Hello and welcome to the MLB DFS Playbook for September 5! We have a 10-game slate on both DK and FD on our hands today. We have a 7:05 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 5

MLB Weather Updates


Games that appear to have a decent wind blowing out:

Chicago Cubs vs. San Francisco Giants (hot, heavy winds out to left field, could be a big Wrigley day)

Games that appear to have a decent wind blowing in:


Recommended DFS Starting Pitchers

Top Options for Strikeouts

Gerrit Cole, New York Yankees

Dylan Cease, Chicago White Sox

Reid Detmers, Los Angeles Angels

Best Odds for a Win

Gerrit Cole (New York Yankees -246)

Brandon Pfaadt (Arizona Diamondbacks -205)

Chris Bassitt (Toronto Blue Jays -188)

See More

Favorite Starters to Use for DFS Lineups

Gerrit Cole, New York Yankees

The AL Cy Young frontrunner gets a second straight start against the Tigers. He pitched well against them his last time out, firing six innings of two-run ball while striking out 7 and picking up his 12th win of the year. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he goes out and pitches even better this time around. He is also the biggest favorite on the slate, which doesn’t hurt. He is the top play of the slate in my eyes. 

Chris Bassitt, Toronto Blue Jays

Bassitt took advantage of a great matchup his last time, firing eight shutout innings against the Nationals and now he gets an even better matchup against the lowly A’s. He’s been pitching well with three games of at least 23 dk points in August. His last start was actually his first time not striking out 5+ batters in 10 starts and I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets back over that number in this one. I also don’t mind the Blue Jays being the 3rd biggest favorites on the slate. 

Brandon Pfaadt, Arizona Diamondbacks 

We round things out with the 2nd biggest favorite to win on the slate, as we are just rolling with all of the top three today. Pfaadt struggled in his last start against the Dodgers, but who doesn’t struggle against the Dodgers? That doesn’t mean much to me. He had scored 16.2, 23.4, and 19.6 dk points in his three outings prior and now he gets to face a bad Rockies offense away from Coors Field. 

Recommended DFS Hitters

Highest Expected Run Totals 

5.94 – Chicago Cubs

5.16 – San Francisco Giants

5.16 – Kansas City Royals

See More

Favorite Hitters to Use for DFS Lineups

Pete Alonso, 1B, New York Mets

Alonso is coming off a game in which he smacked a pair of home runs and drove in four. He now has 41 home runs and 100 RBI on the year. He gets a nice matchup against Patrick Corbin, who has a 4.90 ERA and 1.50 WHIP this season and righties are slashing .303/.349/.844 against him this season with 24 of the 27 home runs that he has allowed. Alonso has also been slightly more productive against lefties this season with a .913 OPS, compared to .831 against righties. 

Davis Schneider, 2B/OF, Toronto Blue Jays

I have been including Schneider a ton in my articles and lineups lately, but how do you not right now? This rookie has played just 18 games, but in those 18 games he has managed to hit .390 with SIX home runs, 17 RBI, a steal, and 16 runs scored. That’s insane production. Over his last 5 starts he has scored 21, 16, 13, 16, and 11 dk points. Lock and load against a crummy pitcher like Ken Waldichuk

Ronny Mauricio, 2B/3B/SS, New York Mets

Yes, another Mets bat, as we look to take advantage of this matchup with Corbin. Mauricio was electric in his first big league series, going 5-11 with a double, two steals, and a run scored in three games against the Mariners. That was against much better pitchers than the one he is facing today. Mauricio is still cheap, so let’s keep riding the hot bat at these prices while we can. 

Jasson Dominguez, OF, New York Yankees

Dominguez has come up and made an immediate impact for the Bronx Bombers, swatting a pair of home runs in his first MLB series. Now he gets a short porch in right field at Yankee Stadium and gets to face a bad pitcher in Alex Faedo, who has a 4.90 ERA through 57 innings this season and has already allowed 11 home runs. 

Player Pool

$ Tier {{pos.alias}}


{{stack.team.name}} {{player.name}}
DraftKings {{player.fantasy.price.value[8]}}-
Fanduel {{player.fantasy.price.value[6]}}-