Hello and welcome to the MLB DFS Playbook for September 3! We have a 7-game slate on DK and 8-game slate on FD on our hands today (FD including the Toronto Blue Jays vs. Colorado Rockies game). We have a 1:05 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 September 3

MLB Weather Updates


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DFS Lineup Construction Thoughts

It’s amazing how different one game can change slates, but if you’re playing on FD today, you’re playing a very different slate than the one on DK, because adding in the Blue Jays offense at Coors Field changes things big time. As for pitching, Sandy Alcantara leads the way as the top option on the slate. We don’t have to worry about weather really so, overall, this looks like an enjoyable slate. 

Recommended DFS Starting Pitchers

Top Options for Strikeouts

Chris Sale, Boston Red Sox

Tarik Skubal, Detroit Tigers

Michael Kopech, Chicago White Sox

Best Odds for a Win

Kevin Gausman (Toronto Blue Jays -244)

Chris Sale (Boston Red Sox -217)

Sandy Alcantara (Miami Marlins -175)

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Favorite Starters to Use for DFS Lineups

Sandy Alcantara, Miami Marlins

He hasn’t been great over his last couple outings, but that was against the Dodgers, Padres, and Rays. He still has a 3.13 ERA over his last 10 starts after starting the season on the struggle bus. He has scored 35.2 and 40.6 dk points in some of his recent outings, so there is plenty of upside here and I like the fact that he is taking on the Nationals today. 

Chris Sale, Boston Red Sox

Sale has been a big strikeout guy his whole career and this year has been no different as he has 96 Ks across 77.2 innings of work thus far. Of course, the 4.75 ERA isn’t wowing anyone, but he still has had some good outings and we are going to hope for one of those today against the lowly Royals. He does have three starts with at least 28.8 dk points this season. 

Ranger Suarez, Philadelphia Phillies

Suarez makes his return from the IL today and that is a bit scary, but he had been pitching pretty well before landing on IL, giving up two or fewer runs in three straight starts while pitching at least 5.2 innings in all three. His last outing being the best of the bunch, scoring 20.9 dk points. He has been FAR better on the road this year with a 2.76 ERA, compared to a 5.03 ERA at home. 

Recommended DFS Hitters

Highest Expected Run Totals 

6.53 – Toronto Blue Jays (FD only)

5.75 – Colorado Rockies (FD only)

5.26 – Boston Red Sox

5.16 – Pittsburgh Pirates

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Favorite Hitters to Use for DFS Lineups

Davis Schneider, 2B, Toronto Blue Jays (FD Only)

Keeping this short since it’s only a play for FD, but this rookie is locked-in right now and posting big games on a daily basis. He still has a mid-tier price and is at Coors Field facing Chase Anderson, expect high rostership. 

Xavier Edwards, 2B/OF, Miami Marlins

He might not be in the starting lineup but, if he is, I like him today. He has been productive when given the opportunity this season and is coming off a nice game yesterday in which he went 2-5 with a double a run scored. Josiah Gray has completely fallen off a cliff, posting a 5.21 ERA and 1.63 WHIP over his last 10 starts. 

Trea Turner, SS, Philadelphia Phillies

Ever since the Philly standing ovation, Trea has turned into Barry Bonds. He is hitting .357 with SEVEN home runs, three steals, and 32 total R/RBI over his last 10 games! Absurd. He has homered in five straight games and has six bombs in that span. He hasn’t scored fewer than 7 dk points in 11 games. There is just no reason to not play him right now. 

Lars Nootbaar, OF, St. Louis Cardinals

Noot smashed a homer run yesterday and is now hitting .300 with two home runs and a steal over his last 10 games, averaging 10.2 dk ppg. He has 13 home runs and eight steals on the year in just 92 games of action. Johan Oviedo is not a scary matchup by any means as he has a 4.20 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, and has allowed 16 home runs this season. 

Julio Rodriguez, OF, Seattle Mariners

Jrod continues to swing a scorching hot bat as he is hitting .489 with a 1.397 OPS over his last 10 games with four home runs and six steals in that span. He now has 24 home runs and 36 steals on the year, giving up massive upside in a variety of ways. He has been far better on the road too with a .298 average and 11.2 dk ppg, compared to .275 and 9.6 at home.  

Player Pool

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