Hello and welcome to the MLB DFS Playbook for September 19! We have a 12-game slate on DK and FD on our hands today. We have a 7:05 pm ET start time. 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 September 19

MLB Weather Updates

Cleveland Guardians vs. Kansas City Royals (possible rain)

Games that appear to have a decent wind blowing out:

Cleveland Guardians vs. Kansas City Royals (blowing out to LCF)

Games that appear to have a decent wind blowing in:


Recommended DFS Starting Pitchers

Top Options for Strikeouts

Spencer Strider, Atlanta Braves

Luis Castillo, Seattle Mariners

Blake Snell, San Diego Padres

Best Odds for a Win

Ryan Pepiot (Los Angeles Dodgers -245)

Blake Snell (San Diego Padres -234)

Spencer Strider (Atlanta Braves -225)

Luis Castillo (Seattle Mariners -222)

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Favorite Starters to Use for DFS Lineups

I will be spending up on SP tonight as there is a ton of upside on the mound tonight.

Spencer Strider, Atlanta Braves

Strider seems to enjoy mixing in those awful outings where he scores negative points, but when he is not doing that, he’s normally scoring 30+ points on dk and that’s a hard number to ignore when it is happening so often. I don’t love this matchup, but the upside that Strider brings to the table is second to no one. 

Luis Castillo, Seattle Mariners

Castillo is cruising to a top-3 (probably runner-up) finish in AL Cy Young voting as he has had a fantastic season; he has a 3.08 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and has struck out 199 batters across 1811 innings of work. He has scored at least 25.9 dk points in four of his past five outings, including two straight. He faced the A’s earlier this year and delivered six shutout innings with 8 Ks in a win to finish with 29.9 dk points. 

Blake Snell, San Diego Padres

We also have Snell, who is likely taking home the NL Cy Young Award this season with an incredible campaign, pitching to a 2.43 ERA and striking out 217 across 167 innings of action. He hant scored fewer than 16.5 dk points in any of his past 10 starts. The Rockies are not good and Snell has faced them twice this season, averaging 26.8 dk points per start against them with an insane number of Ks, punching out 21 in 11.1 innings. 

Other options that work that are a bit cheaper: Ryan Pepiot and Logan Allen

Recommended DFS Hitters

Highest Expected Run Totals 

5.15 – Washington Nationals

5.03 – Los Angeles Dodgers

5.02 – Atlanta Braves

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Favorite Hitters to Use for DFS Lineups

Dominic Smith, Washington Nationals

Dom will likely be a popular play today and for good reason. He is extremely cheap for one, for two he is facing a garbage pitcher in Jose Urena, and lastly he is also swinging it well right now. He is hitting .286 over his last 10 games and actually flashing some pop finally with three dingers in that span. If paying up at pitcher, it’s going to take some nice plays like Smith to make it work. 

Andres Gimenez, Cleveland Guardians

Gimenez’s price keeps dropping… even though he’s scorching hot right now, hitting .375 with a home runs and three steals over his last 10 games. Not really sure why the price is moving the opposite way that it should be, but it makes Gimenez very appealing to me. I have repeated a bunch this year, but I love players who offer power and speed and that’s Gimenez as he has 13 home runs and 29 steals this season.  

Ronald Acuna Jr., Atlanta Braves

Acuna is back in one of those unstoppable / going crazy phases that he has been in so many times this year. He is hitting .415 over his last 10 games with FIVE home runs and three steals. His monster year continues as he is now hitting .336 with 37 home runs and 66 stolen bases. His ability to do it both with the bat and with his legs make his upside tough to matchup when he’s rollin’ like this. 

Jarred Kelenic, Seattle Mariners

Kelenic hasn’t exactly lit it up since coming off IL, but it’s only been a couple games, so I’m not too concerned about that. I like the cheap price tag that he currently has. I like the fact that he has 11 home runs and 12 steals this year in less than 100 games. I like the face that he has averaged nearly a R/RBI per game. And I like this matchup because Paul Blackburn simply isn’t any good with a 4.33 Era and unsightly 1.55 WHIP. Opposing batters have a .291 average against him. 

Player Pool

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