a .370 wOBA against right-handed pitching, which is a 72 at-bat sample. Ruiz and the Nats face off against Luis Severino who have struggled against lefties this year. He has a .312 ISO and a .471 wOBA against LHH.

Anthony Volpe, New York Yankees

There’s a lot we can say about Anthony Volpe this year and one of them has been how good he’s been against southpaws this season. He has a .505 SLG%, .842 OPS, .264 ISO, and .358 wOBA against southpaws on the year. The Yankees face lefty MacKenzie Gore and Gore has had his struggles with righty power. Righties have a .193 ISO against Gore on the year and a .263 ISO against him over the last 30 days. Volpe could be a cheap home run tonight.

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