Good morning, FAmily! Happy Sunday and no better way to end your weekend than with some major league baseball! Sunday baseball has a reputation for being out of the ordinary, so fantasy baseball managers must be on their toes as they build their MLB DFS lineups. Today’s DFS slate starts at 1:35p ET on DraftKings, FanDuel and Yahoo Fantasy. DraftKings and FanDuel will cover 11 games while Yahoo brings us 15 games throughout the afternoon. The weather forecast looks pretty good but make sure to check our MLB Weather Center before lock. We also have MLB Lineups, MLB Vegas Odds plus projections and a lineup builder in our Fantasy Alarm MLB Tools page. To get the big arms and bats in your lineups you will need to find some value plays and that’s where we come in. I have spent the morning researching and coming up with the best point per dollar plays on the slate. So, let’s get right into it and open Sunday’s MLB DFS Value Vault...



Ross Stripling (TOR) $7.4K DK$7.7K FD/$41 Yahoo

Ross Stripling missed the first two weeks of August with a glute strain but has been near lights out since his return.  He is 2-0 with a 0.73 ERA and .360 OPS in his first two starts since coming off the IL and in 12 starts since June 1, he is 6-3 with a 2.06 ERA and is only allowing a .219 opponent batting average. Stripling also is allowing a 56% groundball rate with 42% chase rate since his return and today will face the Angels who are striking out 25.4% against RHP over the last 15 days and 25.2% on the season. This is probably a pay up for pitcher slate but if you are looking for value Stripling is the best in the value range and has a strong chance of picking a win and quality start.

Kohei Arihara (TEX) $6.7K DK/$31 Yahoo

I know some of you may be laughing but Kohei Ahara has not been as bad as advertised this season. He is a high-risk play but facing a team that we have picked on since day one- the Tigers. He is coming off a six-shutout inning start on the road against the Twins where he earned 20.5 DK fantasy points. He has made two starts this season and in his first start he did strike out six A’s in a loss after allowing three runs in 5.2 innings. The Tigers are striking out at a major league high 29.4% rate and have scored the third fewest runs. This is a boom or bust play but if you get five or six solid innings out of Arihara his price opens up another big bat for your lineup.


Rowdy Tellez (MIL) $3.7K DK/$2.8K FD

Rowdy Tellez is the top point per dollar play on the board. He is a lefty hitting platoon player that excels against right-handed arms and has a plus matchup against Adrian Sampson today. On the season he has a team best .279 ISO on the split with a .342wOBA and 44.8% hard contact/41.5% fly ball rate. With an OPS of .825 against RHP compared to .696 against LHP Tellez is in a good spot to hit his second jack in three days 

Mark Mathias (TEX) $2.0K DK/$2.5K FD/$16 Yahoo

As Justin Vreeland pointed out in today’s Playbook – Mark Mathias is raking. He is slashing .3932/.400/.679 over his last 10 games with two bombs and 10 RBIs. He is making hard contact as seen by his n 90.5 mph EV and a 183 wRC+ with a .423 wOBA (.328 xwOBA) is not too shabby. Mathias gets a fairly easy matchup today against Drew Hutchison who does not miss many bats (12.5% to RHH) and is allowing 40% hard contact. After a 2-for-3 day yesterday Mathias has now made three straight starts and could crack the lineup again today. GPP dart here but he comes at a minimum price.

Nate Lowe (TEX) $3.8K DK

Why is Nate Lowe still this cheap on DraftKings?  He is en fuego and had another huge week. Lowe slammed three homers in a 4-game span. He had a big 3-for-6, 5-RBI game against the Rockies on Wednesday night and over his last 20 games is hitting .385 with 6 HR/19 RBI. Over that 20-game span Lowe has an elite .282 ISO/.473wOBA with an incredible 207.2 wRC+. Today he faces Drew Hutchison who is allowing a .349 wOBA to left-handed bats to go along with a 45% fly ball rate. Pretty confident that Lowe’s hot streak continues today. 


Ke’Bryan Hayes (PIT) $23.4K DK/$2.5K FD/$13 Yahoo

Kike Herndandez (BOS) $3.4K DK/$2.7K FD/$12 Yahoo * hot since coming off IL (.313 BA)

Mark Canha (NYM) $3.7K DK/$2.7K FD * .412 BA over last 121 games

Bubba Thompson (TEX) $2.0K DK/$8 Yahoo * at least one hit in 11 of his 12 starts; 4 steals in last 8 games

Dan Vogelbach (NYM) $2.8K FD/$3.9K DK

Jeremy Peña (HOU) $7 Yahoo


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