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MLB Early Picks and Advice 8-17

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Cash Plays


Ross Stripling- At $7,900 on DraftKings and $8,100 on FanDuel, Stripling is at a favorable price point against Seattle. The Mariners have struggled offensively posting a wRC+ of 86. An implied run total of 3.4 makes Stripling an appealing option for cash.

Hyun-Jin Ryu- At $9,400 on DraftKings and $9,300 on FanDuel, Ryu is priced up for a matchup against Baltimore. Ryu is not a guy that’ll provide a huge ceiling but, he is a high floor play. Ryu posted a K/9 of 8.03 and a FIP of 3.10 in 2019. I expect Ryu to have a quality start in this spot.


Los Angeles Dodgers- The Dodgers have a matchup against Justin Dunn with an implied run total of 6.1. Dunn has struggled in 2020 posting a K/9 of 5.54 and a BB/9 of 6.92. The Dodgers have a deep lineup posting a wRC+ of 113 in 2020. Focus on Mookie Betts, Cody Bellinger, Justin Turner, and Joc Pederson.

New York Yankees- The Yankees are facing Martin Perez with an implied run total of 5.61. The Yankees have key players on the IL but, they have not skipped a beat offensively. The only chance a starting pitcher has against this Yankees offense is racking up strikeouts and Perez has been below average posting a K/9 of 6.75 in 2020. Focus on Gleyber Torres, Mike Ford, Luke Voit, and Mike Tauchman.

GPP Plays


Touki Toussaint- At $7,700 on DraftKings and $7,100 on FanDuel, Toussaint is at a reasonable price point for a matchup against Washington. I expect Toussaint to be low owned due to a 4.54 implied run total and the unappealing matchup Washington presents. Touki is a volatile play that I’ll be targeting in tournaments.

Zach Davies- At $8,200 on DraftKings and $7,800 on FanDuel, Davies is priced appropriately for a matchup against Texas. Davies has been league average in 2020 posting a K/9 of 7.15 and a FIP of 3.09. Texas has struggled on offense posting a wRC+ of 73 and Globe Life Field has played in favor of the pitcher’s when the roof is closed. I’ll have shares of Davies in tournaments.

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Atlanta Braves- The Braves have a matchup against Anibal Sanchez with an implied run total of 5.46. Sanchez has struggled in 2020 posting a FIP of 7.75. I expect the Braves to make a lot of hard contact in this spot and hit for power. Focus on Dansby Swanson, Freddie Freeman, Marcell Ozuna, and Travis d’Arnaud.

Chicago White Sox- The White Sox are going against Matt Boyd with an implied run total of 5.18. Boyd has struggled in 2020 posting a FIP of 6.19 and a K/9 of only 8.38. The depth and power of the White sox lineup which provides a high ceiling which is appealing for tournaments. Focus on Jose Abreu, Edwin Encarnacion, Eloy Jimenez, and Luis Robert.

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