Hello and welcome to the MLB DFS Playbook for August 25! We have a big 12-game slate on both DK and FD on our hands today. We have a 7:05 pm ET start time, so plenty of time to get those lineups made! Make sure to check out all of our amazing MLB DFS tools as they are always worth going through before building your lineups as are the Vegas OddsHowever, 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 August 25

MLB Weather Updates

Colorado Rockies vs. Baltimore Orioles (possible rain, could delay, but should play)

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Phillies (possible rain)

Los Angeles Angels vs. New York Mets (possible rain, could PPD)

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Boston Red Sox (possible rain, heavy danger of PPD)

Games that appear to have a decent wind blowing out:

Los Angeles Angels vs. New York Mets (blowing out to LF)

Atlanta Braves vs. San Francisco Giants (blowing out to CF)

Games that appear to have a decent wind blowing in:


DFS Lineup Construction Thoughts

This slate is a lot to unpack. For starters, we have 12-games to look at, but with multiple weather concerns, which makes it a bit less fun. Make sure to check the weather reports leading up to first pitch. Spencer Strider is our clear-cut top spend up on the mound, but he costs a pretty penny. As for offense, we have three teams with implied run totals north of 5.00. Let’s dive in! 

Recommended DFS Starting Pitchers

Top Options for Strikeouts

Spencer Strider, Atlanta Braves

Kodai Senga, New York Mets

Dylan Cease, Chicago White Sox

Brandon Pfaadt, Arizona Diamondbacks

Best Odds for a Win

Dylan Cease (Chicago White Sox -195)

Bryce Miller (Seattle Mariners -195)

Cole Irvin (Baltimore Orioles -188)

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Favorite Starters to Use for DFS Lineups

Spencer Strider, Atlanta Braves

Nobody offers more upside than Strider does. He has been incredible this year with a 14-4 record, 3.57 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and an insane 227 strikeouts across 146.1 innings. Those insane K rates have helped provide him with an absurd dk ppg of 24.9. He is facing the Giants today, who he fired 7 innings of one-hit ball against in his last start as he scored 38 dk points. 

Dylan Cease, Chicago White Sox

Cease has been such a mixed bag this season but he still has a ton of upside with his strikeout abilities as he has 163 across 138 innings of work. He has been way better at home too, recording a 3.79 ERA and .238 BAA, compared to 5.32 and .256 on the road. A matchup with the worst offense in baseball, the Oakland Athletics, certainly doesn’t hurt his case today either. 

Brandon Pfaadt, Arizona Diamondbacks

Pfaadt really struggled at first and that is a big reason why his price is so cheap, but he has been pitching well recently as he has scored 26, 7.7, 16.2, and 23.4 dk points in his last four starts. Three of those outings would be fantastic at this price. He has had at least 5 Ks in all four of those outings as well. 

Recommended DFS Hitters

Highest Expected Run Totals 

5.67 – Los Angeles Dodgers

5.21 – Arizona Diamondbacks

5.19 – Philadelphia Phillies

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Favorite Hitters to Use for DFS Lineups

Pete Alonso, 1B, New York Mets

Alonso may only be hitting .211 in his last 10 games, but that comes with four home runs, a steal, eight RBI, and seven runs scored. He now has 39 home runs, 95 RBI, and 73 runs scored on the year and those are the numbers we are targeting with the Polar Bear. He faces Tyler Anderson, whose been really bad this year as he has a 5.35 ERA and 1.53 WHIP to this point through 117.2 innings of work. 

Ji Hwan Bae, 2B/OF, Pittsburgh Pirates

Bae is back and he has recorded three double-digit DFS games in his first six games back since returning off IL. He stole his first bag yesterday since returning to action and now has 21 steals in 82 games. I love his stolen base upside in this one as there have been 18 steals against Kyle Hendricks this season and runners have only been caught one time. 

Michael Busch, 3B, Los Angeles Dodgers

The rookie bashed his first MLB dinger yesterday and there is a lot to like with Busch. He is a top prospect and has been very impressive at AAA this year, hitting .323 with 24 home runs and 82 RBI across 88 games. It also doesn’t hurt to be in a potent lineup like the Dodgers as it increases opportunities for RBI and runs. 

Seiya Suzuki, OF, Chicago Cubs

Suzuki is locked-in right now, hitting .333 with a .998 OPS over his last 10 games. He has three home runs and a stolen base in that span, giving him 13 home runs and five steals on the year through 104 games. He has been much better on the road this year, hitting .285 with a .841 OPS, compared to .236 and .673 at home, respectively. He faces Mitch Keller, who has a 5.56 ERA and 1.57 WHIP over his last 10 starts. 

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