We have an 11-game MLB DFS main slate on Saturday, September 2nd, and it's a nice slate. We have Coors Field and the Toronto Blue Jays are in town and are looking to repeat their 13-run performance from Friday night. We also have elite pitching in action with Blake Snell and Luis Castillo, two pitchers in contention for Cy Young trophies in their respective leagues. 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!

MLB DFS Weather Center

Solid hitting weather across the league.

Recommended DFS Starting Pitchers

Top Options for Strikeouts

Blake Snell, San Diego Padres vs. San Francisco Giants: 7.5 Ks (-140)

Luis Castillo, Seattle Mariners vs. New York Mets: 6.5 Ks (-125)

Aaron Nola, Philadelphia Phillies vs. Milwaukee Brewers: 6.5 Ks (+115)

Best Odds for a Win

Tanner Houck, Boston Red Sox vs. Kansas City Royals: -196

Jordan Montgomery, Texas Rangers vs. Minnesota Twins: -193

Blake Snell, San Diego Padres vs. San Francisco Giants: -187

Hunter Brown, Houston Astros vs. New York Yankees: -186

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Favorite Starters to Use for DFS Lineups

Blake Snell, San Diego Padres

Look, anytime Blake Snell is pitching into and completing the seventh inning, it’s going to be a big score. That’s what we got last time out for the now clubhouse leader for the NL Cy Young award. He faces the Giants here who did have a fair bit of success against southpaws in August, but they also struck out nearly 28% of the time as well. Snell is a great spend up here.

Luis Castillo, Seattle Mariners

Every so often Castillo has a blip in the radar, but three times over his last four games he’s put up 29+ DKP. He’s also put up 24+ in six of eight, so he’s in the middle of a really good stretch right now. The Mets labored through August ranking 24th in OPS and 21st in wOBA against right-handed pitching while striking out nearly 24% of the time, which is high for the Mets this year. He has a nice ceiling/floor combination.

Hunter Brown, Houston Astros

There is definitely a buzz in the air surrounding the Yankees with all of their top prospects being called up and it was on display on Friday with Jasson Dominguez homering in his first at-bat. That said, the Yankees still rank 28th in wOBA and 29th in OPS against right-handed pitching since August 1st and their lineup has largely struggled with that handedness. They’ve also struck out over 26% of the time during that same span and Brown is coming off a nine strikeout game last time out. He’s someone who does notch a bunch of strikeouts punching out 152 batters across 133 innings. I like getting to Brown here.

Mike Clevinger, Chicago White Sox

Since returning from the IL, Mike Clevinger has looked like a completely different pitcher. He has a 2.31 ERA in the six starts he’s made since July 29th and is coming off 10 strikeouts his last time out. He’s struck out at least six batters in three of his last four starts and now faces a Tigers team going the wrong direction offensively. After a decent start to the month, they’re back to being bottom-10 in OPS and wOBA while striking out 30% of the time over the last two weeks against righties.

Reese Olson, Detroit Tigers

It’s been a very up-and-down season for Reese Olson who was once a member of the bullpen and has been transitioned to a starter. The one thing that we know for certain is that he misses bats. He had 168 K’s in 119 AA innings last year, 47 Ks in 36.2 IP at AAA last year and has 78 Ks in 72.1 MLB innings this year. He punched out 10 Yankees last time out and has had 7+ strikeouts in 3 of 4 outings. The White Sox offense ranked 20th in OPS and 21st in wOBA against RHP in August while striking out 24.3% of the time. There’s some big-time strikeout upside in this game.

Recommended DFS Hitters

Highest Expected Run Totals 

Toronto Blue Jays - 6.23

Boston Red Sox - 5.5

Colorado Rockies - 5.45

Atlanta Braves - 5.4

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Favorite Hitters to Use for DFS Lineups

George Springer, Toronto Blue Jays

Springer is turning it on lately coming off a three-hit game on Friday while posting a .286 AVG and .840 OPS in August. Springer has been really good against left-handed pitching lately posting a .261 ISO and .460 wOBA over the last 30 days. Plus, it doesn’t hurt he’s getting the Coors Field boost here.

Adam Duvall, Boston Red Sox

Alec Marsh allows a LOT of power to right-handed bats. Adam Duvall serves up a lot of power against right-handed pitching. If you want to know who my home run call is today look no further. Boston has a 6.1 implied run total, Duvall has a .344 ISO vs. RHP and Marsh has allowed a .351 ISO to RHH.

Anthony Santander, Baltimore Orioles

When you take a look at DBacks starter Slade Cecconi, things suggest he’s getting massively lucky. His xFIP is nearly three runs higher than his ERA and he’s been pitching to a massive 50% FB rate and 30% HH to lefties. Anthony Santander is on a power surge right now belting five homers over his last 10 games and he hit eight in August, his best month in the HR department. Over the last 30 days, Santander has a .397 ISO and .423 wOBA against righties and has a .254 ISO vs. RHP on the year.

Ke'Bryan Hayes, Pittsburgh Pirates

Although he missed all of July, Hayes didn’t skip a beat in August hitting .320 after a month of June in which he hit .333. Since June 1st, a span of 47 games, Hayes has hit .319 with an .886 OPS and .375 wOBA. Hayes has hit lefties exceptionally well this entire season posting team leading marks of .240 ISO and .364 wOBA. Drew Rom, STL SP, had trouble getting righties out at the minor league level and that’s been the case in the majors too.

Alejandro Kirk, Toronto Blue Jays

Kirk had his breakout campaign last year but has had a tough go at it in 2023 but maybe he’s beginning to turn things around as he’s hit in four straight games, at least one extra-base hit in each of them and has six RBI over his last two games. He has a .329 wOBA against southpaws this year and that bumps up to a .394 mark over the last 30 days. Really good value in Coors.


Top stack: Boston Red Sox

Contrarian stack: Baltimore Orioles

Home Run call: Adam Duvall

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