Happy Thursday! We have an extra small slate of games today with only a 4-game main slate on both DraftKings and FanDuel getting underway at 7:15 PM EST. Today’s slate is headlined by Zac Gallen and Corbin Burnes as the top priced pitchers of the day. I prefer going with Gallen and avoiding Burnes today if you want to pay for the high-end pitching, but there are a couple solid value options to go after today as well. On the offensive side there aren’t too many places to go with only 8 teams to choose from and two of them having to face whatever pitchers you choose, but my favorites to target today include the New York Mets, Arizona Diamondbacks, Detroit Tigers and the Los Angeles Dodgers. It is extra difficult to get your lineup built with such few options so getting some quality value options is as important as ever so let’s jump into some of my favorite value options of the day to help build a winning MLB DFS lineup!  


MLB DFS Value Pitchers

Tarik Skubal, Detroit Tigers (DraftKings: $7,200 / FanDuel: $8,900) 

Tarik Skubal continues to pitch great. He has 3 starts where he has given up some runs in each of which he has really had one big inning that got away from him and gave up the damage, but other than that has still looked solid, and in his other 4 starts he hasn’t given up a single earned run. He also still holds a 10 K/9 and if he can avoid a big inning today, he should have no problem putting together a great start against the Cleveland Guardians.

Jose Quintana, New York Mets (DraftKings: $6,700 / FanDuel: $8,300) 

Jose Quintana has been fantastic though his first 5 starts this season. He has thrown 4 straight quality starts, and in his first start was still in line for a win but was just an inning short of a quality start. He hasn’t gotten himself a win yet just because the Mets haven’t given him the run support. He has a 3.03 ERA though and while he hasn’t had a ton of strikeouts, he still provides solid value at this price today. 

MLB DFS Value Hitters

Spencer Torkelson, 1B Detroit Tigers (DraftKings: $4,200 / FanDuel: $2,900) 

The Detroit Tigers have one of the easiest matchups today, facing Xzavion Curry of the Cleveland Guardians. Spencer Torkelson has hit 6 homers over his last 10 games including another multi-homer game yesterday and 4 homers in his last 4 games. Over that 10 game stretch he has a 1.219 OPS and will hopefully continue to tap into his power like this going forward and if the batting average can continue to improve (which I expect it to) along with it, Torkelson can turn into quite an offensive threat for the Tigers. 

Jeff McNeil, 2B/OF New York Mets (DraftKings: $3,700 / FanDuel: $2,700) 

Jeff McNeil isn’t having his best season at the plate, but he has had some solid production lately with hits in 9 of his last 10 games along with 7 runs, 4 RBIs, and a homer. While McNeil isn’t the most exciting addition to a lineup as the upside isn’t that high some stability in a small slate like this isn’t always a bad thing, and if he can at least have a multi-hit game, even if there isn’t any power, he can help your lineup plenty at this price. 

Chris Taylor, 3B/OF Los Angeles Dodgers (DraftKings: $3,600 / FanDuel: $2,600) 

Third base gets ugly real fast today you have Jose Ramirez, Nolan Arenado, Manny Machado, and Max Muncy at the top end and then there is a steep drop off. If you aren’t taking one of those 4 big dogs, Chris Taylor is the play I like today. He has 4 hits in his last 4 games with a homer and two steals. He also isn’t the flashiest pick but compared to everything else at third base after the top guys, I think he is the best hitter you can find. 

James Outman, OF Los Angeles Dodgers (DraftKings: $3,500 / FanDuel: $2,900) 

James Outman is having a solid August so far. He has slashed .333/.447/.538 with two homers and two steals. He has shown how hot he can be when he really gets going and provides great homer potential in a very potent offense. Corbin Burnes is a great pitcher, but the Los Angeles Dodgers have been playing fantastic and I expect both them and James Outman to manage to do some damage against him today. 


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