Welcome to Wednesday and another MLB DFS Playbook! We’ve got a ton of early games today, leaving us with a smaller 6-game main slate this evening on both DraftKings and FanDuel, getting underway at 6:40 PM EST. Even with a small slate, we still have some exciting games here today, highlighted by the final two games of the evening definitely being the ones with the most interest, with the Atlanta Braves playing in Coors facing the Colorado Rockies and then an NL West showdown between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers. With most of the best pitchers of the day having earlier games, it leaves some tough choices to make for this evening’s slate, but there are still plenty of different ways to build a winning lineup whether you are playing cash games or gpp tournaments, so let’s dive into today’s playbook! Be sure to check in with our MLB DFS Tools, with the daily MLB projectionsMLB DFS rostership projections, and our MLB DFS Lineup Generator when building those lineups today to help you decide which players you should be targeting!


MLB DFS Playbook August 30

MLB Weather Updates

Everything is looking clear for this evening’s slate. 

DFS Lineup Construction Thoughts

Pitching gets ugly really fast in this slate. I am definitely willing to pay up for pitching today because of that, even if that means having to forgo some of the Atlanta Braves hitters in Coors that are so enticing. Outside of the Atlanta Braves, there are still plenty of other lineups to target today, with some of my favorites including the Texas Rangers, Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Kansas City Royals, Pittsburgh Pirates, and the New York Mets

Recommended DFS Starting Pitchers

Top Options for Strikeouts

Gerrit Cole vs Detroit Tigers

Jesus Luzardo vs Tampa Bay Rays

Zach Eflin vs Miami Marlins

Ryan Pepiot vs Arizona Diamondbacks

Best Odds for a Win

Darius Vines vs Colorado Rockies

Gerrit Cole vs Detroit Tigers

Ryan Pepoit vs Arizona Diamondbacks

Zach Eflin vs Miami Marlins

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Favorite Starters to Use for DFS Lineups

Gerrit Cole, New York Yankees

As the only true Ace on the slate, Gerrit Cole is too good to pass up. He just struck out 11 against the Tampa Bay Rays, only giving up 1 run through 7.2 innings, so imagine what he might be able to do against the Detroit Tigers today. While you could turn to Zach Eflin and Jesus Luzardo as other solid options at the top, I am willing to pay the extra to get to Gerrit Cole for this slate.

Ryan Pepiot, Los Angeles Dodgers

If you aren’t going with any of the top 3 pitching options, then I am turning to Ryan Pepiot, as I really don’t trust any of the pitchers after Pepiot. Through his first two games as a follower, Pepiot has struck out 11 through 9 innings and only given up 1 earned run in each start. While he had decent matchups for those first two outings, I trust him to have a solid outing today against the Arizona Diamondbacks in his first true start of the season. 

Recommended DFS Hitters

Highest Expected Run Totals 

Atlanta Braves vs Kyle Freeland

Colorado Rockies vs Darius Vines

Los Angeles Dodgers vs Brandon Pfaadt

Kansas City Royals vs Andre Jackson

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Favorite Hitters to Use for DFS Lineups

Nathaniel Lowe, 1B Texas Rangers

While the Texas Rangers have been struggling a bit lately, they still have one of the best offenses in all of baseball, and Nathaniel Lowe continues to be great in the heart of it. He is currently on an 11-game hitting streak with a .341/.442/.500 slash line. Facing Denyi Reyes and the New York Mets today, the Rangers should score a bunch of runs, and Lowe can easily be a great piece in any lineup at first base. 

Isaac Paredes, 2B/3B Tampa Bay Rays

Isaac Paredes' great season continues. He has already set career highs in basically every statistic (even stolen bases with 1!). He has 4 homers over his last 8 games, as well as 3 multi-hit games. While he faces one of the better pitchers on the slate in Jesus Luzardo, I still trust Paredes to deliver today at this price and continue to add to his career-best season. 

Anthony Volpe, SS New York Yankees

While it hasn’t been the greatest rookie season for Anthony Volpe, he is still just a homer shy of posting a 20-20 season, which is no easy feat. He has hit homers in two of his last three games and can hopefully add another to get him to 20 on the year. While the batting average has been the real struggle for Volpe with some positive BABIP regression and continuing to improve his plate skills, Volpe could still develop into quite the fantasy asset, and I, at the very least, trust him to keep the good hitting he has done the last few days today against Joseph Wentz.

Marcell Ozuna, OF Atlanta Braves

Marcell Ozuna is red-hot at the plate right now. He has 15 hits over his last 8 games with 6 homers and 3 doubles, adding 11 runs and 13 RBIs. He was locked in before getting to Coors and then has continued it in Colorado with 4 hits in the first two games, with a homer yesterday. I expect him to keep it up today against Kyle Freeland in the Brave's final game in Coors.

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