FanDuel MLB Lineup Advice: Friday (9/8)

by Bobby Sylvester | @bobbyfantasypro | Featured Writer
Sep 8, 2017

Jose Abreu is the closest thing to a surefire play tonight

Tonight’s 15-game slate is among the most difficult I’ve seen all season for cash games. There are a number of quality pitchers, but all come with significant question marks. There is not much in the way to work with in terms of offensive value plays, nor is there a stack or superstar that ought to be locked into every lineup. Let’s take a look at how I decided how to approach it:

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Pitcher

Patrick Corbin (ARI) : $9,500 vs SDP

Corbin and the Diamondbacks are big favorites tonight at -225. San Diego’s offense has been abysmal all season, and while Corbin’s last start didn’t notch a quality start (it was at Coors), his previous 5 all did, and he has seen at least 49 points in every single one of them. Tonight, he is the safest play, even with Max Scherzer, Chris Archer and Yu Darvish on the slate.

Catcher

Travis d’Arnaud (NYM): $2,600 vs CIN

The Mets’ catcher, who has been batting in the middle of the order with all of the injuries in New York, and he has multiple hits in each of his last two starts. He hasn’t had a good season, but he is crushing lefties again this season, to a clip of .324/.400/.563.

First Base

Jose Abreu (CHW) : $3,300 vs SFG

First base is one of the few spots with plenty of strong options, but Abreu takes the cake. Matt Moore is on the mound for the Giants, and has a 6.88 ERA in away games this season. Abreu, meanwhile, is batting .374/.430/.659 against lefties so I consider him the top play on the slate.

Second Base

Robinson Cano (SEA) : $3,500 vs LAA

Tonight, second base is a dumpster fire. Fortunately, we have Cano who has 10 hits, 2 homers and 7 RBI in his previous 5 games. Ricky Nolasco is on the mound for the Angels tonight so Seattle’s implied total, as you might expect, is right around 5.00.

Third Base

Josh Donaldson (TOR): $3,700 vs DET

After a sluggish start, Donaldson posted a 1.132 OPS in August and has stayed hot early this month. Buck Farmer is pitching tonight against the Blue Jays, and while he has had a few strong starts, his season ERA is now up at 7.18. He is the easiest pitcher to pick on this evening, and Donaldson is the top play for the Jays.

Shortstop

Corey Seager (LAD) : $2,800 vs COL

Seager has been out of the lineup, but will be coming back tonight. He hasn’t hit a homer in over a month but that could change this evening with German Marquez pitching outside of Coors against the Dodgers tonight. We won’t get the all-star this cheap ever again.

Outfield

A.J. Pollock (ARI) : $3,800 vs SDP
David Peralta (ARI): $3,400 vs SDP
Harrison Bader (STL) : $2,400 vs PIT

The Diamondbacks have the highest implied total on the slate tonight at 5.82 against the Padres’ Jordan Lyles. This season, Lyles carries a 6.71 ERA and has surrendered 11 homers in just 51 innings. After tearing up righties to a .325/.384/.552 tune in his last full season, Peralta is back at it this year with a .308/.358/.475 line this year. At this price point and against a lackluster pitcher such as Lyles, he ought to be started any night. Pollock has been blazing lately with at least 9 points in 12 of his previous 15 games including 12+ in 7 out of his last 8.

Bader has been on the prospect radar for a while after knocking the ball out of minor league ballparks, and since being called up, he is producing at the big league level too. Bader is batting .326/.360/.565 over his first 50 plate appearances which has earned him a spot at the top of the Cardinals lineup. Tonight, they go against Trevor Williams, who has allowed lefties to hit .295 against him this season.

Other Top Options (in order)

  1. Giancarlo Stanton (OF – MIA): $4,500 @ ATL
  2. Francisco Lindor (SS – CLE): $4,100 vs BAL
  3. Justin Upton (OF – LAA): $3,400 @ SEA
  4. Jose Ramirez (2B – CLE): $3,900 vs BAL
  5. Jake Lamb (3B – ARI): $3,000 vs SDP
  6. George Springer (OF – HOU): $3,900 @ OAK
  7. J.D. Martinez (OF – ARI): $4,000 vs SDP
  8. Edwin Encarnacion (1B – CLE): $4,200 vs BAL
  9. Starlin Castro (2B – NYY): $3,300 @ TEX
  10. Ryan Zimmerman (1B – WAS): $3,500 vs PHI
  11. Carlos Gonzalez (OF – COL): $3,000 @ LAD
  12. Paul DeJong (SS – STL): $3,000 vs PIT
  13. Justin Smoak (1B – TOR): $3,400 vs DET
  14. Evan Longoria (3B – TBR): $3,400 @ BOS
  15. Austin Jackson (OF – CLE): $3,300 vs BAL
  16. Brian Dozier (2B – MIN): $4,400 @ KCR
  17. Gary Sanchez (C – NYY): $3,600 @ TEX
  18. Josh Reddick (OF – HOU): $3,500 @ OAK
  19. Buster Posey (C – SFG): $3,300 @ CHW
  20. Travis Shaw (3B – MIL): $3,100 @ CHC
  21. Brandon Crawford (SS – SFG): $3,000 @ CHW
  22. Eddie Rosario (OF – MIN): $3,500 @ KCR
  23. Joc Pederson (OF – LAD): $2,700 vs COL
  24. Yan Gomes (C – CLE): $3,000 vs BAL

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