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 7:05 PM EST. Even with a small slate, we still have some exciting games here today, highlighted by the Atlanta Braves taking on the St. Louis Cardinals and an AL West matchup of the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers, both fighting to win the division. We have plenty of stars to choose from today on both the hitting and pitching side, so there are 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 September 6

MLB Weather Updates

Everything is looking clear for this evening’s slate. 

DFS Lineup Construction Thoughts

The pitching gets rough fast after the top guys, and while I don’t especially love Max Scherzer or Justin Verlander in these matchups for the price they are going for, they are still worth considering with the options that come after them, so it may be worth considering paying up for top pitching and trying to find value for your offense. On the offensive side, some of my favorites to target today include the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, Washington Nationals, and the Kansas City Royals.

Recommended DFS Starting Pitchers

Top Options for Strikeouts

Spencer Strider vs St. Louis Cardinals

Max Scherzer vs Houston Astros

Justin Verlander vs Texas Rangers

Touki Toussaint vs Kansas City Royals

Clarke Schmidt vs Detroit Tigers

Best Odds for a Win

Spencer Strider vs St. Louis Cardinals

Clarke Schmidt vs Detroit Tigers

Kyle Gibson vs Los Angeles Angels

Jose Butto vs Washington Nationals

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Favorite Starters to Use for DFS Lineups

Spencer Strider, Atlanta Braves

Spencer Strider is by far the best pitcher on this slate today. With both Verlander and Scherzer having tough matchups facing each other today, I am willing to pay up for Strider. He always has a great chance at double-digit strikeouts, and getting at least 8 or 9 seems almost guaranteed. You may have to cut back in other parts of your lineup, but it is just so rare for Strider to be disappointed and not be worth his price.

Clarke Schmidt, New York Yankees

After Strider, my go-to for today is going to be Clarke Schmidt, who is getting to face the Detroit Tigers. Besides his blowup against the Atlanta Braves, where he gave up 8 earned runs, he has given up 3 or fewer runs in 17 of his last 18 starts. Over that time, he has a 3.82 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 95 strikeouts in 94.1 innings. He also has at least 7 strikeouts in 3 of his last four starts, and I expect some quality value out of him again today against the Detroit Tigers

Recommended DFS Hitters

Highest Expected Run Totals 

New York Mets vs Joan Adon

Kansas City Royals vs Touki Toussaint

Atlanta Braves vs Dakota Hudson

Washington Nationals vs Jose Butto

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Favorite Hitters to Use for DFS Lineups

Gleyber Torres, 2B New York Yankees

Gleyber Torres has hit 5 homers over his last 10 games, including 4 over his last 6. Over those last 10 games, he has slashed .359/.432/.846 and has also had 6 multi-hit games. The Yankees season may be pretty well over, but I still think their offense, with some more young guys getting shots, could provide some great value today against Matt Manning and the Detroit Tigers.

Alex Bregman, 3B Houston Astros

The Houston Astros have been clicking on all cylinders lately, having just taken 1st place in the AL West for the first time all season. Alex Bregman has been a huge part of their offensive surge. He has been hitting great for a while now. Over the last month (since August 8th), he has slashed .376/.473/.596. He has been stacking up the runs and RBIs in this strong offense and should continue to provide great value today. 

Orlando Arcia, SS Atlanta Braves

It is hard not to want to stack the Atlanta Braves every single day, especially on a day like today when they get a good matchup getting to face Dakota Hudson and the St. Louis Cardinals. Orlando Arcia remains one of the cheaper options for getting a piece of this Braves lineup, and over his last 10 games, he has slashed .353/.361/.676, along with 3 homers.

Jasson Dominguez, OF New York Yankees

Jasson Dominguez is finally here. The 20-year-old looks like he could easily become a staple in the Yankees lineup and their starting centerfielder for the foreseeable future, and all Yankees fans should be excited about getting to see him in the majors despite them being out of the playoff picture. He has a hit in each of his first 4 games, with 2 homers and a double. The sky is the limit for the switch-hitting centerfielder, and I am willing to jump in while his price is still low. 

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