MLB DFS Top Plays for Wednesday 8-9-23
Welcome to our guide to the MLB DFS action for Wednesday, August 9th, 2023. We’re here to break down the top players to consider for your DFS lineups, focusing on the matchups and statistics that give you the best chance at success. Whether you’re a seasoned DFS player or just getting started, our insights will help you make informed decisions and optimize your lineups for the day’s games.
When it comes to MLB DFS top plays, it’s hard to ignore the prowess of the National League’s home run leader, Matt Olson. This season, Olson boasts an impressive 154 OPS+ coupled with a staggering 39 home runs. His stats tell the story of his excellence at the plate: a remarkable .580 xSLG, an average exit velocity of 95.1 MPH, a 19% barrel rate, a 58.2% hard-hit rate, and a .398 xwOBA.
On the other side, Quinn Priester’s early MLB outings have been a struggle. With an 8.69 ERA and a 5.26 xFIP over four starts, Priester’s pitching is still finding its footing. Notably, he’s allowed a .443 xSLG, a 9.5% barrel rate, and a 42.9% hard-hit rate. While Priester might have shown promise in the minors, his Triple-A performance this season yielded a lackluster 4.31 ERA. As it stands, the rookie seems a bit overmatched by the challenges of MLB hitting.
Olson’s $4,400 price tag becomes all the more appealing given his 39 home runs and a solid 1.035 OPS against right-handed pitchers. And with Priester’s struggles evident, this matchup could very well be a fruitful one for Olson.
Luis Robert Jr.
Luis Robert Jr. is having a career-defining season, largely thanks to improved health. His impressive .269/.323/.562 slash line is highlighted by an impressive 31 home runs and a 136 wRC+. This season, Robert’s power has been undeniable, with a .523 xSLG and a 15.2% barrel rate. While Robert is consistently a strong DFS choice, today’s matchup against Luis Severino makes him particularly enticing.
Severino’s 2023 struggles are well-documented, as evidenced by his troubling .522 xSLG, .297 xBA, .385 xwOBA, 45.8% hard-hit rate, and 11.2% barrel rate. These numbers contribute to a sobering 6.53 xERA and a 5.13 xFIP. With Robert finally enjoying a healthy season, his $5,500 price tag seems justified, especially considering his .269 average, 31 homers, and 14 stolen bases. While Severino’s spot as the starter raises some eyebrows given his 7.74 ERA and 2.48 homers allowed per nine innings, Robert’s prospects in this matchup remain strong.
Gunnar Henderson’s prowess against right-handed pitchers is undeniable, as his 17 homers, three stolen bases, .332 OBP, .281 ISO, and 136 wRC+ demonstrate. His solid .243/.330/.475 slash line is enhanced by impressive underlying metrics: a 53% hard-hit rate, an average exit velocity of 92.5 MPH, a .453 xSLG, an 11.3% barrel rate, and a .345 xwOBA.
While Cristian Javier might have held promise in the past, his 2023 regression is clear with a 4.72 xERA and a 5.11 xFIP through 21 outings. Additionally, his .471 xSLG and a 10.7% barrel rate make him vulnerable. Left-handed batters, in particular, have exploited Javier, boasting a .496 slugging percentage and a .358 wOBA.
Jake Bauers has been a sleeper pick with surprising power this season, as evidenced by his 11 home runs and a respectable 114 wRC+. His advanced metrics tell an even more compelling story: a remarkable .541 xSLG, a hard-hit rate of 51.3%, a .367 xwOBA, and a 20.9% barrel rate. Often leading off against right-handed pitchers for the Yankees, Bauers provides excellent value at his price point.
Mike Clevinger’s decline is evident, sporting a 4.59 xERA and a 5.54 xFIP over 14 starts. Clevinger’s vulnerabilities include a .425 xSLG, a .251 xBA, and a .331 xwOBA. His struggles are particularly pronounced against left-handed hitters, who are slugging .451 against him this season.
Cody Bellinger is in the midst of an impressive run, boasting a 1.163 OPS and 10 home runs since July 1st. For the season, his slash line stands at .331/.382/.557. Bellinger’s prowess against left-handed pitchers is particularly notable, with a .632 slugging percentage and a 183 wRC+. David Peterson’s challenge against Bellinger isn’t insurmountable, with a 4.75 xERA, a .267 xBA, a .418 xSLG, and a 44% hard-hit rate. Peterson’s susceptibility against left-handed hitters further enhances Bellinger’s prospects.
Jarren Duran – OF, $4,100 DK, $3,100 FD
Jarren Duran shines against right-handed pitchers, boasting seven homers, 21 stolen bases, a .358 OBP, .211 ISO, and 135 wRC+ in 283 plate appearances.
Masataka Yoshida – OF, $4,800 DK, $3,200 FD
Masataka Yoshida’s success against righties is undeniable, with nine homers, seven stolen bases, a .358 OBP, .179 ISO, and 129 wRC+ in 307 plate appearances this season.
Triston Casas – 1B, $3,900 DK, $2,800 FD
Triston Casas has demonstrated his power against right-handed pitchers, tallying 16 homers, a .351 OBP, .240 ISO, and 127 wRC+ in 303 plate appearances.
Luis Rengifo – 2B/SS/OF, $3,900 DK, $2,600 FD
Luis Rengifo’s hot streak is evident, with seven homers, a .381 OBP, .290 ISO, and 164 wRC+ in 113 plate appearances since July 1st.
Yan Gomes – C, $3,100 DK, $2,700 FD
Yan Gomes is a viable option, especially on DK where catchers are mandatory. Against lefties since 2021, Gomes has maintained a .306 OBP, .224 ISO, and 117 wRC+.
When crafting your MLB DFS lineup for Wednesday, August 9th, these top plays should be at the forefront of your considerations. The matchups, statistics, and player strengths outlined here provide valuable insights to help you make informed choices and maximize your chances of success. Good luck and may your lineups flourish!
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