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MLB GPP Picks for DraftKings and FanDuel 9-16

Grab a cup of coffee and let’s dive into my MLB GPP picks for the main slate on DraftKings and Fanduel. Be sure to subscribe to get in-depth analysis, Study Hubs, tiered rankings, player pools, and $20 of FantasyCruncher credit monthly for Ronin members! I’m going to highlight plays that have tournament winning upside. Let’s get into it.

Starting Pitchers

Gerrit Cole-At $9,900 on DraftKings and $11,500 on FanDuel, Cole is priced up for a matchup against Toronto. Cole has lived up to expectations this season posting a K/9 of 12.05 and an xFIP of 3.43. He has been even better than those numbers over his last 2 starts posting 19 strikeouts and 1 earned run allowed over 13 innings pitched. I expect Cole to overpower the Blue Jays in this spot and he will be the cornerstone of my pitching exposure.

Jacob deGrom- At $10,400 on DraftKings and $11,700 on FanDuel, deGrom is priced up for a matchup against Philadelphia. deGrom has been deGoat in 2020 posting a K/9 of 13.17 and an xFIP of 2.44. The Phillies have been solid offensively posting a wRC+ of 109 and an ISO of .188. With an implied run total of 3.52, I’ll be going to deGrom in this spot. Even if the Phillies tag him for a couple of solo homers, he could still have a great day if he posts double-digit strikeouts. I’ll have deGrom in tournaments.

Lance McCullers- At $7,500 on DraftKings and $8,100 on FanDuel, McCullers is priced in the mid-range for a matchup against Texas. McCullers is coming off a neck injury which is most likely why he is underpriced on both sites. He’s a guy that can rack up 7-10 strikeouts in a start when he has his command and Texas is striking out 24.6% of their plate appearances. I’m willing to take my chances with McCullers.

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New York Yankees- The Yankees are facing Tanner Roark with an implied run total of 5.33. The Yankees are getting healthy and clicking on offense pushing their 2020 wRC+ to 107 and ISO to .192, Roark hasn’t been finding success in 2020 posting a K/9 of 7.9 and an xFIP of 5.68. I’m going to ride the hot bats and massive total in this spot. Focus on Luke VoitClint FrazierAaron Hicks, and Giancarlo Stanton.

Atlanta Braves- The Braves have a matchup against Keegan Akin with an implied run total of 5.32. The Braves have been elite offensively posting a wRC+ of 118 and an ISO of .216. Keegan is still getting his feet wet in the bigs and has struggled with command posting a BB/9 of 5.27. The Braves have a monumental ceiling due to the amount of power they have in the lineup. I expect Atlanta to score early and often in this spot. Focus on Ronald Acuna Jr.Freddie FreemanMarcell Ozuna, and Adam Duvall.

San Francisco Giants- The Giants have a matchup against Ljay Newsome with an implied run total of 4.62. Newsome does not have a large sample size in MLB yet but, scouts project him as a control pitcher who does not have overpowering stuff. The Giants have been elite on offense posting a wRC+ of 111 and an ISO of .184. Sign me up for a matchup od an elite offense against an inexperienced pitch to contact starting pitcher. Focus on Mike YastrzemskiAlex DickersonBrandon Belt, and Evan Longoria.

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