Hello and welcome to the MLB DFS Playbook for August 27! We have a big 11-game slate on DK and an even bigger 13-game slate FD on our hands today (including two 4:10 pm ET games, which is kind of silly if I’m being honest). We have a 1:35 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 27

MLB Weather Updates


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DFS Lineup Construction Thoughts

I love slates that don’t have weather concerns and that is what we have today. And with 11 or 13 games at your disposal, there are a lot of different ways to attack this slate. Justin Verlander is the top priced pitcher and we have three offenses with implied run totals north of 5.00. I do view this slate as more of a spend-up on arms slate as some of the backend options are rough. 

Recommended DFS Starting Pitchers

Top Options for Strikeouts

Justin Verlander, Houston Astros

Aaron Nola, Philadelphia Phillies

Jack Flaherty, Baltimore Orioles

Best Odds for a Win

Jack Flaherty (Baltimore Orioles -230)

Yusei Kikuchi (Toronto Blue Jays (-205)

Aaron Nola (Philadelphia Phillies -203)

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Favorite Starters to Use for DFS Lineups

Justin Verlander, Houston Astros

JV is coming off a game in which he scored 31.3 dk points and over his last 10 starts he has a very impressive 2.35 ERA. On the year he has a 3.19 ERA now with 103 Ks across 118.1 innings of work. He has a matchup with the Tigers on tap and I don’t see any reason why he can’t continue to pitch well in this one. 

Jordan Montgomery, Texas Rangers

Monty is even more locked in than JV right now; he is coming off a game in which he fired 8 shutout innings and he has a 2.34 ERA over his last 10 starts with a 1.09 WHIP. He now has a 3.12 ERA on the year and 134 Ks across 147 innings of work. The Twins are from a powerhouse offense and he isn’t having to go against Gray or Ryan, so that helps his odds for a win as well. 

Jack Flaherty, Baltimore Orioles

Flaherty has been an up and down roller coaster of unpredictability, so he isn’t a great option in cash games, but I do love his upside in this matchup for GPPs. He has 125 Ks across 123.2 innings this year and has delivered plenty of 20+ point games. The Rockies are a bad team with a bad offense and this game is in Baltimore. 

Recommended DFS Hitters

Highest Expected Run Totals 

5.16 – Los Angeles Dodgers

5.00 – Philadelphia Phillies

5.00 – Toronto Blue Jays

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Favorite Hitters to Use for DFS Lineups

Davis Schneider, 2B, Toronto Blue Jays

Schneider has been incredible in his first 10 MLB games, hitting .424 with FOUR home runs, NINE RBI, and EIGHT runs scored. He has a 1.373 OPS and is averaging 12.2 dk points per game. He is facing Noah Syndergaard, who has an unsightly 6.42 ERA and 1.40 WHIP this year through 82.2 innings while giving up 19 home runs already. Thor is cooked. 

Carter Kieboom, 3B, Washington Nationals

Post-hype sleeper? Not ready to go that far, but Kieboom has looked great since joining the Nats big league club, going 4-14 (.286) with two dingers, three RBI, and three runs scored in his first four games. I like this matchup against the Marlins bullpen with Bryan Hoeing slated as the bulk reliever, he has a 4.15 ERA this year and has given up 8 bombs in 52 innings. 

Bo Bichette, SS, Toronto Blue Jays

Another Blue Jay bat, as we look to one of the core guys in the Toronto lineup. Bo is having another big year, hitting .316 with 18 home runs, 62 RBI, and 54 runs scored. He doesn’t steal bases anywhere near the way he did when he first came up, but h has still managed to produce at a high clip. And as mentioned, Thor is horrendous now. 

Aaron Judge, OF, New York Yankees

 Had to fade Judge right now when he is bopping home runs at such a high clip with 6 over his last 8 games, giving him 28 on the year now in just 75 games. He is facing Zack Littell, who is far from scary as he carries a 4.27 ERA into this game. He has been shelled at home, posting a 6.05 ERA and .313 BAA when pitching in Tampa this year. And Judge has been way better on the road with a 1.234 OPS, compared to .861 at home. 

Player Pool

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